The Bridge Between Writing and Yoga

  • Sacred Sounds Yoga 163 Bleecker Street New York, NY, 10012 United States

This workshop conjures the bridge between yoga and writing. Yoga and meditation practice peels back the layers of experience, allowing you to note the movements of the mind and body. This kind of mindfulness roots you to the present and returns you to your authentic voice. 

As writers, we must know our own voices first in order to know the voices of our characters and speakers. Transcendentalists, Surrealists, Beats, and many other writing collectives all used meditation, dreams, and/or other states of altered consciousness to support their creative work. Expect to be taken on a journey. 

Elissa, artist and 500-hour certified yoga teacher, will interrupt your daily routine through vinyasa yoga, mindfulness meditation and breath-work. She offers a straight forward approach to alignment and breathing that will help you carry an embodied experience and awareness into your writing. 

Jessica, writing professor, 200-hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher, and Romani (‘Gypsy’) tarot/palm reader and healer, will stir you to write from that place of enriched-awareness, using writing exercises to help you navigate the action of a piece, sensory details, cliche-shattering metaphor, and character/speaker development. 

Victor Pachas is engaged in performances around the world for his Flamenco-fusion style, from the El Toro in Singapore to the Casa Lopez in Granada, Spain. Victor will serenade the room with his guitar during yoga and writing. 

This workshop is intended for all writers and yogis from all backgrounds and levels of experience, from playwrights to sci-fi nerds, feminist poets to romance novelists, memoirists to academics-- we welcome everyone. We only ask that you come with an open heart and an open mind. We are fostering a community of mutual respect and a safe space to share the words you create in class and an opportunity to receive constructive feedback from your instructors and peers.