Do you sit all day at a desk or are you challenged with bad posture, head aches, back and shoulders pain?
All of these symptoms are generally caused by a poor mobility in the upper body or an imbalance in strength vs flexibility in muscles. Stress and lack of movements are generally the root cause of the problem.
Tight shoulders especially along the trapezius muscles, carries more tension than anywhere else in the entire body. While your shoulders tension is often linked to stress, it's only a small part of the whole picture.
According to Darragh Dunleavy S.C., founder of Trinity Wellness, your tight shoulders and stiff neck may be telling you something on a physical, energetic, and an emotional level. For those of you with chronic tension in this part of the body, it might be time to make some changes. She contends that much of the tension stems from our lifestyle choices like sitting at a desk all day as well as scrolling through our smartphones, driving, and even the way we sleep.
“We sit too often and many of us have bad posture,” says Dunleavy. “The head juts forward and the spine slumps over. And since we do it so often, we begin thinking that the tension is normal, but it’s not!
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Erika's yoga journey started slowly by attending the occasional class to supplement her other physical exercise. In 2011 she got injured and stopped regular high intensity activities to practice yoga daily hoping it would help her heal. That regular daily practice during those three months provided her complete injury recovery and it also meant she would not need surgery.
Her passion for yoga continued to steadily grow over the following years and she became a qualified Hatha yoga teacher in 2012. She also studied complementary fields of health - sports and exercise science, ayurvedic medicine, anatomy, nutrition, sports massage, coaching, and neuro linguistic programming. She has brought all of these disciplines together to form part of her personal and teaching practice for her own yoga journey as well as my students benefit.
In 2014 Erika realised her long-term dream and opened The Yoga Lounge Studio in central Wellington. Her vision has always been to own and run her own Shala that has a sense of welcoming and community - as well as provide an open, caring environment for her students. It has required determination and hard work to realise this vision - "but I’m so happy with how the community has grown, how good teachers have gravitated to the studio - and how our students have deepened their yoga practice."