Hi there! I’m Blair Lyonev.
I’m a London-based professional writer and Yoga teacher with a passion for women-centric narratives and the places where art, spirituality and the the body intersect. I also help people uncover their unique story and tell it in a way that supports their empowered unfolding in the world.
Between and since my stints in academia I’ve freelanced and ghostwritten for magazines, artists, NGOs, start-ups and entrepreneurs. I’ve worked with people on their websites, full-length manuscripts, speeches, blogs and beyond.
To learn more about ghostwriting and coaching services, please go here.
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And if you’re looking for Yoga and embodiment practices that reconnect you with the real gifts of your body, please go here.
What I love about what I do:
The dialogue. Listening without leaks is how I connect. I like to play priestess in ad hoc confessionals – like pubs and park benches; I like to dig out a person’s deeper story and find the inflection points that landed them where they are today; Oh, and I love watching obsessive types uncork and talk about their passions.
The voice. It lays us open and sets us free – what’s better than that? And it’s my kind of fun to capture a person’s unique register and rhythm, beats and breaths; I love helping people to find their own.
The strange places research has taken me. I have an affliction called Research Rapture, where my intended word count doesn’t merit the amount of trivia I’ve collected in order to meet it.
The Body. My first and greatest collaborator, she’s a pretty entertaining mix of temple, circus and dive bar. She refuses all the dogma I’ve ever dished out. And she’s smarter than me, so it’s my task to listen better, let her feed the writing and keep me in flow.
I’m drawn to voices from the margins and less told tales: those of war vet-activists, women leaders, refugees, women surviving war, and female graffiti artists. (Oh, and a weird turn as a pot journalist during Seattle’s legalization ‘green rush.’)
Aside from that I’m a restless gal, a die-hard mover in both body (Yoga and Dance) and through travel, a meditator, and am always searching in London’s urban sprawl for green and wild places, camera in tow.
For a sense of the breadth of my style in various genres, check out my blog, and while you’re there, take a look at my articles on how you can integrate the body with your creative or writing process. There are tips on discovering your voice, generative prompts and somatic techniques to keep you clear and bodied while you’re creating.
Every writer has a side trip, a time when they landed in a tilted world at a historic moment. Here’s mine:
I arrived in Seattle in the summer of 2013, and soon after stumbled into Washington’s burgeoning legal pot industry. I wasn’t exactly cannabis ‘fluent,’ but one freelance gig led to the next, and I wound up blogging and reporting on the industry’s players, scientists, philosopher’s and advocates. The following are a few of my favorite clips:
The Kettle Falls Five: Patient Story Article and Co-producer of video