go deeper into your yoga practice
The second thing that I’ve learned from this workshop is to experience how practicing yoga has affected my writing. We started the workshop with some Hatha Yoga practice. Then, we began a writing session. Following, we practiced Yin Yoga, and then another writing session. After Hatha Yoga, I was actively writing. After Yin Yoga, I was more inspired. Lastly, we did “dynamic meditation,” which was new to me. I was so relaxed that I didn’t feel like writing. There is approximately twenty minutes of a recording playing in the background. As soon as the recording starts, you start to shake your body first slowly and then more aggressively, as if you are shaking something out of your body. This lasts for four minutes and then the rhythm changes. Next, you start to dance as if you’re the only one on earth for four minutes. Then Osho, the founder of this type of meditation, starts to talk about something. After four minutes of the recording, you hear people talking gibberish (a language where you speak a nonsensical sound of words) and you join them as if nobody is hearing you. Four minutes later Osho says “stop” and you freeze for four minutes followed by breathing exercises. (On the internet you can find a different variation of this meditation, but the core is the same.) It was interesting to see that my urge to write was lessened.
The mat and your words
At the end of the workshop I was fully inspired about writing more and more. The notebook we were given during the workshop reminds me of all the things I learned in the workshop. Additionally, it reminds me how beautiful it is to write with pen and paper.
As we practice yoga, we learn more about our inner self. Writing about my yoga practice reconnects me to that experience through a different means of expression. Try going deeper into your practice and yourself by picking up a pen and paper after a class!