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Stay at home exercises

During this pandemic, with all the stay at home realities of the time, there has been an increase in home exercise methods for people of all ages. How to keep fit or stay in shape with all these changes to our usual routines have been a subject of constant discussion.

And here in this blog for Japanese learners, Japanese teacher Midori Miyake chooses one of these home exercises tools to introduce.

You can read the blog to study Japanese Kanji, and also new vocabulary. Also, listen to Miyake sensei reading the blog herself on the YouTube video and you can practice your Japanese listening.

ヨガホイール
Yoga Wheel

miyake

By MIYAKE Midori

yoga-wheel

 今回は、以前、生徒様に教えていただいたヨガホイールのご紹介です。ヨガホイールとは、写真のようなヨガの道具の一つです。 

 最近、毎日、一日のほとんどをパソコンの前に座って過ごしています。このように、長い時間、座り続けていると、段々と姿勢が悪くなって、知らず知らずのうちに背中が丸くなってきます。このような背中を日本語で「猫背」といいます。ヨガホイールは、「猫背」にとても効果的なのです。

 ヨガを全くやったことがない人でも、簡単に使えて、効果が得られるので、私の家族も「気持ちがいい」と喜んで使っています。動画サイト等を見ると、色々な使い方があるようですが、ヨガホイールの上に仰向けになって寝るだけでも、とても気持ち良く、背中や腰が伸びます

 ストレッチや運動に時間がかけられない時、勉強や仕事の合間に、1~2分だけでも、ヨガホイールの上でゴロゴロするのは、気分もリフレッシュできるのでお勧めですよ。

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To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video. 

ヨガホイール

 今回(こんかい)は、以前(いぜん)、生徒様(せいとさま)に教(おし)えていただいたヨガホイールのご紹介(しょうかい)です。ヨガホイールとは、写真(しゃしん)のようなヨガの道具(どうぐ)の一(ひと)つです。 

 最近(さいきん)、毎日(まいにち)、一日(いちにち)のほとんどをパソコンの前(まえ)に座(すわ)って過(す)ごしています。このように、長(なが)い時間(じかん)、座(すわ)り続(つづ)けていると、段々(だんだん)と姿勢(しせい)が悪(わる)くなって、知(し)らず知(し)らずのうちに背中(せなか)が丸(まる)くなってきます。このような背中(せなか)を日本語(にほんご)で「猫背(ねこぜ)」といいます。ヨガホイールは、「猫背(ねこぜ)」にとても効果的(こうかてき)です。

 ヨガを全(まった)くやったことがない人(ひと)でも、簡単(かんたん)に使(つか)えて、効果(こうか)得(え)られるので、私(わたし)の家族(かぞく)も「気持(きも)ちがいい」と喜(よろこ)んで使(つか)っています。動画(どうが)サイト等(など)を見(み)ると、色々(いろいろ)な使(つか)い方(かた)があるようですが、ヨガホイールの上(うえ)に、仰向(あおむ)けになって寝(ね)るだけでも、とても気持(きも)ち良(よ)く、背中(せなか)や腰(こし)が伸(の)びます

 ストレッチや運動(うんどう)に時間(じかん)がかけられない時(とき)、勉強(べんきょう)や仕事(しごと)の合間(あいま)に、1~2分(ふん)だけでも、ヨガホイールの上(うえ)でゴロゴロするのは、気分(きぶん)もリフレッシュできるのでお勧(すす)めですよ。

Yoga Wheel

This time I am going to introduce something that one of my students taught about; a Yoga Wheel. A Yoga Wheel is a piece of equipment like the one in the photo.

Recently, every day, I spend almost the whole day sitting in front of the computer. And if you continue sitting in this way for a long time your posture gradually gets worse and without you realizing it, your back starts to get arched. In Japanese, this type of back is called “Necko Ze” ( literally a cat's back) or slouch. And a Yoga Wheel is effective for this type of slouch.

Even people who have never done Yoga can use it effectively so my family members gladly use it and say, “This feels good!”. And when you look on video sharing sites, you can find many ways to use it, but just lying supine on it stretches your back and shoulders and feels good.

When you do not have enough time to stretch or exercise, I recommend rolling on your Yoga Wheel for just 1 or 2 minutes, it feels really refreshing.

ヨガホイール     yoga wheel

過(す)ごす      spend

以前(いぜん)    before

姿勢(しせい)      posture

猫背(ねこぜ)     slouching / arched back

効果的(こうかてき)  effectively

効果(こうか)が得(え)られる effect can be obtained

動画(どうが)サイト   video sharing site

仰向(あおむ)け    supine /  lying on your back 

伸(の)びます      to stretch

仕事(しごと)の合間(あいま)   during work

ゴロゴロする     rolling

リフレッシュ     get refreshed

miyake

Konnichiwa! My name is Midori Miyake. After I graduated from university, I worked for a long time in a Japanese company, but a little while after getting married, I quit my job. After that, I studied and became a Japanese language teacher. I normally do yoga for my health. I think it's important to continue little by little everyday.

When learning Japanese, there are some times when it is fun and there are probably times when it is really difficult. But by continuing little by little you can improve your Japanese language ability and then if you can find some pleasure in using your Japanese in the classes I will be so glad. With language learning, speaking a lot is the path to improving. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, let's just speak a lot of Japanese! I am looking forward to speaking Japanese with you all.

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