Yoga for Artists
Yoga for Artists is an invitation to people in creative fields to try yoga as a way to enhance creativity, wellness, perspective, and joy, while at the same time reducing stress, blocks, frights, and injury. It’s a lighthearted look at the philosophy and practice of yoga, from an artist’s point of view.
A great read for artists and for yoga practitioners who want their artist friends to give it a try. As one reviewer wrote, it's also helpful for yoga teachers who want to learn how to talk to students who are artists. Here's a review by artist Joel Adas.
Read Yoga for Artists, now available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon.com (click the button below) or from your favorite digital bookstore.
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Wally and Kali
"This book was one of the most enjoyable reads ever, for me. I lean toward the classics when it comes to fiction. Wally and Kali is really brilliantly written. There is a beautiful rhythm and flow to Peter Ferko's writing. His characters are so fully constructed; the world he creates in this book completely enveloped me and I didn't want to leave it. I couldn't wait to return to it. I can't wait to read his future books." —Commenter on Amazon.com
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It’s no secret that I would be disappointed with the outcome of the 2016 election. I have been mindful, this post-election morning, of those five stages cycling through my head, heart, and body.
I know a lot of you hung great hopes on this election. As you go through today and the coming months, remember that you, too, will cycle through these feelings. Each stage will pass, and likely come up again, to pass again.
Yoga philosophy, as presented in the Bhagavad Gita recommends that we strive to understanding that the drama of life is much smaller than the wholeness that we comprise. This leads us to realize that we shouldn’t look to the drama for our happiness, but to our wholeness. This can be done through selfless work, the explicit pursuit of wisdom, meditation, and then, letting go of the results of our efforts.
Relying on getting what you want to bring you happiness is the fuel of the drama of life. It’s what makes us put an unbalanced amount of attention on the winning and losing. Not the fight, not the work, not the discernment — these are all the good acts of life, living in each moment. The attachment to a particular outcome, desire, or abhorence of another, repulsion, will always ultimately lead to dissatisfaction. Things, events, relationships, officials, everything comes and goes.
So we continue our work. Democrats noted that love trumps hate and that we’re better together. Those principles are still true, even on the day you don’t get what you want. So be a vehicle for love. Aim to live together. It will be hard work. The beauty of the process is that this work brings you love and togetherness.
You may not hear me now. You may find it triggers anger, or depression, or whichever stage you’re in. Allow yourself the chance to heal, and recognize when you are cycling back into one of the five stages of grief. But when you get to acceptance, do your best to move on, to connect with your wholeness. Winning and losing comes from the outside; contentment comes from within.
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JOIN ME On the yoga front:
- Thanksgiving morning master class at ISHTA Yoga. A grace-filled way to start the holiday season.
- 300-Hour Teacher Training starting January 2017! Peter teaches ISHTA Yoga Teacher Training in New York. Training is a transformative way to deepen your understanding of yoga, whether or not you want to teach.
- Summer 2017 in Scandinavia! Stay posted.
- Come to class at ISHTA Yoga, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday.
- Come for a private lesson or tune-up. Email me at peter (at) peterferko.com.
On the writing front:
Thanks to fabulous artist and good friend Melissa Staiger for this wonderful conversation!