The way I feel when I leave a great performance, is quite similar to how I feel when I leave a great yoga class. Somehow, through breath or stagecraft, asana or technical skill, I've been transported to a place outside my daily scope of awareness. I've shared something specific and experiential with a group of other people, some friends, some strangers, regardless, all of us connected in our humanity. A calm descends over me, a reflection on all the ways we can contribute as individuals, to something that takes on a collective presence, effecting us all.
When was the last time you were moved by a performance? a piece of music? a dancers refined yet charged movement? You don't have to be an artist yourself to be moved by art. I've been thinking a lot lately about how (or even IF) we as a culture value art. It doesn't take a lot of money to engage in art or yoga, though we tend to assume it must.
There are free events galore, year round, if you search online and most yoga studios offer discounted classes. I teach a VERY discounted class every Monday,Wednesday and Friday at Yoga Blend called $5 Flow. Yes, it's a 6:30am and yes, it's early, but do you know what? It's one of the most incredible classes I teach, at least partially because it is so accessible, from a financial perspective, rather than from a "convenience" perspective. I'm also a firm believer that our "inner room mate" hasn't quite woken up yet when we practice this early, and as such, it can be a great time to move, breathe and investigate in our practice, without all the Chitta Vritti (mind chatter) of the ego.
So, take in some art and do some yoga! It could be pausing for a song or two while your local famers market musicians busk, it could be heading out to one of the many free art museums in our fine county to see what's on display, it could be noticing the beautiful symphony you create with your body as you breathe and move through a yoga practice, it can be as refined or relaxed as you wish, but give yourself a chance to experience and connect!
Here's hoping that I will see you, hug you, connect with you soon!