This week, we talk about writing as a form of discovery.
This week we will look closely at a poem by W.H. Auden and consider the role of poetry and art in the world.
This week we will explore a variety of writing prompts for free writing.
Start with the short video to learn the four yoga exercises we are going to be doing this week. They are the Sufi grind, spinal flex, life stretch, and Kundalini frog pose. Together they will give warm up your spine, strengthen your core, and give you a complete body workout in only twelve minutes. When you are comfortable with the exercises, you can practice with the audio link. Then go either to the meditation or direction into your writing.
This practice is largely about listening more deeply to yourself. The word “yoga” means union. When you bring mind and body together in awareness, you are practicing yoga. One of the most inspiring yoga teacher is Mathew Sanford, who became paralyzed in an accident as a child.
So please do what is right for your body and know that it enough.
There was a social science experiment in which there were two groups of people: one group did biceps exercises with weights every day and the other group didn’t do the physical exercises but instead spent the same amount of time imagining doing the exercises. And then there was a control group that did nothing. The control group, as expected, had no noticeable difference in their biceps. But the group that imagined doing the exercises increased their muscle mass by almost the same amount as the group that actually did the exercises! Amazing–but true.
So if for any reason the physical movements don’t feel right to your body, please try to do them with your mind’s eye. And then follow the prompts after that.
But if you can do them with your physical body, please do. If you feel a sharp pain, then your body is telling you to stop, but if the exercises are just hard, try to see what it’s like to stick with something hard.
See what it’s like to move the energy in your body and notice, too, how your mind interacts with your body as you go through the movements. Then come to your writing after you’ve done the yoga.
Even if you have a regular yoga practice, I encourage you to try the yoga that I offer with this course because it’s specially chosen to help the creative process.
If you have any particular insights or strong observations or inspiration during the yoga, just pause the recording and write.
First, watch the video to learn the exercises and then practice with the audio.
This week we look at some texts that look
at the art of writing itself.