• YogART

    Creativity through yoga and art

Yoga and art are two disciplines that share a lot of similarities and complement each other in a number of ways. Breathing techniques and physical postures which constitute a part of the ancient system of yoga facilitate a hormonal homeostasis and a balancing of the two hemispheres of the brain that make a perfect preparation for the creative process. Art nourishes that all important and nowadays vastly neglected right side of the human brain which creates the colour in our lives. Through poetry in two languages – the language of yoga and that of fine art we will leave the past and the future behind and learn to immerse ourselves fully in the present moment where pure joy abides…

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At the YogART retreat participants will be offered an opportunity to have fun, relax, and undergo a journey of joyful self-discovery through the mediums of Art and Yoga. Art will be the focus of this retreat and yoga techniques will be used as a tool to supplement and enhance the creative experience. Through two days of drawing and painting, mixed media and collage work, puppet and doll making, storytelling and journaling, participants will have a chance to express creative abilities that are usually suppressed in everyday life, regain some of their childhood spontaneity and get fresh new ideas about how to make space for more creativity in their lives.

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At the YogART retreat we will introduce gentle yoga techniques (basic pranayama and asana) which will be accessible to all and for which no preparation or prior experience is necessary. In a gentle and supportive way we will learn how to release tension and stress from the body tissues, how to balance our emotions and infuse our body with positive energy, as well as how to open our heart chakra and work effectively with others through specially selected asanas, pranayama techniques and partner yoga work. Parallel themes will be covered through both art and yoga, to achieve a more complete and satisfying creative experience. See below for a detailed schedule of this retreat.

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Block 1 Theme: Finding your comfort
08.30 - 09.00 Introduction and intention setting
09.00 - 09.45 Yoga for relaxation and opening to the creative process
09.45 - 10.00 Tea break
10.00 - 11.30 Art project 1: Color exploration
11:30 - 12:00 Journaling and sharing
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch break
Block 2 Theme: Cooperation
13.15 - 14.45 Art Project 2: Art making with a partner
14.45 - 15.30 Partner yoga
15.30 - 16.00 Sharing
Block 3 Theme: Opening the heart
10.15 - 11.00 Yoga for the heart chakra
11.00 - 11.15 Tea break
11.15 - 13.15 Art project 3: Puppet and doll making and story telling
13.15 - 14.30 Lunch break
Block 4 Theme: Achieving wholeness
14.30 – 16.30 Art Project 4: Mixed media mandalas
16.30-17.15 Sun and Moon salutation
17.15-18.00 Journalling and sharing