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Yoga For Traders at Trader’s Narrative

Yoga For Traders

In the comments a few days ago I mentioned that I’ve gotten into yoga recently. John from MovetheMarkets, requested a picture of my yoga teacher but since I don’t want a restraining order slapped on me, here’s a video of a Ford model showing you some cool yoga poses:

I can’t believe it took me this long to discover yoga. As a fitness regimen, it fits the needs of traders to a tee. Or for that matter anyone that spends a lot of time in an office setting or sitting in one posture.

I noticed late last year that eventhough I had set up my chair and desk as ergonomically sound as possible, I was still finding myself hunching, leaning to one side or doing some other bad stuff for my posture. The result was that at the end of the day my whole body and especially my lower back were really cramped and sore.

I’ve found yoga to be an amazing answer. I know, I know. If you’re a guy you probably think of yoga as “wussy”. All I can tell you is, try it. If you like, try the moves in the video above. Just don’t hurt yourself. Then you’ll find out just how hard it really is.

I’ll share some specific yoga postures you can do while sitting down at a desk or in an office setting to get mini-relief during the day. There’s one specific one for the chest that I really love.

Till then, if you’re a trader (and you probably are reading this blog) I would encourage you to look into yoga classes. Most traders out there are guys. Guess what the predominant gender is in yoga studios around the world? ;-)

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6 Responses to “Yoga For Traders”  

  1. 1 David

    Thanks for that. I have considered yoga in the past. This might give me that final little push to do something about it. Isn’t she a beaut?

  2. 2 Babak

    Dave, I’d recommend Hatha yoga personally. And yes she is :-)

  3. 3 Prospectus

    I’ve been doing Yoga for over a year now. I used to have terrible back pain and could hardly touch my shins when I would try to touch my toes. I’ve gotten so much more flexible, and can now touch my toes from standing. Pretty amazing to me! It has also helped my back pain a ton. I would second Babak’s recommendation. Get past the initial “shame”, because you’ll build strength, flexibility and help out your poor back from sitting in front of the computer all day. Plus, the discipline of telling your body to keep going in a pose that’s challenging and stretching the crap out of you is great practice for building the mental discipline needed to manage a trade that’s doing the same thing to you, albeit financially, in the markets. :)

  4. 4 Babak

    thanks for the testimonial! :-)
    - your check is in the mail ;-)

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