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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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In Episode 9 of Yoga for Writing, we examine how breath or the act of breathing plays a role in our writing practice. Are you a fast or slow writer? Is your breath stifled or quick while you’re writing? How can altering the quality of your breath alter your writing? Examining the way breath connects mind and body, we try our hand at breathing exercises and experiment with pranayma.
In Episode 8 of Yoga for Writing, we discuss the yogic philosophy of Bramacharya. Writers have done a lot historically to glorify drug and alcohol addiction, but at what cost? The stereotype of the romantic drunk author pounding away at his keyboard in Key West has created the false idea that we can call upon the muse with the use of mind-altering substances. The yogic yama, Bramacharya, asks for moderation in all things. Miserable writers may want to consider what kind of activities they are over-indulging in and how they might be stealing from their creativity.