Yoga: The Art of Transformation

by Cat B on January 6, 2014

17380111I’ve been a student of yoga for about 15 years. Though I’m still a beginner, I’ve learned so much about how to live gracefully through the practice of yoga’s many precepts—the physical postures, connecting with the observer mind, choosing positive thoughts and attitudes, meditation, silence, relaxation. Some years ago, when I was first studying yoga and the teacher was explaining the concept of one-pointed focus, I realized I’d been practicing that for years at the drawing board. All those hours every day in the studio when I sat drawing and making illustrations and art, I focused on my hand on the paper and forgot everything else. Art is yoga too.

So what a thrill to encounter this book, the catalogue to the current show at The Smithsonian in Washington that is moving to San Francisco and Cleveland later. It’s beautifully produced with amazing images I’d never seen before, most from India. The essays are scholarly but eminently readable and discuss the path of yoga, its history and entry into contemporary culture worldwide. Wow, I’m going to be spending a lot of time with this. Just a pleasure to look and read. So much inspiration.

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Anny January 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

I think one of the things I found so appealing in your own books, is the connection to yoga and meditative practices. I stitch in basic needlepoint and I can tell you, it too is deeply meditative, and even though it might not produce conventional ‘art’, it certainly is enormously therapeutic for me.

Ann Pawley—http://www.dreaminginstitches.wordpress.com

Jessica January 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Cat, when I stumbled about your work and writing, my heart was filled with gratitude and sparkles of “Horray!” since I began to see the connection between yoga and art practice lately, too. It’s good to know that I’m not alone with those ideas and that they seem to work for some one else as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Koppe—http://www.jessica-koppe.de

Cat B January 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Hi, Anny! I think needlepoint, knitting, stitching and so on can all be deeply meditative practices just as drawing and painting etc can. And they can all be art too! I have 3 fiber artists in the book whose work I really love. It’s so amazing too how art can lead us to living beautiful, peaceful lives. Carry on doing your beautiful work, Anny! And thanks for your comments here! Love hearing from you!

Cat B January 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Hi Jessica! Thanks so much and I loved hearing how you’d noticed the same. I must say it took me years to actually become aware of what was happening! But it was still working even though I didn’t have great awareness in the early days! It’s nice to meet you and see your wonderful site! Onwards!

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