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Sedentary Desk / Computer Job

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
"Sitting is the new smoking, " exclaims Scott Blossom in this unique interview with Joyful Belly Ayurveda.

Watch the video interview with Scott Blossom


Sitting in a chair for long periods can cause lymphatic congestion and sluggish circulation, which leads to inflammation. Throughout the day, your organs depend on good circulation to stay fresh and clean. A sedentary lifestyle means that your organs aren't getting cleaned properly. "Sitting is the new smoking," exclaims Scott Blossom in a unique interview with Joyful Belly.

It's important to start your day right to prepare for your workday. Exercise in morning after getting out of bed, before working. Circulation is already stagnant after a long night of sleeping. It is best to resolve this stagnation before beginning your workday, so the problem does not compound.

Also take ten minutes for mild exercise before lunch, and at the end of workday, such as a brief walk. Try the following routine every hour during your workday:

  • Chair twist - grab back of chair
  • Touch the sky
  • Roll shoulders
  • Spread eagle - arms stretched laterally, looking up at 45degree angle
The following herbs can also improve circulation during the workday:
  • Tulsi
  • Turmeric
  • Lemongrass
  • Ginger


Stress tends to build up throughout the workday. People tend to think they can get more done than they actually can. Stress is an active overstimulated state. If you are sitting, the activity is never discharged and irritates the nervous system, causing a Vata imbalance.


If you work for long hours in a chair, consider the ideal seating posture:
  • Belly button forward / Tailbone down
  • Knees below hip socket
  • Shoulders dropped

Eye Strain

Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time strains your eye muscles, because they must hold your eye in a precise, fixed position. Also, staring at a computer screen, a fixed distance from your eye, doesn't flex your eye lens enough. The result is that your eye lens may lose elasticity, and you may lose long range focus ability. The following eye exercises can help:
  • Try reading for ten minutes a day. The left/right movement relaxes your eye.
  • Move your eye left/right, up/down, in circles for 8 times each.
  • Look at objects far/near in succession to stretch lens

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and qualities will accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and qualities accumulate too much, they will begin to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or quality by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.

'Sedentary Desk / Computer Job' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and qualities.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of Sedentary Desk / Computer Job.

Vata aggravatingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Sedentary Desk / Computer Job'.
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

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Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Sedentary Desk / Computer Job.
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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Sedentary Desk / Computer Job

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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
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Diet for Sedentary Desk / Computer Job

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in sedentary desk / computer job.
Aloe Vera GelVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingAloe Vera JuiceVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
ChickweedVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCilantroVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
CranberryVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCranberry JuiceVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
CucumberVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingGarlicVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
Garlic (raw)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
GrapefruitVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingKaleVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
LemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingMintVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Parsley (Dried)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingParsley (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
PomegranateVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingStrawberriesVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
TurmericVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingTurmeric Root (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying

Related Symptoms & Habits

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Sedentary Desk / Computer Job' See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Lack of exerciseSlow, heavy digestion
Eats quicklyEat out on work days
Flabby muscles / Poor toneGas, irregular digestion
Long workday

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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