Writing + yoga = creative synergy

Yoga opens you to your deepest insights, while writing provides a container for this wisdom. Through yoga you find your breath and through writing you give your breath voice. Through yoga you access what lies beneath the surface of your mind, and through writing you integrate these revelations. Yoga supports the effort of giving your gift of writing to the world. Practicing writing and yoga together can ignite your creative fire and liberate your authentic voice and deepest truths.

Yoga benefits writers

Pairing writing exercises with physical yoga poses leads to insights and inspirations that make our writing fierce and original. These insights and inspirations can even improve our lives and relationships in profound and lasting ways. If you’re a writer striving to finish a project, deepen your craft, or re-enliven your voice and your work, a creative retreat can be invaluable.  Even if you don’t consider yourself a “writer,” writing can change your life, especially when you open yourself with yoga and meditation. Stress in the body can inhibit or block creativity. Yoga can help release the physical pain in your shoulders, neck, head, lower back, hips, and eyes. When the tensions of the body are eased, so are the tensions of the mind.

Writing is meditative

Writers, take heart! Despite how hard it can sometimes be, writing can actually have a positive impact on physical health. Psychologist and researcher James Pennebaker of the University of Texas at Austin explains that specific writing exercises actually strengthen immune cells. Other researchers have shown that journaling can ease symptoms of chronic conditions like asthma and arthritis. Writing helps you come to terms with the stressors in your life, so you can reduce the negative impact of stress on your health. Writing engages the analytical, rational left brain, leaving your right brain free to intuitively process and create. 

The benefits of yoga and writing complement each other beautifully. Both can change your life in the most potent and unexpected ways.