Uniting body, mind, and spirit in the art of drawing
Being: the Meaning of Yoga
Taken from the Sanskrit, the word yoga means union, and every form of yoga has as its fundamental intention to bring together body, mind, and spirit as one unit in the present moment. As in all Eastern inner arts, the supreme goal of this endeavor is the bliss of being, as opposed to the toil of doing. It is the experience of the eternal, of the timeless, of the unity underlying all things, and it is believed to be achieved whenever body, mind, and spirit are one.
Yoga quite literally means “yoking the mind,” historically represented by a graphic image of oxen with their yokes, ready to work under guidance of their master. It is an image that captures the essence of the task at hand in drawing, which is to bring the powerful potential of thinking mind’s awareness into a supporting role for the body. In yoga, balance is essential, and the performance of the body in movement or posture cannot be accomplished without the mind’s full presence. In yoga, the body is master, and mind, the valuable servant. Continue reading The Yoga of Drawing