I certainly think so! I am relatively new to writing as a practice of sorting out the tangle of ideas, inspiration and emotions that is me but I find that just like yoga, writing helps me unwind and let go. Yin Yoga, with it's long time in supported postures, sets the scene for noticing the held emotions and patterns of inner dialogue that might be running unnoticed most of the time. While being in positions that target deep stretching in my body, there is time to check in on what other parts of me that may be stiff and stuck. Both Yoga and writing are ways we can loosen and release what is held within. When I do these practices together the result is greater than had I done each practice in isolation. I feel like there is forward motion and the writing gives the experience of actively releasing. Sometimes I am surprised by what comes to mind or heart during a yin practice but if I approach what I discover with curiosity instead of judgement more layers of experience are revealed. Writing works in the same way - if you follow threads with a sense of curiosity who knows what might be revealed.
In my work as a yoga teacher, I actually do quite a lot of writing. Most of it is everyday correspondence - emails, promotional copy, newsletters and other business necessities but there is also quite a lot of class planning and themeing that involves writing. I have worked hard at being succinct and clear in my written communication and I believe that this directly translates to my teaching style. From my informal (sometimes) daily writing practice I derive inspiration for classes, work out not yet fully formed ideas and process personal stuff so that I can be grounded and fully present to lead classes that have clear intentions and solid foundations.
I am really excited to collaborate with my friend and writer, Claire Sicherman, in offering you the experience of Yin Yoga and writing on October the 5th from 1-4pm at the Studio. With Yin Yoga we lay the foundation of openness in our bodies to let held emotions arise and then we journal with writing prompts. These prompts are designed to guide and support, allow for connection, reflection and sharing of writing, if desired. Go here for more information and to register.
Sarah-Jane loves learning, listening, sharing and doing yoga!