The right hemisphere of the brain is proven to be the seat of imagination, curiosity and creativity. Scientists know a handful of ways we can stimulate this region ourselves, and…
I was led to yoga many years ago, first as it was the “new” and “cool” thing to do at the time. But I’ve stuck with it over the years because it’s what centers and grounds me. When life gets hectic, I know that just by getting my mat, all that melts away, and all that matters is the here and now.
“A mantra provides something unique: it first engages the poetic, the purely musical part of us, the metaphorical part, rather than the rational left brain,” says the Santa Cruz, California, resident. “At the same time, it is you putting forth your own sorts of wishes and intention-setting, you conceptualizing what your prayer is. You are bringing in the left brain’s focus of intentionality.”
Yoga is hard. Yoga is a discipline. Yoga is not like dance. Through yoga, I’ve been challenged and changed in ways I never thought possible.
Aerial Yoga is a form of yoga asana practice that utilizes hammocks suspended from the ceiling. It allows a practitioner to both strengthen and lengthen the body in ways you perhaps could not while being on the floor.
Feeling uninspired? Here are four methods to help spark creativity.
You may not paint, draw or make music, but you still need to nurture your creativity. In our modern, busy lives, we’re pressed for time due to countless errands, interruptions and jobs. We’re overstimulated by our handheld devices. It’s important to carve out space to follow our hearts. To be happy, we must express ourselves in a multitude of ways. To be balanced, we must feel fulfilled.
The practice of Ayurveda creates balance for each of us in a unique way. It has the potential to revitalize your entire nervous system, leading to increased creativity, greater efficiency, success, and satisfaction in all aspects of your life.
Here are five simple ways to add Ayurveda into your life and tap into your creativity.
A dedication to being present allows me to build upon potential, take chances, and shake loose notions of fear, failure, judgment, and a smothering preoccupation with perfection. My life, my practice, my art—they’re all entwined, fluid, and evolving passages. The destination may not always be clear, but the movement is always forward.
So we asked our teachers: How do you think yoga expands the potential of creative pursuits?
I’m a writer. The voices originate within a colorful, swirling imagination filled with different people, places, and things. As an artist, I might be considered more of a right-brained thinker — the typical association with creative pursuits. If I had paid closer attention in math classes, perhaps I’d be an engineer and thus, more of a left-brained thinker — the standard link to analytical activity. Extensive research indicates the two hemispheres process information differently.
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