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The Magazine of Yoga Poet-in-Residence Program
Encouraging authenticity through creativity.
BY MAGAZINE EDITOR SUSAN MAIER-MOUL
Setting aside time daily to sustain a relationship with ourselves is a life-guiding priority that keeps us healthy, awake, and clear.
Holding whatever practice we choose as a priority teaches boundary setting, commitment, and self-respect, and it allows tension to cycle down.
Bring your retreat experiences home to your practice.
One way to enhance yoga practice is to combine it with keeping a journal or other form of creative self expression.
Many of us find the inspiration to do this when we’re away from home, on retreat. We treasure the guidance we find in creativity and time spent getting back in touch with ourselves.
To support you in developing a lively, caring, and effective personal practice at home, The Magazine of Yoga has invited poet, yoga teacher, and founder of the Goddard College Transformational Language Arts Program, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg to be our first Poet-In-Residence.
“I want to wake up our bodies and voices.”
As a practitioner, Caryn says, “I’m drawn to continually deepen my yoga practice through writing and visa-versa.”
For those of you who might like to experiment with creative writing or using a journal to complement your own yoga practice, Caryn will include a “writing prompt” with each poem we post on The Magazine of Yoga.
You can keep a notebook nearby during practice to pause and work with the prompt, or reflect after shavasana or later in your day, using the prompt as a place to begin exploring your feelings and experiences. Allow yourself to use Caryn’s suggestions as an invitation to create your own prompts, finding your voice through intuition and sensation.
How to use the writing prompts.
Caryn explains, “For example, if I were sharing a poem about a twisting asana, I might suggest that readers practice their favorite twist or two, and then pause to write for 10 minutes about something in their lives they are presently uncoiling, or turning in toward to see new directions.”
She’ll inspire your personal writing as well. “My weekly column will feature poetry on the practice of yoga, and posts about my work-in-progress, a memoir of finding my way home to a changing and aging body through yoga.”
Waking Up Bodies and Voices by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg posts Mondays on The Magazine of Yoga. Her first column appears today.
We may publish any content, comments or ideas sent to us.
Name may be withheld by request.
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