Of course, writers have a creative mind. It is the nature of being a writer. However, when the writer stumbles into the abyss where, occasionally, all creativity seems to have been zapped into nonexistence, practicing yoga can be of tremendous benefit.
If taken beyond just poses and stretches, yoga has a meditative component as you concentrate on the single breath tied to each movement. This meditative aspect creates calmness that opens the mind to possibilities and allows the creative process to flow, especially helpful if a writer is experiencing a block of any kind.
When practicing Hatha Yoga, the breath/body link is a cleansing breath that literally blows away the cobwebs that might be blocking or trapping the creative thought and hampering your writing.
Yoga is especially relevant to creativity because of the spiritual aspects of the practice. When you consider that the practice of yoga originated from that need for the individual to somehow unite with the universe, how can we not proceed to harness that energy for creative thought? Yoga provides that pathway to the creative thought making it particularly helpful to the writer.
The word yoga actually means union. Union of breath, body and spirit. It can be traced to the Vedic Culture which existed around 2800 B. C. Without delving too much into the different practices separately, it is important to know that there are six main paths of yoga and they can be practiced as separate disciplines or they can be practiced accessing various, single aspects of each.
Hatha yoga is the probably the most common practiced in the US. Hatha yoga is the path of physical control. When practiced with the intent of meditation it is purported to be an excellent tool for the mind and the body.
Tapping into the creative spirit, using controlled breathing as a part of the poses, there is a stillness and calmness that overtakes the mind, dampening conscious thought and clearing the way for free flowing thought or even the absence of thought. Writer's need a reprieve from constant thought.
While in this state, anxiety is found to be reduced and emotional tension dissolves. This can certainly be beneficial if the angst is caused by "writer's block." Mood swings are said to become less dramatic, clearing the way for creative thought and improved concentration.
Ultimately, the practice of yoga is what you make of it, but with an open mind it has been demonstrated that yoga coupled with cleansing breaths may clear troubling aspects hindering the creative flow. Writers, artists, photographers, in fact many others, may suffer from self esteem issue that are interfering with creativity. Yoga could free stored emotions and unlock the door to creativity, giving you permission to access the passion for making something new and wonderful exist where it was not before.
Improved posture is a good reason for writers, or any other creative minds that are fairly stationary, to practice yoga. Asana yoga is the mainstay of Hatha yoga and it actually means posture. Think about it: writers sit, hunched over computers or journals, neck bent and back contorted in a C. This is neither healthy nor attractive and certainly not comfortable. Practicing a few yoga poses can actually counteract the affects of sitting too long in one position.
While it is great to have a yoga teacher, if you are unable to find one, you can practice yoga on your own. There are may tutorial on Youtube. However, since yoga is a form of exercise, it is important to check with your doctor before starting a yoga routine. In fact, there are poses that may be contraindicated in cases of some illnesses or conditions, such as high blood pressure or back problems. Consult your medical professional.