YOGA & ART. SHAPES & PATTERNS.
You can find me most days on a mat at Pure Yoga either moving as a student or teaching classes. My curiosity for visual communication is explored through pattern and colour with Kalacove ~ a collaborative brand creating art for print and textiles.
Born in Bedford and raised in Hong Kong, my first experience of yoga was a Bikram class in London whilst studying at Central Saint Martins. Missing the heat and humidity of home, hot yoga seemed a fun way to exercise. The struggle and frustration of not being able to do what seemed effortless to others made me realise how much I had forgotten about my own health. So I went back and each time there was something I could not do. Bikram's set sequence taught me the benefits of repetition and discipline. To this day, anytime I go back to those poses I face a mental hurdle of giving up, expecting better... the ultimate lesson that a regular yoga practice has taught me over the years: the need to feel uncomfortable and uncertain, and to be okay with that. Discomfort breeds new experiences, teaches me body awareness, patience, and endurance. By committing to an hour's practise I am learning more about myself: how I face failure, fear, uncertainty... ~ all whilst stretching and breathing in time with the teacher's cues.
Yoga is for any body but not everybody. It can filter people through because there are always bodies which are more agreeable to the way yoga movement was designed. My biggest lessons now are to build strength and stamina to complement how I naturally like to move, and to transfer what I learn from daily meditation into my everyday living and interactions.
A COLOURFUL COVE OF COMFORT
At Kalacove, we believe a better awareness of the colours that surround us everyday can make us happier people!
How do colours make us feel more at ease? How can we share the comforts of home and a child’s sense of play through pattern and print?
THE SCIENTIST DOES IT WELL. THE PHILOSOPHER LIVES IT. THE ARTIST EXPRESSES IT.
Cameron Shayne, Budokon University