If you couldn’t make our last workshop at 3rd Street Yoga this Sunday or you just want to remind yourself of what we did, here’s a little sneak peak of what you may have missed:
We started off class with an exercise that melds drawing with breathing, a nice way to center yourself because as we know, “a relaxed mind is a creative mind” (thanks Yogi Bhajan). This wonderful kriya comprised the bulk of our physical activity, here taught by Sat Dharam Kaur. Several meditations from Yogi Bhajan’s intellectual and inspiring book, “The Mind” had us chanting and holding our arms up in somewhat challenging positions….not that the arms or so challenging, but holding them up for 11 minutes can really create a nice burn! All to ignite more creativity. We rounded out the class with a class-created visualization savasana, which is also a great technique to use with your middle school and high school students. Hope you can join us next time.
We are looking forward to leading workshops on how yoga can help the creative mind at an arts workshop for teens at Mercer Community College in NJ this coming Friday! The techniques can help actors memorize lines, fight writer’s block and help recall of images for painters, choreographers and other visual designers. Here’s a preview:
We will be working on poses that open the heart center, calm the chatty mind and visualizing with a yoga nidra session. Some points of inspiration include:
“The yoga of creativity is the art of developing a relationship with and trusting the unknown. It is cultivating an inner state similar to that of the famous cinematographer, Ingmar Bergman, whenever he conceived of a new film. “It is a mental state,” he said, “abounding in fertile associations and images. Most of all, it is a brightly colored thread sticking out of the dark sack of the unconscious. If I begin to wind up this thread, and do it carefully, a complete film will emerge.”
And inspiration from: http://www.lovestroubadours.com/id29.html
“Whenever I have writer’s block, I come into child’s pose on my yoga mat or in my bed. Most times, I stretch my arms out in front of me. My fingers are wideneded and get a nice web-like stretch. Generally, I hold this pose for a long time (i.e. fifteen to twenty minutes) because it relaxes me and releases stress from my lower back. I love to focus my breathing on opening my third eye, the sixth chakra which governs my intuition and allows for clarity and understanding.”