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What is YogART?

“YogART was perfect timing in my awakening journey! Loved the body and mind integration and feeling all of the senses speak loudly what my heart knew all along. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.”  Martha

A new integrative Transformative Arts and Healing practice

The mindful and dynamic practice of YogART was created by transformative artists and practitioners, Ceylan Hulya, MA and Lisa Rasmussen, MFA, with the intention of creating a synthesis between several transformative modalities in the toolbox of well-being.  YogART is sourced from a series of intense conversations about the nature of interpersonal transformation and the Human Potential Movement. Both Ceylan and Lisa felt that in today’s challenging world, we all need effective tools (practices) for reducing stress, self-managing our emotions, and incorporating the awareness and the processes of the mind, body and spirit. In such practices, we can reveal our holistic intelligence and the capacity for self-healing.

YogART is a contemplative and transformative practice for fostering ones creative self. YogART is a  integrative five fold approach that brings together the practices of yoga, stream of consciousness writing, creative visualization, transformative art making, and dialogue for all people of all ages. The transformative process begins with Yoga as a way to ground into ones own body and breath. The experience then flows into stream of consciousness writing, where the unknown become known. After this process, the YogARTian is brought back into the sphere of the imagination, through a guided creative visualization. This then becomes a jumping off point for transformative art making. The closing of the YogART practice is through sharing and witnessing each participants artwork and discovery. Lastly, YogARTians are encouraged to continue the Transformative process at home by self reflecting on the Art that was created during the session. The Art becomes a talisman and a marker of their experience. Guidelines are given to deepen the practice through art ritual practices, writings, and dream incubation.

How YogART is a tree of Contemplative Practice? What are Contemplative Practices? Contemplative Practices cultivate a critical, first-person focus, sometimes with direct experience as the object, while at other times concentrating on complex ideas or situations. Incorporated into daily life, they act as a reminder to connect to what we find most meaningful. Contemplative practices are practical, radical, and transformative, developing capacities for deep concentration and quieting the mind in the midst of the action and distraction that fills everyday life. This state of calm centeredness is an aid to exploration of meaning, purpose and values. Contemplative practices can help develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and attention, reduce stress and enhance creativity, supporting a loving and compassionate approach to life. www.contemplativemind.org

The Map of YogART as a Contemplative Practice

Movement practice = Yoga

Generative Practice = Stream of consciousness writing

Stillness Practice = Creative Visualization

Creation Process =Transformative Art Making

Relational Practice = Dialogue becoming the witness of the art created

Ritual Practices = Reflecting on the work in your home, creating a special place for it, lighting a candle to it and writing about it

*The practice of YOGART is not about mastering the yoga or the art. It’s about using the yoga and the art to understand and transform the Self. Each of the transformative modalities in YogART are consciously synthesized to awaken your non Domestic, Wild ~ Creative Self.

Ponder that thought for a second. Reflect on the terms domestic and wild. Think about how Domesticated Human’s are and think about how we have oppressed the Wild in us all?

The YogART Effect  
Realize as you open your eyes and gaze at your Art, that these powerful Mandala’s are talismans. They are a record of your internal experiences. They are maps and markers of your journey through Compassion. Truly embrace your wild nature (your Art) and your creative flow. Always remember that your Art is yours alone, no one or anything can take that away from you. Remember that you can tap into the creative source at anytime and it is only breath away. This is your empowered state. It is the Wave of Being, its’ your ultimate Freedom. Your Art, your yoking, your YogART is the most unique, beautiful expression of you and only you. You are a Star

The YogART practice offers a holistic way of being through the synergy of the internal and external, grounding into one’s own body wisdom, creativity, and communal connection as an essential aspect of cultural identity and wellness.  The fusion of all five allows creativity to flow abundantly opening life to infinite possibilities.

Our unforgettable YogART workshops are a holistic experience. Participants exercise their soul in the synthesis and fusion of the mind, body and spirit. All of our somatic experiences are for all for all levels of experience, beginners to experts are welcome. Our intention in each journey is to honor and reawaken the greatest masterwork of all, which is you and your creativity.

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YogART is used by artists, therapists, social workers, health care practitioners, educators and intuitives. YogART is a practice of creative, psychological and spiritual integration. Ceylan and Lisa have taught YogART at prominent venues like the Yoga Tree in San Francisco, The Institute for Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State, JFKU, Arts and Consciousness Program in Berkeley, and at The Arts and Healing Institute at Commonweal, Bolinas, CA

YogART is typically facilitated with a certified Yoga Instructor and a YogART certified Transformative Art facilitator.

A YogARTians reflection from our YogART workshop at the Arts and Healing Conference at San Francisco State University

“Thank you for facilitating such a lovely and insightful process. From the art that I created, I saw how much energy and joy I have in two areas of my life in particular. With Gratitude!” Erika

“Having co-taught processes combining Qigong, hypnotherapy/guided imagery, and transformative art for 23 years, we are very excited about YogART. This body-mind-spirit experience developed by Ceylan and Lisa is a powerful journey of self-exploration, creative expression, personal empowerment, and community building for people of all ages and backgrounds.” — Kaleo and Elise Ching

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