Leisure walking with a friend Saturday I noticed her shoulder hanging significantly lower when she mentioned her lower back pain. I asked to hold her bag and was shocked at the weight. No wonder her body is out of alignment. The entire time that we walked did she ever use her bag? You know the answer.
Losing the attachment to things like our bags frees us to feel the breeze, our arms swinging freely as their meant to do!
Later that day I’m with a client who is rolling on the yoga balls, groaning and moaning while sliding and gliding to release tension collected in her shoulders from her handbag!
I know you know that tension from handbags can lead to shoulder, neck, back, hip pain and headaches.
But did you know when pressure and tension build and form a knot (disorganized collagen) this adhesion obstructs energy flow and toxins begin to collect fostering potential for disease! There is a lot of new science indicting those congested cells!
Sometimes you still have to carry your bag, especially when running about town all day.
- spend some time prioritizing the essentials. Perhaps there’s a smaller lighter version of that purse/wallet you love.
- make a mini version for those quick runaround trips.
- if you must, switch sides every few minutes.
- carry a small over the shoulder across the body bag for immediate essentials and the larger one in your hand on the opposite side.
- do as we do in yoga practice, engage your core lifting the pelvic floor and closing the space between your front hip points and bottom ribs. Core engagement makes everything easier!
- If your carrying a heavy load shorten the strap to cross the body and keep close so it doesn’t cause torsion.
- Imagine you’re in yoga class standing in tadasana, growing taller. Feel your roots like a tree and spread your branches so your beautiful flowers and leaves soak in the suns radiant energy!
Handbags can be metaphors for the other unnecessary baggage we lug around.
Let go, lighten the load.