I’m running a few Yoga as Muse workshops in March and April. Contact me about if you’re interested. Here are the quick details:

A workshop called “Fire Up and Feed Your Creative Practice Using the Tools of Yoga as Muse” at:

Duluth, MN, Saturday April 9, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Deep Peace Wellness Studio (click on the link for info)

Ely, MN, Saturday April 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (e-mail me for info or contact me through www.catherineholm.com).

Wadena, MN, Saturday March 26, 10 a.m. to noon (e-mail me for info or contact me through my website).

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Given that, what is Yoga as Muse, and why should you be interested?

Many of us — writers, artists, journalers — long for a way to get a handle on creativity. Some of us get discouraged and give up or slow our progress. I’ve been there. After all, who cares if we produce or don’t produce? No one is looking over our shoulder. We’re accountable to no one but ourselves.

Basically, Yoga as Muse uses the tools of yoga to help you maintain, and sustain, a creative practice. Yoga as Muse is based on the innovative work of Jeffrey Davis, and is covered in his book.

Yoga as Muse is grounded in proven research. We can concentrate better and access new levels of creativity when we apply some of the tools of yoga, like regulated breathing and movement. These tools help us get beyond our ordinary, “thinky” processor mind, into deeper intuition. Regulated breathing changes the brain waves and gets us to a place where we are able to create more effectively.

It works! I do it myself, and I run workshops where I can experience the effect this process has on others. Even in the business world, companies are beginning to use movement to facilitate decision making.

Writers, especially, are prone to spending too much time in our heads. Writing is a sedentary, solitary experience. I’ve said this before, but when I started applying Yoga as Muse to my own creative practice, I was appalled to realize that I wasn’t breathing as I wrote. How can I expect to access deeper levels of creativity, if I’m not breathing?! Shallow breathing or no breathing, as many yogis know, puts us in a stressful “fight or flight” internal environment — not exactly conducive to creativity or productivity.

Interested in knowing more about this innovative approach to creativity? Check out my website, contact me, or try a workshop from me or another fine licensed Yoga as Muse facilitator. My website is updated with current workshop offerings from me or from other members of the Yoga as Muse facilitator tribe. Creativity First!