Posted by: Bruce Black | March 13, 2018

Day 9 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“When you are here and now, sitting totally, not jumping ahead, the miracle has happened. To be in the moment is the miracle.” — Osho

Isn’t it interesting how practicing yoga can help bring us into greater awareness of the present moment? How does this happen? And how does the awareness that you develop while on your mat influence the way that you live your life? Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 12, 2018

Day 8 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” –Goethe

Have you noticed if practicing yoga has increased your ability to trust yourself? Make a list of five things that you trust yourself to do now in ways that are different than before you practiced yoga. Then choose one of those things on your list and explore how yoga helped you deepen your ability to trust yourself. Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 11, 2018

Day 7 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” — Sylvia Plath

Listen to your breath. Feel it rising from your diaphragm into your lungs, pressing against the back of your throat, swirling through your nose and into the air around you. How does your yoga practice make you more aware of your breath? What happens when you notice your breath? Write: 15 minutes.

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 10, 2018

Day 6 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

Let’s do something a little different today: take a moment to re-read the entries that you’ve made in your journal over the past five days. Is there a sentence that you’ve written that pops off the page and strikes you as true? Or perhaps there’s a word that keeps appearing, like a bell ringing, making you aware of something that you hadn’t noticed before writing it down (something about your practice or about the way you’re living your life)? Use your own words–one sentence or one bell-like word–to guide you deeper into your practice. Let your own inner teacher show you the way. Write: 15 minutes.
Posted by: Bruce Black | March 9, 2018

Day 5 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“If you are facing a new challenge or being asked to do something that you have never done before, don’t be afraid to step out. You have more capability than you think you do, but you will never see it unless you place a demand on yourself for more.”–Joyce Meyer

What yoga pose do you find the most challenging … and what makes it so difficult? And how does your practice help you approach such a challenge (or a pose that you’ve never done before)? #Write: 15 min

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 8, 2018

Day 4 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” — Deepak Chopra

How does your yoga practice help you expand into the fullness of who you are, to see the possibilities of who you might become? #Write: 15 minutes

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 7, 2018

Day 3 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” — Jodi Picoult

The world can be a crazy and dangerous place, and our anxiety can play a large part in our lives and in how we respond to whatever life brings us. What happens on your mat that helps reduce your sense of anxiety and brings you into a different place–a place of safety, calm, and peace? #Write: 15 min.

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 6, 2018

Day 2 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“The heart of most spiritual practices is simply this: Remember who you are. Remember what you love. Remember what is sacred. Remember what is true. Remember that you will die and that this day is a gift. Remember how you wish to live.”–Wayne Muller

Sometimes we lose sight of who we are, of our dreams, of what we love to do, and who we love. But each time we step onto our mat, yoga can help us remember. How does yoga inspire you to remember what’s important? #Write: 15 min.

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 5, 2018

Day 1 of the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” — Matsuo Basho

Imagine each yoga pose as a journey that you’ve never taken before. What pose is your favorite? And how does it help you find the courage to step into the unknown each day? #Write: 15 min

Posted by: Bruce Black | March 4, 2018

Welcome to the 15/15 Writing Yoga Challenge

Welcome, all! Tomorrow we’ll begin our journaling practice together (well, virtually speaking), and I just want to thank you for joining us.

I’ve found the journal that I’m going to use over the next fifteen days. It was a gift that I received from the 2015-16 class of teachers in training at Yoga Village, where I led a Writing Yoga workshop one Sunday morning in January. I saved it for a special occasion, and I’m looking forward to turning to a blank page to begin.

I still remember driving over the Skyway Bridge to Yoga Village in Clearwater that morning not knowing what would happen–if I could communicate my love of writing to the students, if I’d be able to share that sense of discovery that comes with keeping a journal, or if the students would feel that spark of recognition when suddenly they understood something that had been a puzzle until they started writing about it.

And I remember my surprise at being given the gift of the journal, and how my heart melted when I opened it to find this note inscribed on the first page: “Thank you, Bruce! With much love…” And then, on the opening pages, a note of gratitude from each of the eighteen students.

On the cover of the journal is an inspiring quote from an unknown author: “In the midst of our lives, we must find the magic that makes our souls soar.”

In the days ahead, I hope your soul will soar and you’ll find magic in the process of keeping a journal, in the act of putting words down each day, as each of us (alone but together) explores new territory.

See you tomorrow.

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