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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yoga Poses to Ward Off the Evils of Writer's Block

Yoga Poses to Ward Off Evils such as Writer’s Block

by Kim Tomsic          

As I bowed forward in a yoga pose meant to flush my lymphatic system, the yoga teacher announced that we were “loosening the noose of our judgmental mind.” It was an “Ah ha” moment that reminded me that yoga is a fantastic tool to dissipate the dreaded writer’s block. With the proper hold, move, twist and asana there are several opportunities to have the body work to dissolve that metaphorical noose that may lay siege to the imagination.

The inspiring pose:

Eagle: Eagle requires the student to wrap their right elbow under their left elbow, followed by twisting the right forearm around the left forearm until the hands connect above the twisted arms; the second part of the pose requires balancing on the left foot while placing the right thigh over the left thigh and then hooking the right foot behind the left calf. Hold and squeeze. Repeat on the other side.

What’s in it for the writer: This pose squeezes the lymphatic system causing it to flush and refresh. What’s the benefit? The lymphatic system not only helps the immune system by removing excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, cancer cells and toxins from your body, but it also works with the circulatory system to deliver oxygen, nutrients and hormones. To me that’s a recipe for a fresh batch of creativity.

In addition to Eagle, there are several poses to loosen the noose of the mind. Down dog is known to improve focus and stimulate the mind. Rabbit is a pose that nourishes the brain and is great for memory, focus and relieving mental fatigue. Standing Leg Stretch increases circulation to the brain and adrenal glands. And Kundalini Yoga is an entire class that can create an internal center of creative energy.

Why am I not describing exactly how to achieve these positions? Because I think it is important to learn from a teacher, to be safe, and to tweak your pose to achieve proper alignment. Please know that not all teachers are created equally. I am a fan of CorePower studios and Bikram Yoga because of the level of training and education their teachers possess. I’m also a fan of listening to your body and trusting (not exceeding) your comfort zone.

On a closing note, I'd like to say that even with the recent hoopla in the New York Times about yoga, I continue to show up on my mat and accept that all sports are not meant for all individuals. That is the beauty of a gift called choice.
Please take the time to answer a question. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Do you have a favorite pose to stimulate creativity?
What are your thoughts on the New York Times article?
What other yoga studios require their employees to go under rigorous training before allowing them to teach? 

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