Combined Restorative Yoga and Creative Writing Workshops
Two sessions: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro Street, downtown San Jose, CA
Appropriate for all levels and capabilities of movement; ages 16 and up.
For creative individuals who want to develop and deepen their artistic practice, workshops integrate restorative yoga and creative writing to access pathways to the imagination. These workshops are appropriate for all levels and capabilities of movement, ages 16 and up.
Whether you’re a journaler, journalist, novelist, lyricist, playwright, poet, actor, or storyteller of any kind, whether you’re seeking a new spark of inspiration or a breakthrough from writer’s block, this opportunity to explore your muse through restorative yoga may be a key to unlocking new ways of wordsmithing and/or deepening your connection to your craft.
Alternating between restorative yoga asanas (poses) and writing opportunities encouraged by prompts, you will deepen your physical and mental vitality, ignite your imagination, and develop an attentive awareness between mind, body, and spirit that will refocus your physical, intellectual, and inspirational energies.
Cathy Spielberger Cassetta, RYT, is the founder and artistic director of The Tabard Theatre Company at Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose, now entering its 16th season. Building on her many years in the Hollywood television industry, Cathy created, produced, and co-hosted the weekly So. Bay television program Theatre This Week in the mid-1990s. A theatre artist who has worked both on- and off-stage, she has taught dance as well as theatre and playwriting to every grade from junior kindergarten through college. A produced playwright, her most recent work was Tabard’s acclaimed world premiere production of Homeward Bound: An Orphan Train Journey. Her journey with yoga began as a result of a personal quest to regain balance, health, and peace after a series of family losses and career stress. Yoga offered a physical workout her dancer’s body yearned with the introspective calm her soul embraced. With teaching yoga as a natural next step, she completed her 200-RYT in February 2015. Collaborating on a yoga/creative writing workshop is an organic extension of her creative expression and a sweet blend of her life paths.
Amy Kweskin, RYT, believes in building a community of mindful practice through gentle and restorative yoga. She brings this intention to her yoga classes where she creates a supportive environment for finding balance and ease. Her inspiration is her Grammie who taught yoga until she was 94 years old. In her grandmother’s tradition she incorporates yoga asana, pranayama and meditation to foster open-heartedness. Amy graduated from The Yoga Room Berkeley’s 500-hour Advanced Studies Program in June 2014. She earned a Diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming from the Coaching Academy in London and has a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Golden Gate University as well as Bachelors degrees in Cinema/Photography and English from Ithaca College. In addition to teaching yoga Amy is an arts management consultant, facilitator and coach. Additionally, she is a member of the faculty at The Art Institute of California, San Francisco where she teaches in the Fashion Marketing & Management and Advertising departments.