Category Archives: Health, Body, & Mind

Yoga For Writers #7

* HEALTH FOR WRITERS series

FINAL INSTALLMENT 

By JEANAN GLAZIER

Happy feet. Are they too much to ask for? They take a lot of abuse, but they don’t get much reprieve. Yes, there are foot massages and pedicures, and they feel wonderful. However, these are occasional luxuries for many people, and aren’t affordable on a regular basis. So how do we show some love to our feet? Fortunately, yoga provides an answer.

Yoga for Writers #6

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By JEANAN GLAZIER

Where do you want to be? Your legs get you there. Standing, sitting, strolling, walking, or running, the muscles in your legs propel you. If you think about how much work your legs do every day, then it isn’t surprising they are sometimes tired, and all you want to do is sit down and put your feet up. Nor is it surprising for your legs to feel tired or stiff when you’ve been sitting for long periods of time. However, you can do something about the fatigue and stiffness.

Yoga for Writers #5

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By JEANAN GLAZIER

“Criss-cross, applesauce.” Are any of you familiar with this elementary school instruction? For those of you who aren’t, it means, “Sit down Indian-style.”

Sitting in this manner is easy for most kids and young people. However, as we age, sitting criss-cross, applesauce can become more difficult. The reason is because our hips tend to lose flexibility, but there is good news.

Yoga for Writers #4

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By JEANAN GLAZIER

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall? Of course you have.

“Having your back against the wall” usually implies: you’ve come to the end of your tether and/or you’ve run out of options. Do you notice what those implications have in common? Both are negative. However, when it comes to yoga, “having your back against the wall” is a positive position.

Having your back against the wall will be easier to do if we talk about having your back against the floor first.

Yoga for Writers #3

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By JEANAN GLAZIER

Shoulders. Whether you carry the weight of the world on them, or just the weight of your own world, shoulders often get the brunt of your stress. Here are some ways to lighten up your shoulders. You may do these stretches seated at your desk or standing up, feet hip-width apart.

Refer back to the previous Yoga for Writers article about the neck. The stretches described for the sides of the neck also stretch the tops of the shoulders. Repeat the stretches. In your mind’s eye, picture the tops of your shoulders instead of the sides of your neck. You won’t be sorry.

Yoga for Writers #2

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By JEANAN GLAZIER

If you really want to stretch your neck, then you have to use your mind’s eye. Here’s how:

You must be sitting in a chair with your back as straight as possible. This means your feet are hip width apart, flat on the floor, and parallel. This means your bent knees are in line with your hips. This means your hips and your rear are touching the back of the chair. You know the part of the chair where the seat and the back meet? Your hips and your rear are making contact with your chair – right there. Remember: the key word is “comfortable”.

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.