Benefits Of Sitting Straight – How To Sit Straight For A Long Time?

Sitting straight has mental, physical and social benefits. It helps in even distribution of weight, down the spine, it improves concentration and it shows that you are ‘alert and active’. Let us explore benefits of sitting straight and how to sit straight for long time. 

Benefits of sitting straight

Improves Concentration – Sitting straight has direct positive effect over concentration. All the Yoga postures, Pranayama requires you to sit straight.

Memory –  I personally have seen  my friend who used to sit all the time having razor sharp memory. Sitting straight helps to improve all aspects of brain power, including memory.

Agility – People who sit straight are more agile and ready for work. It gives a look of active body and mind.

Free prana flow – Yoga explains that sitting straight helps in free flow of energy through the six points (Chakra) of spine.

How to sit up straight? 

While the idea of sitting straight is encouraging, we tend to fail to sit straight for a long period of time. It needs practice and it needs some back strength.

Sleep with a pillow beneath lower back 

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Just for 10 minutes, keep a thin smooth pillow beneath lower back and sleep.

This helps to stretch back and helps to keep back straight for a long period of time while you sit.

Sit with a pillow at lower back

or use a chair with forward bulge at the level of lower back. This helps to stretch back naturally.

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Practice Pranayama 

Regular practice of Pranayama makes your body straight and tight. It helps to maintain your body (and mind) to keep maintain tightness, effortlessly.

Yoga postures 

There are many easy – to – follow Yogasanas like Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana which helps to stretch and keep the back straight for a ling time.

Neck and arm exercises

Too keep the back straight, muscles and ligaments right from the neck till the sacrum needs to be strong. Rotatory arm movements, rotating neck exercises help to strengthen the total length of back.

Oil massage 

Regular oil massage with Ayurvedic oil like Maha Narayana tailam helps to improve back strength.

Keep the chair close to the table 

While try to keep the table very close to your body. This makes you avoid leaning forward. Make sure that the computer screen or the book is at the level of your eyes so that there is no need to bend forward.

Use a lumbar belt

Using a lumbar belt gives that extra support in the initial attempts of yours to sit straight.

So, do something to make your back straight and enjoy the unlimited benefits.

14 thoughts on “Benefits Of Sitting Straight – How To Sit Straight For A Long Time?”

  1. Most important and welcome topic for the present generation. This is incidental to god’s will to save the precious young lives of today. This is the very great service to the humanity by a Doctor

  2. Thank you for helpful tips.
    Doctor, can you write an article about basic elements of healthy lifestyle for people living in northern parts of the globe? For example in my country, from mid October to mid March there is very limited sun light. Sun is very low, usually covered by low clouds and temperature reaches below zero degrees Celsius. In December day last from 8AM to 3PM. From October to May, there is no fresh vegetables, the nature totally sleeps. We can buy vegetables imported but usually chemically preserved and old.
    This is very hard time for people (October-March). Winter affects people’s mood, feelings, health condition…. Doctor, can you give some advice how to keep energy in the body and how to take advantage of low light time? Some animals sleep during that time. Shall we limit our activity?
    Best regards. Thank you for your work.

  3. dear doctor,it’s very very useful especially for the I T people who they are sitting long time in front of the computer.
    thank you doctor and good wishes for your great service.
    stephen thomas

  4. Dear Doctor
    Very Useful article, especially one who works in offices sitting continuously more than 8 to 10 hours .
    Thanks for publishing very worthy articles in your blog.


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