WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY FOR CREATIVE AND YOGIC PRACTICES
Advocating compassionate, conscious, community-driven
creativity for everybody
WHO WE ARE
Creative Beings Being Creative
Imagine a mobile experiential learning institution that serves the purpose of joining spiritual and artistic endeavors, giving people of all ages, interests and levels of mastery access to their highest creative purpose. Operating as a pop-up community-based classroom, the Academy for Creative and Yogic Practices uses the highly effective technology of Kundalini Yoga and meditation along with various artistic modalities to create an environment of transformation, self-realization and healing. New methods of self-expression are born as the creative self melds with one's true nature. Collaboration and group consciousness nurtures Creative Community.
Conscious Artistry and Compassionate Action
Academy for Creative and Yogic Practices is made up of teaching artists who are passionate about engendering a sense of political and community awareness and social consciousness in both their classrooms and in their studios. With a history of committed spiritual practice, our certified instructors use the technology of Kundalini Yoga and meditation to frame our motivation as Compassionate Action. While we’re dedicated to our own artistic practice, we are devoted to nurturing Conscious Artistry in others. We offer classes and workshops to adults, teens and children at community centers and public libraries, in-and after-school programs, group settings, private lessons, and in educational settings at art institutions. We use the pedagogy of both artistic and spiritual practices to bring about a better understanding of how to access, manage and invest in our creative selves; then we can share the creative flow with others. A key point is that once we understand that creativity is a flow, we know that we are never without. We can then give of ourselves more freely, more consciously and always act with compassion.
Art of Social Action. Creative Practices. Yogic Technology. Professional Development
THE ART OF SOCIAL ACTION
Syllabus - the principles, practices and history of Socially Engaged Art
Workshopping - how to engage every moment as art
YOGA AND THE FLOW OF CREATIVITY
Techniques, theory and practice for energy, healing and awareness
Let us help you decimate your creative blocks, get along better with co-workers, and start communicating like a pro
ART OF SOCIAL ACTION
The Course - Part One
An introduction to the principles, practices and history of Socially Engaged Art. Also known as "social practice", socially engaged art explores interdisciplinary, time-sensitive, non-traditional and community -based art making with an emphasis on social interaction and in particular, working with society in a creative capacity to bring about transformation, awareness an new ways of framing "art". Just as painting or clay are types of forms, the public has a form, too. Socially engaged practice describes art that is collaborative, participatory and involves people as the medium of the work.
The Course - Part Two
This is where we explore the Arts for Social Change, the development of a strategic plan for action with site partner or mentor, warm-up activities to help participants/students get comfortable with working with strangers and familiar with direct action techniques, practicing "in the field", mapping strategies, interview and research methodologies, practicing group decision making, and the skills to put a project into action.
Technology of Awareness
In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra (hand positions), eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purifiy the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul.
"In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is your experience. It goes right to your heart. No words can replace your experience. Your mind may accept the words or it may not, but your consciousness will not accept just words." -Yogi Bhajan
Kundalini Yoga is not a religion. When we apply the technology of Kundalini Yoga to our bodies and minds, it has the effect of uplifting the spirit. It is for everyone. It is universal and nondenominational.
It is a yoga for householders, for people who have to cope with the daily challenges and stresses of holding jobs, raising families, and managing businesses. It is a path for everyone who wants the skills to cope successfully with the challenges of our times. Kundalini Yoga, in combination with anything you do makes whatever you do, better.
Imagine Stress-free Productivity
Work can be a place where people can communicate authentically and consciously. Listening is a skill we can all stand to re-learn. Productivity can be the result of practicing creative and yogic tools to lessen stress, stimulate imaginative brainstorming, and learning how to ask the right questions of yourself and your co-workers. Time and energy management can be used to improve morale by improving the way we work. Your professional life CAN be fun and life-affirming if you understand how to handle obstacles and challenges. We can help you get there with a customized plan!