Why Art and Yoga?
Art can be a form of meditation. In fact, anything can be a form of meditation if it clears your mind. Patanjali said, “Yogas chitta vritti nirodha”, which means that yoga is the removal of mind chatter. This is where art and yoga can coexist together.
The Healing Power of Art
When it comes to healing power, art is a powerful medium. Art can help us build self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness. It can help us delve deeper into ourselves.
As we create art, we are bringing out certain emotions or thoughts that we have buried deep within. This helps us to truly face ourselves. We can begin to process our feelings, as well as begin to tackle any other problems that we may have.
Art can also be extremely beneficial for issues with anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. With issues like these, when you begin to do some form of artwork, you put all your energy toward that art piece instead of keeping it bottled inside. This helps us to face and accept problems, and this is where healing begins.
Benefits of Yoga
There are hundreds and hundreds of articles out there on the benefits of yoga and why we should do it. Most people are aware of the physical benefits of yoga, such as better posture, increased blood flow, more flexibility and strength, more energy, etc.
Yoga is not only the physical aspect, there is also the mental aspect. As Patanjali said, the definition of yoga is the quiet the mind chatter or mind fluctuations. We are constantly in a barrage of thoughts, some good, some bad, but all are distracting.
While art helps us focus our thoughts through creating something beautiful, yoga helps us focus our thoughts through movement. It is a different kind of energy channeling.
By using the breath, we are inhaling prana or feeding energy to the body, and exhaling apana or eliminating substances from the body (such as carbon monoxide). By doing yoga, we are cleansing ourselves both physically and mentally.
Combining Art and Yoga Together
With the combination of art and yoga, we are focusing our energy in two different ways, but with the same goals: To quiet the mind and cleanse ourselves of anything that is unnecessary.
Art and yoga creates a multi-sensory experience, where we are exercising both our mind and body. With this combination, we are able to fully achieve deep relaxation and self-reflection.