My current project is Terrible Beautiful, a memoir that explores the contradictions of suffering and love in my marriage to my junior high school sweetheart. Orlando and I became best friends when we were twelve and were married for ten years. Since childhood we carried our love like a talisman. But our marriage ended when Orlando’s alcohol-fueled behavior crossed the line from emotional to physical abuse.
During the final year of our marriage I leaned on my belief in my yoga practice. For decades I had trusted that yoga was teaching me a better way to live. The last year of our marriage would test my belief in yoga and challenge everything I thought I knew about love.
To understand our love story it is necessary to examine the fundamental nature of love itself. The story is told in a braid; chapters of the love story alternate with time I spent at an ashram. The ritualized pace of the ashram helps the turbulent story of the relationship to find proper proportion. The daily ashram routines are like a kaleidoscope; rotating my beliefs and fears into view until I am forced to reconcile the fallibility of my limited mind as it tries to understand the larger question of the true nature of love.
I write nonfiction memoir and essays that explore relationships, spirituality, and nature. My work also represents my experiences with my yoga students who have special needs. Using the raw materials of my life to construct narrative is a way to make meaning from my experiences. Borrowing tools from fiction writers allows me to create a rich sensory world where the characters derived from my life can interact. Structure and narrative tension serve to amplify moments in order to allow the story to emerge. My writing doesn’t seek to provide answers but instead propels us towards a deep level of inquiry.
My life in the arts began with classical music performance, and later, music therapy. I spent decades honing my technique and learning the value of getting my ego out of the way in order to let the music flow. However, the artistic constraints of breathing life into someone else’s creation wore thin. So I began writing music; mostly simple folk songs about my husband or our cottage in the woods. But soon the flow of melody turned into sentences and paragraphs. Long form essays emerged, as did flash non-fiction and memoir.
Gita Brown has personal essays published in the Boston Globe Magazine and Ruminate Magazine. In addition, her writing about teaching yoga to children with special needs has been featured in The Hingham Journal and The Cohasset Mariner. In 2017 she graduated from the GrubStreet Memoir Incubator program. During this year-long program she worked with teacher and award winning author Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich to shape her memoir-in-progress. She is actively involved with her writing group, all graduates of the Memoir Incubator, and alumni group devoted to developing a reading series and workshops that foster the writing and publication process of memoir and non-fiction essays. Mrs. Brown is a passionate educator with over thirty years of teaching experience.
Mrs. Brown is a teaching artist at South Shore Conservatory (SSC) where she teaches clarinet to children and adults. She is also the founder of Musician’s Way Yoga, a comprehensive lifestyle system that uses the classical teachings of yoga to enhance the creative life. In addition, she is a Senior Licensed Practitioner in Yoga for the Special Child®, offering yoga teachings to individuals with all levels of ability