Meditating With Marlene – 14 September, 2021
Inhale Dreams, Exhale Memes is a project that has developed out of my art practice and my interest in Kundalini Yoga.
I discovered Kundalini Yoga in late 2016, and had wanted to deepen my practice and become a teacher basically since discovering it.
However as an artist doing residencies and exhibiting I was constantly travelling so committing a year to teacher training was impossible. The pandemic literally made me stop and become settled in one location in London. I also was suffering from anxiety and depression due to the loss of my former life and knew that Kundalini Yoga and meditation would be my saviour. I signed up for the teacher training course and devoted the past year to studying and becoming a teacher.
The yoga and meditation is the foundation for my art practice, and life. I want to share the practice and help people to feel better. Unfortunately most people I speak to are pretty depressed as a result of the pandemic, and many suffer from anxiety constantly. It can seem so overwhelming to even begin to solve these issues, it can also be much easier than we think. I used to laugh when people spoke about learning to breathe… but it’s seriously as easy as that.
Learning simple breathing exercises that you can do anywhere at any time for a few minutes can transform your life! The realm of Wellness can be overwhelming – the way it’s marketed is that you need to have a perfect body, skin, wear linen or lycra and be holding a jar of green juice 24/7… for me that’s no fun, and not my vibe, I just ate a lamington for breakfast!
I’m experimenting with the format and mixing it with my art practice as a video and performance artist. I’m excited to be doing this during this residency and hope people use the videos in practical sense to learn skills whilst enjoying the art form and having a giggle.