Episode 17: Writing and Karma

Karma isn’t just about whether or not you return as a toad in your next life. Karma is about how all of our experiences are a result of previous actions. Karma yoga is about selfless service. Acting with the intention to do good in the world without concern for what we’re going to get out of it. While writing can sometimes be a selfish act, a creative urge that stems from a desire to feel good, in Episode 17: Writing and Karma, we also examine how writing can be a selfless act. How can a writer do good in the world and be of service to our readers?

Hindu American Foundation Take Back Yoga Campaign

I am very conscientious of the colonization of yoga by white people, mainly the massive commercialization of yoga for profit. I also love yoga dearly as it has brought joy and healing into my life and I don’t know what I would have done without it. I am a cultural Jew and not religious. My practice of yoga is as religious as I get. I am sharing this with you because if my podcast incites you to learn more about yoga, which I hope it does, I hope that you will also learn more about the colonization of yoga.

To begin with, I wanted to post this letter from the Hindu American Foundation addressed to the popular Yoga Journal (which I read and enjoy) in 2008 as part of their Take Back Yoga Campaign, titled: Is Hindu a bad word?

Dear Editor:

After reading this month’s articles, “Eat Like a Yogi,” “The Essence of Life” and “Everyday Ecstasy,” and admiring the prominently printed “Oms” throughout the magazine, I couldn’t help but wonder, “How many ways are there to avoid the word ‘Hindu’?” I have read Yoga Journal for a number of years now Continue reading “Hindu American Foundation Take Back Yoga Campaign”

Podcast on Break

Charminar, Hyderabad, India

Yoga for Writing is on hiatus while travelling in South Asia. All 16 podcasts are still available to listen to here, on iTunes or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Subscribe to be notified when we’re back in action, sometime in early January. You can also follow us on Instagram to see photos from our trip.

Episode 16: Yoga and Contentment

In Episode 16: Yoga and Contentment, we discuss the second niyama, Santosha, which means contentment. Following your dreams are pointless. Yep, that’s what I said. They are pointless if you don’t appreciate what you already have. Otherwise, when you reach your next big goal, you’ll find another goal waiting for you to achieve. Instead, Santosha asks us to recognize all the abundance we already have right in front of us. More than that, it asks us to be content with all the good and the bad. To find out how to take on this not- so-easy task, listen to the Episode 16 of Yoga for Writing: a podcast for miserable writers.

Episode 15: Writing and Courage

In Episode 15 of Yoga for Writing, we discuss Writing and Courage. Using the example of the Hindu god Hanuman, we look at ways in which writing requires us to take a leap of faith from time to time so we don’t fall into a rut. Where does fear come up around our writing life and writing process? How can we be braver with our writing?

Episode 14: Writing and Cleanliness

In Episode 14 of Yoga for Writing, Writing and Cleanliness, we examine the first niyama, Saucha, which means purification. As writers, it might be easy to show up to our desk piled high with bills and smell like yesterday’s beer sweat, no one is going to see us (or smell us) after all. But maybe it’s not so good for our writing. Clearing space in our mind, body, spirit and surroundings helps us to be more creative and open to new ideas. Find out why in Episode 14.

Episode 13: Writing and Balance

In Episode 13 of Yoga for Writing, Writing and Balance, we examine the yoga sutra, sthira-sukham asanam, or residing with steadfastness and ease. How can writers consider this sutra in order to help us find more balance in our practice? How can writers emulate the well-loved gentle giant to our benefit? How can we bring more commitment, as well as, less stress to our writing process?

Episode 12: Writing and Letting Go- part 3

In Episode 12 of Yoga For Writing: a podcast for miserable writers, we once again examine the yogic yama of Aparigraha. This time, we look at how writing can be a therapeutic source for anyone and everyone. The act of putting pen to paper allows us to unleash emotions and ideas that are hidden from us in our subconscious. Learn how writing can foster positive change in your life via the act of letting go.

Episode 11: Writing and Letting Go- part 2

In Episode 11 of Writing for Yoga, we will further examine the yogic yama of Aparigraha or non-covetousness, non-grasping. This time, we will discuss how it applies to our writing and the importance of being able to let go in our writing process to allow us to follow our passion. Also, we’ll learn how grasping can hurt our writing and how we can use Aparigraha to be better editors and create the best work possible. 

Episode 10: Writing and Letting Go

In Episode 10 or Yoga for Writing: a podcast for miserable writers, we discuss the yogic yama of Aparigraha or non-grasping and the ways in which attachment can make writers miserable. By attaching too strongly to our identity as a writer, we place too much burden on the role writing plays in our lives. In the same way, by attaching to outcomes or a self-imposed goal that will signify success, we are never satisfied. Learn how non-attachment can help to make our writing life more gratifying.