Yoga and art blend together beautifully when taking a yoga class at an art gallery. This is a practice that has been around since at least 2006, and many instructors are now combining the two by offering these classes that allow students to receive an art lesson before beginning their yoga class. This is a great way to exercise both the mind and body.
Meditating on artwork is another practice that is done as part of yoga. This can be done by attending a class that has you meditate on the artwork as well as a lesson on the piece. It can also be done by using your own pictures that you can purchase or may already have in your home.
Why to use pictures when mediating
Different pictures have the power to activate our minds with signals that almost magically transform us into a state of euphoria and peace. In addition, colors can bring about different emotions and mindsets. The following is a basic understanding of each color:
Red is physical; It has the ability to make the heart beat faster.
Blue gives us a mental reaction rather than physical and is calming.
Yellow can cause an emotional reaction. The correct shade of yellow has the ability to bring about happiness.
Green is the color of balance and can give one a sense of peace.
Purple can awaken one to a higher level of awareness and spirituality.
Orange is stimulating.
Pink is soothing and can bring about a tranquil state of mind.
How to mediate using art as inspiration
Fully take in the image you are looking at until it begins to arouse your mind. Once your mind becomes tranquil, shut your eyes and take notice of your breath. When your mind begins to become unfocused, gently refocus on the artwork you chose as your inspiration with eyes closed. Then return to focusing on your breath.
Choosing a piece of art to use during meditation
There are many options, and since everyone is an individual, what brings about happiness and tranquility in one person may not do the same for another. This means everyone gets to choose their piece to specifically suit them. Each piece of art is unique, just as each individual.
The following are some options of inspirational artwork:
Ecstasy, First Love or Desert Flower canvas print by Giclee
Flower of Life and Labyrinth collections
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
Dolphins or other animals of affection
Blessing by Ramneek Narang
Higher Self by Heather Calderon
Religious artwork, such as Jesus Christ/Angel
If you don't want to purchase a picture, use the ones online. Don't feel limited to just one picture either. Meditation is a time for you, so choose something that is as unique as you, that inspires and brings you to a state of bliss.
Exercise your mind by meditating to artwork, and exercise your body with the excellent exercise of yoga.
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaBardelli.