Monday, August 12, 2013

August #WipMadness Check In Week 2: Balancing the Creative

Greetings, Wipsters! I hope you're ready for more caring for the creative tips. Throughout August, I'll be featuring yoga poses you can use to nurture your creativity. This week, let's chat about balance. 

We must find balance. When our lives become unmanageable, it's usually ourselves or our writing which ends up getting the short end of the stick. Balance is the key.

In yoga, balance is vital. It's the same for the writer's life. 

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)


Tree Pose 1
Stand with feet hips width apart. Shift your weight to the right foot. Think of your anchor foot as a table, having four legs. Bring the left foot against the right foot, big toe pointed down, as shown in image 1. 

Bring palms together in front of your heart.


Tree Pose 2
If you're balanced, then reach down and clasp the left foot with your hand and draw it up. Plant the sole of left foot in the center of inner right thigh. Press the thigh against the foot. Make sure hips and pelvis are in neutral, meaning that one side is not popped out. Bring hands back to the heart. As in image 2. 

Now find a focal point in front of you and balance. Try to hold the position for 30 seconds to one minute. Switch legs. You may feel a slight burn in your anchor leg's calf area. Yes, this is normal. You're strengthening your thighs, calves, ankles, and spine. :)


Tree Pose 3 
(Sorry for not smiling. 
I was in deep thought!)
If you find balancing is easy, you can challenge yourself. Bring your raised foot in half lotus and lift your arms up overhead. This will require a bit more focus and balance. See image 3.

Practice Tree Pose once a day. Remember to breathe deeply while in posture. Elongate the spine. Point the crown of the head towards to sky. Enjoy the quiet moment. Find your inner balance.

Imagine your writing life is like your Tree Pose. All the areas need balance. Too much social media will result in too much play, not enough work. Too much butt-in-chair may result in complete burn out. The same goes for our Tree Pose. If we lean too far forward, backward, or to either side, it's likely we'll tumble out of posture.

Balance. Be the tree.

Hope all of your writerly projects are coming along this month. Have a fabulous week, Wipsters!







37 comments:

  1. ZOMG, I <3 tree pose! I'm a huge yoga fan too, and I'm trying to fit it into my schedule more often. So true that we need balance in our lives. Have a great week, all!

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    1. Hey, Kip! Hope you find time to squeeze in some yoga. :D

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  2. What happens if I'm not balanced? Can I cheat and use a chair?

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    1. Yes, or the wall. Brace one hand on the wall, the other can go out straight. You can let go of the chair or wall for short periods to build your balance. :)

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  3. Awesome...I just wish my right foot weren't such a mess. Kind of weakens the roots. I've always wanted to make yoga a routine, but I need to learn the moves I can do with my limitations.

    In spite of that, I'm still flying high on bliss since I cashed my grant check and booked my flight. Yeah...zen is on the horizon. I can feel it :-)

    Rock on wipsters!

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    1. Trust me, with my yucky Fibro issues (or whatever has been going on since my spine surgery), I understand limitations, Mary Ann. I'm with ya. Depending on what's going on with your right foot, will determine what you can do. Speak to your doc about yoga, and ask them specifically about the right foot. You can even show them the pose, and see if it'll help aid in strengthening the foot or if it's something you should steer clear of. Hugs!

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    2. Thanks, sweetie! I think you know I have RA and had surgery last summer. I might never get back to where I used to be, but some of that is age. Blah! I'm keeping a list of things to ask my doc when I see him next. Thank goodness this guy actually listens to me! Thanks for the HUGS! Sending them right back to you!

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    3. You're sweet, Mary Ann. Yes, I recall us discussing your RA a while back on Twitter. Actually, a Rheumatologist is next on my list of docs to visit with. Wish me luck. :)

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    4. Good luck! And if he offers to do the VectraD test, that is a good thing. ((Hugs))

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  4. I'm loving the yoga poses each week at check in! I was actually planning on some yoga this afternoon and I'll definitely be thinking about balance as I'm doing it :)

    I had a really productive writing week, for the first time in awhile, so I am happy!

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    1. Yay for your productive week, Jennifer!!!

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  5. I should get into yoga. I've been told that it would help my back injury. Of course, I'm so unbalanced when it comes to my daily life. Thanks for the reminder!

    I promised myself at least a day off to recharge, but I couldn't resist the urge over the weekend because these scenes needed to get out of my head and onto the screen.

    I've spent the last three and half years devoting all my attention to The Keysmashing Tots--and how can I not, they're adorbs when they're not driving me batty!--but even I know that's it's time to refocus some of that attention on myself. If I don't figure out the balance now, I might be too exhausted when I have my own kids! ;-p

    Have a good week, everyone!

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    1. If you must write on your "day off" then you could take a notebook outdoors and write in nature. Even though you're getting work done, it's still a quiet pleasure. :)

      Have a super week, Tonette!

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  6. Love the yoga poses, Candi! I spent the weekend writing in a notebook (which I never do). Some of it was story stuff, but some was just wild and crazy thoughts, (while I was in the great outdoors). It was all very refreshing. I feel like I've returned recharged.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! I adore writing outdoors. I'm always so inspired. Wonderful news about finding your inspiration!!

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  7. You look so great. I have tried yoga classes before. Sigh-- not my thing, but I sure admire the discipline.

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    1. Aw, shucks, Julie. Thank you! I like to think yoga is for everybody (as in all shapes and sizes), but not everyone (as in individual). We all have different needs and wants, different likes. Have a super day. :)

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  8. Yoga and I do not hey along, but thanks for the tips!

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  9. I understand the value and appeal of yoga -- the discipline and balance is applicable to all aspects of life, including our writing -- but yoga poses are beyond the tolerance of my osteoarthritic joints. I appreciate some of the meditation aspects though... to get the mind calmed and focussed.

    My writing week was pretty disrupted but for a good cause. I managed my usual hour or two during the late evenings after everyone had gone to bed, but some nights I was so tired the quality of writing was awful! Holidays are coming up soon so I'm looking forward to free time spent with my notebook and a lawn chair. :)

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    1. Definitely, Carol. As I chatted with Julie up above. It's not for everyone, but the focusing and learning to balance one's life is so helpful. Good for you getting in the hour or two. Way to go!

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  10. Love tree pose! I used to teach first graders yoga and it was always fun to see how much they'd get into the postures.

    Yoga helps in so many ways. My doctor today told me it's great for me.

    On my writing, I need to get back to it. Seems life has just been in the way these past couple weeks. Then I went to Barnes & Noble after my doctor's visit and found a recent YA that has a very similar sounding premise to my current revision. Sigh.

    The good news has been some recent reviews of my recent released YA--NO MORE GODDESSES!

    Here's one: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/2013/08/blog-tour-no-more-goddesses-by-kim.html

    Here's another one: http://foreveryoungadult.blogspot.com/2013/08/giveaway-review-no-more-goddesses-by.html

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    1. Sighing along with you, Kim. That happened to me last year with a picture book I worked on. One came out in Jan or Feb with nearly the exact premise and type of character! I was bummed. But I think YA is so vast, you should be fine. Really. Great about the reviews on NMG!! Thanks for the links. :)

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  11. My yoga days have come and gone, but balance is something I'm striving to achieve. Emotional balance. Seems so elusive. This month is especially hard. Moving up on what would have been our 20th anniversary next week and it's excruciatingly painful. Two days ago I found out there's a serial rapist in my neighborhood. The last victim was attacked a minute from my door. Feeling so many emotions right now, all I can do is continue to write poetry. And try to be patient.

    Thanks for the encouragement. ^_^

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    1. Big, big ((HUGS)), Angelina! And stay safe!

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    2. Angi, many hugs to you sweetie. I know this has been a rough go for you. I admire the heck out of you, as I'm sure all of us here do. Know that we support you. Anytime you need a lift, just give us a nudge!

      Yuck about the serial rapist. How scary. Watch your surroundings. Never, ever let your guard down or put your back to anyone. Compliments of my police officer hubs. Keys make quick weapons.

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    3. What a lot of emotional turmoil you've had to deal with! Don't let fear immobilize you, but do stay safe. Take sensible precautions. I'm saying an extra prayer for you.

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  12. I do yoga for free at work! :D But my balance is terrible.

    I have now sent a total of 4 queries. Have already been asked by one (that I sent this morning!) to send a partial. :) I am a happy kitty. Will keep working at it, and also participate in the upcoming #pitmad and WriteOnCon, too.

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    1. For me, if I'm distracted, the balance is not so great. I have to breathe, a lot, before I can do balance poses well.

      So proud of you and all your querying. Look at you go!! Yay for the partial! Oh, when is WriteOnCon?

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  13. I am loving this! Thank you. Will be practicing the tree pose. Even as I read and looked at the pics I swear my body was going oh my yes, that will feel great!

    Hanging out at writeon con next couple of days and off to BC to help the daughter and family move. Happy wip-ing this week wipsters!

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    1. You're so very welcome, Deb! I guess my question to Laura has found an answer. These next few days will be busy for me. Looks like I'll have to skip WriteOnCon this time. Long girl's weekend starts Thurs. in New Mexico!

      Hope you enjoy the con!!

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  14. You look like a Yoga natural! I'm not that great at yoga, I dance instead. But it's all good and balance in any area of life is key.

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    1. Love, love, love to dance, Catherine. Balance is definitely the key. ;) And thanks. I've been doing yoga for fifteen years, however, since my surgery last year, things have been tough. I refuse to let it stop me.

      Thanks for stopping by! Good to see you. :)

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  15. Well, Wipsters, looks like most of us have stopped in. I hope everyone's week is turning out awesome! Saw on FB, Mary Ann is whippin' out the word count today. Woot!! Also, hugs to Mary Ann for helping me cheer on a few other Wipsters this week. :)

    I hope you've enjoyed this month's posts so far. This is my first time to host!! Remember if yoga isn't your thing, it's okay. You can still apply the concepts into your writing life! It's more about taking care of your creative self. Honoring him or her. Treating them to some special treatment once and a while. Carry on, Wipsters. :D

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  16. I'm running in really late! *slides into tree pose*

    But I feel pretty balanced, which is why I didn't get here. Blog stopping would have tipped my branches. I heart y'all! (And you are so pretty Candy!)

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