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"I am a self-taught painter, yoga teacher, and bilingual, clinical social worker, living and working in the Boston area. Sometimes I set out with a clear plan for my work, but the paintings never completely bend to my will. They have a creative life of their own. Some years ago I read an autobiography by a Cambridge-based painter, Maud Morgan, and her idea is that paintings 'paint' themselves. Practicing yoga is similar—if you focus on 'getting' a pose or 'conquering' your breath in pranayama—the experience is that of constriction and frustration. When you approach asana or pranayama with a willingness to let go of expectations and be in the moment, the practice is joyful, juicy, and satisfying. The artist's job—in a sense—is to let go of ego willfulness in order to work in the moment. The result is artistic freedom.