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Relation + Connexion

I’ve started a new series!! As you may have noticed by now, I tend to go through phases. The longer this blog is alive, the more categories will appear on the sidebar – I like to keep it fresh.

This new series is titled “Relation + Connexion“. So there’s a physical connection, a relation between one and another, but there’s more to it (it goes deeper than skin)! I already have a lot of ideas and drafts in progress for this series that have a little less to do with physical contact. But for the kickoff, yes, they will mostly be focused on the physical side. Prepare yourselves. Love is in the air. 😉

I’ll be reposting these later (full size), along with the rest of the sketches that I’ve been working on, but here is a little sneak peak of the first four that got me started:

Hold My HandNever Let Me GoEnd Of The NightPalm to Palm

So this is the beginning of another journey! I’m excited to share my drawings with you as they come to me. I’ve received so many notes of encouragement and I just have to put out a big “THANK YOU” to all my loving and supportive family and friends!! I love you all so much and appreciate all you have to offer and say! Your lives are an inspiration to me and my art: you keep me growing whether it’s in your critique or your compliments. 🙂

I do believe I am happy with this new start…

The Turtle Wins The Race

I’ve been feeling very flexible as of late. In fact, I’m finding it difficult to really feel the basic poses anymore unless I go into class feeling sore to begin with! It’s pushing me to work harder, which is good.

My yoga instructor noticed the ease with which I took a backbend last week and gently encouraged me to take one of my feet off the mat. I appreciate these little tips since they help me put everything in perspective – I may be able to do step 1, but that’s just the beginning! Yoga is a constant growth process, there is no end goal. There are tiny goals to advance your practice along the way (this year I resolved to do a handstand, for instance), but once achieved you don’t stop there – you keep going. 🙂

The backbend I took was Wheel, and I absolutely collapsed without being rooted by both feet. It was humbling for me, but I will continue to work on it. Here is what it would look like if I could do it perfectly:

Extended Wheel

…or something to that effect. As much as I encourage everyone to try something new and by all means to stretch as much as possible, I do not recommend just popping into wheel without warming up first. It is usually at the end of a hot class when your body is relaxed and nimble that we take our backbends and inversions. If you try this at home, please do some spinal warm-ups first!

In yoga, if something feels easy, we slow down. Slowing down and continuing to move with fluidity and grace is actually WAY HARDER than moving rapidly from pose to pose. Sometimes we need to slow down to feel it, so challenge yourself by moving with *intention* instead of powering through it, in some area of your life this week.

I do believe I am happy with this sketch.