A man of creativity.
A man of technical skill.
A man with a wicked imagination.
A man of madness. (Seriously, he went wee bit loony for a bit and claims his wife Gala saved him.)
Think you don’t know Dali? Think again.
Salvador Dali may have become famous for being a Surrealist, but his art transcended genre or medium. (Have you ever seen a Dali movie? CRAZY experience.) Dali refused to be stuck in the confines of the art world and forged his own path to creativity. You cannot label him and you can never look at a Dali painting the same way twice. (You’ll always notice something new.)
I’m privileged to live across the street from the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. And even more special? The Dali Museum offers an amazing yoga experience with Inspire Yoga every Sunday from 12:00-1:30pm.
Last weekend my friend Heather from Boston came to visit and we took class. Here we are after class. (Maybe I should wear make-up next time I take photos in yoga. Ha!)
And the room is GORGEOUS! With beautiful windows overlooking the Bay and the Wishing Tree, it’s a pretty amazing landscape for yoga:
The teachers change, depending on the schedule, but you are always in for an amazing yoga treat. In a more relaxing class on Sunday, I allowed myself to LET GO and find the pause between breaths. And, like Dali, I allowed myself to access my own creativity.
I had a minor arts-related epiphany thanks to my good buddy Salvador. Last year I established a non-profit in the Tampa Bay area called Tampa Bay Plays, devoted to helping local playwrights create new works. We had an amazing fundraiser with one minute plays written by non-playwright local “celebrities.” Due to the demands of a full-time job, I had to put the non-profit and my theater connection on the back-burner, despite my love. In Dali Yoga, I realized that my real reason to create my non-profit was deeper than I had ever comprehended. I had not wanted to transform the Tampa Bay playwriting scene, as I promised in my non-profit’s mission and goals. I wanted to transform the Tampa Bay creativity scene. I wanted to help average Joe (or even average “local celebrity” Joe), to be more creative and, by extension, be more connected to the present.
While relaxing into paschimottanasana (seated forward fold), I let go my decision to put the non-profit on hold. And I relaxed into the next layer, the deeper impulse: my need to help people connect to themselves, allow individuals relax into their imagination, and inspire people to connect more deeply to themselves and the present moment. Really, although an “arts” non-profit, the true mission of my non-profit was exactly the same as my motivation for teaching yoga: a wish to help people be healthier, more connected to the world, and live a more enjoyable life.
Even though my non-profit may have had to retreat backstage, the real mission can carry on through me. Don’t yet ask me how, but I will find a way to connect both my yoga love and my wish to help free people creatively. They all have the same goal: letting go the clutter of the mind and letting in the freedom of the now.
Thanks Dali, for reminding me that creativity comes in many forms. And what seems most traditional and “acceptable,” may not be the real way to freedom. Let’s all remember that we have amazing imaginations and an amazing capacity for love, freedom, creativity, and beyond.
And Dali? You had a really cool mustache. Me like, me like.