Most of us come to the mat to cool our minds and energize our bodies not necessarily to find inspiration or come up with our next great idea. But practicing yoga may also arouse your creative mind in ways you probably never imagined.
In opening up and conducting the flow of prana through our bodies, we can unlock the channels of inspiration. Research has delineated that many new practitioners report a “flowering of creativity” after taking up meditation, as well as an ability to see things in a different light and go after new directions in life.
In asana, too, we find these innovative possibilities. Learn how your practice can help you tap into your most fertile creative mindset.
Find new perspectives.
Aspect is everything. When we create a sense of space through yoga, we’re able to break free from broken-record thought loops and see things from a more exalted (and less reactionary) vantage point.
During inversions, of course, there’s a accurate shift in perspective. But even in gentler poses, our practice can serve as an exercise in releasing curbing thoughts and creating new perspectives. It’s in that open and expansive mindset that creative ideas thrive.
Cultivate stillness to hear your inner voice.
Social media and Smartphones have a way of pulling our attention in a million different directions at any given moment. But on the mat, we can let go of aberration, shut out overstimulation, and find stillness within ourselves.
When I’m stuck ingeniously, the best thing I can do is to use my practice as a time to disconnect from technology. I keep my cell phone away from the mat during my practice (even if I’m using it for music) and keep a notebook nearby to write down ideas as they arise.
Learn to trust yourself.
There’s no quicker or more powerful creativity killer than fear. Yoga can help you to get past the fear of expressing yourself and championing new beliefs by teaching you to truly trust yourself.
Over regular practice, we gradually release self-doubt and insecurity. This allows us to come to a place of more pure self-expression further judgment and approval-seeking. When we turn down the volume on our inner critic, we’re free to take creative risks and find joy in expressing our authentic selves.
Author: Yogi Chetan Mahesh