How Can I Work Smart at My Computer?

How Can I Work Smart at My Computer?

Recently at a “Mindfulness in the Digital Age” workshop, I discussed several apps, products, and other resources that have helped me work with more sanity and health. I’ll share them below. If you have found something that works for you, please do email me or comment below since I intend to update this list. What my computer rests on: As you can see from the photo above, my laptop is raised (on a fascinating read called "Super Baby Food" :-)) so that when I'm sitting on my stool, I don't have to drop…continue reading →
Mindfulness of Technology: How to Stay Afloat in a Sea of Notifications

Mindfulness of Technology: How to Stay Afloat in a Sea of Notifications

Simplicity is a highly valued aspect of smart phone and app design. The less buttons and choices showing, the better the "user experience." Yet, for all of the simplicity and beauty in the design around technology, why do our minds feel muddled and our bodies contorted after staring at the screen? As an antidote to unhealthy habits around technology, there are some, you guessed it, apps meant to help. A software like RSIGuard, for instance, helps remind you to take breaks and do small stretches while working. The most sensitive app, however, and…continue reading →
Creating a Culture of Life around Technology

Creating a Culture of Life around Technology

So I guess it’s time to follow through on those New Year’s resolutions… I'm reminded of a quote, "We overestimate what we can accomplish in the short term, and we underestimate what we can accomplish in the long-term." I have not underestimated my ability to forget the name of this person, but the point seems clear given the various fads of self-improvement out there. When we make a slapdash effort to get fit, start meditating, lose weight, etc. we often have unrealistic expectations for ourselves. If we don’t notice immediate signs of improvement,…continue reading →
Conquer Fear of Water and Manage Chronic Pain: Swimming and the Alexander Technique

Conquer Fear of Water and Manage Chronic Pain: Swimming and the Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a set of skills that helps improve our performance with less stress and tension. It's a natural complement to swimming. By applying the AT to swimming, students have been able to overcome fear, stroke with greater efficiency, and breathe easily. That's why I am offering a special – you guessed it – Surf & Turf package that combines the two. The Alexander Technique helps to:  Improve the body's coordination, from as "simple" a movement as sitting, to swimming the front crawl.  Improve posture and natural muscle strength.  Dramatically increase…continue reading →

Where I Swam on My Summer Vacation

My summer never feels realized until I've crawled into the middle of a freshwater lake. This year, my family headed up to Canada to spend time on the shores of Lake Ontario. This is our second year going up to Sandbanks Provincial Park which has white sand, clear blue water, and uncrowded beaches. This video is from a swim I did on East Lake, which feeds into Lake Ontario and is about 7 feet deep (with patches of creepy crawly vegetation) for its 2.5 miles across. My hardy boat crew consisted of Vincent  and Valerie,…continue reading →

Simple, Free Approach to Ergonomics

One of the most important concepts in ergonomics is to adjust your technology to serve you, rather than contort yourself to serve your technology. The Alexander Technique is a potent resource for learning how to work with more productivity and less pain.continue reading →
Time to Learn to Swim NYC!

Time to Learn to Swim NYC!

Last week, I described the right mindset for teaching children or yourself to swim. This post is about one of the most essential and overlooked skills in learning how to swim: effortless floating. There is no better time to learn to swim (or for that matter, teach people to swim) than the summer. Walking to the pool or beach in shorts and flip-flops sure beats encapsulating oneself in polar protective gear before trudging to the pool (I have clear memories of wearing snow boots home from the pool this winter as my towel…continue reading →

Creating Work Habits You’d Actually like to Keep

From my conversation with Unstuckable cofounder, Stephen Warley, here is why investing in yourself today brings dividends for the future. All in less than two minutes! Too often, we approach our work situation as if it's just a short-term project and LATER, we will get around to sitting with better posture or arranging our desk furniture more peaceably.  However, it's the choices we are making right now which are influencing our mind how to choose the future.  We can start now making small but sane changes that add up to healthy work habits and a…continue reading →
How the Alexander Technique Can Improve Your Swimming

How the Alexander Technique Can Improve Your Swimming

This is a brief conversation between myself and an Alexander Technique teacher, Robert Rickover, who has a weekly podcast called Body Learning about the Alexander Technique. He interviewed me to learn more about how this technique of mind-body coordination can be applied in the pool. I talk about the 2 most common students I have: those who are learning to swim for the first time and swimmers who have a health condition or injury and want to be able to swim without pain. Here's a little more information about what I teach.continue reading →
In Sitting Posture, Is 90° a Wrong Angle?

In Sitting Posture, Is 90° a Wrong Angle?

Modern research on ergonomics (the interaction between people and their work environment) is confirming what meditators have known and expressed for thousands of years: sitting with your legs and torso at 90° is mad difficult. Ironically, even though most of us have spent tens of thousands of hours in chairs, we don't exactly get any "better" at sitting with age. If anything, our sitting posture tends to deteriorate over time. This is because while sitting at 90° has become normal, scientific research shows that it is not natural. Studies done in 1999 and…continue reading →