In June 2013 the local Cootharaba artists held an exhibition in the Sailing club during the Floating Land Event at Boreen Point, SEQld. It was a fantastic experience working as a group bringing together a broad range of talent. I used photography and printmaking with my aim being to combine my yoga and artistic practices. These images were made by rolling ink onto a sheet of glass; then placing a sheet of paper over the ink and drawing onto the back to produce a one off print.
Happy Eostre, getting creative at home. I did a wonderful guided meditation on Good Friday, where I saw myself as a tree. It was a huge ficus with a giant canopy of boughs, providing a sanctuary of shade and shelter. It had amazing flowers and delicious fruits, and it had just as much reach under the surface of the ground as was visible above.
The drawing is of the Tree of Yoga. The roots are the foundation or the Yamas / ethics, the trunk is represented by the Niyamas / codes of conduct and the Tapas / dedication to practice. Leaves are the symbol of Pranayama / the breath or bridge between inner and outer. The bark is the protection to allow Pratyahara / sense withdrawal to the sap which is the Prana / life force moving through the whole. Flowers represent the Dhyana / meditation and the fruits are Samadhi / bliss.