Yoga for Writers Workshop at Ojai WordFest

by Suza Francina on March 14, 2011

Experience how yoga eases you deeper into your body and into your writing…

Here I am preparing to teach my first ever Yoga for Writers workshop at next weeks first annual Ojai WordFest http://OjaiWordFest.com.

For me this is a golden opportunity to integrate the two great loves of my life, Yoga and Writing. I’m digging up old photographs to fit in my Ojai memoir, like thisone that (I think) reveals my destiny, this lifetime:http://www.suzafrancina.com/suz91.shtml

All my favorite writing books are scattered within reach of my yoga mat: If You Want to Write, by Brenda Ueland, who assures us that “Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say…”, Writing Down the Bones andWild Mind by Natalie Goldberg… Writing Begins with the Breath by Laraine Herring…. and so many others that I’ve underlined, read and re readover the years, it’s too much to list them all.

The idea to teach this workshop came to me a few years ago when I became aware that there even was such a thing as Yoga and Writing and Yoga for Writers workshops and retreats. Now there are hundreds, worldwide, plus tons of books on the yoga of writing.

More recently, one of my yoga teacher friends from the 1970′s, Susan Voorhees, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, told me how Natalie Goldberg , (who, to me, is likethe greatest Writing Goddess ever, (http://www.nataliegoldberg.com/ )is her longtime student . Wow! I was so impressed! Susan went on to tell me how she was teaching yoga atNatalie’s writing workshops…and would I fly down sometime and co teach!…What an honor! I said that I wish Natalie Goldberg would lock me up in her house and not let me out till my Ojai memoir, which I began eons ago as a teenager,is all done.

(Ofcourse now I’m reading Natalie Goldberg’s latest book on The Practice of Memoir Writing — Old Friend from Far Away.)

Yoga for Writers Workshop with Suza Francina at Ojai WordFest

Suza will be at the Book Fair on March 19th to sign books, demonstrate asanas and answer questions about yoga and writing. Workshop is $20 or free with purchase of one of Suza’s books. This workshop is for all levels. Writers who have never done yoga are welcome to attend.

When: Sunday March 20, 2-4 pm and Sunday March 27, 2-4 pm
Where: 52 Weeks of Peace, 928 E Ojai Avenue, the building in front of the Vegan Cafe

What and Why: Writing is a physical activity that uses the whole body, mind and spirit. It requires stamina and discipline as well as the ability to relax and be quiet.

The workshop includes gentle stretches for surviving long-days at the computer, poses to relieve tight shoulders, wrist problems, back aches, tension from looming deadlines, yoga stretches at your desk, breathing and posture awareness, plus relaxing Restorative Yoga poses, ideal for replenishing your energy reserves and for recovering from staying-up-late to meet deadlines.

Note: Yoga props are provided but if you have props, please bring them.

Suza Francinais a writer and Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. Her first book, Yoga for People Over 50, was published in 1977. She is author of The New Yoga for People Over 50 (Health Communications, Inc., 1997); Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause (HCI, 2003); and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging (HCI 2007). She is currently writing a memoir on life in Ojai. For more info on her Yoga for Writers Workshops, visit www.Suzafrancina.com.

For registration: 805 646 2613 or e-mail: sfrancina@aol.com.

Resources

Yoga and Writing workshops with Natalie Goldberg and Susan Voorhees http://www.nataliegoldberg.com/:

Center to the Page http://www.centertopage.com/

Applying Yoga Principles to the Craft of Writing http://www.theyogaofwriting.com/

The Yoga of Writing Workshops http://www.theyogaofwriting.com/workshops.html

Part of the work of finding your own deep writing comes from awareness of the body….the stories that spring from the authentic voice that is ours and ours alone comes from within our own bodies. Our cells have memories. Our bodies have stored all our experiences–those expressed and unexpressed….whatever stories we have, they are organically connected to our physical bodies.

As writers, we must learn to manage our mind, our stories, and our body’s emotional triggers. We must learn to be still. When we can create a space of stillness around our selves, we can begin to access the deeper core of our stories. We can learn to embody our stories as we write them…. Observing our breath gives us, as writers, an opportunity to truly embody the writing process in our cells.

–Laraine Herring, author, Writing Begins with the Breath

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