A cool desert breeze kissed my cheek as I tightened the cap on the silver glitter pen and gazed down at my handiwork. Laid out on the picnic table amongst paper scraps and art supplies was dense collage of yogic symbols, animals, ancient temples and enticing foods -my first visioning board. My guru, Valma Brenton, who was heading up the yoga teacher training in Baja, Mexico, explained that this collage would help me achieve my dreams by seeing them. Since then, I have used this visioning technique as a catalyst for a lifestyle of traveling, writing and practicing yoga.
This is a picture of the visioning board I created:
What made this visioning exercise so powerful was the combination of yoga and the creative process.
Neuroscience teaches that the more synapsis that connect in our brains the better we learn something. When we participate in an activity that uses all three ways in which we learn (visual – seeing, auditory – hearing, and kinetic – doing) the concept is more entrenched in the brain. Add the remaining senses (smell and taste) and POW! even better learning occurs.
Using yoga and art together dramatically increases the number of synapsis that connect resulting in some powerful “magic”.
Visioning can be used for changing behaviors, reaching a goal or attracting something into your life.
I have personally used this tool to:
- land a gig as a ghost writer for a really interesting book
- nab a spot on a junket to Tibet
- manifest my yoga teacher training
- bring more joy into my life
- conquer fears
- be a better parent, friend, human being.
In an upcoming blog I will explain why the combination of yoga and art makes so much sense.