Art with Dawn Crothers
I am an artist who adores painting nature and all things mysterious and magical. I mainly paint in Oils paints, but I do use watercolours and sketch daily in charcoal. I am drawn to all sorts of animals, seasonal trees and creating scenes from real life and my imagination. Mostly I am known for my quirky paintings of snails and have been painting these little creatures for over 12 years now. I use a multiple l of colour combinations creating my snails and a method of swirling around a variety of colours, tones and textures. Making the snails shell totally unique each time, then I combined this with facial features and antennas to create its character.
Apart from working on my own craft as an artist my other passion is teaching art. Passing on my knowledge to others is so important to me. Besides all the obvious positives art can bring, such as having something beautiful to decorate a room. Art engagement also helps to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress. I feel the benefits daily, of being truly absorbed in my studio for hours.
This box contains a Ltd edition mini print of my “Namaste Snail” painted by myself during the time of our ‘Art of Yoga’ project. I felt inspired to paint this piece as it projects a feeling of calm and gives zen vibes, which is what this gift experience is all about. Inside your box you will also find a step by step guide, on how to create your own Sun and Moon picture.
Your Sun and Moon piece of art is taking inspiration from my own style by using a circular shaped board especially cut and supplied in the kit. We will be blending watercolours to create a fluid mixture of colour and tone. Please follow my step by step instructions to create your very own masterpiece, all the materials you need are provided. If you’ve always wanted to take time to learn more about art and painting let this be your stimulation to get started.
Seven Chakra Bracelet
With Caroline Rea www.threadedstone.com
According to yogic tradition there are seven energetic portals between physical, emotional and spiritual bodies called chakras. These begin at the base of your spine and move upwards to the crown of your head.
We are subjected to a number of stresses and demands in our everyday life that result in fluctuations in our energy levels resulting in blocked chakras. If one of the chakras is not functioning well, the others won’t function as well as they should. Chakra balancing can be a valuable part of your regular self-care routine to allow a feeling of well-being, relaxation and increased vitality.
A regular yoga practice along with the use of positive affirmations, healing stones and essential oils are great ways to help keep your chakras at their right energy levels and begin to replace negative thoughts with a more optimistic outlook on life.
As a simple starting point, there is a little kit for you to make your own Seven Chakra Oil Diffuser bracelet. Although it is very simple to make, you will see how relaxing and grounding creating and wearing your own piece of mindful jewellery can be. Dab a few drops of the essential oil blend included onto the lava stones to release the calming benefits of the oils throughout the day.
There are many resources out there from which you can learn more about the Seven Chakras. This is just an introduction to how you can use tools such as mindful jewellery, affirmations and yoga to help create a sense of balance.
Here is a description of each chakra, its corresponding stone and balancing affirmations.
Amethyst The very top of the head Higher Knowledge
Affirmation: “ I am connected with my higher self. The universe fills me with clarity and deep love.”
Third Eye Chakra
Lapis Lazuli Forehead, between the eyes Connection & Wisdom
“I trust my intuition. My vision is clear.
Sodalite Throat area Expression & Creativity
“What I say matters. I give voice to my truth and inner wisdom.”
Aventurine Centre of the chest, above heart Love & Compassion
“I love myself unconditionally. I open my heart with compassion and unconditional love for all beings.”
Solar Plexus Chakra
Tiger’s Eye Upper Abdomen, stomach area Confidence & Intuition
“I am motivated to pursue my true purpose”
Yellow Jade Lower Abdomen Sexuality & Passion
“I am comfortable in my body and safe to express my sexuality.”
Red Jasper Base of Spine, tailbone area Survival & grounding
“I am here, I am now, I am safe.”
The Lava Stone in your bracelet has excellent grounding properties also, wonderful for calming the emotions. The natural Lava stone is porous and absorbs your favourite essential oil, then releases the oils benefits throughout the day.Become the Artist of your own yoga practice
With Elizabeth Welty
You don’t need any experience with yoga to start, only the desire to learn and be present. Practising yoga at home has loads of benefits – you can practice anywhere (within reason!), day or night, wear what you like and you don’t need much in the way of equipment. Best of all, yoga at home teaches you to pay attention to your own body, to understand what it needs on any given day and practice in a way that supports you both physically, mentally and emotionally.
A few loving tips to get you started….
Get a mat and grab some props
One of the best things about yoga is that you don’t need much equipment. However, a mat and props can help your alignment and make some poses more comfortable. A few props that are helpful for your home practice include a bolster, blocks and a blanket. But your household items will do.
Be the Artist of your practice space
Create your practice space somewhere that is generally peaceful and quiet, with plenty of space for you to stretch out. In addition to your own artwork – you may want to decorate your practice space with things like candles, an inspiring photograph or a quote.
Commit to a time and make it achievable
Keep stepping into your mat as often as you can and remember that the most important thing….. just show up on your mat open, present, accepting and curious – wherever it happens to be.
Consider what works best for you – are you a morning person or an evening person? Could you squeeze in some yoga on your lunch break? As for the ‘ideal’ length of time to practice, be kind and realistic - perhaps start by making a commitment to practice for 10 minutes a day, or block out a few days where you can manage a longer chunk of time. The key is, it has to fit in with your life – if it doesn’t you won’t maintain it.
Follow your body’s lead
It can always be a bit intimidating to try something new – perhaps you’ve got that nagging worry that you won’t know what to do; yoga does not need to be perfect! Just get on your mat and wriggle around for five minutes doing what feels nice for your body, or perhaps just sit quietly. Any time that you take to tune in to truly listen to your body and let it lead the way, rather than your mind, is yoga.
Watch out for the 3 Ps
Always honour your body’s boundaries and avoid pain, pinching and pushing. If you’re new to yoga it might be difficult to distinguish between pain and discomfort. Pain feels hot and sharp, whereas discomfort is more of a dull, nagging sensation. If you do feel pain, move gently rather than suddenly out of the pose. If you feel discomfort, perhaps you can soften or adjust or even use props to assist you.
Have Fun – this is a Treat….
When you’re starting out, practice a class or sequence that you enjoy so you’ll have an incentive to roll out your mat. What about putting some music on or practising with friends?