Yoga’s current image may make it seem like an exercise trend, for young women to get flat abs and perky butts. However, as any novice or advanced yogi knows, yoga is about so much more than your body. It’s your breath, your mind, and your spirit. You unlock your potential, challenge yourself and get to grips with all of your feelings.
You use your body to really connect with your mind, which is why yoga and creative writing can actually act as a magical combination in anyone’s personal development and spiritual fulfillment. The following points highlight just how connected writing and yoga really are.
1. Both Practices Require the Same Philosophy
When you do yoga, you harness your energy and overcome obstacles in order to develop your mind and reignite your creativity. Using this energy in writing can help you burst through any writer's block, and you’ll soon find words pouring onto the page. However, implementing your yoga practice into your daily life, in tasks like writing, can really help you when you’re back on the mat. By using all of the skills you learn on your yoga mat in daily life, you will develop so much faster and really benefit from the philosophy of yoga. “Yoga is a way of living your life, so switching the principles you learn on and off just holds you back, while making small steps, such as creative writing, can help your practice grow”, - says Joanne Ray, a creative writer at Paper Fellows.
2. They’re Both the Best Place to Learn About Yourself
When you write, you open a vein and the words pour out. Even fiction writers write a truth of some kind, and it’s hard to access your deepest darkest feelings, or even let your imagination run wild if you’re being held back by other thoughts, worries, or distractions.
By writing, you can write all of your thoughts and ideas, and you no longer need to dwell on them. This makes your time doing yoga a lot easier, as you’ll be more accustomed to letting a thought enter your mind and then float away without trying to cling to it. This will help you focus on your breath and really concentrate on developing your practice, rather than being distracted by whatever has gone on in your day, or anything you’re worried or anxious about. You’ll have much better access to your real self, untethered by rules by incorporating writing and yoga.
3. They’re Both an Amazing Release
In today’s stressful society, almost everyone experiences some form of anxiety, depression, or stress. Amber Coburn, an art manager from Essayroo shares her opinion: “Writing is an emotional tool used by therapists everywhere to really access your inner feelings, and putting them down on paper is a great way of letting go of the negatives. This is an awesome way of getting into the right state of mind for your yoga practice, which is also an amazing and acknowledged way of improving mental health. Whatever is on your mind, writing about it can really fuel the way your yoga practice helps you deal with it”.
4. Writing Helps You Apply Your Yogi Skills
When practicing yoga, you ask questions that it’s OK not to answer, or not to know the answer to. You’ll also learn to not be possessive, and able to let things go without worrying. While these are amazing skills to pick up, it’s hard to know if you’ve really got them until you put them into practice. If you can accept when a story isn’t working and give up, then you’ve probably got a good grasp on being non-possessive. If you’re thinking is more creative, and you write with less of an idea of where the story will go, then you really are opening your mind, being inquisitive, and able to handle not having an answer. If nothing else, writing will help highlight which areas you need to work on.
5. Writing and Yoga Are Personal
We live in a world where there’s a right and wrong way to do everything, and we can often feel inadequate. “Writing has no rules, you can do whatever works for you, and when you incorporate this attitude, your yoga practice can become personal too”, - comments Thomas Green, an author from Ukwritings. Change your practice to suit your needs- whether it’s injuries, pains, or just ability and enjoyment, without worrying about doing a pose right.
While it’s difficult to take time out of our schedules for some self-care, giving yourself the chance to write, and to do so alongside your yoga practice can be beneficial in innumerable ways.
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