1:45 Introduction to Courtney Kilian
2:40 Writing and Yoga - Kilian found that yoga and writing complemented each other and were therapeutic in her experience.
4:40 Benefits of yoga and writing for students – a) helps them get through their blocks, b) uses chakras as part of the course, c) students begin to understand that creativity is not a luxury, d) yoga has the body releases the blocks that prevent creativity, d) use meditation and breathing as bridges between everyday life and the yoga space. Yoga puts them in the present.
11:42 Developed an online course to be launched June 2018 consisting of: gentle yoga, mindfulness, breath, meditation. Movement to get to know the body, each week work on a chakra, meeting students where they are at, and teaching them to find out where they are at, then restorative yoga. Teacher is just the guide, your body tells you what you need to know.
15:25 Class starts with an intention, mantra and meditation on arrival. Use journal prompts about how body feels, and what are blocks. Encouraged to really notice what is happening when student moved, breathed, meditated. Courtney started this after a severe car accident with a head injury. Her former preferred yoga – power yoga – was no longer accessible and she had cognitive issues. Going back to the basics in both yoga and writing helped her have a conversation with her body and helped her recovery.
20:00 Migraines started after the injury which would incapacitate her. Started an online course for migraine sufferers which includes education to find your triggers for a migraine, and to dampen the symptoms from getting worse. Exercise can trigger migraines so have to have very gentle movements, have a conversation with the body to see how that felt, learning what is acceptable. Poor posture and hormonal imbalances can also trigger migraines. Yoga can help with these also.
24:35 Yoga is such a beautiful practice; if you can breathe, you can do yoga.
Website: www.on-and-ink.com (where you can sign up for her newsletter)
Yoga for Migraines: http://omandink.com/video-and-e-book/
Yoga for Writers: http://omandink.com/yoga-for-writers