App Review: Office YogaMD Lite
After 25 years of being in front of my computer, I have come to the realization that I have a lot of fatigue and the years of sedentary behavior have not been kind to my spine. Last year, I noticed that my life was filled with distractions, interactions, and commitments. I wanted to make a change. One of the habits of very successful people I discovered was meditation. I often hear about the benefits of mediation from successful actors, business executives, and speakers at conferences that I attend. This year I decided to try to care for my back and for my mental wellbeing using the free iPhone app, Office YogaMD. If you are sitting at a desk more than 2 hours a day, you might want to improve by adding a little office yoga.
After using the app for a week, I found it became easier to relax in a short amount of time. My posture is improving and I am paying more attention to how I am working. The in-app voice which explains the poses is quite soothing, and the positions are not difficult as they are meant to be done at the office.
The major advantage I noticed as I started to incorporate yoga into my work life was that I felt less tired throughout the day. It gave me the opportunity to take time to refresh my brain. I stare at a photo of Bora Bora and those huts over the water or I close my eyes and take a nice 5-minute break. The positivity leaves me energized and better able to handle my day.
When I quiet my mind, I am reminded of things I need to do. I add them to a written list so that I can leave them behind and relax once more.
I was surprised that this app speaks to you when you click a pose, offering tips on how to achieve the pose. While it’s nice to have these explanations, it is a bit frustrating, since it is meant to be used in the work place and might disturb nearby coworkers. I work from my home so this wasn’t a problem for me. However, if you work in an office, you will want to use some earbuds, or spend time with this app, learning the poses outside of the office.
• Get visual postures and audio instruction on various poses.
• Get reminders to not allow you to sit too long in a poor posture.
• Listen to an audio file meditation.
• Keep a journal of your thoughts and intentions that come to you during quiet moments.
MLM.com Grade: 3/5
Lite, O., & Schatz, M. (2016). Office YogaMD Lite on the App Store. App Store. Retrieved 18 January 2016, from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office-yogamd-lite/id491935040?mt=8
Maryschatzmd.com,. (2016). Mary Schatz, M.D. – Yoga, iPhone App, Back Care Basics, Computer Relief. Retrieved 18 January 2016, from http://www.maryschatzmd.com/products.aspx
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