What do Yoga and Art Have in Common? Healing.
Updated: Jul 23, 2020
As you may have noticed from browsing my page, I am into yoga and other healing practices. In my experience, yoga helped me immensely to gain self-confidence and challenge old patterns of thinking that don’t serve me. I learned that limitations are placed by the mind, and that we are capable of much more than we think. In recent years, I also started experimenting with painting and found that it had similar effects. Going into it, I felt far from an “artist” – I was a corporate lawyer at a traditional big law firm in New York. But I went into it with the understanding that there was more within me that I needed to express to feel whole. I discovered that once I start painting I feel a sense of calm and ease – it doesn’t matter what the end result is. The important thing is to savor the process. Mixing colors to me becomes a meditation. The focus on something so specific that it loses its “realness” in the physical world, and the process becomes more intuitive. The same process happens when I am flowing through a yoga practice. Many yogis will tell you, the practice is not about achieving a particular pose perfectly, it’s about your awareness and acceptance of where you are in that given moment. Once you have experienced that, you find that your mind feels more quiet, at peace, even if just for a moment in time. But later on, when going about your daily life, you can access that inner peace that your practice has taught you. And like any practice, the more you work on reaching that place (of wholeness), the easier accessing it becomes.
If you’re feeling disconnected and in need of fulfillment, practice expressing yourself creatively or moving the body with breath, and the rest will come…