Yoga for Writers #5



“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.

One of the simplest poses which encourages more flexible hip joints is one you’ve probably done. You just didn’t realize it was yoga. Have you guessed what it is yet? “Criss-cross, applesauce, everybody!”

Yes, simply sitting on the floor with your legs crossed is a yoga pose, and it makes your hips happy because it makes them more flexible. Here’s another great thing about this pose: You can do it while watching T.V. Your T.V. time becomes yoga time for your hips.

The goal is to sit criss-cross, applesauce with your spine straight and shoulders relaxed for as long as you comfortably can. It’s a good idea to sit near a sofa or chair. If your back gets tired, then take a break and lean against the furniture for a little while. If necessary, lean back as you sit with crossed legs.

If you experience any fatigue or soreness in your hips, knees, or ankles, then slowly straighten your legs. Sit with them outstretched until the sensation subsides. Try crossing your legs again. On the other hand, if you’ve had enough criss-cross applesauce, then feel free to simply enjoy the rest of your T.V. program from either the floor or your sofa. Try the pose again the next time you watch T.V., and feel good about what you are doing for your hips.

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?!