It is well known that yoga promotes our strength, flexibility, and spirituality. While we often associate the ancient art of yoga with health and wellbeing, there’s another greater reason to practice it regularly. Practicing yoga can rewire your body and mind for innovative thinking and creativity. Whether you are an amateur painter, a poet or a music enthusiast, yoga helps you broaden artistic expressions through the integration of your mind, body, and soul.
Scientific research is also backing up the fact that while balancing the body, mind, and soul, yoga can also refine our inner emotions. On regular practicing, yoga enhances the functionality of the frontal cortex and thereby leads to the vibrancy of creative expressions. So, when you are twisting your body or standing on your head, it not only affects your physique but also your brain and senses.
Creative ideas are just like the waves of an ocean that come and go. However, to go with the flow and reach the destination, you need to learn the art of surfing. So, to go with the creative waves, embrace yoga in your daily life and grasp the skill of surfing.
Start Your Day with Yoga
In today’s fast-paced world, when most of us have the habit of sleeping and waking late, we almost ignore the importance of practicing yoga in the early morning. As dawn is associated with the creation or beginning of a new day, early morning yoga sessions can certainly help boost the creative energy. Make it a habit to include breathing techniques (also known as Pranayama) in your daily morning routine to make the flow of energy more effective. The calm surrounding and fresh air reduces your daily stress and helps your mind relax naturally. After all, relaxing makes you more creative.
Make Your Own Space
Let your yoga space inspire you. Add a bit of creativity in that space to meld it better with your yoga sessions. To make your yoga space inspiring, gather some items of your creative interests. Apart from your yoga mat and props, make your space more unwinding with your favorite chair and pillows. Equip the room with a small sound system. Play soothing music while meditating or practicing breathing exercises. Allow yourself to spend some creative moments here in this yoga corner. To boost the flow of creativity, furnish the space with art pieces, musical instruments, crystals, plants, essential oil or any other items that suit your creative interest.
Explore Your Own Creativity
Creativity is limitless. To dive into the depth of your creativity and learn more about the art, join a meditation workshop. Meditation makes you more focused and confident. With regular practice, your ability to pick up new skills enhances. It allows you to uncover your hidden talents that you weren’t aware of before. To explore your own creativity, make sure to meditate for at least 5 minutes before starting a new creative project.
Practice In Nature
Whenever you find your creative well dry, take a nature walk. As a member of the same universe, we, along with nature, speak a similar language within. Nature is our greatest inspiration. Thus, if you want to surf the waves of creativity effectively, find a place amid nature and practice your favorite yoga poses. Sit in Easy Pose and start taking deep breaths. Stay in the position for 10-15 minutes to relax your senses and give your mind a new creative start.
Meditate Through the Day
Though early morning yoga sessions have their own list of benefits, meditating or practicing breathing exercises in between your busy schedule too can support you on your next creative quest. If you don’t have the option to go out in nature and your mind feels overwhelmed, sit in a relaxing position and meditate for 10-20 minutes. This will naturally boost the flow of creative ideas in your mind. If you have problems starting a meditation practice, I recommend downloading one of the many apps with guided meditation (I use Calm).
When it comes to Yoga, the more you practice, the more creative you become. However, you need to be experimental to get the most out of your yoga sessions. Yoga has a profound effect on our creativity. It increases our awareness, expands insights and elevates our perspectives. Whether you are a writer, musician or painter, the regular practice of yoga unblocks the energy channels and enhances the blood circulation to the bran and the heart. It also balances the Chakra System and your creative expressions.
Now that you know how to include the mindfulness practices in your daily life, let’s discuss the postures that can help unlock your creativity.
Yoga Poses for more Creativity
- Standing Upward Salute & Standing Side Bend
- Thunderbolt Pose
- Downward-Facing Dog
- Low Lunge
- Revolved High Lunge
- Lizard Pose
- Side Plank Pose
- One-Legged King Pigeon
- Cow Face Pose
- Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
- Lotus Pose
Though yoga is a very friendly style of workout, its benefits can only be enjoyed when practiced on a regular basis. Yoga makes you learn the art of dedication and patience- two important aspects of creativity. You can’t expect to finish an excellent piece of art in just one sitting. You have to wait for the right flow of expression to create a masterpiece.
Creativity is an incredible gift. However, there are times when thoughts get muddled up and creative expression becomes an unconquerable challenge. Creative expression requires a relaxed, healthy mind. So, if you are blessed with a creative mind but struggling to express your creativity, you must consider incorporating yoga in your daily routine. After all, practicing yoga can revive your mind for innovative thinking.
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