Yoga Meets Creativity

In Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi presents “flow” as integral to the creative process. He describes flow as an experience involving risk and novelty in which an individual embodies an “almost automatic, effortless, yet highly focused state of consciousness.” Second to focus, this fluid attention so conducive to creativity requires enjoyment. Computer science pioneer Margaret Butler stressed, “Unless I also enjoy the task, my mind is not fully concentrated… split attention, o[r] half-hearted involvement, is incompatible with creativity.” (Csikszentmihalyi 76). In advocating yoga to increase creativity, this article adopts the widely-accepted notion […]

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