So there I was. Setting up camp in down dog, arms quivering and hamstrings burning, when I realized…I didn’t have a blog—or even an idea for a blog–prepared for the next day. Panic started to set in somewhere between my third eye and my actual eyes, and I started sweating profusely—okay it probably had something to do with the 100+ degree room I was in—not to mention my chakra had gotten all out of line.
Okay I thought, gathering my stomach from off the floor as we finally were instructed to rest in child’s pose. How would my yogi master solve this dilemma?
Have you ever tried doing the writing exercise where you are instructed to write without lifting your pen, keeping your hand moving for a designated amount of time? Vinyasa yoga is kind of like this. Stay with me now.
Vinyasa yoga is the combining of breath and movement, and the creation of a universal flow of energy and power. It keeps your mind off the things that may hinder you from meeting your intention or goal by encouraging the perpetual movement of your body and syncing it with your breath.
Many deep postures create resistance or discomfort—much like not having a blog topic, or suffering from the dreaded writer’s block. Don’t force it…that’s when we injure ourselves or create a piece that—for lack of a better word—bites. Creating peace of mind through continued rhythmical breath is a great way to better arrive at the solution to a problem. Once these deep, rejuvenating breaths become second nature, your movements start becoming fluid and organic—not forced.
Whether you’re creating a flow in yoga class, or creating a flow of words on a screen, remember to take a second and enjoy these moments where your mind is blank—even if that may seem daunting when trying to write on a deadline. Use these moments to take a few deep luxurious breaths, and enjoy them. Let them energize you, so that they can lead you into your next task.
Just keep breathing, keep your thoughts rhythmic and relaxed like your movements, and you will always find your flow.
And that my friends, is how yoga class helped me to write this blog.