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As a yoga teacher, Amber Polo loves to teach people to relax; As a librarian, she loves interesting research projects; As a writer, she loves to write; As a traveler, she packs more guidebooks than underwear – and still gets lost "Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer’s High" brings together all her loves. Amber’s fiction has been called quirky and profound. She has published short stories, two novels, and won the Story Circle Network ’08 LifeWriting Competition. Her yoga teacher training is in Integral Yoga, the program Dean Ornish used to develop his Program for Reversing Heart Disease and a method proven to teach recognition of tension and the techniques to release it. Her relaxation audios "Relaxation; One Breath at a Time," "Relaxing the Writer Relaxation", & "Relaxing the Writers Hand Meditation" have won praise as accessible, not too woo-woo, relaxation instruction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463727054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463727055
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,313,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Karen Bryson on October 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Yoga teacher and writer, Amber Polo, provides a variety of useful tips for writers to remain healthy. This book is a godsend for writers, who spend their days indoors seated at a computer. Polo says, "relaxation can be learned" and she includes a range of relaxation methods that are easy to understand and implement. By becoming more relaxed, writers can also increase their connection to their creative source and enhance productivity. Relaxing the Writer is an excellent resource for writers and other professionals, whose jobs require long hours of sitting at a computer.
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I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to all writers and anyone who spends hours sitting in front of a computer. There are exercises you can do at your desk, breathing exercises, Yoga, aromatherapy, ideas for mental stress and physical tension, and my favorite, section IV--Exploring Other Attractions, which includes three categories: active, meditative and sensual artistic. Loved it!
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Writing can be tough work both mentally and physically. As someone who spends 8 to 10 hours a day writing or doing other work at my computer, I was happy to learn some new techniques for easing stress on mind and body. The hand stretches are especially helpful. Recommended for writers or anyone else who spends long hours at the computer.
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"Writers lean forward, necks scrunch into shoulders, backs hunch, brows furrow, eyes bug out, and lower back, arms, wrists, and fingers tighten. Even our faces squinch tight and wrinkle. Eyes squint at screens without blinking. Repetitive use of muscles and unnatural postures create tension, the body's natural response to imbalance."

Just reading this quote makes me want to try another profession. But, fear not friends, there's help. Relaxing the Writer is a guide to help develop your personal user's manual of relaxation methods. Author Amber Polo tells us about how mental stress and physical tension can affect every part of the writer's life. All writers enter into an altered state of consciousness and need relaxation techniques to focus the mind, de-stress the body, and calm emotions because that will replenish creativity.and all writers want that creative edge.

Relaxing the Writer covers Aromatherapy to Zumba in depth and all the fun things in between. I love the fact that Polo gives me options on how I can incorporate the Active, Meditative, and Sensual Artistic areas into MY life. She suggests not only aerobic activities, but music to write to.and the moving and the music genre can fit your style of writing. I love the fact that Relaxing the Writer had some practical wisdom about how to sit, where to place your computer, and how to create a comfortable work environment with aromatherapy and good lighting.

The Buddha says, "To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Read how to make relaxation a priority for you.

by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
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"Relaxing The Writer" is one of the best books out there today for writers (and others) who need specific and beneficial guidelines to relaxing not only your hands but body and mind as well. Ms. Polo's guidelines are precise and easily followed, and can be done any time, any where. Laced with a bit of humor, too, this is a "Must Have", and I'd recommend it to anyone!
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NOTE: I received a free copy of this book for review.

RELAXING THE WRITER is written by author, yoga instructor, and librarian Amber Polo. Polo designed this "guidebook" to help foster both creativity and relaxation for those who sit all day--particularly writers like herself, but also computer users and others.

Polo breaks up her book into several segments. She begins with an overview of ergonomics, or setting up the writing space. She covers various factors, including desk types, chairs, computer screens, mouse positioning, lighting, pets, and even what to wear while writing. Next, Polo offers a section on relaxation breaks. These include simple stretches which can be performed right at one's desk, such as seated forward bends, neck stretches, shoulder stretches, and simple twists. There is also an overview on hand stretches as well as additional tips for keeping the hands relaxed (e.g., using squeeze balls, applying heat).

For more in-depth stretching, Polo describes basic floor stretches, some of which include rolling, and some of which are more passive. In addition, she provides instruction on several simple breathing techniques to enhance the relaxation strategies. Polo concludes the stretching chapter with tips on preventing Computer Vision Syndrome, which she describes as a repetitive strain disorder for the eyes.

Polo dedicates the remainder of the book to alternate strategies for relaxation. She delves into a wide variety of practices, from aromatherapy to journaling to different types of exercise (e.g., walking, aerobics, weight training, Tai Chi, yoga). For each item, Polo simply provides the reader with a short, bulleted list of ideas.
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