Easy YouTube Yoga Picks For Artists or Writers
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
Artists and writers are often subject to a high amount of unacknowledged stress on our bodies, minds and spirits.
Here are 18 research-backed reasons* you should take a break from typing or prepping a canvas and collapse onto a yoga mat, even for 5 minutes.
Yoga can help:
1. Boost confidence
2. Reduce chronic inflammation
3. Curtail destructive urges
4. Manage Stress
6. Enhance memory
7. Lower blood pressure
8. Improve balance
9. Boost immunity
10. Improving overall brain health
11. Decrease damage to your DNA
12. Increase relaxation
13. Support fertility
14. Improve body image
15. Strengthen muscles
16. Increase pain tolerance
17. Build bones even as you age
18. Improve your body image
(*List from June 2018 Yoga Journal article by Brittany Risher entitled “The Science of Self Care and Yoga.”)
And most importantly:
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
–The Bhagavad Gita
All that, while you’re still in your cowgirl pajamas (oh, wait that’s me.)
Of course you could go to a live class with other real human beings.
But when I do that, I add a few errands and a stop at Peet’s Coffee, bump into a friend and before I know it I have blown half a writing day.
That’s Why I’m the YouTube Yoga Queen.
Since I started using these videos my pinky fingers no longer get numb after a day of typing, my shoulders no longer hover near my ears, I finish more of what I start, and I’m way more fun to be around after work.
All for free. 🙂
Will any of my short, easy video picks below work for you?
Video Option 1. Yoga for Artists with Kripalu Yoga Instructor Mara:
Great 2 minute forearm stretches for jewelers, painters and illustrators with a calming, kind instructor:
Video Option 2. Yoga for Writers 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:
Video Option 3. For Both 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 down to earth, intelligent and funny Texas actor & teacher stresses curiosity and kindness to the self. It’s no wonder she has almost 5 million followers on YouTube. Her dog who sits by her while she teaches has become a celebrity too.
Adrienne offers a strangely compelling way into a healthy habit that will improve your flexibility, balance and by extension your art or writing practice.
For 30 to 40 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 hers called “True,” here. It got me hooked on daily at home yoga. Because of Adriene I now have a yoga practice.
Writers often have sciatica or lower back issues from sitting a lot. Look at her Yoga for Sciatica.
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:
Give YouTube Yoga a whirl. After all— life is too short, to not risk making an asana out of yourself.
*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 you tube yoga favorites to pass along in the comments below!