Our art and yoga afternoons began quite randomly, as simple and unplanned as our friendship.
At the end of 2019 a dear friend of mine was on holiday for a few months and he gave me free access to use his hut whenever I wanted to. At the beginning I was only going there to water his plants until one day I invited Rawhiti over and somehow his space turned out to be our first playground.
Rawhiti and I were both working at the Yoga Retreat where we also used to live.
Straight after work, around 4pm, our meeting became a regular opportunity for us to enjoy our time free from any kind of worries.
The perfect occasion to co-create and share positive feelings, childhood memories and life dreams.
Since we were both working in key roles in the office environment, we didn’t want to be stuck even after our working hours in any sort of complaint conversations or reviewing our list of responsibilities for the following day.
Our spontaneous gatherings were born from the desire to escape from this very day-to-day routine as a good chance for us to chill, without problems or bad feelings involved.
It felt like we were back to our after school time, when you know that your job for the day is finished and you don’t have to worry about it until the next day.
Because of modern society, we always have the persistent sensation to keep running, non stop.
Run from morning until late night, run to work, run to compete, run to fit in, run to never be late.
But late for what? Run to go where? What is the purpose of being constantly stressed?
This is what we started asking ourselves and sharing this quality time together made us realise that it is never too late to start enjoying life with simple actions that make us feel fulfilled without a sense of guilt.
Our afternoons were designed for Rawhiti and I to completely enjoy, our main ingredients were a wide range of colors, our notebooks, a different playlist based on our mood of the day and of course popcorn!
It didn’t take us long to realise that these enlightening afternoons could become a great opportunity to share this valuable knowledge of how to return to our inner self diving into a journey through our senses and awareness with a larger group of friends.
So this is how Art Yoga begins, a blend of non-judgmental friends sharing their love for coloring, supporting one another and acceptance of ourselves as a whole.
LAUGH. SMILE. DANCE.