“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

Awareness

To be creative is to be alive. We are creative every day whether we know it or not. It comes through in how we respond to others, in what we wear, in how we prepare meals, in where we choose to live, in how we approach our practice both on and off the mat and in how we choose to share what we are the most passionate about with the world. What differs and what we need to figure out individually is how we can each express our truest selves. The good news is that just like in the way you express yoga poses, there is no right or wrong way to be creative. The not so good news and what comes up most often is moving past blocks that prevent us from tapping into our true authentic selves, the place our creativity lives and breathes.

Explore: Create your Sankalpa


Movement

Dance Release (Shake it out!)

Cultivate creativity through joy and movement.

Our bodies were designed to move, so let’s get moving. The best way I know to move and find your natural rhythm is to put on some great tunes and dance.  Any stress or tension that you may have in your body and mind has a magical way of disappearing once you start dancing. Don’t worry about looking silly, just close your eyes and start moving. It turns out there is no right and wrong to dancing, just movement and release. And once you release, ego goes away your creativity has free reign.

If dancing is not your thing, then find another form of exercise that allows you to release. 

PQ: What is one thing you are holding on to that you know you need to let go? 

PQ: What holds you back from taking action?

Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)

Dancers have the ability to cultivate grace and ease while confidently spinning around and making leaps across the floor. They are able to do this as a result of practicing inner focus, while training their bodies to be flexible, strong and balance. Lord of the Dance pose is a great pose to tap into your most creative, strong, balanced self.

Directions:

  1. Start out in mountain pose. 
  2. Rock forward and back on the balls of your feet and heels to root down and find your balance.
  3. On your next inhale, reach for your right ankle drawing the knee toward your standing leg.
  4. Inhale lift your left arm overhead.
  5. As you draw your foot up behind you, keep lifting your heart as you extend your arm out.

Variations:

  • Use a strap or scarf. Place around your right foot. Grab the strap with your right hand and lift up as you draw your elbow to your ear. 
  • Option- take your left hand and hold on to the strap or scarf with both hands

 Benefits:

  • Stretches the shoulders and chest
  • Stretches the thighs, groin, and abdomen
  • Strengthens the legs and ankles
  • Improves balance
  • Benefits from Yoga Journal

Nutrition

Time to have fun and create balanced meals in the kitchen. When it comes to diet, our bodies need 3 main macronutrients to make up a full meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and they are Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats. 

Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy. Good sources include unrefined whole grains (brown rice, wheat berries, millet, quinoa, barley, buckwheat and oats), fruits (whole fruits when possible), vegetables (any and all), legumes and beans.

Protein is responsible for growth, repair and defense of almost every molecule in our bodies, including hormones, neurotransmitters and enzymes. Good sources include Whey Protein (highest bio-availability), eggs, milk, fish, beef and poultry. 

Fats are essential for optimal health (heart, brain, etc), but only the right types and the right quantities. Good sources of healthy fats include salmon, trout, tuna, halibut, flaxseed, avocados, coconut and nuts (walnuts being among the best). 

Now that we know the basics, all we have to do is start combining them to make simple meals. 

Timing and how much

Generally, every 2-3 hours of waking life, have a small meal of a good combination of carbs, protein and fat- depending on your body type and constitution. Aim for 45-65% carbs, 10-35% protein and 20-35% fats daily, the ratios will reflect your goals. 

Each day should include 4-6 small meals to keep a steady stream of nutrients, blood sugar and energy running throughout your body.

Best ways to Prepare Foods

  • Baking
  • Steaming
  • Stewing
  • Stir-frying
  • Avoid microwaves whenever possible as it depletes nutrients

Mantra: I am …

(repeat your Sankalpa)

+ Spiraling Tools

Playlist: NS Create

Recommended Books:

Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change – Cleo Wase

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All  – Tom Kelley

Re-Create Your Life: Transforming Your Life And Your World With The Lefkoe Method – Morty Kefkoe

What’s Cooking: Creative Meal Ideas!