Over the years I have practiced yoga in spurts. If I found a great class and instructor I would be into it for a while and then like everything else, life would get in the way. Usually, I have practiced Hatha yoga, but a year or so ago I found Yin yoga at Cycle Logik in Centerville. Yin is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time resulting in a deep stretch.
Yin yoga poses apply moderate stretching to the tendons, fascia, and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.The poses are held two or three minutes which means Yin is very meditative. Keeping your mind clear and silent takes practice and awareness of that inner silence and will bring to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
With my latest designs, I felt drawn to using several of the traditional yoga symbols, particularly the lotus.A lotus is a water lily. Its flower blooms on the surface of the water with its roots deep in the mud. A thing that is striking about the Lotus is that it returns within the mud at night but always flowers clean the following day. This makes it a great item to use for a metaphor of light and emergence from darkness.
Most yoga practices begin with a seated pose called Padmasana or Lotus pose. In Sanskrit, Padmasana is derived from the words Padma which means lotus and sana which means seat or throne. My new pieces featuring Padma are definitely throne worthy.