Last time I went to the Iyengar Yoga class in Jivamukti Paris, our teacher said, “Take 3 blocks (2 thick, 1 thin) and 4 blankets with you”. In Iyengar Yoga class, it is necessary to do the movements with these aids. While learning Ashtanga Yoga, the most important thing was to try to adapt the body and bring it to flexibility.
I went to Jivamukti Yoga about 9 years ago, nowadays the asana teachings have changed a lot. In favor of walking softer, more understanding and relating to the body. It gives the person the ability to practice yoga in an area where there is no hardness or coercion.
Just like establishing a relationship with the other person. Trying to understand what he feels and what he needs by asking questions, instead of assuming that you understand what is happening to him or forcing him to act according to the norms, and being able to grasp “how can I accompany him in what is happening”. It’s actually like performing an art.
While I try to get to know my body with yoga, I learn to take a break from my anxious and obsessive fictions and thoughts with art therapy. Sometimes by painting, sometimes by making shapes out of clay. By revealing my own values through what I do, I try to get to know myself and understand patience, other ways of thinking, different ways.
There is an artist in each of us, what matters is not what our art is. As we practice our art, we learn to walk with our own values, discover our limits, and learn how to value the limits of the other person and come to an agreement with them.
Instead of diving into your fictions and then thinking about them and doing other things, how about joyfully sparking the creativity of the moment?