We can frame and reframe how we use yoga as often as the needs in our life change. One day we are stiff in muscles, another day we are stiff in mind. We learn to pause and notice how we show up to class and give ourselves what we need that day. We use our creativity in the form of flexibility in our attitude to continually bend our yoga practice to our needs.
When yoga and creativity marry, a happy, couple ensues! One day we flow through yoga with zeal and a zest for life, the next yoga class we show up needing a grounding session to calm the chaos, so we purposely and peacefully flow through a practice threaded with a soothing or uplifting mantra.
You may already be considering all of this, and want to know more! Luckily, the research on yoga and creativity continues to expand.
We come to our mats and focus on our breath. We focus on our asanas and breathe through them. We release thoughts and “dis-ease” of the body and mind. Expressing ourselves through pranayama breathing exercises, yogic asanas or postures can address and release intangible emotions, bothersome ruminations, feelings or tightness of breath that block our flow in life.
The same desired ease, or zone, can also be an infinite place of creativity. Maybe you want to flow through the formulating and writing of a business plan for a new venture. Or for you, “getting in the zone” means getting out for a warm-up run before some meditative moments or strengthening asanas.
We use the marriage of yoga and creativity to craft our own best-practice of yoga, with different amounts of yogic elements depending on where we wake up that day or where we aim our goals.
Yoga and creativity both include endless possibilities for supportive thought patterning and wordage, scheduling your day, and any other way you can recharge and reignite your body and mind.
There have been a number of studies showing how yogic breathing practices increase the Alpha brain waves associated with lower levels of stress and greater levels of creativity. Alpha brain states are where brilliant ideas arise, and where athletes find their zone. Scatter your moments of deep breathing throughout your day and night!
Can we train our minds to easily hop into creative states? I believe we can.
There’s an abundance of research on how yoga helps with creativity, so try being specific with your keywords and online searches.
Azriel ReShel describes it simply on the Uplift Chanel
Cheers, to keeping an open mind!