Yoga for Computer Users: Healthy Necks, Shoulders, Wrists, and Hands in the Postmodern Age

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More and more people depend on computers for work and entertainment, which means more and more hours spent slumped in a chair-and more and more hand, wrist, neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries. In Yoga for Computer Users, Sandy Blaine offers a program of preventive self-care. She presents twenty-four illustrated poses, exercises, and breathing and relaxation techniques that increase circulation and range of motion, improve posture, and restore vitality. They can be practiced regardless of age or yoga ...

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Yoga for Computer Users: Healthy Necks, Shoulders, Wrists, and Hands in the Postmodern Age

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Overview

More and more people depend on computers for work and entertainment, which means more and more hours spent slumped in a chair-and more and more hand, wrist, neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries. In Yoga for Computer Users, Sandy Blaine offers a program of preventive self-care. She presents twenty-four illustrated poses, exercises, and breathing and relaxation techniques that increase circulation and range of motion, improve posture, and restore vitality. They can be practiced regardless of age or yoga experience, and are combined in sequences, ranging from quick 5-minute stretching breaks to a 15-minute practice at the computer, to 30-minute at-home sessions designed for morning energy and evening relaxation. A special "Everyday Yoga" section presents lifestyle tips that help you learn to alternate mouse hands, strengthen your core, schedule computer-free days each week, and make time for joy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930485198
  • Publisher: Rodmell Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 940,118
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     11
Introduction     13
Moving Forward: The Human Body in the Technological Age     15
Necessary Steps and Changes     15
How Yoga Can Help     18
A Healthy Musculoskeletal System     19
Chairs and the Human Back     20
RSI: What and Why     22
The Physiological Effects of Stress     23
How to Use This Book     24
Desktop Yoga     27
Take a Break! Balancing Practice with Computer Time     27
Practicing at Work: Issues and Suggestions     28
The Poses: Take a Break from Your Computer     30
Seated Posture     31
Seated Mountain Pose with Basic Arm Stretch     35
Reverse Prayer Pose     37
Seated Eagle Pose     39
Seated Cow Pose     42
Seated Back Bend Pose     44
Seated Twist Pose     47
Seated Thread-the-Needle     49
Standing Forward Bend Pose     52
Seated Forward Bend Pose     54
Seated Neck Stretches     56
Seated Lion Pose     60
Chair Dog Pose     62
Inverted Legs Relaxation Pose     64
Breathing Awareness and Meditation     68
Computer-Free Yoga     75
Dedicated Yoga Practice for People Who Spend Long Hours at Their Computers     75
More Poses: Away from the Computer     78
Standing Side-Stretch Pose     79
Supported Spine-Stretch Pose     81
Supported Shoulder-Stretch Pose     84
Downward-Facing Dog Pose     87
Gentle Sleeping Yogi Pose     90
Reclining Twist Pose     92
Bound Angle Pose     94
Letting Go Pose     97
Putting the Poses Together     101
Yoga Practice Guidelines     101
Cautions and Working with Injuries     107
Optimizing Benefits     109
Yoga Practice Sequences     111
Making Space     111
Take a Break     111
Working Yogi     112
Energizing Practice     112
Evening Transition     113
Everyday Yoga     115
Yoga Throughout the Day     115
Daily Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction and a Healthy Immune System     118
Resources     120
About the Author     122
About the Models      123
From the Publisher     124
Index     125

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