Creative Arts and Yoga
”with clay, paint, words and music can give us the courage…
The Creative Arts help us to become more engaged with our creative spark in every aspect of our lives. It is not just about the arts or being an artist. The arts are a path to living more creative and joyful lives.
Allowing a sense of play allows curiosity to awaken. “Playing” with clay, paint, words and music can give us the courage to experiment, to take the risk to create. Courage is needed to put that first mark on the paper, to write that first line of a poem. With practice, once back in the everyday world at work or in relationship, this new found courage might allow one to take a new step, to see something in a new way, and to experience a new sense of freedom.
Anxiety and depression are common in our world today. Many live lives trying to cope with the symptoms of either anxiety or depression, or both. Often that coping means trying to find ways to continue functioning in spite of the weight of the symptoms, by pushing oneself too hard, by not listening to one’s needs. Or, coping can mean trying to hide the symptoms with food, alcohol or drugs.
“As well as being an artist and practitioner of the Creative Arts, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
There is a way to live without the burden of such symptoms ruling one’s life. That way is to learn to listen to body-felt sensations, instead of ignoring them or covering them up. This is called mindfulness. Bodies do not lie. Minds can give us rationales for doing something that does not serve us. Bodies tell the truth. If one is eating and the mind is saying, “more, more, more” while the body is saying, “enough, enough” which is more likely to be true?
As well as being a lifetime practitioner of the Creative Arts, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. (LMFT30430). I have many years of training and experience in Body-Mind Psychotherapy. This means that rather than simply sit and talk about issues, I introduce different ways to bring client’s awareness to their body-felt sensations. These sensations give valuable information about what one needs physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Acknowledging and honoring what is true offers the space to truly know ourselves, to make new choices. We can begin to feel what is true for us in this moment… and the next…and the next.
Recently, I completed a Yoga Teacher’s Training. I am now a registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200. I find it can be powerful to weave in the wisdom of the Yoga tradition with the Body-Mind Psychotherapy. Mindful Breath-work and Movement are ways to help us come into the present moment and to experience new perceptions, a deeper relationship with oneself.
“I offer individual sessions in Body-Mind Psychotherapy with the Creative Arts and Mindful Movement.
I also offer workshops for small groups. Please contact me and we can discuss what will work best for you.
I will be teaching classes in the Creative Arts locally. These will be posted on my site. If interested in a class, you are welcomed to contact me and I will give you the details. You can contact me at email@example.com.