Do as the doggies do: Ahhhhhh……

coffee breakYou’re getting ready for that big meeting. You’re prepared. You have all of your documents in place. You’re ready. You just need one more thing…a big doggie sigh.

You know, like when a dog lies down to nap and takes one of those heaving, lift-off-the-ground, audible, lengthy exhales.

“Just let everything go, put everything behind you, release the stress,” says Judith Eugene.

Eugene, founder of Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, talked about doggie sighs, other breathing exercises and various simple yoga stretches during an hour-long session earlier this semester in Kilcawley Center as part of the Living Well, YSU Employee Wellness Program.

Carrie Clyde, YSU Wellness coordinator, said the session was developed to give employees ideas on how to keep muscles limber, joints moving and the mind clear of stress – all right at your desk.

“It’s important to move throughout the day,” Clyde said. “I’m always trying to push that message out there.”

Eugene, a certified yoga instructor, offered tips on what employees can do to offset the strain and repetitiveness of sitting at a desk in front of a computer eight hours a day, five days a week.

“It’s important to get up and move,” she reiterated. “The hardest part is remembering to do it.” So, she suggests setting the alarm on your cell phone to go off three or four times a day – a reminder to get up, stretch and breath.

In addition to several stretches – from the Mountain Pose and the Flowing Mountain to the Moon Salutation and Cradle the Baby – Eugene focused on a variety of breathing techniques, including equal ratio breathing and alternative nostril breathing.

“Breathing is good,” she said. “It can be very calming, especially in the middle of the day.”

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