Yoga for Creative Thinking

by Vicki Salisbury, Yoga in the Parlour

Did you know that the history of “western style” thinking started in Europe with “The Gang of Three”, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? They presented techniques we still use to make sense of the world; analysis, argument and box ticking. These processes are unconscious, rarely creative and do not offer multiple solutions.
Creative thinking is something we can develop with yoga as we aim to be more present.  In The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar describes two types of thinking processes, one is deep within us and clear, the other is superficial and clouded. This obscured perception is Avidya. We think we see something and act or react in a predictable way based on our clouded perception.
The goal of yoga, according to Desikachar, is to reduce the fog of Avidya in order to think and then respond with more awareness. A regular yoga practice of mindful meditation follows the principle that we stay present in every moment to gain new awareness of our thinking, actions and reactions. Twists and lateral yoga poses, combined with specific pranayama and visualisation practices are tools to un-stick creativity. As we continue to practise we become less cloudy and free our creative mind, body and spirit.

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