My ARTOGA Experience

July 21, 2015

Remember when I first introduced you to ARTOGA? (If you missed it, catch the first post all about it here!) Ever since that post, I've had a class on my calendar to try and the day finally came last Saturday. It was perfect timing, too because I haven't been practicing yoga as much as I would like. Summer is kind of getting away from me ya know? And lately I've been struggling with time management, stress and just taking time for myself so I couldn't wait for a nice Saturday sweat and painting session.

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

As weird as it sounds: I didn't know what to expect. Even as I write that, I know it sounds silly because it's a yoga & painting class. Pretty easy to grasp, right? Maybe for some - but I was unsure how we would be putting a paint brush to canvas while doing yoga. Impossible, right?! Turns out it's totally possible - for any level yogi! (I've only been practicing yoga for 7 months and never felt it was beyond my ability.)

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

We had a piece of paper that we turned over at the start of class to show us what we'd be drawing and I was so excited to see a Mandala. Then I thought: how am I supposed to paint that?! But, as we went through the class, our instructor Arlet reminded us that we simply use it as a guide. Our paintings didn't have to look like the picture at all (and mine didn't!). It was completely up to us what we felt in that moment and decided to paint... much like yoga itself: there is really no set routine and everyone flows through each practice at a different pace. And that's part of what makes it beautiful.

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

For a minute or 2 we would flow through a yoga sequence at our own pace, but each participant would end in the same pose then pick up a brush and work on the next step of our painting. It was challenging drawing circles after several downward facing dogs but after a while my hand would stop shaking a little and I'd paint my little heart out.

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

ARTOGA, ARTOGA DC, yoga, painting, yogi, namaste, yoga and painting, yoga class, Extend Yoga, Bethesda, Maryland

I loved every minute of the 1.5 hour class. It was the recharge I needed to relax, challenge my body and to also feel strong mentally. Just a few of the many reasons I absolutely love practicing yoga! I hope this post helps a bit if you're trying to decide whether or not to try ARTOGA (or a regular yoga class). I HIGHLY recommend it....you will not regret the experience! I'm already planning my next class and brushing up on my painting skills ;)

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Outfit:
WORKOUT TANK: Ashley Brooke Designs //  
LEGGINGS: Alo Yoga // TATTOO: Flash Tattoos //


I received a complimentary class from ARTOGA DC, however all opinions are my own.
All photos by Cyril Allotey

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