A guest post by Victoria Klein.
Hi, hello there. Victoria Klein here – you might remember me from my 2010 Eco-DIY New Year’s Resolutions post earlier this year. I’m back to chat with you again, but not about setting goals or living sustainably. Let’s chat about yoga.
WAIT! Before you close this window or click on to something else, hear me out for a minute, okay? The misconceptions about yoga are rampant, but as a creative individual, you stand to benefit exponentially from its practice.
The concept is simple: move physically to be moved creatively.
We’ve all been there: hunched over the table or laptop, working away as the hours pass like minutes, barely grazing the beginning of that to-do list. You need a break … but how will you still get anything done if you take a break?
You can’t be productive if you work nonstop. Your shoulders get sore, your eyes dry out, your stomach gets angry from all the coffee/lack of food, your butt goes numb. Sound familiar? There’s nothing positive about pain, strain, dehydration, or pure exhaustion.
A short yoga practice can help stretch both your body and your mind.
Physically, most yoga poses feature exaggerated versions of things we do in everyday life, like sitting, walking, reaching, and twisting. Holding these poses allow our muscles to stretch in ways we don’t normally experience, giving them to chance to fully release stress and strain.
Mentally, yoga is a proverbial breath of fresh air (and can be practiced outside!). To prevent injury (and looking silly), yoga requires you to focus on each pose and the use of your breath consciously. No worrying about to-do lists or errands or chores. Just stay in the moment is give you body the creative challenge it desires and your mind the break is deserves.
Most yoga classes are 60 to 90 minutes long, but sometimes that just isn’t realistic for us creative types. Even just 20 minutes of yoga can help you return to your projects refreshed, revived, and re-inspired.
Of course, I’m speaking from personal experience here. I wouldn’t recommend anything that I haven’t tried myself. As a yoga practitioner for nearly 10 years, it has helped me personal and professional struggles I surely wouldn’t have overcome otherwise (e.g. cross-country moves, marriage, failed projects, major milestones, and ongoing dreams.)
I maintain a regular, every-other-day, 60-minute practice, but I also turn to yoga whenever my mind is racing or my body is throbbing. Just a few long-held, deeply-breathed poses set me back on the right path – creating things to inspire others.
Getting started with a yoga practice is easy, affordable, and fun – yes, I said fun. That’s the whole reason I wrote my first book, titled 27 Things to Know About Yoga. From community classes and simple supplies to at-home DVDs and introductory poses, you’ll know more about yoga than any other newbie. Bonus: yoga also does wonders for those times when you are devoid of ideas or forward momentum.
Whether you visit a yoga studio, practice at home, or embark on a mix of the two, yoga may be the physically creative outlet you are looking for. Forget what you’ve heard – try yoga for yourself & only then will you know what pure inspiration feels like.
How do you move physically to inspire your creativity?
ABOUT VICTORIA KLEIN
Victoria Klein is a freelance writer, photographer + creative dabbler. Her 1st book, 27 Things to Know About Yoga, was released in July 2010. Her 2nd book, 48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living, will be released in October 2010.