A Summer of Art + Yoga- Reflection + Integration


First Friday is here again.  Next weekend we celebrate independence and femininity with our group show, “Trois Femmes”, or “Three Ladies”.  So excited to share space two fabulous women, Katie Mantooth and Betsy Row.  Don’t miss out on this trifecta of goodness and our donation bar 😉

In other news, I was out of commission for about a week this summer with poison ivy.  Doesn’t the universe know that artists and yoga teachers can’t afford to get sick?  Though it pains me to slow my roll, I chose to find the up side.  I allowed myself the time off to get some much-needed r&r.  Thank god for Restorative Yoga.

It’s funny, the week I got poison ivy is the week I wrote this down in my journal:

“You don’t always have to be going and doing in order to get things done.  Sometimes, the most productive thing to do is nothing at all.”

I wove this into my teaching intention for that week nicely…of course, failing to heed my own advise.  Luckily, whenever I’m feeling invincible (and getting a little cocky), the universe promptly reminds me to stay humble.  So, I was forced inside….which for me, feels like torture.

Regardless of how I felt about this time off, I tried trying to make an effort to use it wisely.  It was a unique opportunity not just to plan for the future, but to digest the recent past.

Last winter, I was presented with this question:  What do I have to offer the world that no one else has to offer?  What makes me unique as an individual?

At the heart of it…Who am I?  Of course, my dear friend Lisa Ash raised this question in class last week just in time for some reflection…must be sharing some yoga teacher brain waves or something.

Here it is:  I am an artist.  I am a yogi.  I am a teacher.

I always thought I had to keep these parts of myself separate.  In what world could I possibly do it all at once?  Oh, right- my world.  That I actively create, every day.  For me, yoga is art.  Art is yoga.  These aren’t things or ideas to be categorized as parts of my life.  Any separation that I once perceived was just an illusion.  Art+yoga=my life.

With this realization, I started taking baby steps to share that which I am uniquely qualified to share:  That we are all creative beings.  That we are currently creating our reality with every single choice and action.

So these past few months I have been a very busy bee.  I’v planting seeds, leading workshops that I hope have helped shed some light on how amazingly creative you are.  Check this out:

Art Camp at Karma Tribe Yoga

Yoga + Dream Catcher Making with Karma Tribe Yoga

This is just a small glimpse of what you’ve created so far.  Look at all this beauty that you’ve added to the world.  I’m excited to see what else you come up with.  This is just the beginning!

So the glass is half full.  I needed to take my own advise.  I needed to zoom way out in order to gain perspective.  As I heal, I am slowly beginning to zoom back in.  Fall is right around the corner.  With this gust of cooling energy comes a wave of creativity and lots of opportunities to express.  There will be more workshops and more chances us to expand our consciousness.  It’s all very exciting, I could just BURST…

…but I won’t.  I’ll step back, slow down, take a breath and observe.

Then I’ll get back to work.

More art+yoga workshops coming your way, promptly following my recovery.  I can feel myself healing just thinking about it 🙂

Hope to see you all very soon in some capacity.  Until then- dream on, dreamers.




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