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Digital Subscriptions > Be Kind > August 2019 > Kat Farrants Letting go and moving on

Kat Farrants Letting go and moving on

Our columnist on how yoga helps creativity

We’ve all had writer’s block. Or a creative block. Sometimes we don’t even know that we need creativity, but we feel a little ‘stuck’. However, we can all learn from the yogic lesson of letting go and moving on.

What is yoga? It’s making shapes on a sticky plastic mat, I hear you cry. Well, yes it is – that certainly can be one version of yoga. Making the shapes is a key part of it, as seen in yoga studios and gyms worldwide, and the shapes, or ‘asana’, have been a key part in getting me into the practice of yoga. But by far the most interesting thing for me in my yoga journey, and the reason why I decided to quit my job in the city as a lawyer and share the healing power of yoga, was finding out what a useful tool it is in transforming how I feel and how I’m able to be in the world.

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Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor