Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Writing in Downward Dog

Many of us -- perhaps most -- wouldn’t think to lump yoga and creative writing together. For Jeff Davis, the connection came somewhat naturally when, as a writing teacher, he found himself pushed to his physical and emotional limits. According to Davis, he added a very basic yoga regime into his day to help him deal with the physical stresses of his work. To his surprise, regular yoga practice helped release his muse which led (more or less directly and perhaps not so startlingly, since this is a writing teacher) to him writing a book to help others get to the yoga writing special place in the same way he had.

Now revised and expanded, Davis’ The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices as Muse for Authentic Writing (Monkfish Publishing) is intended to help writers “forge a deeper connection with their muse through the use of simple yoga practices,” and other cool stuff. From the publisher:
Through the processes Davis suggests, writers gain the authentic insights needed to deepen their concentration, increase their self-discipline and bring new life to their writing. At once inspirational and instructional, The Journey from the Center to the Page artfully illustrates how yoga philosophies and practices can be an invaluable ally to the writing life.
If you’re already stuck in downward dog, this might be one to check out.



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