Calm in Chaos

My journey in yoga has been a long one, a one in which I’ve learned countless lessons. It has taken me through the lowest of emotional drags, and the greatest happy highs.

Not too long ago I heard a phrase during class that has allowed me to find space in my life no matter what is going on. Yoga is calm in chaos – that means that through good and bad, your mat is your escape, and it’ll always be that calm in the storm, your getaway to check yourself and emerge refreshed and refocused.

When my yoga instructor said, “…that’s what yoga is, it’s calm in chaos…” I was inspired to draw what it meant to me. I started simply by sketching out the basic lotus pose, seated, with hand in hand. It’s a settled, grounded, relaxed position that starts nearly every class:



That’s the calm. Then I started on the chaos – and this is not technically finished – I had hopes of doing a lot more but time escaped me and I signed and titled it before it got left behind in the back of my sketchbook for good.

Calm in Chaos

I’m very happy with it – I think it conveys what I felt, and still feel about the peace and serenity that I can depend on amidst anything and everything that’s going on around me. You can’t control any of that, but you can control yourself and your thoughts and feelings. Taking time to look inside, check yourself and your mental state can help you to find inner calm and strength in times when you really need it.

Stay focused, stay strong, and find the calm in the chaos.

I do believe I am quite happy with this 1st attempt! 🙂


Could it be magic?

Okay, this is called Spirit. As a description of the picture I said it was either because it was full of spirit or entirely empty of spirit. I put the wavy line through the whole thing to play off the latter idea – that it’s a channel of some sort.

I get that there are lots of lines and it seems a bit unfinished, but that’s just the way it is. I like it.


I think some people expect this to be a dancer or something. It’s not a dancer! It’s a skeleton. Skeletons don’t dance, geez get a grip on reality, man! I’m just kidding – I do give personalities to all my drawings. I haven’t gone so far as to really name them but there is one coming up that I call “My Archimedes”. 🙂 And he’s awesome. More to come…

For now, I do believe I am happy with this one. 🙂