(I did this today…not)
I haven’t mentioned this to you guys before but I’m taking classes to become a certified yoga instructor. I like yoga because I’m not one for doing hardcore muscle-ripping workouts plus I really enjoy the zen qualities of yoga – the balance it brings to mind, body and spirit.
I’m not sure how yoga will impact my writing, if at all, but I’m hoping it improves my concentration a little. I’m a huge fan of flash fiction and short stories, and I think one reason may be my short attention span when I read. I’m not ADD but I like getting right to the heart of a story, get in and get out. When I do read a longer work I find myself reading it so fast that I do more skimming than anything else. I do, however, have a novel I started writing. It’s in bits and pieces and I’d like to work on it again, but until I improve my concentration for longer works I’m not sure I see myself finishing it. I’ve also gotten addicted to the quick payoff flash and short fiction works offer. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s what I should be writing if its what I truly enjoy and gravitate to.
A friend of mine recently decided, in his 40s, to try to improve his handwriting. He’s doing so in an effort to do more story writing longhand, legibly. If he can set out to improve a habit, an act, as second nature as his handwriting, then I can give myself a chance to see if yoga improves my ability to concentrate for the sake of finishing my novel. We never know what we’re capable of until we try, right?
In yoga, we practice meditation and so far I’m failing miserably to ’empty my mind.’ If I get 5-10 minutes of quiet time to meditate I’m either going to fall asleep or daydream about a story or character. I’m not one to pass up a good nap or a good daydream.
Do any of you practice yoga or some such similar exercise? Meditate? If so, do you think it helps you with your writing at all? This inquiring mind would love to know…
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