Writing the Fire!
Yoga and the Art of Making Your Words Come Alive
By Gail Sher
(Three Rivers Press, Paperback, 9780307209917, 224pp.)
Publication Date: May 23, 2006
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Writing the Fire! offers writers a new and visionary practice: using yoga to release the body’s inner intelligence and then support, shape, and inform the creative process.
Indeed, “writing is yoga,” declares Gail Sher, introducing the “writing asana”—an invaluable new tool for every writer’s routine. Her insightful and lyrical book, organized around eight thematic “immersions,” plumbs yoga’s wisdom heritage. As Donald Moyer, director of the Yoga Room in Berkeley, comments, “She encourages writers to approach their writing with the clarity and presence of yogis, and teaches yogis how to temper their awareness with the heat of words and images.” Writing the Fire! celebrates the fullest expression of our being.
Gail Sher is a psychotherapist, a poet, a teacher, an ardent yoga practitioner, and the author of One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers. She lives in San Francisco’s East Bay.
“A book like this one—rich and dense and nourishing—is the perfect ‘food’ for feeding your writing practice. It is packed with things to do, try, play around with, and mull over. And the juxtaposition of writing and yoga reverberates like a gong—with yoga illuminating writing and writing illuminating yoga.” —Nina Zolotow, coauthor with Rodney Yee of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body