Between yoga and literature with Maude Deschênes-Pradet

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“What is interesting, this is the part of me that joined the universal”, insists the young author behind “Wintering”.

Early this year, The Duty takes you to the other side of the fiction, the encounter of writers who earn their crust in jobs rather distant from the literature. In appearance.

Anyone who has already undertaken studies of second or third cycle was a day slowly felt the rock of his spirit falter under the weight readings to swallow and timelines. “It has saved my mental health !” exclaims the writer-Maude Deschênes-Pradet about yoga, this beneficial ancient practice that enabled him to put an end to his doctoral thesis in creative writing without a visit to the emergency psychiatric. “A doc in the literature, it is often very abstract. It is very lonely in his head. Having to leave to go give my yoga classes, it is this that kept me in touch with the world. “


The novelist behind The trash of Alice (a finalist at the Prix Senghor 2014) tackles twenties when she enrolled with her mother to her first yoga sessions. She teaches today, some 15 years later, the hatha yoga at the yoga Center of Sainte-Foy and at the PEPS of Laval University.


“Be in front of a group of people and accept that they look at my body imperfect, that they look at my postures that are not, they not, always perfect, have this humility-where to find me in front of people, it looks a lot like the process of publication,” observes the one that was published this autumn, Wintering (XYZ). “I’m very conscious that my two novels are not perfect, but if I had waited, that they are to publish them, I would never have made it. As a writer, as a yoga teacher, I have to take my imperfections knowing that it’s going to take me elsewhere, and that it will allow me to have conversations with extraordinary people. “


But isn’t it risky for the writer to engage on the long journey of serenity that opens the yoga and as well drain the tank of its own anxieties, at the bottom of which the creator knows how to often find his ideas, in the most high ?


“I have already thought that it was contradictory,” says the yogi, but the work of meditation, this is not to act as if we did not, of anxieties. Yoga is to accept and recognize its flaws, and it is also a philosophy of non-duality. There is no right and wrong, of good or not good in yoga. You must be willing to see themselves as they are, and this attitude of the witness, the observer that does not judge, it is a lot of it, the work of the writer when he wrote his first jet. “


Learn to see the beauty


“A year, without knowing why, the winter has not ended. Since everything is snow-covered and cold, ” writes Maude Deschênes-Pradet in Wintering, hallucination apocalyptic vision of a humanity condemned for the rest of eternity wandering around in boots with soles that are wet, wipe off violent gusts of powder. Is it a coincidence that the character of Thalia practice yoga as a way to generate heat under his clothing that was covered in frosting, like these thousands of Quebecers who go every week at the yoga center of their district in order to generate heat somewhere at the bottom of their chest ? Of course not.


“For me, Wintering is a book that speaks of hope,” insists its author, who pointed to the great concern facing our collective future through the thick ice of this dystopia output of his imagination. “It is a universe which, yes, is hard, where we are dying of cold and hunger, but where the northern lights are also really beautiful, where meetings between these humans deeply fragile turn into moments very touching. The contrast between the necessity of survival, and those moments of tenderness affirms these sparks of beauty that arise all the time in life, regardless of the situation. “


“It is for these reasons that one comes to yoga, or to the literature : to try to find meaning “, will drop a little later in the course of the conversation, the one that says make the daily choice to see the beautiful.


The story of the most precious time that enabled him to live the yoga could better testify to that. “That day, I really didn’t want to go give my lecture. I was just in love and I didn’t even know if I would be able to stop crying. But I went anyway and I managed to find a bit of calm in me, I managed to take a deep breath and get out of my own life, my own pain. Finishing the course, I was amazed how it had made me well. It was a beautiful lesson on what it can bring one out of oneself for a moment. “


Destination : the universal


Beyond the contortions of the physical practice suggests, the yoga tip basically to the reduction of the size of his ego, an idea that is seemingly difficult to reconcile with the work of the writer, commenting on his company on the public square, to reminisce about his childhood and, in very rare cases, to laugh on the set of a tv show, a young comedian and an actress popular.


“Yes, the artistic creation, it is to expose a part of oneself, but what is interesting in the part of me from which I write, it most certainly is not my little person,” said Maude Deschênes-Pradet. “What is interesting, this is the part of me that joined the universal. The science, art, philosophy, yoga, are all ways of trying to understand how it works, the human being, how it works, the life. What we seek in working to know oneself is to know others. “