Yoga and Writing Workshop on Jan. 25th

Posted January 23, 2014 & filed under Notebook.


WITS Development Associate, Gayatri Parikh, is leading a yoga/writing workshop this weekend. Here is her invitation:

Houston Friends – I’m teaching a yoga and creative writing workshop with the amazing Maria Merrill on Sat. 1/25 at Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala. It’s going to be so much fun – we will play with words and movement! There will be chocolate involved! You will leave inspired and ready to dive into creative endeavors fearlessly and with a sense of adventure. Also – half of the proceeds benefit Writers in the Schools, helping to bring the pleasure and power of reading and writing to children in our community. Hope to see you there!

Yoga Workshop to Benefit WITS

Posted December 4, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala owner and former WITS artist, Maria Merrill, and WITS Development Associate Gayatri Parikh, are co-teaching a yoga and creative writing workshop for adults on Saturday, December 7th.  50% of the proceeds of this workshop will benefit WITS! Below is all the information you need from the Yoga Ananda Yoga Shala November newsletter.
Find your Flow: A Creative Writing and Yoga Workshop
(Team taught by Gayatri and Maria)
Saturday Dec. 7th
Cost: $35
Early bird Discount: $25 (Sign up before Nov. 29th)
Discover vibrant creativity through this fun workshop designed to bring you into the present moment through play, where you can express your most authentic self! This afternoon of fun and games will explore your imagination through movement, breath and writing. Whether you consider yourself a writer, want to get your creative juices flowing, or want to bring more space into your yoga practice, this workshop is for you!
Please Note: 50% of all proceeds from this workshop will benefit Writers in the Schools (WITS), an organization that engages underserved children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing. (WITS is a fabulous organization!)
Gayatri has taught writing at UofH Writing Center, HCC, ELS at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and is currently a grant writer for WITS. Gayatri believes writing is a gift that can help us find and trust our own voices. A yogi of 10 years and a certified Kids yoga teacher, Gayatri marvels at yoga’s ability to help us find the present moment and express ourselves to the world powerfully and authentically.

Writing/Yoga Retreat

Posted February 15, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Are you a teacher?  writer?  mom?  dad?  CEO?  Then you might be feeling the winter blues.  Here’s your chance to re-charge with a midwinter retreat where you will practice Forrest Yoga ®, Mondo Zen, and Creative Writing with a Zen practitioner and a teacher from Writers in the Schools (WITS).

Where: Blackwood Educational Land Institute (Hempstead, TX)

Instructors: Zenrin Jeff Goodman and MaryScott Hagle

When: February 11-12, 2012


This brief retreat is designed to “spark you up” and light your way through the last few weeks of winter. You’ll get tools for building physical and emotional health, a new approach to spirituality and opportunities and inspiration for creative expression.

Facilitators MaryScott Hagle, a WITS writer, and Zenrin Jeff Goodman, a Zen priest, will guide your journey through yoga practice, MondoZen sessions and writing exercises in the beautiful serenity of Blackwood Educational Land Institute.

About the practices

Forrest Yoga ® cultivates strength and flexibility through sequencing principles designed over three decades by Ana Forrest, who sees yoga as central to her mission of “mending the hoop of the people.” Forrest Yoga emphasizes breath, core work and hands-on assists from teachers to help students get maximum, stress-melting benefits from every pose.

Hollow Bones Zen/ Mondo Zen, developed by Jun Po Roshi, is a form of Zen Buddhist practice stripped of cultural and monastic confines that offers immediate and portable benefits after just three sessions. You’ll gain deep insight into the truth of who you are, enhancing your ability to transform your reactions and interactions and understand the purpose of your emotions. If you have been curious about meditation, or if you’re a failed or lapsed meditator, Mondo Zen will give you just the kick start you need to begin or revive your practice.

Field Writing is the working title for a group of creative writing practices MaryScott has developed through her work with students of all ages for Writers in the Schools (WITS) and as a consultant for HISD. Field Writing exercises cultivate introspection, reflection and invention across genres and in a variety of settings.

About the Setting

Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to land-based learning that encourages the spirit and feeds the soul as it challenges and educates the mind. It inspires all of us to be complete, healthy and accountable to ourselves, our colleagues and our natural world as a whole. Located near Hempstead, Texas (about one hour from Houston), a formerly neglected tract of land has been turned into a living learning environment. There are many wooded acres, a pond fed by a natural spring, abundant plant and animal life, and more. Blackwood is an ecosystem and living classroom that inspires and teaches students of all ages to explore the natural web of life and to develop a healthy, respectful relationship with nature.

More information?
Email MaryScott at [email protected]

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