Yoga for Writers

In Yoga for Writers, we’ll explore how the practice of yoga can help sustain a writing practice. This one-day workshop is organized into two sections of 90 minutes each. Each section will involve physical movement and writing. In Part I, we’ll learn some basic yoga poses to help address the physical demands writers face. We’ll show you how yoga can help relieve and prevent neck, shoulder, back, and wrist pain; and we’ll offer some short “yoga break” sequences that can be incorporated into the writing day. Part II will begin with some yoga poses to build creative energy. We’ll also study some of the yoga wisdom texts (The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutras, etc.) and draw on them for a series of writing exercises.

No expertise in yoga is required for this workshop. All levels of practice are welcome. Participants are advised to dress comfortably in exercise attire. While some yoga mats and props will be available, participants may want to bring their own yoga mats.


  • Instructors: Leslie LaChance and Rachel Mathenia
  • Date: Sat., October 3
  • Time: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Cost: $60
  • Location: Steadfast and True Yoga in Germantown

About the Instructors:

Leslie LaChance has been a student of yoga for nearly two decades and a student and teacher of writing for even longer. Her work focuses on arts and culture, education, health, food, travel, yoga, and community development.  She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poem "Left" received a Best of the Net Award from  Leslie has published articles with Stirring: A Literary Collection, AWP Pedagogy Forum, Tennessee Home & FarmDance Teacher Magazine, and elsewhere. Her poems have appeared in Number One, QuiddityApple Valley ReviewThe Greensboro ReviewBirmingham Poetry Review, and in other literary journals. Her chapbook, How She Got That Way, was published in the quartet volume Mend & Hone from Toadlily Press in 2013. 
Leslie is an Associate Professor of English at Volunteer State Community College, where she teaches literature and writing courses.

Rachel Mathenia is a certified Iyengar teacher. She’s been a student of yoga for nearly 20 years and teaching for 10 years. A dedicated student of BKS Iyengar’s teachings, she studied at the Iyengar Institute for one month in 2013 and attended Geeta Iyengar’s  birthday intensive in 2014.  She loves the Iyengar approach feeling that it provides a systematic approach that encourages creativity. She teaches classes at 12South Yoga, Steadfast and True Yoga and University School of Nashville.

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