5 Ways Yoga that Enhances Creativity
We gain new perspectives
From hanging our head in downward dog to whirling up into handstand, our yoga practice encourages us to “see” from a new vantage point. As we explore the way our bodies look and feel when inverted, we begin the process – inviting the possibility – of seeing things in ourselves and in our lives from a new perspective. We plant a seed for innovation.
We quiet the mind so we can tune inward and listen to our inner voice and better access intuition
When we practice asana, and attune to our breath, we quiet our erratic, racing minds. Eventually we hear our inner voice, the true self that knows our deepest, most pure desires. When we honor our intuition, we naturally gravitate toward a more creative, less linear way of interacting with the world. We access our inner artist.
We remove the ego
In the silence and stillness of postures, we watch our egos dissipate and discover our true nature. Without judgement or criticism, or the nagging “shoulds,” we find that today we are perfect; we are beings of light, we are enough. And as we cultivate compassion, we begin to see creativity in all aspects of our lives, from caring for loved ones, to starting a new a business, to speaking our minds.
We increase mindfulness
When we focus on the breath, we arrive in the present moment, letting go of past regrets or future worries, letting go also of self-doubt and fears. We discover that in the present moment, all things are possible. With optimism, we re-examine beliefs and situations that once held us hostage. Problems that once seemed impossible to solve are now manageable. Our creativity breeds solutions.
We move physically
The physical movements of any yoga practice provide tremendous benefits, from decreasing stress levels to building muscular strength. However, when we move our bodies in new or different ways, we slowly open ourselves to change. Deeper backbends, new shoulder stretches, variations of tree poses, these actions all expand our awareness, defying our self-imposed limitations. With expansion comes freedom and creativity.
By Erin Walton