Yoga and Creativity.
Despite being around for many many centuries (earliest recording of the practise is 3000 BCE!), its popularity grew to astronomical lengths in the 1960s when it was picked up and pursued by Westerners after appearing frequently on the television.
Although it is now used predominantly as a form of exercise, the benefits of Yoga far exceed this. Not only it is a wonderfully powerful tool to use to manage stress, anxiety, addiction and even trauma . But it first and fore mostly a spiritual practise (and we should know and respect that as westerners who are 'taking' this ancient practise!)
Anyway! Yoga has endless benefits. From reduced brain fog and clearer thinking patterns, to lowered cortisol levels and improved blood flow, to even a strengthened gut and immune system! These impressive benefits are some but a few - Yoga can also influence and help our creative thinking and creativity too!
HOW DOES YOGA HELP CREATIVITY?
- Yoga has been scientifically proven to change the structure of the brain. The meditative practise increases frontal cortex activity (helping us concentrate as well as feel calm and focused). If you practise yoga for enough years, you can even increase the size of your brain.
- Yoga has been widely found to reduce stress and anxiety, and "when the brain is not under stress or constant pressure, it promotes innovative thoughts and overall focus."
- Yoga helps align and balance out our inner chakra systems, which in turn helps us become healthier and more productive.
- It also helps us get in tune with our inner thoughts, feelings and emotional blockages. Helping softly remind us of our true passions and inspirations in life.
SO HOW CAN WE USE YOGA TO HELP OUR CREATIVITY?
- There are many classes, workshops, memberships that you can enrol into. But at its core, a yoga practise is simple, accessible, non-intimidating and (mostly) free.
- Consistency is key for creative results! Adopt a regular practise - whether its 10 minutes of breathing and sun salutations a day or a yin yoga class once a week or a fortnightly kundalini flow. Find what you enjoy and try and stick to a consistent routine of it.
Find a good teacher (or a few) who you resonate and connect with. Its nice to be able to test and try out different studios, classes and accounts - but knowing you will be able to hop on the map anytime and enjoy/benefit from the class regardless of the time/day/space/state you are in is really helpful. A good teacher will help you feel safe, heard and supported, which will enable you to feel inspired and energised when leaving!
- People who we love: @AdrieneMishler @jonelleyoga @bohobeautifullife @stewart.heffernan
 - Bessel Van Der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score