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Yoga workshops and art exhibit aimed at self-discovery

  • Photo by Molly Hayden. Cara Griffin, left, and Maggie Hayes will team up for a weekend of art exhibits and yoga workshops.
  • Photo by Molly Hayden. Maggie Hayes, pictured here in her studio, will showcase artwork celebrating the human form during her upcoming yoga workshop.
  • Photo by Molly Hayden. Cara Griffin’s artwork celebrates the theme of the weekend, “Bodies of Work.”
  • Photo by Molly Hayden. Cara Griffin, top, and Maggie Hayes will team up for a weekend of art exhibits and yoga workshops.
 

Yoga workshops and art exhibit aimed at self-discovery

24 Jun 2015

It’s hard to pinpoint Maggie Hayes’ occupation. She’s been teaching yoga for the past five years, and making a decent living at it, but she’s also a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, co-creator of a quarterly magazine and visual portal dubbed “House of Hayes,” curator of numerous events around town and a caregiver to a little boy she calls her best friend.

For having so many irons in the fire, Hayes surprisingly has her act together.

“I know what I’m trying to do,” she said. “Most of the time it’s working. I set out an idea and bust my a** and make it happen.

IF YOU GO

What: Yoga workshops with Maggie Hayes and Cara Griffin

When: 1-3 p.m. June 27-28

Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

Cost: $18 each or $30 for both

Info: www.eventbrite.com

 

What: “Bodies of Work” reception

When: 7-9 p.m. June 27

Where: Sulfur Studios, 2301 Bull St.

Cost: Free

Info: www.sulfurstudios.org

“Other times it’s slightly short of the vision, but I definitely get these sparks that I’m on the path that I’ve chosen.”

She contributes yoga to her own personal lightness, the oscillation between the physical and emotional calm that keeps her motivated and on the right path.

“It’s easy to get dragged down, and this helps me,” Hayes said.

“It’s one thing to have a negative thought or to have sadness but it’s another thing to get absorbed by it.

“Having tools to be a witness to your own feeling or own experience can be transformative for a lot of people. In the end, you don’t have to feel like s***.”

Coincidentally, that’s the name of her latest workshop, “You Don’t Have to Feel Like S***” on June 27.

It’s blatant and to the point — just like Hayes.

“Honestly, we don’t know what it is to be loving toward ourselves,” she said.

“Most of the information that we receive is telling us we’re not enough. Advertising images say you need this product to be beautiful, or that you have to look a certain way to be accepted.”

She shrugs, obviously undeterred by these hypothetical social norms.

“We all have to find the things that make us feel good. My goal is to show people different tools with yoga to feel good both physically and emotionally.”

Hayes has a practical, no-nonsense, no-judgment and all-inclusive approach with her latest workshop. She’s determined to make it more approachable and break down any barriers of yogi culture that might deter newcomers.

“It’s a crash course in both yoga and meditation,” she said. “Students can pick up what they like and run with it, make it their own.

“There is benefit from that discovery.”

All levels are welcome and Hayes will have added eye candy during the workshop by displaying tantalizing multimedia images loosely based around the celebration of the body.

She has teamed up with fellow yogi and artist Cara Griffin, who will also display painted figure prints for an exhibition they’re calling “Bodies of Work.”

Additionally, Griffin will teach a sound and movement exploration workshop, “Nada Yogi,” on June 28.

“The weekend is for those who want to have a practice, but aren’t quite sure where to start,” said Hayes. “It’s that place where we can learn to just be ourselves.”

 

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