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Opening to Flow: Yoga and Poetry

by Leza LowitzThe Longing for Happiness Hear Repose in Poetryby Gustav KlimtSince I’m a poet, beings sometimes ask me how writing and yoga go together. Writing is a way of steeping our lives with meaning. The grail of style, of writing, is self-knowledge. That’s why when we read a good song, we feel as if the author has spoken directly to our soul, unlocked something previously unseen or obstructed. This is true of yoga, very. So they naturally go together. Yoga is a moving meditation, but it’s too these best practices of resignation, which is an fantastically prone, powerful activity. If you can trust the unknown enough to fully surrender to what is, rather than looking toward a future of what “couldve been”, you begin to fully live in the moment. When you live in the moment, you recognize how interconnected everything in the universe is. Through yoga, the heart opens, and everything in life begins to shift towards equilibrium and adoption. Like writing, yoga is also a solitary act. Even though you might practice in a group or sangha , no one can get inside your mas and move your prana like you can, except for some very rare warlocks and instructed beings( but that’s another blog berth ). In both writing and yoga, or any innovative achievement, it’s the quality of attention that is important. This tie-ups us to our original position, which is sacred. Poetry and yoga are both ways to remove impressions. They are both revelatory, unveiling our original, sacred hearts and minds.As we all know by now, the word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word yuj, which makes “yoke” or “union.” Yoga consolidates their own bodies and sentiment through the breather, opening canals of energy that send the life force–prana or ki–through the body. Yoga offers a practice of Being rather than Doing, ultimately connecting us to our higher egoes, or the Divine, or God. Yoga is a very powerful gateway into the mind; that’s why it’s sometimes called the science of self-conscious awareness. Practicing yoga allows us to slow down, quiet the brain, and generates us a tremendous opportunity to explore our potential for growth–both physical and spiritual–and unity within ourselves and with others. The subject of yoga is like holding up a reflect to yourself. When you do a yoga pose, your thought begins to wander. At first, you evaluate and compare but eventually you precisely liberate the judgments and comparings and go deep into the breath, into the here and now. Peace, rejoice, adoption, and soothe arise.The rehearse of yoga helps us to be in the heart and the body, rather than in the “citta vrittis” of the head. Nothing free-spokens up the sentiment better than unadulterated, pranic progress! When we get along with my mat, if you’re in my manager, you can’t stay there for long. Yoga takes us into the subtle body, moving through from the gross outer layer of the physical body, to the breath, to the prana, to our thoughts, and finally to action.Yoga opens up big channels of ingenuity and learns us how to embrace the’ process’ rather than focusing on the’ goal.’ This has helped me seriously with my writing, and allowed me to focus more on the process, on the journeying, than on the goal of a “finished product.” I know many other writers and masters have had this experience.The experience of working in a yoga pose, doing it over and over and over again to find alignment and freeing , not being attached to some idea or image of a “perfect pose, ” helped me see that the same process in writing was not a “failure” but a necessary and important part of creativity. I came to accept the axiom that 99% of good writing is revise. I have become so much more productive in my writing since I started doing yoga. And, on good days, I find that I can be more represented as a writer, and more lyrical as a yogi. I try to write from a more embodied region due to my yoga, and I try to practice( and teach, for that matter) from a more figurative place.As a moving reflection, yoga gives itself to poetry, to creative expedition, to self-expression. We drop out of “thinking mind” and drop into a commonwealth of unadulterated being, pure awareness, deep INNER LISTENING. Bang a good deal like poetry to me. Poets, after all, translate the world–the moon, the stars, the trees–into texts. In succession to carry, you have to really be aware. To appear. To listen. To see.The more I rehearsed yoga, the more its own experience of hushing down and listening to the breath, to the body, and to the silences between breathers began to resonate, and the more imagination surfaced. When I first started yoga, I was fight with my artistic writing and feeling disheartened. So between writing points, I’d do yoga to unroll. But when I exhausted pent-up passions and rememberings, yoga cured open up deeper directs of ability and the freedom to express them. The yoga then began to encourage my inventive, expressive surface to rise without sentence, and I could explore it with a sense of wonder and awe. I’m truly grateful to yoga for these sudden artistic gifts.You can speak more about Leza’s writing at www.lezalowitz.com and about her yoga studio and castes at www.sunandmoon.jp.Subscribe to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To seek Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your local bookstore.

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