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BLOG 002 | ‘Authentic’ Creative living  

I find myself scoffing a little at ‘Purists’ these days. Whilst I agree there has to be integrity in what we do, and what we’ve been taught, when it comes to our creativity and art, it’s about how we all individually learn, process, and choose to express. This is what’s authentic.  

Tomorrow is my first monthly yoga workshop and I have more nerves about this than any other yoga or dance session I’ve taught before. Why? Because I find myself dipping into a more authentic pond - authentic for me.  

It’s no surprise that there are Yoga Teachers who have done exceptionally well globally because of their own unique teaching methods. Same goes for Artists of all mediums. The ones that stand out are the ones who truly express in an authentic way.  

Not authentic to the teaching ... but authentic to how we choose to relay the teaching. And our own experience of it.  

My own experience of yoga in my daily life is fused with music and movement. It can also occur in peace and stillness. It depends on where I find myself. Just now I was in the kitchen doing a slow ankle and leg movement warm up, whilst the smooth sound textures of Flores played on my iPhone. That was yoga.  

Syncing our breathing with our body and finding any opportunity to do it is what yoga is for me. Music helps me find that synchronicity. So that’s how I choose to relay the teaching of yoga. To fuse - to yolk the parts of ourselves which can feel separate and disconnected at times. And which most definitely can get in the way of our own creative flow.  

I don’t believe we have to create in angst. We don’t have to live in such a tense way just because we are creatives; artists. There’s little worth in stress just so that we can increase our output. I’m concerned in the potency of our art. And sure it’s never created in ideal conditions... why choose to struggle because it’s deemed necessary? Why not at least try to bring in a little harmony and grace as we create? And that’s what my yoga workshop is all about!

If you’re in London, South London, and definitely Croydon... please come! Booking is here: Sat 17 March at the FIRST FLOOR SPACE in the Whitgift Centre. Registration is at 3:45pm. Starts 4pm. Finishes 5:30pm.