Early in April, I had my first class in a ten week pottery course, the first fine arts class I’ve taken since grade 8. That same week, I participated in the first of five sessions as part of a train-the-trainer workshop for Thrive RU, essentially my first foray into group therapy. Each Tuesday in April, I rolled out of bed, biked down to campus, and began my morning in a session with a collection of other folks across RyersonSA, and we worked through the five-factor model of resilience, guided by Dr. Diana Brecher. Later, I rode up to Clay Design to learn how to wedge, center, throw, tool, and glaze to make creations all of my own.
The following is an amended version of a reflection I posted to a private blog I share contributing to with fellow writing tutors and student support staff at Ryerson University, but I felt the discussion was wide-ranging enough to share to a broad audience to add my voice to the conversation about academic writing and creativity.
After a successful month at Yoga for Creativity my final reflection went a little like this:
Searching for a little inspiration, when a friend of mine here in Toronto asked if I wanted to try out a yoga class called Yoga for Creative Health, I thought ‘why not?’ With some encouragement from my best friend and yoga guru – “I love that you are always trying new and cool stuff!” – I headed to the creative yoga class and found myself making a four week commitment to yoga practice and creative activity. The instructor asked us to commit to a creative goal of any sort that we could work on throughout the month and share our progress, challenges and successes with the group. Through yoga practice, to which I am a hopeful beginner, we are opening our bodies and minds to creative thought and action in whatever way we are inspired.