Unlock the Creative Mind – a workshop combining yoga and art!

Saturday, 6th October

10.30-1.30 (at Miyoga, Kintore)

£35 – book me a space!

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
Pablo Picasso

Creativity isn’t something only creative people have – we all have it. We just have to learn how to access it! Even if we don’t consider ourselves to be artistic we are all capable of being creative. The belief that you either have creativity or you don’t means that too many of us abandon our creative sides, and tell ourselves that we can’t draw, or paint, or make anything.

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo 

The good news is that you can begin to rediscover your creative side at any time.To create doesn’t require special skills, just a willingness to explore, a willingness to put in some effort, and a willingness to make mistakes (or accept that there are no mistakes!) The best art comes not from some innate, born with it, genius, but from hard work and mastery of craft.

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.  Making your unknown known is the important thing.” Georgia O’Keeffe 

The positive effects of being creative lie not in the production of a finished work of art, but in the flow of artistic activity itself. Becoming lost in this process of creating, be it writing, or drawing, or building, immerses us in the present, in the moment of creation, and the mental benefits of this are similar to those of meditation.

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Being present in the act of creating immerses the self so deeply that time passes without us noticing, the thinking mind stops thinking, and our worries will disappear. We may even, in some abstract way, begin to find solutions for our problems in allowing this different type of thinking to emerge.

“As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward.”  B.K.S. Iyengar

As any yoga practitioner knows, immersion in the breath and flow of practice brings similar rewards – the regulating of breath and movement helps to curb strong emotions, calms the nervous system, and brings stillness and peace of mind. This allows us to be more aware of our inner world and more aware of how our thoughts and actions cause this inner world to fluctuate.

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known even existed.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Engaging in yoga or in a creative activity on a regular basis will boost your physical energy, your mental energy, and your mood and sense of wellbeing. I believe there is a link between the two, and that the mind works in a similar way whether engaged in a mindful practice of yoga, or a mindful creative practice. 

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse

Unlocking the Creative Mind brings these separate practices together in a meaningful way. A gentle yoga and meditation practice will help still the thinking mind making space for creativity to emerge – when the brain is not busy it has time for more abstract thinking – and drawing and writing exercises will help you tap into the creative self while removing fear, doubt, and creative blocks. All you need is the courage to try!

Yoga exercises:

a guided yoga practice to stretch and relax the body

a guided meditation to relax and still the mind

Art exercises:

drawing from life and still life

automatic writing to stimulate imagination

All yoga and creative exercises will be foundation level – no prior experience is needed.

All materials will be provided – yoga mats, drawing materials, sketchbooks

limited space, book a space

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