YUP!  Yoga for when you're crazy.  I've got to be honest (as a yoga teacher) I am well versed (perhaps not well practiced) in the "arrival at the mat" and breathing-flow at the start of a yoga practice, but since I'm on a crazy-creative-mind-F of a level every day, I can't slip into that attentive zone unless it's in a class guided by another teacher.  So when I'm practicing alone - as I do daily even if for just 5 mins - I require an aide to get into THAT zone.  And for me every time... it is music. 

Yes I am nuts about music, dance, and movement so using these things to get my stress-head into the calmer yoga-mat zone to calm my shit WORKS! 

It's all very well being and feeling yoga-guru like but that ain't life for me.  I'm a parent, I live alone, and I manage all my own shit SO I'm not floating around with baggy pants and a kale laté in my flask.  (I am sometimes). 

Music choice is usually Jhene Aiko or something soulful to flow to.  I'll usually stand in front of my bedroom mirror and just do some standing stretches and breathing in time to music.  And voila ... before I know it I am in plank or downward dog on my mat and I feel much calmer to get into a familiar yoga sequence (whether I want to sweat it out or just condition). 

NOW ... this bit applies to ALL crazies (especially gym workout crazy ones).  If you've managed to slow your breathing down and calm your nervous system during your workout, you'll be quite happy to WARM DOWN.  Why is this bit so important?  I consider it to be the best stress relief part of a routine called SAVASANA - corpse pose.  But my equivalent can be a load of calming and grounding yoga poses on the mat at the end.  I pretty much feel the most present I have felt in the whole of my mad week.   

Why is this approach to yoga and our workouts SO crucial for us crazy creatives? 

In order to create we really need distance from how active we are and can get.  It only enhances our creativity to create some space in our bodies, minds, and in our lives.  You can always return to being a demon in your workspace and work every hour of the day and night, but this slower and more present space brings unlimited flow.  BUT try to resist jumping out of that slower and calmer state to write down any ideas you get.  I promise you ... you won't lose them.  Your mind will be in a much more grounded state provided you let it SLOW DOWN YOU CRAZY DEMON! 

I'm planning on doing some yoga sessions (like described above) with some creative buddies of mine in and around Croydon and South London.  Keep your eyes peeled for notifications on my IG!   

I'm not about to "namaste" you - don't worry.  See your crazy ass laters.  

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