Yoga & Creativity
This is a guest post by Dr. David Kulla.
Creativity is required of all of us. We need it to do our jobs well, raise our children properly, and to create– whether writing, decorating, cooking or painting. Even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person, you still exhibit creative traits in the things you do throughout the day without even realizing it. Increasing your creativity through yoga can lead to an abundance of positive outcomes.
The more you create, the more you can:
- Solve problems effectively.
- Relate to other’s opinions and points of view.
- Come up with new ideas and constructive thoughts.
- Plan for better execution of goals.
- Have a fuller, better and more balanced life.
Where is the best place to find creativity?
You can find inspiration anywhere, but the best place to get it is from yourself.
This is where the practice of yoga can be helpful. Yoga can lead its practitioners to places of creativity that many people did not even realize existed. When you are creating and holding yoga poses, you naturally find a meditative state that will lead you to peaceful thoughts, innovative ideas and new ways of thinking about the world and how you relate to it.
The practice of yoga embraces a theory of wholeness and balance.
Yoga practice helps you see your life as connected. Encouraging you to work toward bringing your physical, spiritual, mental and emotional energies into harmony. When everything within you is balanced and in place, you can bring that sense of peace and harmony to the external world as well. This is a great place for creativity to originate.
When you look inward, you gather all the strength and energy you need to direct your plans and actions outward.
When you bring your brain to a meditative place during yoga practice, you can inspire and encourage a natural creative flow. There are specific poses that yoga masters might recommend to inspire more creativity. Even if you relax into your favorite poses, you can close your eyes and allow yourself to access your inner creative spirit. Yoga and meditation will help your brain work with the rest of your body and your spirit to bring forth your most creative thoughts.
If you already practice yoga, you might do it for physical, spiritual or health reasons. Now expand on those benefits.
Take the opportunity to open your mind while you are practicing yoga to see what kind of creative energy you can tap into.
If you have never practiced yoga before, move past your hesitation and give it a try. Not only will you improve your strength, flexibility and endurance, you will also find yourself better able to concentrate, think clearly and harness the creativity that waits for you.
Know that you are a creative person already, even if you don’t feel artistic or innovative. Yoga will help you move past your own barriers and become more imaginative.