As I have painted and taught others to paint, as I have practiced yoga and taught yoga to others, I have grown to understand the deeper significance of what is in the dark and what is in the light.
Through yoga and art, I keep unearthing heartbreak and loss but also heartbeats and life. Through my personal practice I bring to light small and not so small regrets and I sit with them, quietly in stillness, swimming with the vastness of my own being.
Once you get the nitty-gritty stuff out of the way, the real stuff of life comes flooding out. As an artist and teacher I have come to let the muse work through me, and never do I ever let the voice of reason take over the pulls, the aches, the fires of my passions.
Anais Nin writes this so well:
Passion gives me a sense of wholeness.
Three years ago, I started integrating visual imagery progressively and naturally into my yoga classes. Integrating art allowed me to incorporate the deep psychological and philosophical roots of the already astonishingly comprehensive science of yoga. It has allowed me to truly present the integration of body, mind and soul to my studentship in a fun, creative and accessible way.
This training blends the teachings of the ancient traditions of yoga, depth psychology, literature and my recent visual and contemplative studies of Sacred Symbols with my long-time mentor and friend Whitney Freya.
The goal of this initiation is to integrate visual imagery, self-introspection and painting into your current yoga and meditation sadhana. How can you use art, images and visions in a yoga class as a potent add-on and healing tool for your students?
Yoga and Art are mutually beneficial, together they support a full spectrum of consciousness.
For info on upcoming Art & Yoga Teachers Training One Day Initiation, click here.