Best YouTube Yoga Picks For Artists & Writers
by Thea Fiore-Bloom, PhD
Artists and writers need yoga.
We need it like dolphins need tuna.
Yoga preserves our vulnerable wrists.
It loosens our tight lower backs and prevents us from walking around with Mr. Burns shoulders (The Simpsons.)
Yoga increases confidence and reconnects us with our personal creative missions.
It can even help prevent creative burnout.
Why YouTube Yoga for Artists?
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.
I get to do yoga almost every day and stay on schedule with my writing and art.
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 after a day of making art.
I finish more of what I start.
And I’m way more relaxed and happy after work.
All of the above for free.
Will any of my short, easy video picks below work for you?
Hope so. 🙂
Yoga for Artists and Writers Video Option 1.
Yoga for Creativity with Kripalu Yoga Instructor Mara.
Great 2-minute forearm stretches for jewelers, painters, and digital artists with a calming, kind instructor:
Yoga for Artists and Writers Video Option 2.
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:
Yoga for Artists & Writers Video Option 3.
“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 5 million followers on YouTube.
Her dog Benji often 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 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.
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:
If you’re a yoga person you’ll probably like The Charmed Studio’s post on 4 ways tea helps artists.
*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!
And thanks for reading.