I attend a yoga class every week. I used to take a jazz dance but I haven't located it since I came back to Himeji. So instead of jazz dance, I take a yoga class for exercise.
20 years ago I also tried yoga because I heard (if my memory is right) Johannes Itten, Bauhous, once advocated to practice yoga for art, especially for developing sense of colors. I forget about it for a long time.
I feel fine when I stretch myself and rotate joints, neck, muscles. While doing so, I feel warmer and I can feel my tight and tense muscles and joints become flexible. Also I feel calm as if I released pent-up frustration and stress. It is good stress management.
I think I'd better relax when I work and paint. The drawing below is titled Past and Future, Gouache and pencil on paper, 4"x6", 2014, ©Kikuko Sakota Art