If you’re pondering how to be more creative you’re not alone. During the pandemic, stress, monotony, and the lack of conversations with friends can stifle the ability to find new ways to solve problems. But it’s important to keep trying, since experts say that creativity can improve your overall health.
Hitting up your local draft store might get your creative juices flowing but—as always—we prefer to look to our yoga practice to get us out of a mental slump. We asked three of our regularly contributing teachers to share how they spark ideas when they want to be more creative—here’s what they say.
Make a Move
Since I’ve been working from home, it’s been hard to remove myself from the “office.” When I have moments of mindfulness, I make space for creativity. I’ll put on some music and dance around or blend essential oils to boost my mood. Sometimes I’ll just step outside for some fresh air. I make an effort to incorporate ecstatic dance (a type of free-form movement that boosts endorphins) and later ground myself with a weighted or heated massage pad.
Juanita Borges, E-RYT 500 @thecaramelyogi
Find a Clear Sky
When I’m low on energy, I practice what I call a Sky-Like Mind Reset—a reminder that there’s always a clear mind behind even the cloudiest of thoughts. Here’s how: Stand outside or in front of a window, or look at a photograph of an expansive sky. Allow your bodyweight to land completely on the ground. Gaze into the openness of the sky, and bring your attention to your breath as it flows in from the space around you, expands your body, then moves back out into the world. Stay with this awareness, and imagine your head—and your heart—in the shape of the sky. Allow yourself to expand.
Jillian Pransky, C-IAYT, author of Deep Listening jillianpransky.com
Write It Out
I take space for myself between teaching yoga and writing on my cheerful orange yoga rug. This separates “me time” from teaching or practicing. I focus on expressing gratitude, aligning intentions, or a combination of the two. I prefer to put pen to paper: Seeing my words written in ink helps me visualize and manifest what I want to create for the rest of the day, week, or near future. I usually then close my eyes, take a few deep, clearing rounds of pranayama, and finish by speaking out loud what I wrote.
Crystal Fenton, E-RYT 200, YACEP @cf912