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Now, a Yoga book for 'desk jockeys'

Susi Hately Aldous' Yoga for the Desk Jockey offers new hope for desk-bound executives.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 18:03 IST

For desk-bound executives who work long hours on the computer and suffer aches, there is help at hand - a Canadian author has brought out a book that promises freedom from pain using techniques of yoga.

Titled Yoga for the Desk Jockey, the book offers what it calls "simple at-your-desk yoga exercises that reduce the aches and pains associated with computer work in just minutes each day".

Says author Susi Hately Aldous: "Over the years I've collected and adapted yoga techniques that help release tension and ease the strains of computer work."

With computers such an inescapable element of the modern workplace, aches and pains in the neck, back, wrists and shoulders have become a "bothersome companion for millions of working people", says a promotion for the book.

Yoga for the Desk Jockey features fun and effective ways of moving, stretching and breathing that can easily be performed in ordinary office clothing by the average person," says Aldous, a former ergonomics consultant who became a certified yoga instructor and now owns a yoga studio in Calgary, Canada.

"Even in companies that had installed good equipment, people were still experiencing various kinds of pain," she says.

"In my yoga classes, I asked people to try various yoga poses, breathing and meditation techniques while at work and report back to me how they felt during the day. They all said they felt less pain and were less irritable with co-workers," says Aldous.

She says doing the yoga exercises will result in "greater productivity, an increased experience of comfort and less reliance on medication, alcohol, street drugs or surgery to manage pain".

The book shows over 25 simple yoga exercises including breathing, stretching and stress-release techniques that can be performed before work, while commuting and at home.

First Published: Jun 18, 2006 06:00 IST