Stuck in a Creative Rut: Pull out your Yoga Mat

As a writer, sometimes, I feel like my brain has to be constantly on.    However, as a mom, quite often, that on valve gets shut down.  Particularly on nights where my wee ones decide that sleep is for the weak and a real unnecessary commodity.

In days, where I’m feeling mentally foggy or exhausted, I am so thankful for yoga.  This got me thinking, what exactly is it about yoga that stimulates my brain.  More so than any other exercise form has ever done.

Jeff Davis certainly believes in the link between yoga and creativity.  A writer at heart, Davis began yoga at the age of 30 and in his own words yoga “screwed up his creative life.”, in a good way.  Davis talks about how yoga stimulated his imagination, connected him to his emotions and generated a world of creativity.

Davis became so passionate about the yoga/creativity link, that he wrote a book and developed his own yoga/creativity training called “Yoga as Muse”.   This training course focuses on integrating  yoga techniques with expanding your creativity.  Basically, Davis has applied his research on the connections between yoga and creativity and is teaching his followers the tools and techniques he learned.

Creativity and Yoga:

One of the main beliefs, that yoga helps stimulate creativity is that it strives to connect your mind and body.  By doing this, we encourage our body to focus on its specific needs and become more self-aware.

According to Swami Satyananda Saraswati, “Yoga helps an individual to develop not only physical stamina but also emotional stability, as well as their intellectual and creative talents too. It is a unified system for developing the balance of total personality. Yoga is a training in attitude, and one that helps in the broadening of one’s horizons and a philosophic outlook to life.”

Other ways that yoga enhances creativity:

  • Stimulates cells to release serotonin
  • Enhances focus and concentration
  • Yogic breathing brings more oxygen to the body: increasing overall energy and brain function

Open up the Chakras and Connect to your Creativity 

The fifth chakra, the throat,  Vishuddha, is believed to be directly connected to creativity. This area is the centre of expression and the place where we hold the inner truths.  By opening up this chakra, you will tap into verbal expression and expand this source of creativity.

The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is also connected to the creative source.  This chakra is connected to our reproductive organs, hips and pelvis.  It is believed that when this chakra is open, we are more receptive to change.  Change of course will help stimulate our ideas and expand our overall creativity.

Yoga Postures that will Stimulate Creativity:

  • Cobra
  • Dolphin
  • Dog Pose
  • Sun Salutations
  • Meditation
  • Bridge
  • Shoulder Stand

Although I’ve listed a series of postures, almost any form of yoga will get that creativity going.  So if you find yourself stuck or struggling to find a solution, pull out that yoga mat and get breathing.

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