This is not a series on how to write or how to do yoga. I will not give you tips on character development, plot structure or imagery. Those are all things you can find elsewhere. And aside from some tips, I am not going to teach you how to practice yoga, only guide you through some fundamental ideas of yoga and a few asanas. But you can also find that information elsewhere. Instead, my hope is to show how the ancient philosophies of yoga, as taught through various texts all rooted in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, can offer writers a sense of ease and harmony in their writing process and writing life.

Johanna DeBiase is the author of Mama & the Hungry Hole, #4 in the Wordcraft Series of Fabulist Novellas. She writes from New Mexico where she is spellbound by the energy vortex of Taos Mountain. Originally from New York, she earned her BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her short fiction, poetry, flash and video poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Portland Review, Atticus Review, theEEEL, Monkeybicycle, Convergence, Prick of the Spindle and San Antonio Current, among others. She is the Curator for the SOMOS Young Writers Program. Visit her website: www.JohannaDeBiase.com

After studying in ashrams and practicing yoga around the world for nearly 20 years, in 2014, Johanna became a 200 RYT certified yoga instructor with Aurafitness in Taos, New Mexico. She teaches vinyasa flow yoga classes in various studios around town and specializes in teaching yoga to teens. She is a member of Yoga Alliance.

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