Creativity is an important characteristic that many people ignore when it comes to being successful in business and personal development. Use this yoga sequence to boost creativity and open your mind and body to new possibilities.
Sukasana | Easy Pose
If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed from your daily routine, Sukasana (easy pose) helps slow your heart rate, promoting groundedness. While this yoga pose may sound “easy”, sitting in a meditative state is more difficult than you think.
Begin your yoga sequence in a cross-legged seated position, resting your hands (palms faced-up) on your knees. Close your eyes and clear your mind of of any outside noise or distractions. Use this time of quiet meditative reflection to concentrate on the rise and fall of your breath. Practice makes perfect – see how your focus improves each week!
Balasana | Child’s Pose
We live in a culture of uniformity, where it is almost frowned upon to express yourself through feelings and sensations. We added Child’s Pose (Balasana) to this yoga sequence to help align and balance the Sacral Chakra (2nd Chakra), the center of creativity. Other benefits of this yoga pose: it opens the hips and and lower abdomen and brings oxygen to the central nervous system.
To begin, spread your knees to the outside edges of your mat and bring your big toes to touch. Reach your arms forward and relax your forehead to the mat and breathe.
Adho Mukha Savasana | Downward-Facing Dog
Experiencing writer’s block or starting a new project that requires a boost in creativity? Adho Mukha Savasana (Downward-Facing Dog) is a simple yoga pose that can be done at home or work. Adding this yoga sequence to your daily workout routine will not only increase brain power, but will help improve your clarity of mind since it delivers a dose of fresh oxygen to the central nervous system.
From Child’s Pose, come to table top position and bring your hands and feet stacked shoulder-width apart. Press down through your heels and lengthen through your spine, relaxing your gaze to the back of the wall. Let your neck hang heavy as you inhale to lengthen and slowly exhale, brining your heels closer to the mat. Don’t worry if your heels don’t touch the mat just yet, practice makes perfect!
Garudasana | Eagle’s Pose
Whether it’s a business goal you are trying to achieve or a personal accomplishment, having passion will get you closer to your goal. Add Garudasana (Eagle Pose) to your yoga sequence to activate your Sacral Chakra (2nd Chakra), your center for passion and creativity. This yoga pose promotes blood flow to the legs and sexual organs helping you let go of things that do not serve you.
Come to a chair pose and bring your right leg up and over the left, bending at the bottom knee. Wrap your ankle around your calf and tuck your right arm underneath your left, crossing your arms at the elbows and bring palms to touch. Keep your standing leg strong and bring weight into all four corners of your feet. Continue to sink deeper into your imaginary chair, squeezing both legs and arms as tight as you can like a sponge. (Repeat opposite side)
Salamba Sirsasana | Supported Headstand
Great ideas come from fresh perspectives. Salamba Sirasana (Supported Headstand) is a yoga pose that delivers fresh oxygen to the brain, awakening your inner creativity. Seeing the world literally up-side down will help open your mind to new possibilities that can benefit you both personally and professionally.
Start in a table top position, bringing your forehead to the mat. Cup your hands to support your head. Curl your toes, lift your hips and come onto your tip toes. Gently walk your feet in towards your chest and then lift one leg at a time (using your core), extending both legs over head.
Kapotasana | Pigeon Pose
Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) is a hip-opening yoga pose. The tighter our hip flexors are, the more closed off we become, causing us to bottle up emotions that do not serve us. This is an important addition to your yoga sequence as it will help you feel more balanced and connected to feelings and sensations you experience in daily life.
Start in a downward-facing dog position and bring your right knee to your right wrist crease. Relax your right hip to the floor and keep your front toes flexed to protect your knee. Keep your back leg straight and come onto your forearms. From there, relax your upper body slowly stretching your arms forward. Rest your forehead to the mat and continue to breathe noticing the slight pinch in your hip flexors. (Repeat opposite side)
Remember – if you need quick inspiration for a personal or business project, us this yoga sequence to boost creativity and stay happy and healthy all year long.