My Top 5 YouTube Yoga Video Picks For Artists (No Flexibility Required)
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
Why YouTube Yoga for Artists?
Recent studies show yoga can calm fight or flight-related stress and anxiety by activating our parasympathetic nervous system.
Yoga can increase our confidence and help prevent burnout. (To read our post on burnout prevention for artists go here.)
Yoga can also preserve a writer or artist’s vulnerable wrists.
It can loosen our tight lower backs and prevent us from walking around sporting that Mr. Burns (The Simpsons) hunch.
Nevermind the fact that yoga can help us reconnect with our unique, soul-based, personal creative mission for our life on a daily basis.
And YouTube yoga lets you do all that for free, in your cowgirl pajamas.
Will any of my short, easy video picks below work for you?
My First YouTube Yoga Pick for Artists and Writers
Yoga for Creativity with Kripalu Yoga Instructor Mara.
Great 2-minute forearm stretches for jewelers, painters, and digital artists with a calming, kind instructor:
My Second YouTube Yoga Pick for Artists and Writers
Yoga for Wrists with Kassandra
This upbeat 11-minute video specifically addresses preventing carpal tunnel from computer or smartphone keyboard use. The first exercise is the hardest, its all downhill after that, IMO:
My Third YouTube Yoga Pick for Artists & Writers
“Ease Into It.”30 Days of Hatha Yoga with Adriene.”
My last go-to is a series that I can’t say enough nice things about.
Episodes range between 14 and 28 minutes each.
No six-pack abs goals here. Instead this earthy, intelligent and funny Texas actor & teacher stresses curiosity and kindness to the self.
It’s no wonder she has almost 6 million followers on YouTube.
Her furry Australian Blue Heeler dog Benji often sits (usually sleeps) by her while she teaches, and he’s become a celebrity in his own right now.
Adrienne offers a strangely compelling way into a healthy habit.
She will help improve your flexibility, balance, capacity for optimism and general sense of well being.
Those are four things that would serve any artist right?
For 30 or so minutes of prana-riffic yoga every day for 30 days, check out Adriene’s fantastic “Revolution” series here.
Or try my favorite 30 day series of Adriene’s called “True,” here. It only takes about 20 minutes a day.
Because of Adriene I now have a yoga practice.
Writers often have sciatica or lower back issues from sitting a lot. So if that’s you, look at Adriene’s Yoga for Sciatica.
My Final YouTube Yoga Pick For Artists and Writers
Sometimes we creatives have trouble creating because we don’t feel great emotionally.
On days you feel blocked or anxious give this lovely, chill video of Adriene’s a go:
Yoga for Anxiety. Also, Yoga for Depression, Or:
Other Relaxing Resources
If you liked this piece or want more ideas on how you can best let go of stress and come back home to yourself and your art, check out these other Charmed Studio posts:
Check out The Charmed Studio’s Mostly Free Resources for Artist’s Page to get a link to my favorite free meditation app.
*Good illustrated article by Jo Malby with 7 important asanas for creatives: http://inspireportal.com/yoga-asanas-for-writers-and-artists-to-ease-pain-and-wake-up-inspiration/
Please let me know if you have any Youtube yoga favorites to pass along in the comments below!
And thanks for reading.