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Yoga and the artist

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I’m two months into a new yoga practice. I am proud of myself and that is ok to say to myself; that I am proud. I am proud that I get up, get my The Artist’s Way Morning Pages done (that is also a new practice) and hop on the mat to “find what feels good” as Adriene, my online yoga teacher puts it.

This morning I learned Sitali, a Pranayama practice. Pranayama is breath practice; the ability to marry the breath with the movement. I am a big fan of Nadi Shodhan pranayama, which is alternate nostril breathing. It is an immediate way to calm the heck down, refocus, reshift, reset. I love it. I tried to link to Adriene’s tutorial but couldn’t get it to work. So please visit https://yogawithadriene.com and search for Pranayama.

So Nadi Shodhan is rockin, but now I am in love with Sitali as well. Nothing like siting in a modified hero pose and taking a deep breath with your tongue hanging out of your mouth rolled into a taco shape. Now that, my friends, is a great way to start a morning.

I’m still working hard (art is hard work) to record, edit, add music to, upload new art videos to my youtube.com channel a few times a week. Generally, I rise around 5:30am, put some coffee on, do my 100 (a set of isometric exercises I do while the joe is brewing) pour my cuppa, head upstairs to yoga and write, and then head back down to my Sunroom Studio to record a video. After my Moonstruck work day is done, I upload and edit the video then upload it to youtube too. Yep. That’s a lot of work. But I think eventually it will be worth it. Eventually. It has definitely kept me on my toes. I am not tech savvy. Wasn’t born with a mouse in my hand. So there’s been this giant learning curve to navigate to learn to video, edit and upload and then promote videos. It’s all rather….time consuming.

Here’s one of my latest videos. I like the idea of Gallery Wall art but all the cutesy white frames just really don’t appeal to me. So here’s a video of my take on a cool Gallery Wall piece. It’s a mosaic cross on a repurposed Belvita Biscuit box I painted black. Hope you enjoy. Thanks so much for reading.

 

 

 

 

Launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time…

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June 30, I was honored to be a participant in Shannon Green’s Inspiration Conspiracy video hop. I was invited early this year and since then I have done a major sprint to learn new technology. I was not born with a mouse in my hand and haven’t had jobs that required me to learn much more than very basic computer skills. Shannon’s invitation meant I needed to “learn” youtube and I needed to learn to shoot a video in a tutorial, over-the-desk style.

Shannon was a remarkable and encouraging teacher and cheerleader. I created a video about making tie dyed bookmarks for Inspiration Conspiracy.  To date, it’s received over 1300 views, which is a lot considering I’m completely new to creating videos and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

Since June 30, I’ve been recording how to and instructional and show-and-tell art videos daily. I’m steadily improving my skills in Movie Maker; learning to edit, add and control music, add photos, and other cinematic skills.

https://www.youtube.com/user/le0moon2

I’m also working full time so there’s that as well as this….

I also launched a yoga practice over the past month and a half. I’m 45 days into a daily yoga ritual. Whether it’s Goddess Pose or Hero Pose or Yoga for Complete Beginners (I am raising my hand- that’s me) or Yoga for Anxiety ( a personal favorite), starting my day on a mat has worked wonders for my physical and mental health. I’m really grateful to Adriene at Yoga With Adriene. She is my personal yoga trainer.

I realized last night, I’d allowed my blog to lapse. And I don’t want to lose connection with my writing again. Did I mention launching a youtube channel takes a lot of time?

Thanks for reading and allowing me to be a part of your day!