It's the most wonderful time of the year! Ok, I know that slogan usually goes for the Christmas season, but in my opinion there are two reigning champions for that title, Christmas and Spring! Both ever so magical in their own right and way. Spring time is all about new beginnings and growth. It's difficult to not feel optimistic when the world around you is bustling with new life!
Marion Square, situated between two of the main vein streets in Charleston, Calhoun and King, is right in the middle of town. It's a spring time haven for those wanting to play fisbee, soccer, layout, picnic, or just watch the clouds. Naturally, it's also a great place to practice some yoga. This particular yoga girl is my wannabe spirit yogi. Of course she's fashioned in the most fun yoga attire one can find, gold leafed and all! Her hair is meticulously braided, while still giving a sense of carefree whimsy. Her wrists are adorned with bracelets and beads she picked up through her travels here and there. And I'd bet she has some cool name like Meadow or Willow. She's confident and free!
She's also in one of my favorite yoga poses, tree pose. This pose is all about focus, balance, and growth. While trying to achieve a state of balance is great, I've realized it's better to focus on the act of balancing. I'll never be completely still and steady, I make countless tiny adjustments to maintain the pose. Some so small that someone watching could barely even notice. Is this a metaphor for life? Absolutely. We're always making adjustments, changing and shifting with each season, the rain, and with each situation that comes our way. All we can hope for is that we are growing in a positive and productive direction.
Exploring new artistic endeavors is the current direction I'm moving towards and I've taken off time from accepting commissions to focus on just that. Right now I'm playing with new mediums, techniques, subject matters and colors to further nuture my creative mind. Stay tuned to see what develops from my creative exploration!