The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
By Andrea Askowitz, Lip Service
Last Saturday Lip Service Institute, the teaching arm of Lip Service, teamed up with Dharma Yoga Studio for our first one-day yoga/writing retreat. It was awesome! Yoga has a magical affect on the mind. The body, sure, but especially the mind. The ten participants were leery at first. Well, I shouldn’t speak for all of them. I know for sure that my wife, Victoria was scared. She loves yoga, but writing intimidates her. She was very, very afraid.
We started with two questions: Who are you and why are you here? I asked everyone to write and I gave them three minutes. Then I asked them to read what they wrote. Victoria read, “This is hard.” Her voice was angry. She told me later she was pissed because she thought yoga would come first.
Yoga came minutes later, taught by the best teacher in Miami, Vanessa Michel. We had a butt-kicking hour of downward dogs and cobras set to music like Ice Ice Baby and Hallelujah. Then the writing flowed. We did three, five-minute exercises and here’s some of what came out of different students: