WORKSHOP

Moga, the Artist's Stretch

While Moga, the Artist's Stretch is a workshop that is normally practiced in a room together, during this surreal time of #stayhomestaysafe we are following the #socialdistancing rules and adjusting accordingly.


Though we may not be able to physically meet up, but Moga can be done following any variation of the routines, available for free, via my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngd2m7qJ08SgwXi28M2BOg?view_as=subscriber


You can also read more about how and why it was created along with healthy tips, tricks, and recipes through my self-publication: https://www.blurb.com/b/7832018-the-art-of-moga


The Artists' Stretch is a workshop that embodies basic tools to help balance mental health and physical wellness, covering three different forms of therapeutic outlets: internal dialogue, movement/meditation, and journaling/portraiture. 


1. Moga is a choreographed routine that combines; yoga, pilates, wushu kung fu positions, ninjitsu meditation poses and field hockey stretches. Feel free to follow along any variation of the routine, clicking on link above. 


2. Following the stretch, light refreshments (such as: bananas, trail mix, water with lemon) help to nourish the body before sitting down for creating time. Fueling your body after movement, helps to organize your thoughts and emotions. Whether you prefer silence or ambient music, allow yourself to talk aloud, releasing thoughts that may have been pent up. 


3. Lastly, we focus on the importance of utilzing basic creative outlets, the art of "letting go" and the importance of seeing our own voice (handwriting). Start with a free-writing exercise where you literally write down each thought/word swirling around inside your head. Let it all out. Whether you throw out that piece of paper is up to you. The importance is in releasing it. After you feel like you've written enough (there is no time restriction or right or wrong), using whatever materials are available to you, try creating a self-portrait true to you. 


My goal is to help you create a safe and warm environment for honest internal dialogue; physical relief through meditative practices; and a way to push through that first blank piece of paper. 

Please feel free to send me a message, email me directly: mflife9@gmail.com or follow my insta: @mdferrera

 
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the birth of moga...

I’m just your average mom. wife. artist. friend. But there are also so many more layers, the individual parts that make me, me. Ani DiFranco said it best, "I am 32 flavors and then some." And some of these parts aren’t always pretty. Accepting all of it remains to be my invisible and continuous battle with mental health. But there can be balance amid the chaos. There are tools around every corner. Breadcrumbs have been dropping in bits and pieces for the better part of my life from the people and experiences I’ve received, whether positive or negative. These gifts of outlets have saved me, shaped me, and provided me the necessary comfort to experiment with a variety of vulnerable art forms. Moga was one of them. Born after yet another heavy passing hurricane of anxiety/depression/and panic attacks, and needing to desperately unwind the knots and lift the weight, movement was necessary. Dance turned into familiar stretches, the muscle memory of days passed, breathing and meditating through each position, all in one flow. Shaking the last bits out, reminded me of the wasteland my gut had become. The following clean meals slowly nourished all that had been depleted. And then that first blank page wasn’t so intimidating. Since that moment, I may not have had perfect direction, career path or know-how and those damn layers of scars would remain lurking over my shoulder, but this time I was driven by my own vulnerability, eager to share the gifts I felt saved me from giving up. My hope is to share the creative outlets that shine a light on the invisible and provide a place to start.

 

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