This week I was visiting EPFL, a leading research University in Switzerland, where I gave my presentation “Dynamic Tensegrities: Foundation for Motion and Thought.” I was really excited to be talking there at EPFL since there were a number of researchers in the audience for whom I have a lot of respect, such as Prof. Auke Ijspeert from the BioRobotics Lab, and Prof. Dario Floreano from the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems. Some great Tensegrity Structures research is also being done there by Prof. Ian Smith in the Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory.
While I gave my talk, Brian Rose, producer of London Real TV, filmed me and then interviewed me afterwards. You can see the final podcast production below or on their site! Its fun to finally get some of the ideas on video where it can be shared with a wider audience. One funny thing though, everyone here in Europe seems to jump to the conclusion that I have a PhD and calls me “Dr. Vytas.” I keep explaining to folks that I skipped that step and went straight to leading cutting edge research. Anyways, enjoy the show, its been a fun couple days for me!
Here you will find my thoughts and reflections on the experience of being human. This covers everything from my ongoing research notes into robotic and human motion, biotensegrity, dynamical systems, oscillator based neuronal computation, to the mapping of the academic theories onto the experiences of yoga, dance, martial arts, ergonomics, healing, massage, energy work, psychology, and the art of being an excellent human being. The best way to navigate this site is via the category links under the header.
Based on my understanding of human physiology and motion, here are some quick reviews on my favorite ergonomic tools. These are the ones I use at home and at work. I will add more in-depth posts discussing the alignment theory as I get them written.
FitBall Sitting Disc
Sitting Discs are a great way to train for Active Sitting. By destabilizing the surface you are sitting on, they engage your core muscles and keep you in dynamic motion while your body actively balances on the disk. I recommend the larger 15" disc. In Depth Review
Salli Saddle Stool
The Salli saddle stools are one of the best stools for Active Sitting. They hold your pelvis upright, so that your spine can be well aligned with gravity, while also allowing your knees to be lower than your hips to keep your hamstrings and hip-flexors from shortening. Actively sitting takes effort, so increase your time in the saddle slowly.
3M Ergonomic Mouse
The vertical design keeps the arm in a well aligned neutral "handshake" position that prevents the shoulder from rolling forward. By keeping your shoulders back and the scapula flat on your back you avoid many of the common sources of wrist pain. This is the biggest bang for your buck if you are having wrist pain. It comes in small and large sizes (small is linked below). Sadly, I have only seen it for right hands.
Like the 3M mouse above, this keyboard allows you to have your hands in a more neutral vertical position which reduces many of the problems associated with wrist and shoulder pain. It also allows you to spread the key pads to be at shoulder width so that you don't have to twist your wrist like on a straight keyboard.
A sit stand desks allows you to dance while working! It also allows you change between a variety of different sitting options and standing so that you don't get stuck in one position. The best option that I have found is from GeekDesk.com. I have two from them and they are the cheapest and have held up well. You can save even more money by buying just the base frame from GeekDesk and getting the table top from Ikea. You save on price and shipping is significantly less this way.
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Books I Recommend
Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life
This book blew my mind.
Really -- this was probably one of the most influential books I've read in a decade. This points straight at the heart of what we intuitively recognize as the difference between living breathing organic aspects of nature and the mechanistic nature of human engineered system. It all boils down to oscillators and their ability to synchronize. This basic mathematical property is the basis for all the order that we see in the world -- and our ability to move -- and our ability to relate to each other -- and really everything. This is an easy and engaging read, and you will come away with new eyes for the world.
Anatomy of Movement
This was the best book I have read for learning about the function of my own body and is endlessly useful for anyone who is alive and moving in the world. Ever have pain when you make a specific motion and wonder what is going on? This book will help you isolate the muscles responsible for that motion. By showing how each muscle moves your body under different conditions, you will learn their *use* rather than just memorizing a bunch of names.
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists
This book is great to see and understand the complex network of tension in the living body, and to learn about fascia and how it works.
Rhythms of the Brain
This recently published book covers cutting edge theories of how the brain works. The key focus is on how the brain relies heavily on coupled oscillatory networks, timing loops, and synchronization. It also discusses how the activity in the brain can be viewed as a dynamic tensegrity structure. A more technical book, but well worth the effort!
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