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My ARTOGA Experience

Remember when I first introduced you to ARTOGA? (If you missed it, catch the first post all about it here!) Ever since that post, I’ve had a class on my calendar to try and the day finally came last Saturday. It was perfect timing, too because I haven’t been practicing yoga as much as I would like. Summer is kind of getting away from me ya know? And lately I’ve been struggling with time management, stress and just taking time for myself so I couldn’t wait for a nice Saturday sweat and painting session.

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland
As weird as it sounds: I didn’t know what to expect. Even as I write that, I know it sounds silly because it’s a yoga & painting class. Pretty easy to grasp, right? Maybe for some – but I was unsure how we would be putting a paint brush to canvas while doing yoga. Impossible, right?! Turns out it’s totally possible – for any level yogi! (I’ve only been practicing yoga for 7 months and never felt it was beyond my ability.)
ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland
We had a piece of paper that we turned over at the start of class to show us what we’d be drawing and I was so excited to see a Mandala. Then I thought: how am I supposed to paint that?! But, as we went through the class, our instructor Arlet reminded us that we simply use it as a guide. Our paintings didn’t have to look like the picture at all (and mine didn’t!). It was completely up to us what we felt in that moment and decided to paint… much like yoga itself: there is really no set routine and everyone flows through each practice at a different pace. And that’s part of what makes it beautiful.ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland
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ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

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