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5 Yoga Poses for Back Pain That You Can Do In Just A Few Minutes

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By: Kimberly Pendergrass

If you are living with chronic back pain, good news is coming your way.  There are now several pain relieving options out there that do not include medication.  For example, have you ever thought about yoga as a way to relieve your pain?  There is more to yoga than just enhancing your spiritual well-being. The yogaposesforbackpain-300x416ancient practice emphasizing stretching, strength, and flexibility can be the perfect remedy for relieving back pain. Its healing qualities are known for alleviating soreness and chronic backaches by lengthening the spine and strengthening the back muscles. Yoga moves can be performed almost everywhere with just your mat.  Learn more about how toturn your home into a yoga retreat here.  If you want to take control of managing your pain without traditional medicines, we suggest trying these five basic yoga poses targeted to ease back pain.

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India’s School Under The Bridge (Video)

info-pictogram1 For many children in India, a free and compulsory education is out of reach. Volunteer teachers like Rajesh Sharma are trying to fill this void. See his journey from store manager to managing an open-air school in New Delhi, India with no money or resources.

Productivity Ninja: Staying Disciplined; Overcoming Resistance

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Managing Attention

Realising the need to get beyond time management and start to manage your attention to its optimum capabilities is a huge step forward. Develop a good sense of your daily attention flow so it dictates the rhythm and difficulty of your work at different times of the day. Give yourself permission to handle the low brow and easy tasks when you are flagging at inactive attention lows, but equally be sure to bite off the most difficult tasks when your proactive attention has you salivating for results.

Protecting Attention from Interruptions
Remember, proactive attention is your most precious commodity. The vultures of interruption and potential distraction will circle you, trying to make you a victim. Stay in control. Aggressively and ruthlessly defend your attention.

Self-Awareness and Agility
productivity ninja is agile. The plan for the day at 1 PM may be entirely different from what it was at 9 AM. Pay attention to your attention levels and change your plan if you are having one of those ‘hitting top form’ kind of days, or of course if you are fading faster than you expected.

Minimise Set-up Cost
With any new activity, whether email, writing a report or attending a conference, there is a high set-up cost in terms of time and attention. For email, you have to fire up Outlook and let the program load and synchronise with the server and open your emails. If returning to a report, you have to reread all the bits that you have forgotten you wrote last time; you have to navigate back through the document. All of these are the set-up costs of doing. The cost is twofold: It takes time and it also takes attention and energy. Working in larger ‘chunks’ (such as writing the whole report in one go, rather than trying to split it over several days) is a great way to minimise the time and attention spent in set-up mode.

Mix and Match
Potential distractions are around every corner. Do not even create the temptation to get distracted because you are bored. Keep your days and weeks fresh by giving yourself variety. So if Monday is very much a solitary thinking day, perhaps Tuesday will be full of interesting people and conversations. Wednesday might be out of the office, but allow Thursday to focus back onto admin and getting your in-tray back to zero.

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