Welcome to my second post on Writing is...
(First post: Writing is...like doing sports)
I've recently started going to Bikram Yoga classes (that's the one in the 40 °C room). A friend of mine dragged me along, and let me tell you, I was highly sceptical... and slightly worried. While I'm not precicely UN-sporty, I'm not particularly bendy and I've never done yoga before (other than as part of aerobic-like stuff). And an hour and a half doing stretchy bendy stuff in a room hotter than a beach day in July?
So I went in there, more or less ready to die...
Needless to say I didn't. I survived, having sweated buckets along with all the other yogis, and felt rather cleansed. So here's why I think writing is like Bikram Yoga:
- It takes a certain amount of bravery to do it for the first time. With Bikram Yoga, it's the first session. With writing, it's that dreaded Blank Page.
- It's meditative. Yes, (Bikram) Yoga is a lot of sweaty work, too, but it is a meditation exercise at its most basic. So is writing - when you get into the 'zone', or whatever you want to call it, that's probably what most writers think of as a higher plane of consciousness. Well, I think so, at least.
- You sweat a lot. With writing it's mostly mental, true, but tell me honestly you've never sweated over a word, sentence, paragraph or plot line - I won't believe you.
- You come out of it feeling a whole lot lighter.
- An hour and a half in a really hot room can feel like half a life time if you can't find the right mind space. Writing can be just as painful.
- It takes practice, and oh dear, do I need more of that. In both categories. I'm still not particularly bendy...
So, my dears, what do you think? Have you ever done Bikram Yoga?