Yoga helps foster creativity for performers

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In Jennifer Ogden Combs’ fairy tale world Cinderella would not make it to the ball without doing her yoga first and neither would prince charming or the evil stepmother. And if the the fairy godmother thinks she can get out of doing her poses she is mistaken.

That is because Combs knows how important yoga can be to anyone in the creative arts, especially young performers.

The exercises have become a crucial part of the annual Boys & Girls Club Camp for the Performing Arts. Taught by Combs, the camp teaches students from ages 9 to 12 about all aspects of the performing arts, from acting skills to script writing.

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This year the students will be writing and performing a production of Cinderella. But before they sit down each day to focus on the fairy tale, the campers roll out their yoga mats to foster their imaginations.

“It stimulates their imagination in ways that they don’t get in today’s world,” Combs said. “With television, video games and the Internet they are being stimulated at. With yoga they are being stimulated from within.”

As a successful Hollywood producer, Ogden has witnessed first-hand the creative power in yoga. Many of her best movie ideas have come during her yoga exercises.

“It gives you a chance to relax. In doing so, it opens more creative space, provides for more creative energy,” Combs said.