How to Support Your Creativity through Yoga
As a creative entrepreneur and yoga teacher, I realise how important it is to have a life filled with creativity. It not only supports your mental health and wellbeing, but it also gives birth to new ideas and innovations. So, what does it mean to be in ‘creative flow’?
In yoga we often talk about the seven Chakras, these are energy points running through the body and the second point represents creativity. Sometimes, these energy points get blocked so we are unable to function fully in these areas. However, when they are open, then we can be in a state of flow and alignment. This means our energy is balanced and can function at its full potential.
The second Chakra (energy point) is called Svadhisthana. Also know as the creative and sexual Chakra. It is located above the pubic bone and below the navel and encompasses the general region and the hypogastric plexus. It represents sexual energy as birthing is as sign of creation and new life. The word Svadhisthana is translated and means “the dwelling place of the self”. Meaning connection to one’s authenticity, sense of self and starting point to the individual life force. This can be interpreted in the physical and the spiritual form. For example, giving birth is a physical action, but our sense of self is spiritual. It is where our soul and body are created.
When you are being creative, have you noticed that you are fully present in the moment? That time just stands still. This is because we are in the flow, we are connected to our creative energy and focused on the task at hand. Having the ability to focus, means that we are living and being in the moment, we are not thinking about the past or future. We are creating which is an action for the now. This means we are able to release any stress or anxiety about the future or past; releasing and relaxing our mind and body. It is almost a form of surrender, we are not forcing it, it just flows.
Creativity is also a form of expression, which means it is a release and opportunity for us to execute how we feel, think and what we want to tell the world. When we sing, dance, cook or create art then we are in motion, doing what come natural to us (even if we don’t think we are good at it, it’s an important form of expression). It becomes more natural to us when we become more self-aware and authentic. Once we are true to ourselves then we can express to others. So, focus on the internal to be able to express externally.
Five steps to get into your creative flow:
- Meditation – Meditation allows you to relax and see things from a new perspective. It helps create new ways of thinking and ideas. This is a great way to get your creative juices flowing because you are taking time out for yourself and becoming more centred.
- Asana – Physical yoga practice can help you feel more grounded and connected to your body and sense of self. This will help connect to your mind and body, therefore building self-awareness and confidence.
- Breathe Work – Breathe work or chanting mantras can help with creativity and aligning your creative Chakra. The sound of the Sacral Chakra is VAM. Breathe work is used in yoga to generate peace, alignment and unblocking. By taking a deep breath and inhaling, followed VAM as you exhale.
- Inspiration – We have all heard of the phrase ‘the artist muse’. This is a form of inspiration, something that gives the artist drive to create. Look for your inspiration, something you feel passionate and makes you feel good.
- Environment – Notice your environment, is it supporting your wellbeing? Once you feel in a place where you can be yourself, then you are able to create. As creation comes from personal authenticity, connection with ones-self, then we need to be in a place where we feel comfortable to be one’s self. If your home or work space is not nurturing you, then find a place that allows you to fully express yourself. Even if it is just for a few hours in the week. Take a creative night class after work, go outside amongst nature, or find a quiet place to just be.