The Transformative Power of Yoga & Creativity
Welcome to our weekly blog series! Each month we feature one of our amazing Bread and Yoga teachers sharing their thoughts or teachings from their class with you and our community. Today’s post is the final post from our March blogger and Hatha Flow teacher Amy Soucy. Click to read The Sadhana of Creativity: Part One.
“Why should we all use our creative power…? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.” -Brenda Ueland
[In part 1 I wrote about my mission to create and to help others expose their creative urges and nurture their inner creator. Here are a few more thoughts.]
Yoga and the creative dance invite us to take, in the words of Dr. Douglas Brooks, “a long walk into a very deep pond.” Really, this long walk is the ever-present, perpetual cycle of initiation, revelation, and understanding. We initiate ourselves each time we step onto the mat, write a few words, or pick up a paint brush and stand before the blank canvas. Once we step into the deeper water and become somewhat immersed in this process, there is almost always a revelation, an insight that allows us to understand and access a bit more about our own nature, and/or the nature of the world around us. By the time each new understanding takes root within us, we’ve changed, we become that which is revealed to us. Pretty cool, huh?
Both are ways to find communion with one’s self (or Self), to recover from past trauma, and to experience wholeness at the deepest level of our being. This is a transformative, spiritual process. One that, as Julia Cameron (author of The Artist’s Way) puts it, allows us to “…acquire and eventually acknowledge our connection to an inner power source that has the ability to transform our outer world.”
As you’ve read, I’m endlessly fascinated by this relationship, this intersection of creative expression and the art of yoga. As a yogi, an artist, and certainly as a teacher, this very personal exploration has churned up a cascade of questions. I expect it will continue to do so.
It has also inspired a curiosity to go deeper and travel farther into the highly individual realm of my own creative mind and heart… perfect for the Pisces/seeker/perpetual student in me. But the real beauty of this process is that as I go deeper, as the questions keep coming, I feel myself being transformed. I see my wounds being healed.
So Creator-Yogis, you’ve walked this far with me, you now have a mission. I invite you to start your own dialogue, map out your own exploration. Are you willing to burn in the fires of transformation? Willing to find wholeness and healing? If so, let’s conspire to walk this long walk together, and delight in the generosity, joy, boldness, and compassion we find within, and without.