Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Setting up your physical area for Turbo Charged Reading

Written By M'reen
Setting up your physical area for Turbo Charged Reading
is, of course, easy and probably can be done more efficiently and with greater productivity
than you are currently experiencing.
Once you have established a routine then you will decide if this is the pattern you want to follow
at this time or if curling up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate is preferable.
The purpose is to give you all the advantages that lead to your ease of success.
You will see that I have spent a lot of time on the beneficial art of sitting and rising from your chair
and with your posture when reading a great many books at ‘one sitting’.
Good study habits are not a part of this particular article; just how to TCR one or many books.
You will need a table for your book, paper and pens and a timer.
For your first session you’ll also need a soft pencil, an eraser and a toothpick or something similar and this is for you to time reading for two minutes at your normal rate (that is understanding what 
you have read) and then entering the focussed learning state and reading for a further two minutes.
After each two minute period you turn the book upside down and with the toothpick count
the number of words you have read. I expect you to be surprised at how many more words
you have read while in this initial focussed state.
The pen and paper is for you to write your purpose, your mind instructions, your closing instructions and also for your mind maps.
The timer is to remind you that after each half hour of study or sitting down work you need
to leap up and refresh and oxygenate your body and brain and in doing so will find that you can maintain your level of concentration and work quality throughout your day.
The table has on it a pile of books secured with an elastic band and this is used as a book rest
to give the book you are reading an angle of around 45 degrees for ease of turning pages.
Unless using the pillow technique described in the second video when reading many books
or even one, you will find it easier on your neck and shoulders if you rest your elbows on the table.

The number of videos indicated how much respect I have for The Alexander Technique
and the value of sitting and rising from your chair or toilet in a way that supports your body
both now and for later years. I am as guilty as many people of ‘not doing’
so I’ve written out how I was taught to sit and rise from a chair.
Back up to the chair so that your calves are touching the edge.
Bring your knees and shoulders forward and this will take you down to the seat.
Sit on the two sticky out bones at the front of your pelvic girdle with your feet flat on the floor.
So you are not sitting on your tail bone and your spine is not curved back and down.
In fact as you rest on those two bones you bring your spine back with your shoulders over your hips and imagine that a puppeteer pulls a string from your top knot straightening out your spine, neck 
and head and you will probably experience your chin lifting.
To rise from a chair, shuffle to the front of the seat and put your feet back under the chair so that 
you are resting on your toes. Lean back and then forward tipping your shoulders and head 
over your knees allowing the momentum to raise your bum of the chair and for you to gracefully uncurl and then imagine that puppeteer pulling you into that lovely restful posture.

Alexander Technique Squatting and Sitting
The purpose of this video first and foremost is how to sit and squat, (safely, easily and mindfully) from standing to sitting and into a full squat. This movement is a position of mechanical advantage, in other words the body is used in accordance with its design, the muscles, bone joints are used in a more balanced and integrated way, giving structural support, balance and integrity. Also giving the torso maximum length and release and avoiding stress and compression of the torso. 5.29 minutes
How To Sit In A Chair Without Pain - Learn Alexander Technique!
Luke Ford talks about the best types of chairs and best approaches to sitting in a chair.
And the worst ways to sit in a chair.Sitting on an ‘office swivel chair’ reading books, get up and move every ½ hr  3.46 minutes
Sitting Comfortably Erect
How to sit comfortably without pain. Learn how to sit at the computer, at a desk, table, in a car without slumping or stiffening using natural good posture. Learn what positions cause stiffness and pain and how to release and relax with effortless upright energy. 
As a result of this video I raised my desktop monitor so that my eyes are about 1/3 down this page and not the top of the plastic surround. This was my decision and not a recommendation.
Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow - Sitting
Here Marjorie works with a student, showing her how to sit without scrunching her body, She was in her 90s and suffering from osteoporosis.  2.16 minutes
Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow - Writing
Marjorie was in her 90s and suffering from osteoporosis.
The man kept commenting on how he was able to breath.  3.45 minutes
Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Advanced Reading Skills Perhaps you’d like to join my FaceBook group ?
Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:         gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life               which takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others.         just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

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