‘Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.’ – Franklin D Roosevelt
The United States of America’s 32nd President in a simple statement explained everything about creativity. Creativity brings happiness to an active mind, it is characterized by newness and efforts and it brings achievement. Creativity is the act of thinking new ideas and then implementing them in the real world to bring fruitful results. Creativity is imagination combined with action. Creativity goes hand in hand with innovation. There is no doubt creative people have been the most influential people in world history. Prehistoric human beings who invented the wheel and learned to tame fire were creative. Modern astronomers who are discovering the edge of the universe are creative minds. Scientists diminishing the difference between human and machine using artificial intelligence are creative. In the field of business, art, politics, science, engineering, creative people are solving many problems. What drives these people to solve these problems? The answer is the happiness and satisfaction they receive from solving these problems. This joy is incredible to any other feeling in the world.
How can Yoga help in boosting your creativity?
‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’ – Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein, the creative genius of the modern world emphasized on thinking new ideas to solve problems. There are as many methods to boost your creativity as there are a number of ideas. Every new idea is creative. This is time to inspire your thoughts with new experiences, new perspectives, and new problems. We are sharing some simple yoga techniques for boosting creativity. These techniques can help open your mind to new ideas at the same time opening your body for a healthy lifestyle. As per yoga science, there are seven chakras in the human body. The second chakra is Svadhisthana, which is the center of creativity and sexual energy in our body. It surrounds the area of reproductive organs and the hypogastric plexus located between the pubic bones and the navel. Any yoga pose which stimulates this area of the body allows the flow of energy. This unhindered flow of energy boosts creativity.
Vajrasana is one such easy pose for beginners which stimulates the second chakra of the body. Anyone can practice Vajrasana anytime and anywhere. It can also replace your usual sitting postures resulting in better holistic health. The pose is demonstrated in the image and needs no special instructions to practice.
Child pose also called as ‘Bal-asana’ in Sanskrit is a yoga pose which stimulates the second chakra of the body. It opens up your hips, thigh and ankle muscles. It is also a great stress buster, reduces fatigue and refreshes the brain. It is also very easy to practice as demonstrated in the image. While practicing, take care of a couple of points here: 1. Keep your knees apart. 2. Your forehead should be touching the ground. 3. First spread your hands in from of you and later bring them slowly to the back.
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasanan)
Downward facing dog pose opens up your legs, thigh, and spinal area. It brings calmness and relaxation to your body. Since this yoga pose also stimulates the location of the second chakra, it helps boost creativity. It is an easy yoga pose as can be seen from the image.
Pigeon pose also help in boosting the creativity of our mind by taking the benefits of stimulation of the second chakra. It releases tension from the body and relaxes the mind. Pigeon pose stretches thighs and groin area in the lower body. In the upper body, it stretches abdomen, chest, shoulders, and neck. It may take time to practice this pose correctly, but it is a very effective pose for relaxing your body and mind and boost creativity.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Corpse pose is generally practiced at the end of the yoga session. The name sounds horrifying but the beauty of this pose is in the practice of letting go. Let go your thoughts, feelings, and stress. It takes you in deep relaxation and unlocks the ties in your brains automatically. It refreshes your mind and brings a whole new perspective when you wake up from this pose. Though it does not mean you have to sleep while practicing this pose. The first step of this practice is to loosen your breath. Then remove stress from each part of your body one by one starting from toes to head. Now, leave your body to remain as it is. This image shows a yoga community practicing savasana.