Yoga for Writers

Allistair Santiago

yoga-for-writers.jpgThis week I suck. I’ve got writer’s block. Actually, it’s a bit more than that. It’s more like a general creativity block. I hate it. The more agitated I get, the heavier the block becomes, so naturally I’ve done nothing but agonize over it, which has only succeeded in deepening this hole.

It’s been this way for a few days now. I’ve been staring at the same unyieldingly blank screen and daunted by the same empty sketchbook since before the weekend. None of my attempts in either direction have borne fruit. Not even sour, unripened, bug-nibbled fruit. Nada.

So, bored and desperate, I sought guidance from the guru of the 21st century: Google. And believe it or not, like clockwork, it delivered. Predictably, though, it was trying to sell me something. “Yoga for Writers workshop” one of the headlines proclaimed, “Free your writing and creativity through yoga.” My word, thought I, yoga really has the market covered. The only class whose required materials are a yoga mat and a blank journal, the sessions combine in-class writing and (possibly) drawing exercises with Vinyasa sequences in order to help dissolve those blockages that can build up and get you in touch with your creative voice.

But this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about such an effect. Recently, my readings had introduced me to Kundalini Yoga, an ancient yogic practice that helps unlock the mind’s potential. Regarded as dangerous and subversive by historical ruling powers in India, one of the effects of Kundalini Yoga is to unlock the energy between mind and body, thereby uncorking your creative and intellectual potential through focused meditation and yoga practice.

But if only it were so easy, eh? Of course in the case of Kundalini yoga, you’d have to take years to become a master before getting rid of your writer’s block, but, hey, whatever works, right? And who’s to say that it doesn’t work? I’ve been suffering from writer’s block and – just from checking out a website – I’ve written something.
[tags]Kundalini yoga, writer’s block, google, creativity, free writing, connection between mind and body[/tags]

2 Responses to “Yoga for Writers”

  1. Talin says:

    Hi! I just surfing the net reading stuff about yoga that the title Yoga for Writers caught my eye. I am a writer too and I have experienced the similar block too. infact I hadnt written anything for months, so bad that I had completely abandoned writing. 4 months ago I started doing Kundalini Yoga and meditation through some DVDs. It has helped me ease my mind and body. Last week I had an idea for a radio drama and I started writing right away. Ideas keep coming and I feel really motivated. I strongly recommend to everyone I know, writer or not, to try Kundalini Yoga!
    Good Luck

  2. Allistair says:

    Wow! Four months? That’s not so bad… I may end up looking into this yet. Which DVD’s were you using?

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