I think all of us can relate to that 'stuck in a rut' feeling, whether it's in regard to our own art projects, work, relationships, or even our yoga practice.
It's so important to try new things, and to adopt a playful attitude!
Recently I was lucky to share the amazing book Coloring Flower Mandalas by Wendy Piersall with my lovely sponsored yogini Elizabeth. It's the perfect book for bringing out your inner goddess and inner child, all at once!
I absolutely love Coloring Flower Mandalas. It was the most colorful meditation I've ever experienced.
Such beautiful hand-drawn designs! It was a great way for me to be present in the moment and find a few moments of calmness. I was able to bring out my inner artist and have some fun. I even turned on some good reggae and got in the zone. Thank you so much for creating an amazing adult coloring book!
A big thanks to Wendy Piersall for creating such a lovely book, and to the team at Ulysses Press for sharing this unique book with Alive in the Fire!
You may recall I have some mandalas tattooed in my sleeve :) What I love is that these designs have existed for thousands of years as tools for meditation and healing... the powerful sacred geometry, the spiritual symbolism, the lovely colors... all of it works together to create a beautiful, meditative design :)
Cheers to all mandalas, whether they're in books or tattoos or your meditation space!
For all its fancy postures and esoteric spiritual practices, yoga is, quite simply, a way of tuning in to what exactly is happening in the present moment.
I may be on my mat, in a posture (asana), feeling what it feels like to breathe (pranayama). Or maybe I'm choosing to treat others with kindness (ahimsa) in a moment where I want to react in anger.
Yoga helps us detach from needing everything to be perfect, and instead just to feel, to allow, to explore, to truly connect.
The gift of desperation
A while ago I shared some yogi tattoos from readers, and I'd love to do that again.
Check out these awesome articles:
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Today I'm excited to bring you a guest post from The LA Shop, which sells an awesome tattoo equipment kit for artists. Here's what one tattooer had to say about their experience with the kit. I love how he talks about overcoming her initial fear about being a beginner (newbie yogis, you know you can relate!) and how a hobby eventually became a way of life.
When I first became a tattoo hobbyist I thought I was going to get in and get out, meaning, I thought I was going to be intimidated by the art itself and those who are expert at it. It’s only natural to recognize your short comings when you’re first starting out. It’s what everyone does, no matter what you’re doing. I was not immune from that. I thought I was awful and was never going to get better.
I had a realization that the equipment I was using, hand me downs from my brother in law, really, were old and not that good. That was the problem. Not the only problem, I mean, of course I had to get my skills up, that’s only normal. But it didn’t help that the actual physical things I was using were old.
I realized I needed some tattoo kits, to get all the materials I needed, like a tattoo gun and new needles and inks. That really what was keeping me back. You get the new stuff and all of a sudden you feel like a new man, like a new artist. I loved it.
But the hobby has really become more than just a hobby, it’s a way of life now. Anyway, I got all my stuff at http://www.thelashop.com and I can’t recommend enough that if you’re looking to break in, get yourself good equipment on this site.
Are you a badass yogi? :)
There is the sound of this train
my thigh burns
with the beauty of a new
tattoo -- he inked into me
a symbol - grace,
this night echoes on. I feel
a stirring in the depths
more like laying there - reiterating my life
to myself in numbers, waves,
heat pain in the most pure, simple form...
I felt as though we knew each other
long before this night. Speaking while creating
art. The rhythm of it. The others,
unspoken truths, spoken
laughter... sarcasm and cigarette smoke
hanging in the air like
a lotus petal
stuck on water.
else to go except
who we are to begin with.
He speaks there, writing into me.
Now is the right time.
Where have I gone
to deserve this?
You touch me,
won't you be
- The blog Sometimes Sweet runs a weekly feature called Tattoo Tuesday highlighting some incredible bloggers and their tats. I love reading the meaning behind certain symbols and seeing all of the close up shots.
- Tattoologist is a tattoo blog with an artful approach. Most of the tattoos I've seen there seem to have an effortlessness and a lightness about them (not a whole lot of sleeves or intense color). If you're into tattoos with text or interesting typeface samples, be sure to check this one out.
- Needles and Sins is a tattoo blog that tracks news and trends. With a wicked name like that, it's hard to resist swinging by :)
- Even on some wedding blogs, such as A Practical Wedding, you can find posts about how tattoos are everywhere.
- So Fawned is another of my favorite blogs. When I spotted these sleeves, I ooohed and aaaahhhed at the screen. Aren't they breathtaking?
- A post from the cooking blog Sweet Paul featuring the funniest guy tattoo I've ever seen. You've got to be a serious crafter to sport that tat! Do you guys know anyone with comical tattoos?
- A post from Not Your Average Ordinary on script tattoos. Elegant and eloquent. If you got a word on your wrist, what would it be?
I'm also planning a blog post featuring yogis I know with awesome body art. Want to be included? Send me an email with an image of your tattoo! (You can reach me at aliveinthefire at gmail dot com.) You can also leave a comment below and I'll follow up with you.
Hope to hear from you (and see your sick tatts) soon, yogis!
PS Check out Teeg's awesome response to this post. Namaste.