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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811826856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811826853
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 0.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the title implies, Zeer offers a series of short, simpleyoga stretches and poses or asanas designed for the home and office. "Office Yoga" takes the reader from early morning in-bed yoga stretches through workday routines (easily performed in the cramped and hurried atmosphere of the office) and returns home with gentle and lighthearted exercises such as "Yoga for Couch Potatoes."

"At-The-Desk-Relaxation," and "Afternoon Invigoration," offer a balanced mix of traditional Hatha yoga poses (e.g., Sun Salutation, Cobra, and Cat) and adaptations such as, "Keyboard Calisthenics" (for loosening wrists and fingers), "E-mail Meditation" (for calming nerves), and "Crowded Elevator Stretch" (to restore energy ). The exercises are enlivened by Michael Klein's retro, New Yorker-ish illustrations, as well as the occasional inspirational quote from the likes of Fred Astaire and Buddha.

Zeer doesn't spend much time teaching yoga concepts; this is a day-planner for relaxation, with a simple, easy-to-follow yoga routine for relieving stress. But it serves that purpose well. (Beliefnet, May 2000) -- From Beliefnet

About the Author

Darrin Zeer spent seven years in Asia studying the different forms of yoga. He now focuses on teaching others to lead simpler, healthier, more peaceful lives. He is based in Southern California.

Michael Klein is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in countless publications and several books.

More About the Author

CNN calls Darrin, "America's Relaxation Expert".
He has appeared on CNN, in Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. Darrin spent seven years traveling and studying yoga and meditation throughout Asia. He is the author of Office Yoga, Office Spa, Office Feng Shui, Everyday Calm, Travel Yoga, Lovers' Yoga, Lovers' Massage, How To Mess Up Your Life, Everyday Is Mother's Day and the Office Stress Emergency Kit.
Darrin leads Stress Management trainings at corporations like Del Monte Foods, Maidenform, 3M, General Motors & CNN. He also teaches Couple's Yoga & Massage retreats at resorts around the world.
For more information about Darrin and his mission,
go to www.darrinzeer.com

Customer Reviews

Get this book, have fun, and feel better!!!
Colleen Davenport
The first time you open and use Darrin Zeer's "Office Yoga" this book will earn spot on your desk top.
Steven D Briggs
It is very easy to read, to follow and to appreciate.
"susanjb"

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2000
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I just bought this book and I love it. The style is simple and easy to use. Each page has a clear, concise yoga tip, and the inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout are a wonderful compliment to the highly practical content. One of the best things about this book is that it is elegant--a finely crafted hardbound book with unique illustrations and a small cozy size that feels fun to hold. The book can be easily tucked away anywhere in the office, or toted along in a briefcase or knapsack. This would make a perfect pick-me-up gift for a friend or office co-worker. "Office Yoga" would be just the thing to include in a stress relief care basket.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Steven D Briggs on April 6, 2000
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The first time you open and use Darrin Zeer's "Office Yoga" this book will earn spot on your desk top. You will want to keep it where you can grab it easily. It's as entertaining and fun to read as it is helpful. Turn to any page and you'll find ways to quickly relieve stress and ease muscle tightness by breathing deeply and stretching your muscles -- as you sit or stand at your desk! If your legs, back, neck or shoulders feel cramped or sore at the end of your office workday, Office Yoga will teach you to use the free minutes here and there to stretch and relax while you work. Whether you're a couch potato or a gym rat or somewhere in between -- Office Yoga will help keep the knots out of your muscles.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "vegangirl" on February 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Okay, this book is exactly what the title says: SIMPLE. However, that doesn't necessarily detract from its worth. It's a small volume, about 93 pages, and about 6" X 5". In my opinion, it's the perfect size for busy office workers who already have cluttered desks! It's fun to hold, easy to carry around, and includes cute illustrations. A lot of the names of the stretches are fun and creative, such as "Close the Deal warrior pose" and "Late Client Stretch."
Besides the easy stretches, which range from stretches for your fingers, wrists, hands and upper back to stretches for your legs, ankles, etc., there are other nice features, including a couple of stretches you can do in bed right after you wake up, and evening relaxers so that you can transition from your hard day at the office to a relaxing evening at home.
Some other features of the book include little reminders that we all know but don't often think about, such as taking a break and walking around outside, practicing lovingkindness, keeping our desks organized, drinking lots of water, making our meals a meditation, etc. In addition, there are plenty of nice, positive quotes strewn throughout the pages.
This is not the most detailed book, or the most comprehensive, but I personally find it very useful in its simplicity and user-friendliness.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Dentoni on April 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From the second I saw this book, I loved it! I have been looking for an office yoga book forever, and I was immediately drawn to the great art. I practice Ashtanga yoga a few times a week at a local studio, but can?t always remember all the postures on my off-days. Many of them are right in the book-Such a quick, easy reference! And I love the stress break notes. They remind me to RELAX and enjoy the day!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My previous office had desks that adjusted up and down (you could stand if you wanted to.) The bank and post office were also a 5 minute walk down the hill so I got some fresh air during the day many times. That was real luxury. Now I have a regular cubicle and the office is the only thing around for miles (hello, Dilbert.) At the end of the day I was surprise how sore and tired I was. This did not make sense, as I certainly was not doing any physical labor. The lack of movement turned out to be the source of the problem. The comfy chair just tempts me to sit and not move around. There's an exercise room, but who wants to change into shorts and a tee to get a breather? Not me.
So this book turned out to be rather helpful. In addition to stretches for fingers, wrists, hands and back, there are ones for the legs too. I find my hips get sore, and this helps a lot to do some simple stretching. The book is a nice, small format that you can hide in a drawer or leave on the desk without it taking up a lot of room.
There are some helpful hints, such as taking a break and walking outside if possible and drinking lots of water. Now I make sure NOT to eat my lunch in my cubicle, and I make water breaks to refill my mug and take a stroll now and then. It helps a lot at the end of the day.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on September 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes, I'll come across a little book that will
surprise you . . . such was the case with OFFICE YOGA by
Darrin Zeer . . . though only 93 pages (in a smallish 4.5 x 6
binding), it nevertheless contained many useful techniques that
make it the perfect desk accessory for busy professionals.
I also liked the accompanying illustrations by Michael
Klein . . . they made it easy to follow Zeer's advice.
Among the ideas that caught my attention were the following:
* Red Light Rejuvenation
This also works on planes and trains.
Sit back, relax, and gently roll your head in circles.
Shrug your shoulders up and down, breathing in rhythm as you do.
Become on with the traffic flow.
* Antidote for road rage
Stop-and-go traffic make you nuts? Loosen up your windpipes
and sing your favorite song. Imitate an opera singer and
come from your belly with the sound.
* E-mail meditation
While you are reading your e-mail, remember to breathe slowly
and focus your attention on your breath. Make the out-breath
two times longer than the in-breath. This will immediately calm you.
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