Yoga for Writers – Simple Stretches for the Desk-Bound
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Yoga for the mind, body and muse … At the heart of yoga is the concept of balance, but this is often difficult for writers to put into practice. When the words are flowing and the muse is on fire it is hard – no, make that impossible – to turn off the computer or put down the pen. How often have we sat, eyes burning, back aching, shoulders screaming, head bursting, and thought “just one more line, one more paragraph, one more page”?
Our bodies are designed to move. Movement is vital for good circulation: massaging vital organs, muscles and joints and getting blood to the brain. Sitting at our desks for long periods of time causes the body to slow down and the mind to become sluggish. But a few minutes refreshing the mind and body with simple yoga stretches and breathing techniques, many of which can be carried out at your desk, helps release stiffness and tension in the body, enhances concentration and improves creative flow.
Although aimed at writers and those working at keyboards and screens, this book illustrated with simple line drawings will be of immense benefit and help to anyone who sits for long periods of time.
So why not give it a try!
Simple Tips for Writer Health*:
- Check out some basic ergonomics. Is your chair the right height, so that your back is supported with your feet flat on the floor? Is the computer screen at least an arm’s length away from you? Is the top of the screen at eye level? Simple ergonomics are vital for writers and people who spend long hours at a desk. Please don’t neglect this important aspect.
- Make sure to schedule regular eye checks with your optician.
- Invest in a digital timer and time it at say, 50 minute intervals. Get up and stretch the whole body. Just move around, shake the arms, legs and take a few deep energising breaths.
- Every time you think of it, roll out the shoulders. Slowly rotate three times forward, three times backward. All the while…breathe!
- Drink lots of water. Our eyes can dry out as we stare at the screen, so keep them, and the rest of the body, well lubricated.
- Protect those precious eyes. Turn off the monitor regularly and blink! Blink some more! Apparently, we blink far less when working on a computer than we do for the rest of the time. It’s also a good idea to turn away from the computer screen every twenty minutes and look into the distance. This helps rest our eyes.
- One of the best things we can do for our eyes. It allows them to relax, resting the optic nerve and increasing circulation to the whole area. Turn off the computer screen. Rub your hands together until the palms feel warm. Close your eyes and rest the heels of your hands lightly on your cheekbones, fingers pointing up to your hairline, as you cup the warm palms over closed eyelids. Take care not to press against the eyes; the hands should not touch them. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Feel the warmth from the palms moving through the closed eyelids, helping to relax and re-energise the eyes.
- Don’t stretch just after meals. Allow plenty of time for the digestive process to settle.
- Breathe. Sit with your back straight. Close your eyes. Inhale and slowly lift your arms out to the sides and over your head. Exhale let them float back down beside you. Do this several times.
*Disclaimer: Consult your doctor and/or qualified health professional before beginning the exercises outlined. The techniques are intended for people in good general health and not all exercises may be suitable for everyone. The advice given is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance or treatment. Neither the author or publisher can be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss sustained as a result of practising the exercises.*