In the name of ART & YOGA

It’s been a learning curve for sure, but I’ve had so much fun this summer producing my new She Quest Podcast! My calling and mission with SHE QUEST has always been to educate and empower modern soulful women to carve pockets of time to implement real-life mindful and artful rituals in their lives and homes. I find podcasts to be a intimate and accessible way to get my points across! YAY.

Like this golden nugget: To normalize art & yoga! To bring back it’s rightful place in our society, schools and family. To try it. PLAY. EXPLORE. To stop overlooking it’s potency for healing physically, mentally, spiritually .

The SHE Quest Podcast will continue in the Fall in light of my first ever membership!

Watch out, world!

E.xo

10 things I wish naïve ME knew 9 years ago.

Oh Lordy! Me- fresh out of my second Yoga Teachers Training in late July of 2010.  Photo Credit: Hannah Thomson

Oh Lordy! Me- fresh out of my second Yoga Teachers Training in late July of 2010.

Photo Credit: Hannah Thomson

9 years ago. Fresh out of Modo Yoga Teachers Training. Newly engaged with a few calm months to spare finishing my M.A . This feels like it was taken in another life, before entering the jungles gates to motherhood and what ultimately ensued.

Here are 10 things I wish naïve me knew way back when:

1)    In your quest to make people feel less broken and make that your life, you will learn the very same only by being broken yourself.

2)    You will make some terrible mistakes. Receive and give unfair feedback. It’s these fuck ups that will ultimately make you: a grown ass woman.   

3)    PLeasssse, giiiirlllll !!!! You are not here to fit in! Do your own thing. Do it your own way.

4)    Unrelated to art & yoga: GROW YOUR EYEBROWS.

5)    There is always more to learn and more to heal.

6)    Never look back. Nothing is ever wasted.

7)    You can touch others only as far as you’ve allowed to have been touched yourself.

8)    Say YES to your fate! Just say YES. Do not skip this important step. This will mean saying YES to death. YES to life. YES to horrible and wondrous thing. Saying yes will help you say no, too. Saying YES will walk you back to why you took your yoga teachers trainings and why you paint in the first place… for Moksha… for liberation.

9)   Insecurity is not the truth of you. Kindness is the truth of you.

10) Fuck it! Just do it. Go on, dance like everyone’s watching.

Yeah. Still naive. Still growing my eyebrows. Still trying my darndest best at life..

Yours in valuing your original self, always!

E. xo

Non-negotiable: Journalling & Mark- Making

Source: @juliacameronlive

Source: @juliacameronlive

I call bullshit on individuals who claim they cannot “journal”. As my best friend Julia Cameron writes: “If you can’t think of anything to write, then write “I can’t think of anything to write”.

Mark-making is also well under- utilized as a self-inquiring tool for personal growth.

It’s this black and white philosophy that 89% of our planet hold, that one of “I am not creative type”, “not for me” and the “how would I even go about this” thats led me to create my free guide to creative liberation. “Marks & Doodles” which btw, you can find it as a permanent instalment on my website here:

http://www.estellethomson.com/marks-doodles-course

Journalling and Mark-Marking are really you, healing in motion.

Available to you in this permission, on your pages, a brain dump! And when you cannot put words to it, you can surely put marks to it! It’s a powerful thing to see your life on paper, to let it unfold in all it’s wonder and imperfection. Right, Sark?

Source: @sarkilife

Source: @sarkilife


This is surely why I have created my own line of Journals and Portfolios!

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I love my Estelle Thomson Art Permission Slip inscribed inside!

Let this journal be the roots

Let it help me grow.

Let it remind me that I loved.

Let it rip my heart wide open.

Between these pages, anything I want can be released

Why am i scared?

Why do i hide?

It’s now or never.

Show up. Be Loud.

I am ready to feel awake and alive, but from inside.

I understand that self-love requires self-work.

Let this journal witness to my words, stories, doodles, sketches, and paintings.

Bringing forth, whats within me:

I write.

I tell my story.

I doodle.

I sketch.

I paint.

And this will change my life and the world.

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Yours in healing, always.

E.XO

p.s: When you join SHE QUEST or THE LOVE PROJECT or YOGA MENTORSHIP or any of my on-site training you get a journal for free!

Art & Yoga Teacher's Trainings 2019

Comment with a “ME” if you use to take my yoga classes like, 9 years ago?! How bad was it 😂 !?!?! Think of the worse things that could possibly happen to a yoga teacher and I swear it’s happened to me 🙈. Perhaps loving yoga so freaking much saved me from quitting!

See, I’ve always wanted my fiery passion to permeate in your understanding of what yoga really is. I had not one but two teacher trainings back then and it wasn’t happening. That was frustrating. I knew yoga wasn’t all just physical. Feelings and the spiritual dimension of yoga is (most of the time) left out of the classroom. Hello 👋 That’s completely bypassing what yoga really stands for. For me, this is the tragedy of many public classes offered today. Body, mind and soul is yoga and I remember wanting for you to experience that and know that and live that but I just didn’t have the tools in me yet.


Oh, and add to that that I wanted to do it ALL perfect . My addiction to perfection stumped my growth, paralyzed my moving forward and got me stuck in my craft and quite frankly- life. It’s then that I decided to work with @whitneyfreya , @ashleyturner1 , @elenabrower , @prajnayoga , @halayoga , @rebeccathoughts and many, many more because real progress on the yogi path are difficult, perhaps impossible without a teacher.

Check out my July 4-days Summer Initiation and 3-month Fall Yoga Teachers Mentorship Program where I teach you how to implement intentions, visual imagery, storytelling and poetry in your yoga classes in a way that is not forced or fake. These programs are 4 years in the making!

Teachers, its time. Let’s bring SOUL back to the classroom. 💪🏼 Love you in saying “hello, fear”, always.

E ⭐️
Lens: @jessieredmondphoto

Abracadabra magic of it all.

Jessie Redmond Photography

Jessie Redmond Photography

✨ In University, I took a summer long Ceramic elective (my major was Psychology but all my electives where art!). It was the hardest medium I’ve ever tried. I didn’t have the patience. I hated the mud in my nails and how things would just crumble and fall.


The other day, doing my home practice, it dawns on me how my body was like the sculptor’s stone or that stubborn clay I used that summer.


There’s a quote from sculptor Tony Angell that resonated with this: “Because of its shape, color, pattern and hardness, the stone has its own story to tell. Only when I understand this can I remove the non-essentials and begin to liberate the form within.”


My life has its own story to tell. This is the Abracadabra magic of it all. The story you tell yourself has the power to manifest into reality. Will I let it or fight with it? Will I remove piece by piece, cut by cut all the non-essential materials and begin? Can I get out my own way? Magic doesn’t require anyone to intervene on your behalf, give you permission, prove something or (low and behold) have a degree. We have it somewheres buried in us to lean into our weaknesses and reframe those into our strengths. For me, that’s what it means to live life triumphantly.

Magic is stepping into the story’s mystery day after day. Let its secrets and sparkles unfold through us. Don’t you see? Magic isn’t an event, it’s a muscle!

At the end of summer, I did get an A in that summer class. Not because ceramic was my ‘thing’ but because I tried and tried hard I did. And just like sculpting- that’s the only thing that life – and yoga – wants. That you try!

Love you in abracadabra’s, always.
E. ⭐️

YOGA & ART Meet- Ups at LOLE

Join Lolë Halifax for this incredible Yoga & Art session with Lolë Ambassador Estelle Thomson.

New Beginnings and Vision Mapping

It is said that movement awakens creativity. Spend an hour in deep imagination invoking your best most inspired year.

The first 30 minutes is easy breathing exercises & heart opening asanas. During the last 30 minutes, we will dabble in watercolour, painting our 2016 vision map! 

All painting materials are included! Please bring your heart, full of possibilities! 

Estelle Thomson Art & Yoga was crowned Best Yoga Teacher and Visual Artist by The Coast, and has been a yoga teacher for more than 5 years. She guides art classes in her seaside studio in Cow Bay, throughout HRM and online. Her style, whether in yoga or art, is playful, daring and big-hearted. 

To know more please visit: www.estellethomson.com