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Yoga for Writers

* HEALTH FOR WRITERS series 

By JEANAN GLAZIER

Tired eyes? Been staring at your computer screen for a long time? Relief is in sight! (Pun intended!)

If you wear glasses, then please remove them. If you wear contact lenses, then it really is best to remove them.

Can you comfortably sit on the floor in some cross-legged position with your back reasonably straight? The key word is “comfortably”. Some people can easily sit on the floor; many cannot. If sitting on the floor is not comfortable for you, then sit in a chair with the straightest back you can find.

Fold your hands in your lap, close your eyes, and sit quietly for a moment.

Imagine that your eyes are clocks, and open your eyes.

First – Moving only your eyes (not your head or neck), look up to 12:00. Look up as high as you can. Really stretch your eyeballs up. Then look down to 6:00. Look as low as you can. Let your eyes glide smoothly from 12:00 to 6:00. Really stretch your eyeballs up and down. Repeat seven more times for a total of eight 12:00 to 6:00 stretches.

Close your eyes. Let them relax. Inhale. Exhale. Open your eyes.

Second – Moving only your eyes (not your head or neck), look over to 3:00. Look as far to the right as you can. Then look over to 9:00. Look as far to the left as you can. Let your eyes glide smoothly from 3:00 to 9:00. Repeat seven more times for a total of eight 3:00 to 9:00 stretches.

Close your eyes. Let them relax. Inhale. Exhale. Open your eyes.

Third – Moving only your eyes (not your head or neck), look up to 2:00. Look as far up and slightly to the right as you can. Then look down to 7:00. Look as far down and slightly to the left as you can. Let your eyes glide smoothly in this diagonal line from 2:00 to 7:00. Repeat seven more times for a total of eight 2:00 to 7:00 stretches.

Close your eyes. Let them relax. Inhale. Exhale. Open your eyes.

Fourth – Moving only your eyes (not your head or neck), look up to 10:00. Look as far up and slightly to the left as you can. Then look down to 5:00. Look as far down and slightly to the right as you can. Let your eyes glide smoothly in this diagonal line from 10:00 to 5:00. Repeat seven more times for a total of eight 10:00 to 5:00 stretches.

Close your eyes. Let them relax. Inhale. Exhale. Open your eyes. See? Relief really is in sight!

Fifth – Look up to 12:00 and sweep your eyes in a clockwise circle eight times. Close your eyes. Inhale. Exhale. Open your eyes and look up to 12:00 again, but sweep your eyes in a counter-clockwise circle eight times.

Last – Bring your palms together, and briskly rub them against each other until you generate some heat. Close your eyes and gently press your warm palms against your eyelids. Be still. Breathe. When you are ready, remove your hands, and open your eyes.


DISCLAIMER: These exercises are not a substitute for medical advice. Consult your physician before attempting these or any other exercise program. Romance Divas and Jeanan Glazier disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercises herein.


JEANAN GLAZIER attended her first yoga class when she was fifteen. (This was 1974 for anyone who is counting!) As a student of jazz dance and the only teenager in a class of women aged 30-45, Jeanan began observing how yoga poses fit different bodies and individual levels of ability. Jeanan received teacher certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 2001. She has taught classes and provided private yoga instruction in Ohio and Florida. Jeanan has enjoyed many fitness activities from running and rock climbing to her current challenge: aqua aerobics. However, yoga continues to be her one constant activity.
As a writer of contemporary and young adult fiction, Jeanan not only knows where the body feels the hours spent in front of a computer or hunched over a desk, but also the yoga poses which can bring relief to the stiffness and soreness. Jeanan believes wholeheartedly that a more flexible body creates a more flexible mind. Yoga can give the imagination a tweak, maybe even a tune-up. What writer wouldn’t appreciate this benefit?!

Website: www.jeananglazier.com