There is a lot of evidence out there that Yoga can help with all sorts of things, from depression to better outcomes during cancer treatment. Now being the scientist that I am, this is not anecdotal internet evidence. This is seen in randomised studies published in peer-reviewed journals. With that kind of evidence behind it, I can get on board.
Lacey Haynes is a Canadian living down here in Australia, Perth to be precise (well actually Fremantle, so I wasn't able to get down there for one of her classes whilst in Perth). She is an English major, a trained actor and has completed 500 hour certifications including a course in India.
So, could it help me get creative with my writing? Lacey describes it as an inspirational guide that takes you through four different yoga practices and creative explorations in order to unlock your deepest creative powers.
Now, I am not even sure that I have deep creative powers - you heard me mention the fact that I am a scientist. It is not in my makeup to be quite that creative but I thought I would give it a try. There are 3 different ways that you can follow the book - 4 weeks schedule, 1 day intensive or on an ad-hoc basis. With my crazy work and travel schedule I opted to attempt to follow the 4 week schedule but it ended up being more of an ad-hoc basis. It works really well because you can just keep following along where you are up to.
I wouldn't say I am into all the mantra's and singing to yourself as I did do some of the reading on the train. However, one thing I really loved was the creative prompts - in particular one about finding something on a walk and writing a story about how you go about returning it to its owner. Mine was a year long adventure that I am actually thinking about writing out more in depth and turning into a short story to publish on here.
Another thing that I loved was the yoga sequences. I have been working from home a lot lately and can find myself sitting at my desk for hours on end. Getting up and using some of the sequences really helped, even just 2-3 of them for 15 minutes or so. I have even found myself turning to the yoga moves when I feel like I have a difficult situation that requires some creativity. I am not sure how well that would work if I was in the office but for now I will be using it.
Good news - I have a copy to give away!
Simply comment below on what you would use your new found creativity for and I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Monday 12th May 2014, so be sure to have your entry in before Sunday 11th May at midnight (AEST GMT +10 hrs). If you can't wait that long and want to get a hold of your own copy right now - jump on over to The Yoga Emporium (affiliate link). This competition is open to everyone around the world!
I was sent this ebook at no charge as an ambassador for I'm Fit Possible. All opinions are my own.