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"Yoga Extras:" Resources for : Fri 3/14-Tue 3/19, 2024

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I am creating these "Yoga Extras" blog posts for those of you resonating with the public yoga classes & Yoga Teacher Trainings I am leading. Inside of these blog posts you will find extra resources that support our weekly class theme. The weekly classes I guide are themed according to the season & collective energetic "weather"--This is of course influenced by many things; for instance, not only national and global events but how masses of people are feeling about and reacting to those events. It is also influenced by space weather (see spaceweather.com) & the current movement/placement of celestial bodies ie: the sun, moon, planets, nodes, stars, etc. You can find me teaching currently at Black Swan Yoga (North-Anderson) in Austin, TX. I am on the schedule as "Erika K." Mention this webpage for a free class.

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Hello darlings!


I'm feeling like an extra tool would be helpful for some of these themes dealing in resistance/fear. I've created 10 writing prompts for this & last week's theme (see bottom of page) to help you identify with what metaphorical rice may be keeping you caught in the coconut trap. If you just knit your eyebrows at that last line & are potentially questioning my soundness of mind ;) see last week's blog titled, "What's Your Rice." I got some strong feedback about the theme and I too feel strongly about it. I'm taking actual action on these themes and I'm more than a little astonished at the riskier tasks I'm assuming that I've been badly avoiding for many months, if not years. That said, this is one of the main reasons I'm adding these writing prompts. It gives you an actual concrete way to begin to pull the energy of these themes into your life. I'm wanting you too to be seeing and feeling more power come back to you by alchemizing the sedative-effect that fear can have, to that of a stimulant. Fear can be either pill. And I know all too well how it feels to down the sedative-shaped one. And that sedation was turning to really angsty gross feelings inside of me. Poet Anne Sexton once said (& it has sat with me for over two decades): Live or die, but don't poison everything. Holding onto all of my fear, I felt like I had been drinking an hourly cup of poison. And the fumes that came out of my mouth were just me complaining complaining complaining. The same old uninteresting complaints. Should I find myself at some other time noticing those wretched things spilling from my mouth, I will know I am again choosing the sedative, rather than the alchemizing stimulant. And like Jung says, "It's alright to be scared. It's not alright to live a scared life." As a person who studies and practices Integrative Medicine, I know this clearly. Living underneath the heavy layers of fear, and/or sipping on it long enough, it wreaks havoc on our health: physical, mental, emotional & spiritual. Like my friend Jude's little desk signage says: "Not today, Satan!"

To restate/clarify: fear is such a human thing. & not a thing to be ashamed of. Heck, I've lived SO much of live hanging on to some form of it. I'm not trying to play any holier than thou role here. I am sharing with you personal & collective insights. We all experience it. The power play, it seems to me, is to experience & then transmute it as quickly as one is able, rather than setting up camp inside of it. Makes me think of that saying: If you're in hell, don't sit down! Keep going!!


May we all keep going toward life as we live it. May we see more and more as we expand our consciousness' the illusory (&/or perhaps alchemizing) nature of fear.


With warmth,

ek








Click the image below for the music from this week's class:





For this week's reading(s), see below:




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10 writing prompts to help integrate this week's theme of using fear not as a sedative but rather as a stimulant to find and/or engage with that which is trying to find expression through you (aka: your life's purpose(s)):


  1. Write a personal essay reflecting on a time when fear initially held you back, but ultimately served as a catalyst for creative expression or personal growth.

  2. Develop a short story about a character who discovers that embracing their fears leads them to unlock hidden talents or passions they never knew they had.

  3. Imagine a fantasy world where individuals must confront their deepest fears in order to access magical abilities or powers, and explore how this shapes the characters' journeys.

  4. Create a series of writing prompts designed to help writers tap into their fears as a source of inspiration for their creative work.

  5. Write a character study focusing on someone who channels their fears into artistic expression, using their work as a means of confronting and processing their emotions.

  6. Craft a narrative poem exploring the idea of fear as a gateway to self-discovery and authentic expression.

  7. Develop a screenplay centered around a group of people who come together to support each other in facing their fears and pursuing their dreams.

  8. Imagine a futuristic society where individuals undergo virtual reality simulations to confront and overcome their deepest fears, leading to greater personal fulfillment and societal harmony.

  9. Write a guidebook offering practical strategies for harnessing fear as a positive force for creativity, innovation, and self-realization.

  10. Create a series of short stories featuring different characters who each confront and conquer their fears in unique ways, showcasing the diverse ways fear can be transformed into fuel for growth and expression.



10 writing prompts to help integrate last week's "What's Your Rice" theme:


  • Write a modern adaptation of the ancient Chinese monkey trap story, set in a different cultural context.

  • Explore the concept of temptation and desire through the metaphor of the monkey trap. How do human desires sometimes trap us?

  • Create a character who finds themselves in a situation similar to the monkey trap. What are they holding onto, and why can't they let go?

  • Imagine a dialogue between the trapped monkey and a wise elder who offers advice on how to free themselves from the trap.

  • Write a poem inspired by the image of the monkey trapped by its own desire for rice.

  • Develop a short story where the protagonist encounters a literal monkey trap in the wilderness and reflects on its metaphorical implications for their own life.

  • Explore the theme of attachment and liberation through the lens of the monkey trap story. How does letting go lead to freedom?

  • Write a reflective essay discussing personal experiences of holding onto something that ultimately led to entrapment.

  • Create a children's story based on the monkey trap, teaching young readers about the importance of letting go of things that hold them back.

  • Craft a dystopian narrative where society operates similarly to the monkey trap, with individuals controlled by their desires and unable to break free.





























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