How many people are really stressed out and want to feel a sense of calm?
Often, under stress, we find ways to distract ourselves – ways that may not be bad – but often are passive. Watching tv, for instance, can take our minds off things, but doesn’t ask anything of us – no need to be present, no need to show up, no need to act or “be involved.” How many times do we miss the idea that the right kind of movement will help us calibrate and reset?
Movement – meaning active engagement, appropriate activity, not over exertion, but being present in the state of one’s body and aware of oneself. This state of being can cause the right neurological triggers to calmness, to a state of peace. The circumstance hasn’t changed, but perception has.
Emotions influence our bodies. Thoughts register neurological connections in our brains. Memories inform our actions and our movements. It’s all an interactive dance of experience, perception, decision and happenstance; a push and pull dialogue during any moment in time.
Join us this March at Atlanta Contemporary for an opportunity to expand that dialogue at Movement Love – a yoga series. Each class, featuring a different mixed-media artist, is an interactive experience for participants.
Created by Maggie Benoit, Movement Love introduces movement programming alongside collaborating audio and visual artists. Installations and interactive media define curated classes that blend movement with varied artistic mediums. For participants, Movement Love is an invitation to experience a window into an artist’s creative process while also building awareness of one’s own experience; a place for learning and healing. For artists, Movement Love is an opportunity for experimentation, a platform for doing field research, a feedback-loop defined by participant involvement; a way to expand their artistic practice into something “shared.”
This surprising blend of usually unrelated fields plays with the concept that yoga doesn’t just have to be about “zen” – it’s about connecting with one’s mind and body; connecting with pain, happiness, peace or lack thereof. It’s about discovering the surprising compatibility of things and the liberation that results in both body and mind when we give ourselves permission to engage with our own mental health.