Creativity Jumpstart: Defining What we Do

Creativity Jumpstart   Finding Your Umbrella   It may be that you already feel clear on what it is you do, in a wider sense. For most of us, though, it can be hard to find the common, uniting theme for all the different parts of our lives. If this is true for you, here […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Writing Your Best Bio

Creativity Jumpstart    Writing Your Bio  As it turned out, I needed a little inspiration myself for writing an exercise that might help you write a bio, so I went to my friend Google to see what I could find. I read many pages on writing a bio, and I found one that was so […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Writing a Teacher Training Manual (or book, or…)

Start from an Image  As yoga teachers, many of us are more visual and kinesthetic than anything else. If this is true for you, consider starting your writing from a photograph. There are two ways you might want to do this. One way is to do a Google search for images of a yoga class. […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Finding Your Voice

  Here’s a suggestion from writer Jeff Goins. He has a wonderful blog, and if you want to see his post with other find-your-voice suggestions, read it here. One of his exercises is to imagine your ideal reader as a specific person.  For example, not just “anyone interested in yoga,” but  more like this: “A 45-year-old woman with […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: The Fraud Factor

  Here’s an exercise to help you remember what you loved about your work/art/practice in the first place: When you are creating, think quantity, not quality. Yes, you read that right. It sounds counterintuitive and backward from what we’re so often told. But remember when you first fell in love with yoga, or anything else? Most likely […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Activating your Awesomeness

 If activating your awesomeness sounds a little nebulous to you, or if you’re faced with a project, writing or otherwise, that needs you to show up in your very best form on a continual basis, consider trying this: Establish an Awesomeness Activating Routine to do every time before you work on your project. Here’s how to set […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Harnessing Imagination

  Creativity Jumpstart #1    If you have (or have ever tried to have!) a meditation practice, chances are you already use imagination in the form of visualization. Here’s a way to harness that to help get your words on paper.Let’s say you’re writing copy about a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and you really […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: The Critical Phase

It’s hard to find a creative way to give your work to be critiqued, so instead I thought I’d use this spot to talk about how to critique someone else’s work in a way that is kind but still helpful. If you find yourself on the critiquing side of the equation, here are a few […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Out of Your Mind (and onto the page)

Mind map. It sounds like some cool scientific study of meditation, but in reality, “mind map” is the name given to a visual representation/ organization of our thoughts. It’s also a great way for people who are visually oriented (which is most of us!) to start getting ideas out of our minds and onto the […]

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Creativity Jumpstart: Being Brilliant

  Being brilliant means getting clear about what it is you want to say. Here’s an exercise to clarify that, as well as give you a starting point for writing. This exercise comes courtesy of the amazing middle grade writer Bruce Coville, who is all things good. I just revised it to be more applicable for […]

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