I put together together another yoga playlist that became insanely popular with many of my students. Since the response to this one was as good as the first, I thought I would share it as well!
Am I creative?
"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play." - Henri Matisse
For as long as I can remember, I have been told that I am creative person.
The truth is, I do have a natural gift in art and design. So by traditional standards, I am creative. As I grew up, I ventured further down the artistic path. I obtained a degree in Advertising and have been doing graphic design work for the last 6 years.
Today, my creativity comes through in my style, my home, DIY projects, and more. But the older I got, the more self-conscious I became of my creativity. I’d get called out by my friends and family for "going the extra mile", or "making something special". They were being sarcastic, of course, but I never knew how to respond other then an awkward laugh and a smile. The follow-up was usually, "I don't know how you do that; I'm not creative."
I began to question, "why I am considered the creative one?". My instincts are to do things differently and my execution comes from research for inspiration. (Thank you Pinterest!) It was then that I began to consider what is creativity and why do people say I have it? Upon further thought, and some light googling, I came to the realization that creativity can be show in different forms; not just in the traditional sense.
Creativity of the Mind.
"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom : "Why do I have to obey the rules?", "Why can't I be different?", "Why can't I do it my way?" - Twyla Tharp
My creativity comes from a need to surround myself with beauty. I firmly believe this desire is embedded into everyone. The true difference is not whether a person is creative, but rather how they define beauty. To be creative, you must be searching for a unique solution, for something different, for an unbelievable sight. However, this idea doesn't solely identify itself to art and design. This applies to all parts of life.
My husband claims he's not creative, but he can solve any computer problem. He has the ability find creative solutions to issues I can't fix. My mother-in-law claims she's not creative, but she is creating beauty in the world with her amazing garden and appreciation for nature. I have what I refer to as a "black thumb"; I can't grow a damn thing. I have several family members who are teachers and claim to not be creative, but everyday they come up with creative and unique ways to teach and inspire children. I don't have that level of patience.
My point is simple. Everyone has the ability to be creative in their own way.
Creativity of the Body
"Creativity is experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook
Yoga is creativity of the body. By coming to yoga class and moving through the flows you are being creative. But let's hold onto this thought for a moment.
Moving your body can effect mood and perspective on your life. Your mood and perspective are critical to your creativity. There have been several studies proving movement improves thought process, problem-solving, and creative work and development.
But, aside from the obvious physical and mental benefits of movement, yoga itself is a creative activity. Think about the poses you take on in each class. Whether it is something as simple as Mountain Pose (Tadasana) more challenging like Crow Pose (Bakasana), you are moving your body in new creative ways. You are taking yourself outside of the norm of walking, standing, and sitting. You are a creative person simply by attending a yoga class. By realizing this, youare rejecting the notion that you are not "creative". Don't feel held back because you claim you "can't". So, in your next yoga class:
Experiment with yoga.
Grow in new ways.
Take a risk and try a new pose.
Break the rules you think you should follow.
Make a mistake, even fail!
But above all have fun.
Creativity of the Soul
"Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world." - Brene Brown
I believe this: If your creation is authentic and true to yourself, it will be a window into your soul. Other people are able to see through your eyes. They can see your love, your hate, your perspective on all parts of life. It's rather remarkable.
Catching a glimpse of someone's soul can be incredibly powerful, but also incredibly scary. It's a vulnerable situation to be in, which can easily be overwhelmed with doubt and criticism. Creativity requires a tough exterior because, unfortunately, it's subjective. Take this entire post for an example. One may read it and think it's a creative piece, while another may think otherwise. It can be scary putting myself out there like this, but it's one of the ways I exercise my creativity.
So I encourage you, rather I challenge you, in whatever way you express your creativity, do it! Do it now! Take this opportunity to embrace your skills, your gifts, and your creativity.
Inhale Possibility. Exhale Creativity.
As always, thank you for reading, XO-
This week, I offer the intention to "Find Stillness in Your Mind".
With the spring ending and summer quickly approaching, our schedules tend to get busier. Weekends fill out with weddings, parties and day trips. Typical Monday through Friday norms are shifted with kids home form school and vacations to new places. It is very easy to get lost in the constant movements both physical and mental.
So as we entire the busy summer, I encourage you to find time for yourself. Let your mind be still, let your mind wander, get lost in your own thoughts. Take whatever actions you need to make this a reality. This can be during your yoga practice or on your time. Either way, find it!
" The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness."
- Sakyong Mipham
As always, thank you for reading, XO-
This week, I offer the intention to "Accept Support".
In yoga , we have the option to use blocks and straps to help deepen and elevate our practice and postures. They are available for every class, but do we use them to their maximum potential? Probably not. These tools are there to help and support us, yet many of us just ignore them. Our ignorance of these tool could have originated from different places, including embarrassment. I used to be sheepish over grabbing a block before class. I was fearful that my practice would appear weak or unstable.
Similarly to every day life, sometimes it can be difficult to accept help or support from people for fear of looking weak. This could not be further from the truth. It takes a strong person to know when they need to accept support.
Blocks and straps turn our practice from "I can't" to "I can" to "I did". A strap can take you from Extended Side Angle to a Bind to Birds of Paradise. A block can encourage you to engage your inner thighs, deepen your twist, and lengthen your spine. * We use them until they don't serve us anymore; and we return to them when a new challenge faces us.
Accepting support can takes us to poses and places we otherwise thought unimaginable. It's rather amazing what we can accomplish So this week, both in your yoga practice and in everyday life, I encourage you to accept support.
"Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make. You don't have to go at it alone."
As always, thank you for reading, XO-
*Ed. Note: All these examples are based off my own personal practice!
I put together this yoga playlist about a month ago and got such a positive response from it! After almost every class where I played it, at least one person came up to me to compliment the playlist or ask about a particular song. In fact, so many people have asked about it, I thought it be best to post it here so it's available for all to see!