Yoga and Creativity: A yoga practice followed by an optional creativity exercise
The Benefits of a Yoga Practice:
-Relaxing and energizing
-Creates bodymind awareness
-Strength and flexibility
-Conscious breathing and stretching gives a sense of calm and wellbeing
-Creates receptivity to the imagination, insight, and creative ideas
Goals for the Class:
In each class I will be guiding everyone through an hour of yoga postures, breath work, and meditation so that we can all get a workout, stretch, relax, and gently open our minds and bodies to the wisdom and creativity we have within.
Afterwards, I plan on sticking around to work on something creative such as writing poetry, painting, collaging, etc. Anyone else is welcome to stay and work on their art as well, though this is certainly not a requirement. I will have some optional creative prompts to get you started and you are welcome to share your own ideas as well. This will be very informal and sort of an experiment of working on creative projects in a group to see how we can inspire one another or learn about our unique creative processes. I am open to ideas on this.
The time will be on Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm at Powderhorn Park. We’ll meet on the south side of the park. Outdoors near 35th Street in the block between 14th and 15th Ave S. If it's raining we'll meet in the rec center. Email me if you have any questions!
I have been practicing Hatha yoga for the last 8 years and am a certified yoga instructor. I like to study yoga philosophy and yoga in it's various forms. I'm particularly interested in how yoga can enhance the creative process in activities like writing and making art, and how the creative process in turn can deepen one's yoga practice. I have taught a couple workshops for Hamline University's graduate writing retreat, pairing yoga with creative writing. I also just finished taking a creative process class where we tried many different creativity experiments, read up on creativity theory and the testimonies of many artists, musicians, writers, and scientists.
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