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 →

Falling Asleep: an Indirect Approach

Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night when I heard my daughter crying. She was back asleep in minutes; I was not. I "tried" to go back to sleep. I squeezed shut my eyes and attempted to push away thoughts which seemed stressful like mapping out my day's schedule. Yet I could not will myself asleep. I noticed that by "trying" to go to sleep, I was tightening around my eyes, my jaw, and pulling my shoulders in. (This is what happens when we fixate on any one thing.…continue reading →
Pulling an all nighter at work just got…

Pulling an all nighter at work just got…

…easier? A little weirder? More likely to be strangled by computer power cords as you sleep? A friend sent me this blurb, which is advertised under the heading “Future of Home Living.” Just when you thought that work/life separation couldn’t be any less separate.continue reading →