After those amazingly fun afternoons, we organised our first class in Kawai Purapura. On the day at 4:20pm we recreated our space, but on a bigger scale, including pop-corn for everyone, our recycling cardboard as a support for drawing and carefully chosen music. We were excited and nervous at the same time.
Having already agreed on who was going to lead the class, we were preparing ourselves, visualising in our mind how to share this time in a mindful and productive way, allowing enough space for each individual to explore their inner reality, but at the same time supporting them.
When we give a piece of paper and colors to children, they will start drawing something, without overthinking, without judgement and what will come out will be a beautiful piece of art.
This was exactly our intention for the class! Creating a space where people allow their creativity to flow freely by getting in touch with their inner child; using a guided meditation would help them to connect with their emotions and thoughts and slowly bring them to the present, leaving the past behind and the future unknown.
People arrived right on time, smiles formed on their faces when looking at what we provided for the class. Papers, pens and pencils, it looked like a nursery room, ready to get messy!
Once everyone was settled, Dinny and I looked at each other already knowing it was going to be a good class.
We had decided to explore the first 5 Chakras (from Muladhara to Vishudda) as they are related to our senses, in order for them to seek their own connection to these feelings.
Sitting in a circle, we started the class with a guided meditation. This brought all of us together creating a deeper bond.
When we finished and opened our eyes again, we were so peaceful and calm that no one talked for the rest of the class.
We then briefly explained about the idea of creating a sharing mandala: each one could draw one circle of the mandala and then pass it on and we would share it at the end of the class.
Let the art begin!
Everyone, Dinny and I included, was so focused on what they were experiencing that the only communication they had, was to ask for a specific color or a hug.
It was beautiful to witness that the people sharing the space felt safe to explore whatever was coming up in their mind while also respecting each other.
With a feeling of calm and peace we concluded the class by observing the sharing mandala we created: it was amazing to notice how harmonious each circle was, even if such different styles were applied on all of them.
We also spotted how some people drew the same symbols or used the same color to express an emotion or a situation. We had all been connecting using non-verbal communication.
After this eye-opening experience we wanted to reach a bigger audience with Art Yoga and so we decided to apply for festivals.
The first one was NZ Spirit Festival 2020 Edition.
Check out the video to have an idea of how clueless we were of the actual potential of this project.
LOVE & LIGHT