Writing and Yoga go together something like hipsters and coffee, peanut butter and jelly, Saint Louis and the Cardinals, I could go on but I think you get the idea. We’ve all heard that yoga is good for the aspiring or established writer, but why?
Yoga on the most basic level is just stretching and breathing. No need to go straight for the headstand or the eight-angle pose. Beginner’s yoga can be as simple as being mindful of your breathing while reaching toward your toes.
- Health & Wellness: Yoga is proven to improve overall physical and mental health, and as you know, when we feel better we write better. Sitting at a desk and writing for hours at a time can have serious health effects later. Back pain, head and neck aches, and muscle degeneration are just a few. Practicing yoga creates better posture and can reduce or remove these issues entirely. Not to mention, at the end of a relaxing yoga workout, you don’t have to pause to shower or worry about being too exhausted to write.
- Focus: We’ve all been there. You sit down at the computer to write and the day is just too present in your mind. Maybe there’s a problem at work, illness in the family, or major financial weight weighing on you? Take a few minutes and run through a few yoga poses. Focus on your breathing and the stretching of your muscles. This breaks your mind away from the stress, creates calm, and rejuvenates your spirit.
- Writer’s Block: We have been taught that stretching before and after a tough workout can minimize risk of injury because stretching increases blood flow to the muscles. If your brain is in for a tough writing workout, take a minute to stretch. Increasing blood flow to the brain increases creativity and helps with concentration. In addition to helping your brain, yoga’s meditative quality allows you to relax into a “writing state of mind” and can help you get through that tough chapter or scene.