Practicing yoga can rewire your brain for innovative thinking
It is well known that the ancient art of yoga promotes health and wellbeing, but a great side benefit of regular yoga practice is it dramatically supports and broadens creative expression.
Yoga practice and the refining of the inner emotions, while bringing balance to the body, mind and soul, leads to a vivid vibrancy of artistic expression in a person. Certainly when you’re used to standing on your head, or twisting your body into interesting shapes, it has an effect on your brain and your sense of yourself.
I remember the first time I successfully practiced a headstand. I’d been building up to it for months and then one day my Ashtanga teacher said: “you’re ready”. The combination of his belief in me and the ease in which my head supported my body, was a leap in consciousness for me. I felt unstoppable, superhuman, and brave. By achieving this king of asanas, especially after so much regular practice and months of solid preparation, I vicariously understood the creative process – practice builds success.
Stretching your Creative Expression
"Do your practice and all is coming. – Sri K Patthabi Jois"
This is true of writing, art, music, and any creative discipline. The more you practice, the better you get, but also the more you experiment, trust and step out of your comfort zone, the better the result. You get that resounding wave of creative energy as you reach your edge and transit into the unknown world where genius awakens.
The specific benefits of yoga on creativity and self-expression are many. The expanded consciousness, insights and elevated perspective gained through being on the mat, have a profound effect on your creative expression.
The practice of mindfulness long shared by spiritual teachers, especially Buddhist experts, is increasingly becoming more mainstream and has been shown to greatly reduce stress, increase wellbeing and happiness and promote innovative thinking or the thought processes that generate and explore creative ideas. The mindful synchronisation of breath and movement in yoga brings clarity and focus.
"Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment, we are timeless. – Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity"
Yoga enlarges your chakra system, enlivening your body’s energy system
Practicing yoga unblocks the energy channels in the body and leads to greater life force and vitality, increased circulation of blood and prana, which has a wonderful effect on the brain and the heart. A regular yoga practice balances the hormones, tones your organs and enlarges your chakra system enlivening the energy system of your body.
A freedom of spirit, always leads to a certain creative wildness and expression. The greater mental clarity and aliveness one has, and the more your spirit is unrestricted by mental or societal constraints, the greater your creative expression. Through the increased energy flow and suppleness of the body, the mind and creative force is expressed more as a torrent than a trickle.
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