VODKA O’CLOCK 1806:

Self Care for Creative People

AMBER LOVE 13-AUG-2018 My work is supported by the generous backers at Patreon.com/amberunmasked who appreciate my reviews and my stories; and they also get first access to what’s happening with my books and podcast. Also, I’m an Amazon Influencer so you can shop through my personal recommendations and buy my books with these handy links below:

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Using Yoga as Self Care:

This audio was recorded live at the Burlington County Fandom Fest, August 4, 2018. After the introduction, I guided the audience through setting an intention, yoga asanas (poses) seated and using the chair for support, and meditation. If you missed this, you can refer to my YouTube Channel which has several videos for chair supported yoga and beginner level mat yoga.

Props:

Yoga blocks – I use foam blocks, but some people prefer the harder surface of cork blocks

Strap – you don’t need to spend money on a “yoga” strap if you don’t want to; use a necktie or scarf

Oracle decks – Life Angel deck, Little Buddha deck, and other Angel cards used to help set an intention or find a focus for meditation

Yoga mats – mats range from 3mm to 6mm usually and prices have a drastic range of anywhere from $15-$100+ but you do get what you pay for. High quality mats will last a much longer time. There are also eco-friendly manufacturers that use recycled materials.

Asanas:

  • Neck rolls gently
  • Wrist and ankle circles; flex and extend
  • Clasp hands, flip palms outward and raise arms up; slight bend to each side
  • Eagle arms
  • Cow-face arms
  • Stretch hands, wrists, and fingers
  • Spine twist to each side
  • Side bends
  • Seated Cow/Cat
  • Seated hamstring stretches (Heron pose); then open the straight leg out for inside leg stretch
  • Seated lunges
  • Seated half pigeon – cross one ankle over the other knee
  • Deeper spine twists with legs crossed and front hand to opposite knee
  • Downward Dog
  • Walk slowly in to standing
  • Forward Fold
  • Settle back into the chair with a tall spine and neutral alignment
  • Close your eyes for a body awareness scan

Resources:

Chair Yoga: Sit, Stretch, and Strengthen Your Way to a Happier, Healthier You by Kristin McGee (affiliate link)

 

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