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Office Yoga: Simple Stretches for Busy People Hardcover – February 1, 2000
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.