Sonic Yoga https://sonicyoga.com Embody Your Gretest Potential Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:09:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Prenatal Practice by Sarah Ireland https://sonicyoga.com/news/prenatal-practice-sarah-ireland/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:10:14 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9935 10 years ago, pregnant for the first time, I was lucky enough to have a doula as a dear friend. During those 9 months she helped to open my eyes to the humbling, empowering and extraordinary experience of bringing a … Continue reading

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10 years ago, pregnant for the first time, I was lucky enough to have a doula as a dear friend. During those 9 months she helped to open my eyes to the humbling, empowering and extraordinary experience of bringing a baby into the world.

It may seem strange that something could be both humbling and empowering. But it was humbling to witness my own body performing such a miracle as sustaining another life. And it was crazy empowering as I was able to make choices based on information I had received from other women. So I’m super excited about the upcoming prenatal programming at Sonic Yoga, where such vital information will be passed on to teachers and mamas.

There’s a lot more to prenatal practice than just modifications but here are my top 6 suggestions for serving the pregnant yogini.

  1. Keep it cool. Pregnant mamas can get super hot and the top two reasons for premature labor are infection and dehydration. Try and find a little balance for the mama by keeping fans on, suggest she drink water during practice, and recommend her breath flow easily with light or no ujjayi.
  2. Backbends. A gentle stretch of the front body may feel great in pregnancy but being on the belly probably won’t, especially as the baby grows. And because of hormones like progesterone and relaxin that soften smooth muscle and connective tissues, stability in the low back can be easily compromised. Lordosis, a deep sway in the low back that can lead to pain, can be helped and even prevented with a mindful yoga practice.   Gentle, supported backbends can help a mama find more space for her breath without compromising her low back. Side-waist opening can also be great replacement for back bending, another safe way to create space for baby and breath.
  3. Twists. Deep twists build heat and have a cleansing energy, the opposite of what’s beneficial for the mama and baby. However, twists in the upper back are going to feel awesome, especially when the arms are wide to include opening the chest. Think low lunge, right foot forward knee over ankle, left knee down, left hand on a block under the left shoulder, right hand high.
  4. Core. Again with the heat, plus contracting the outer core muscles. Besides just not feeling good, core cultivation can cause rectus diastasis, a separation of the rectus abdominis muscles that run vertically down the front of the belly. This can lean to hernia, back pain and pelvic floor issues during and after pregnancy. Instead, the mama can simply sit in malasna on a block or sukhasana and practice lifting and, as importantly, releasing the pelvic floor.
  5. Mula Bandha. Many say pregnant women can invert if it feels good, but honestly, the more I learn about the anatomy of pregnancy, the more I disagree. Among other things, inversions require powerful mula bandha contraction and although it’s important for these muscles to be toned and strong, they’ll need to relax and release when it comes time to birthing that baby down and out. Women are better served with viparta karani or supported bridge pose on a block.
  6. Permission. This really should be number 1. Give the pregnant yogini permission to do what feels best in her body. Permission to modify, flow, rest or whatever she needs will not only make sure she stays safe but will allow her to trust her body and her own inner wisdom.

If you’re interested in learning more on how to serve this community, we have two Sacred Fertility Prenatal Yoga Certification trainings slated for 2018 where teachers will have the opportunity to go deep into the study of hormones and anatomy and see how they translate to modifying practice in pregnancy. And there’ll be lots of great teachings on Goddess energy to connect modern day yoginis with the ancient yoga traditions that honor the Shakti within.

I’m also preparing a one weekend, continuing education training for teachers who are interested in the basics of prenatal modifications for the pregnant person who comes to class rather than the full certification. Those dates are TBA so keep an eye out! And by the way, these teacher trainings are open to men!

Lastly, we now have two Sacred Fertility Prenatal Yoga classes on the regular schedule, so please spread the word! Our pregnant clientele can come and practice beneficial modifications for each trimester, including postpartum, and women who are trying to get pregnant can come and prepare their body-mind for a conscious pregnancy and birth.

I hope you’ll join me to further your studies and learn to serve in such a profound and rewarding way!

DATES:

Sacred Fertility Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification
85-Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited Program

Extended Program
Weekend 1 – April 27-29   9am-6pm
Shakti Sadhana with Lauren Hanna & Sarah Ireland

Weekend 2 – June 8-10   9am-6pm
Honoring the Shift Vinyasa Training & Anatomy with Sarah Ireland & Sarah Yukie

Weekend 3 – June 22-24    9am-6pm
Honoring the Shift Part 2: Vinyasa Training & Ayurevda for Prenatal with Sarah Ireland and Shweta Parmar

Intensive Program
January 3rd – 5th and January 7th -12th   8am–5pm
Above programming in consecutive days

 

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Teacher of the Month: Keith Partington https://sonicyoga.com/news/teacher-month-keith-partington/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:46:19 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9931 Don’t forget your Self. Teaching can drain you. Even the pursuit of trying become a teacher can be a lot to keep up. While we love what we do, this is an energetic practice and we give ourselves in order … Continue reading

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Don’t forget your Self.
Teaching can drain you. Even the pursuit of trying become a teacher can be a lot to keep up. While we love what we do, this is an energetic practice and we give ourselves in order to do it well. At some point, the well runs dry and our teaching, not to mention our daily being, suffers. The mind tells you “you’re fine”. Your heart and spirit know otherwise.
If a deliberate commitment to Self care isn’t made, it won’t happen. What we give to our students and clients must be turned back in our direction once in a while. We only have something to offer if we have something, something in abundance, to draw upon. Most of us are aware of this premise, the tricky part comes when we allow ourselves to get caught up all who need a helping hand, at the expense of our Selves.
Kindness and awareness of others are natural effects of practicing yoga. It’s a strength
to want to be there for others, and give all to our classes and clients, friends and
family. Practicing yoga also requires discipline and self awareness. Enough self
awareness to see in the mirror the one you’ve maybe neglected a bit.
Practice: Set the table.
Self care starts with creating the space for to happen. Space meant literally, in your
home, plus space made in your schedule, is critical to a consistent devotion to the
development and upkeep of the Self. A place where meditation happens, a place free
of electronics. A corner of a tiny room will do- it’s about energy. The smallest changes
can shift the energy of a space.
If you already have an altar, dust it off and freshen it up with things that suit the
season. I you don’t, make a bit of room in your home to honor your practice. Create a
small altar, keep it and the space around it very clean. Place a votive for fire and other
small, meaningful objects on it. Something living that you care for is always a great
energy to add, so maybe a succulent. Maybe a stone representing the grounding
energies of the earth.
Making space makes it easier to show up and do your practice, to withdraw a bit and
do things that feed you. Your students, friends and family will thank you.
Monthly TT Gathering Date/Time: October 14th, 1030AM

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YOGI OF THE MONTH: Tonie Warner https://sonicyoga.com/news/yogi-month-tonie-warner/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:16:17 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9926 WHERE YOU GREW UP: Commonwealth of Dominica, Southern Caribbean WHEN YOU MOVED TO NYC: August 2000 OCCUPATION: Yoga teacher HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA? I’ve been journeying about 12 years now WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU? Yoga allows me to escape the busy world, … Continue reading

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WHERE YOU GREW UP:
Commonwealth of Dominica, Southern Caribbean
WHEN YOU MOVED TO NYC:
August 2000

OCCUPATION:
Yoga teacher
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING YOGA?
I’ve been journeying about 12 years now
WHAT DOES YOGA DO FOR YOU?
Yoga allows me to escape the busy world, and return and connect to myself and others.  I’m definitely with most people that say that yoga brings relaxation and release, it has made me more mindful and compassionate, and really deepened my spiritual journey, and made me more curious about myself.  The biggest benefit that I receive from yoga though is the empowerment it brings me.  I can be a bit too grounded at times, and yoga awakens me and lights the spark that I need.  Yoga fuels the courage that I need in using my voice, and in loving myself and others.  Nothing else fuels me the way that yoga does 🙂
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING TO SONIC?
I started going to Sonic on and off after first being introduced in 2006, but have been consistently coming in for the past couple of years
WHAT CLASSES DO YOU USUALLY TAKE?
You can usually find me in the top left hand corner in Keith’s class during the week – I tend to be a creature of habit.  I typically practice in the later evenings, so I also take Chris’, April’s and Alex’s classes as well.  I also enjoy taking Stephanie Battle’s and Jeffrey’s classes too when I can make them.
MOST UNFORGETTABLE YOGA MEMORY?
This was fairly recent and immediately came to mind.  It was an a-ha moment in April’s class.  She was teaching us alignment in cobra and guiding us to lead with the chest.  At one point, she cued us into cobra and said ‘Lead with your heart, not your head.  Don’t confuse the two’.
I won’t ever forget those words.
LIFE LESSON LEARNED FROM YOGA?
I truly believe that most of us are here to help others, whether it’s part of our profession or not, we constantly show daily acts of kindness and love to strangers around us.  We can get so caught up in helping and caring for others, that we lose sight of doing that for ourselves.  As I have journeyed in growing as a yoga student and teacher, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that regardless of what you are teaching, or helping, the best thing you can do for others is to be your best self, and to recognize the things that no longer serve you, and move through the necessary process to close and change those patterns.  Growth won’t always be pretty, and it won’t always be completed in this lifetime.  But yoga also has made me hopeful in knowing that we have the next lifetime and the ones after that to keep on with the process of moving towards our best selves.
FAVORITE MUSICIAN:
Anderson.Paak (i luuuurve him!)
FAVORITE MOVIE:
-The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (with special mentions to Brown Sugar, Zoolander and South Park: Bigger, Better, and Uncut)
FAVORITE BOOK;
-The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
GOALS IN LIFE:
uuummm sooooo.. these change, but right now and for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to become the best yoga teacher that I can be, with ideally owning and operating my own space.
I’m also looking forward to a permanent return home to Dominica.
I’ll be grateful for anything else good that happens in between 🙂
PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE:
Nothing is promised or owed, so make the best decisions you can make, help as many people as you can, don’t become too attached to material possessions, and chose actions and words that leave every place you encounter better than how you found it.
FAVORITE SEASON:
-Autumn (I love when the leaves change color, and when the trees go bare)
HOBBIES:
I tend to go in and out of hobbies, but the core ones that never let me down are sleeping (lol), eating, and taking long walks (I really like to just stroll through the city, and do so at least once a week).  I also enjoy travel, being in or on water, and watching all episodes of Parks and Recreation (this is my favorite hobby of them all).
WHAT DOES PEACE OF MIND MEAN TO YOU?
Acceptance of who I am, (and who I am not), and giving that as a form of love to others.
FAVORITE NEW YORK MEMORY:
My first snowstorm after moving here from the Caribbean.  This was in Binghamton where I went to college.  Oh-em-squee!!!  There was snow everywhere… as high as the mountains and far as the eye can see.  Ok, that’s a stretch, but let me tell you, it was a lot of snow!  It was like being in a snow globe – there was sledding and snow fights, and best yet… no school lol
FAVORITE PLACE IN MANHATTAN:
Battery Park – I like walking 10th ave to get there and spending time by the water
… also, there’s this cute little yoga spot called Sonic Yoga up in Hell’s Kitchen.  I really like it there too 😉
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Each of us has a story, and there’s always something to gain from listening to anyone who is willing to share theirs.  Listening to someone’s journey, and learning about what they’ve grown through helps me to grow as well.

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THE CREATIVE SONIC: Amanda Glick, Artist https://sonicyoga.com/news/creative-sonic-amanda-glick-artist/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:47:56 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9915 “My name is Amanda Glick, I am a Cooper Union School of Art graduate and I recently became a certified yoga instructor after attending the 200hr intensive teacher training program at Sonic Yoga. As an artist, I specialize in acrylic painting. Lately, … Continue reading

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“My name is Amanda Glick, I am a Cooper Union School of Art graduate and I recently became a certified yoga instructor after attending the 200hr intensive teacher training program at Sonic Yoga. As an artist, I specialize in acrylic painting. Lately, I’ve been making playful, simplistic paintings which emphasize my love of color. See attached my chakra paintings.”

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Healing and Nurturing the Soul https://sonicyoga.com/news/healing-nurturing-soul/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:27:30 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9911 Vata season has begun. As the fall winds start to blow, if we look for it, we’ll notice a paradox of stillness takes the air. The leaves start to change and fall to the ground. Flowers bend and die and … Continue reading

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Vata season has begun. As the fall winds start to blow, if we look for it, we’ll notice a paradox of stillness takes the air. The leaves start to change and fall to the ground. Flowers bend and die and their roots will patiently wait in silence for rebirth. Some of the other animals will make their preparations to hibernate for the winter months.
 
This is a time for allowing the dissolution to begin, letting the little deaths of what we don’t need take place around us to create space for drawing within. Perhaps we can be a bit more minimalistic to allow us to draw our energies towards centering. We can conserve our resources for what we need, letting go of exhaustive efforts and instead spend these efforts toward inner healing and nurturing the soul. I personally am starting a cleanse as I write this because, as nature uses this time to clear away things on her own. I like to make my own efforts to do some of my own clearing away. I allow a little death of my everyday habits so that I can clear away a path towards deeper self realization. See you on the other side and in between.
 
Namaste,
 
Chris

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CONTEST! Win An Adventure for Two! Easy as 1,2,3 https://sonicyoga.com/news/contest-win-adventure-two-easy-123/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:09:17 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9897 1. Like sonicyoga on Instagram 2. Make A Comment on Instagram Contest Post: #sonicyogagiveaway 3. Tag a Friend Deadline: SEPT. 15th Win 2 adventures with Destination Backcountry Adventures! They are a Brooklyn-based adventure guiding company dedicated to bringing our love of … Continue reading

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1. Like sonicyoga on Instagram

2. Make A Comment on Instagram Contest Post: #sonicyogagiveaway

3. Tag a Friend

Deadline: SEPT. 15th

Win 2 adventures with Destination Backcountry Adventures! They are a Brooklyn-based adventure guiding company dedicated to bringing our love of the outdoors to the city that needs it most. Winner receives 2 adventures. Winner chosen at random on Sept. 16th.

If you win you have the choice of any yoga adventure or day adventure (cannot be used on overnight trips or canoe and kayak trips). Free trips include all the amenities of a standard trip: breakfast and lunch, transportation to/from NYC!

More Info on Destination Backcountry

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Healer of the Month for September: Karol Chin https://sonicyoga.com/news/healer-month-september-karol-chin/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:35:22 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9892 Healer of the Month for September: Karol Chin, Ayurveda Health Advisor (AADP) What She Does: “Using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, I help people find more balance and comfort in their lives by healing through the five senses – taste, touch, … Continue reading

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Healer of the Month for September: Karol Chin, Ayurveda Health Advisor (AADP)

What She Does: “Using the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, I help people find more balance and comfort in their lives by healing through the five senses – taste, touch, sight, smell, sound.”

“I am an Ayurvedic Health Advisor (AADP) and Yoga Instructor (RYT 200).  I help people heal themselves holistically by bringing their bodies back into balance through sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell.  Remedies include ayurvedic nutrition and diet, yoga and meditation, chakra balancing, sound therapy, aromatherapy, and color therapy.  You are your own best healer and I am here to guide you on your healing journey.  We begin with an in-depth initial consultation, covering your health goals and current history.  Afterwards, I will create a highly personalized health plan of action that will benefit you for your entire life.” 

Training: “I completed my education as an Ayurveda Health Advisor (AADP) with the illustrious Dr. Naina Marballi, of Ayurvedas World (NYC).  I also completed my training as a Certified Ayurvedic Chef with Dr. Marballi in Kerala, India.  I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200), completing my studies at Sonic Yoga.”

How She Came to Study Ayurveda: I have always had health issues throughout my life, but my arch nemesis is severe eczema.  When my medication stopped working, as is common with topical steroids, I turned to holistic treatments.  I had my first Ayurvedic consultation with Dr. Marballi, and all I can say is that was the best purchase I’d made in my life.  Through natural therapies, my skin began to heal in ways I only thought were possible through steroid creams.  I knew I had to learn more about this ancient healing science that was completely changing my life.  And so, I made the decision to complete my Ayurvedic education with Dr. Marballi, who has an Ayurvedic Holistic Nutrition education center in downtown Manhattan.  Ever since I embarked on this journey, I felt as though I were learning the secrets of the universe.  It is my absolute pleasure to use this ancient wisdom to help others.  

In Other News: “I have once been a food scientist, a chef, and an aspiring culinologist.  If you’re lucky, you might catch me hoop dancing, spinning fire, or up in the air on a silk.  I also love traveling for long periods of time, because I find it’s the only way to discover what a place is truly like. Through all these experiences, I have found that my passion always comes back to making great food and sharing it with people I love.”

Deal for Sonic Community: 20% off your 60-minute Initial Consultation – $120 (originally $150)

Your Initial Consultation includes:

  • Discussion of your health concerns and goals, lifestyle and medical history
  • Highly personalized plan of action specific to your individual constitution. This includes lifestyle recommendations, a nutrition plan (foods to include and foods to avoid), yoga postures and pranayama (breathing techniques) for wellness, chakra balancing, marma point therapy, aromatherapy, color and sound therapy

Contact Info: Please email karolchin@gmail.com with subject line – SONIC AYURVEDA. Schedule a FREE 15-minute call to discuss how Ayurvedic wellness can help you!

More Info

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Love For Tania Kazi’s Sound Healing & Meditation Workshop https://sonicyoga.com/news/love-tania-kazis-sound-healing-meditation-workshop/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 01:44:07 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9889 “Attending Tania Kazi’s sound healing & meditation class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Before the class, I admit, I wasn’t sure how it worked or if it would work at all, all I knew for sure … Continue reading

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“Attending Tania Kazi’s sound healing & meditation class was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Before the class, I admit, I wasn’t sure how it worked or if it would work at all, all I knew for sure is that I needed to heal. 
 
During the class, I still was a little skeptical, but it didn’t matter, something bigger than myself allowed me to surrender to it (I’m short, so a lot of things are bigger than me, but in this instance I’m referring to something that transcends a name or definition).
As I was laying on the yoga mat and Tania was playing the singing bowls, It felt like I was swimming with my thoughts instead of fighting them. To experience my thoughts without judgment is something so rare. Rare like a watching a Rastafarian penguin ride on a dolphin’s back and swim into a sunset kind of rare. Yep, it almost never happens for me. 
 
After the class was over, it was clear to me that I just did something powerful. I believe part of why the class is so powerful is because Tania doesn’t show up knowing how she’s going to play the bowls, she reads the energy in the room and plays the bowls accordingly. I could go on and on about the unexpected benefits I’ve experienced from the sound healing class, but if I were to boil it down, I’d say it felt like all my systems aligned in harmony. 
 
Mentally, I felt clarity, like I could tackle one thing at a time and everything will be okay. I felt like I could be courageous, like I could speak up and give my feedback about something the way I’m doing now, and it would matter. Physically, I felt taller (Although there’s nothing wrong with being short, life is short, but people seem to like it). I felt more space in my body, like my organs were in healing mode, and my muscles are ready to work.
 
I am so grateful to Tania for orchestrating such a tremendously glorious class. I can’t wait to take my loved ones to her next class. After what I’ve told them about my experience, they’re reasonably skeptical. I mean, I basically told them that I listened to the sound of singing bowls and that the bowls have magic healing powers, but ultimately I know their hesitation to believe in it won’t matter. All they have to do is show up (and they’ll be swimming and singing like Dory from Finding Nemo singing “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, what do we do? we swim.swim.swim.”) hehehe :)” – Amanda

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THE CREATIVE SONIC: Darby Canessa, Dancer & Blossoming Choreographer https://sonicyoga.com/news/creative-sonic-darby-canessa-dancer-blossoming-choreographer/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:58:23 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9883 How long have you been dancing?  I have been dancing for 20 years.   How does yoga assist your dancing?  In my experience, Yoga and Dance complement one another. There are common elements in each form, such as the relationship … Continue reading

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How long have you been dancing? 
I have been dancing for 20 years.  
How does yoga assist your dancing? 
In my experience, Yoga and Dance complement one another. There are common elements in each form, such as the relationship between the body and the mind, the awareness of what is happening within and around the body, the focus, the dedication, the receptiveness, the wholeness, the fulfillment, and the ability to experience life with an open spirit. Yoga and Dance encourage me to stay curious, and to keep the channel open. 
What project are you working on now?  
I am currently working with Catherine Cabeen on her new work, “Give Me More,” which will premiere at Theater for the New City January 25-27, 2018. The ticket link will be up soon on her Company Facebook page (Catherine Cabeen-Hyphen).   

Do you choreograph as well?
I just got into choreographing this year, as I am finding my artistic voice. I like to foster a creative process that is thoughtful and collaborative. I find value in taking risks and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Through my recent work, I found it possible to create work that represents the individual dancers the way they want to be seen in addition to having them present my work the way I want it to be seen. I hope to create work that makes a statement and offers connection.  
Recently, I showed my piece, “From Us” at Triskelion Arts for their summer shake-up series. It felt great putting work out there, and I look forward to showing the piece again at Triskelion Arts for WAXWorks in October.
What do you love about dance as an art form? 
Looking at the form itself, dance is remarkable because of the dependence on the human body. The body is the instrument; it is what brings the form to life. Through our bodies, the dance is made and received. I think in certain ways we are all dancers. The dance exists within all of us; we just have to let it out. The human body itself has the capacity to communicate in powerful ways, and I feel that dance has the power to change the world because through it we can embody that change. Dance is empowering. It makes the familiar unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar. It challenges constructs and brings people together. I believe strongly in art activism and arts advocacy. It is important to use dance to speak out for what one stands for, but it is also important to advocate for the form itself. 

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CREATE by Lauren Hanna https://sonicyoga.com/news/create-lauren-hanna/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:30:09 +0000 https://sonicyoga.com/?p=9874 CREATE I am so excited each month to explore the new postings in the Sonic Creative section of our Newsletter. Witnessing the abundant creative energy of our community gives me such great joy. Creativity is one of the powerful gifts … Continue reading

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CREATE
I am so excited each month to explore the new postings in the Sonic Creative
section of our Newsletter. Witnessing the abundant creative energy of our
community gives me such great joy. Creativity is one of the powerful gifts of Yoga. It is the first phase of the Karmic cycle and aligned with the potency of birth.
We all have the ability to manifest and to create. Creating art is a beautiful way to awaken our inner creative energy. The experience of manifesting a work of art,
whether through music, painting, photography, dance, design, or any medium, is
exquisitely aligned with the practice of Yoga.
For years I have been yearning to make art, yet I have been so busy with life that
I have not made the time. I was also a bit overwhelmed with trying to decide what
medium to choose. After many years of making excuses, I finally signed up for a
workshop in Montauk this summer. The Art Barge is a beautiful Artists studio and
museum located on the water in Napeague harbor near my home.
I choose a ceramics workshop because the dates worked for me and a friend of
a friend was teaching. In the end I realized it doesn’t matter which medium I
chose, what matters is that I had opened up the door to my inner creativity.
Once enrolled in the ceramics, I found myself crafting art in all areas of my life. I
got back to exploring macramé as I did as a child. I spent time making
watercolors with my daughter on the beach. My cooking and gardening became
more creative. It was amazing how just one week of art could create such a
profound shift in how I moved through my life.
Just as we do in Yoga, when we enter into the artistic process we first open
ourselves to experimentation, which requires great courage and curiosity. Making art can be guided by our emotions. We set ourselves up to momentarily fail; we
learn to be patient and disciplined. We find ways to accept what is and be present with the unfolding. Creating art requires us to be mindful and present. It demands that we focus inward, let go of our control and allow ourselves to be
guided by our intuition. When we create art we enter into the flow, a very flow as we experience in Yoga. In that state of flow, we often feel the presence of something greater and grander than ourselves. Through inspiration it connects
us to all universal energy.
When working in my ceramics class I found myself present in such a thoughtful
way. It was so healing to pound, carve and mold the clay with my hands. I went
in with no agenda and just let the process of creating wash over me. I did my
best to practice non-judgment and to not get attached, just as I do in my Yoga
practice. I spent just 12 or so hours working on my ceramics, yet I experienced
a profound shift in my mood and my way of relating to the world around me.

Spending 12 hours that week creating rather than 12 hours working on my
computer produced a deep healing effect on my nervous system.
I also found that the quality of both my meditation and Yoga practice was greatly
enhanced. I felt more present more inspired and just plain happier.
Many of you who are reading this are artists yourselves and can totally relate to
what I am saying. But the point I am trying to make here is that we are all artists.
We all have the potential to create. If you’ve been feeling stuck or sad or
stressed lately, I encourage you to dive in and make some art, create something,
enjoy the process, release into the flow and let the art wash over your life. I hope
you find some healing in the process and I look forward to seeing your creations
in the Sonic Creative some time soon.

With love and inspiration
Lauren

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