Art and Yoga: Studies on Healing, Opportunities for Expression

Yoga gets us in touch with a deeper aspect of ourselves. Art allows us to articulate what we cannot put into words. Find out what you can learn about YOU by participating in this new monthly workshop with me, Erika Fryklepak E RYT 200, RYT 500.



Many of us know intuitively that art can be healing. Guess what? A scientific study adds "cred" to what we already know in our hearts — read the study

“Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.”

We know this! Art helps us express experiences that are difficult to put into words. Art can be a refuge from intense emotions. Art can be a release of all the inundation of daily living, a way to let it go and get it out on paper. 

Plus playing with paint, crayons, colored pencils, even markers, is fun. It feels good — and in this class, you can let go of any RULES that you associate with making art. We are here to play. 



If you've practiced yoga before, you have likely had the experience of walking away after class and feeling Wellness, feeling Peace, feeling Aligned. Well, science backs that up too. 

There are NUMEROUS studies on the health benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Here are just a couple studies on the benefits of yoga (impact on inflammation, mood and fatigue), and this one (enhance muscular strength and body flexibility, promote and improve respiratory and cardiovascular function, promote recovery from and treatment of addiction, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improve sleep patterns, and enhance overall well-being and quality of life.)



At Muggymoose SKY Studio, I will be leading a two hour workshop (monthly) wherein we will participate in yoga posture (asana) practice together and then each create a piece of artwork. 

The session in January will be the first time we’ve done this beautiful experiment, but let me tell you a bit about what I am anticipating for both the yoga and the art segments:



We will breathe. We will center, stretch, strengthen, and ground. We’ll move our bodies, get into our joints and muscles a bit. Practice awareness and release held tension. 

It will be a gentle, accessible practice in a gorgeous, warm studio space with huge windows and just the right amount of space, with a group of similarly spectacular souls. 



After yoga, I will take out a myriad of art supplies. I’ll spread them out for you to choose from, and you can use what you feel inspired to on the high quality art paper I provide. 

I will offer a theme to guide your expression (which can help with those who feel intimidated about the creative piece). You may choose to ignore my theme and simply paint / draw what is current for you, what came up during your posture practice, or something you are grappling with in life. 



I have been teaching yoga since 2010, and have experience teaching in a wide variety of settings, including studios, corporate / business settings, retreats, resorts, homes, outdoor, and universities. 

There’s nothing that compares with doing yoga in a group, and I find it all the more enriching when we can interact / connect around something in addition to the postures. Sometimes its a discuss aspect like learning about meditation, other times its yogic principles / philosophies. This time, its creating ART together after asana practice! 

I am a life-long artist and come from an artist family including oil painters, metal smiths, word carvers, textile makers, stained and fused glass artists, crafters, and more. I also make a living as a graphic designer. I'm truly looking forward to sharing this creative aspect of my life with you, and during a yoga workshop. Ee!


Creativity is a part of how I live, and whether you have experience with art or not, I believe creativity is within you as well.


Join me for one (or both) of our first two sessions -- January 17th 5:30pm - 7:30pm and February 7th 5:30pm - 7:30pm.