My methods for improving creative flow are informed by art therapy, positive psychology, neuroscience, and yoga. You will tap your Creative Source using a combination of relaxation techniques and expressive art making (line art).
Yoga & Its Wisdom Teachings
Yoga allows you to quiet your mind so that you can HEAR THE VOICE of your Deep Inner Wisdom. It also offers an 8-limbed system for improved spiritual and emotional well being that anyone can do (no spandex required).
Expressive art making gives EXPRESSION to the voice of your Deep Inner Wisdom. You art holds the intelligence of ideas and solutions that are held in the subconscious mind, just waiting to be explored.
This method is a potent wellness solution AS WELL AS an unparalleled problem solving and planning resource. When you combine your creativity with yoga and its teachings, you can powerfully stimulate your Creative Flow!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is expressive art making?
Expressive art making is the use of line, color, texture and materials to express an emotion or idea. The final artwork is usually either abstract or symbolic. The emphasis is on expression, not perfection. There is no artistic skill needed to participate in this art form.
What are the benefits of making expressive art?
Clarity. As they say: a picture is worth a thousand words. The simplest line art or collage has the capacity to hold complex ideas that have yet to be sorted out. Once on the page, these ideas are easier to explore, organize, and articulate. The same holds true for art that expresses strong or complicated emotions.
Calmness. Studies show that heart and breath rates slow during the process of making expressive art. These automatic bodily functions are regulated by the autonomic nervous system, which has a higher baseline activity when you experience chronic stress or job pressure.
Relaxation. In addition to calming your nervous system, art making can reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
Self-Acceptance. When a complicated idea or emotion (or both) are expressed in a tangible way through making art, you become more present and familiar with the artwork’s subject matter. Self-acceptance is cultivated as you observe and honor the completed artwork as your truth.
How does yoga inform Creative Flow?
Yoga is a comprehensive system for well-being that extends well beyond stretching and poses (asana). Many of yoga’s teachings—such as self-observation without judgement (ishvar prahnadahna)—apply directly to expressive art making.
Meanwhile, yoga and expressive art making offer similar wellness benefits. Research demonstrates that both result in improved clarity and concentration; greater self-acceptance; reduced production of the stress hormone cortisol; reduced sympathetic nervous system activity; and a higher occurrence of personal satisfaction and happiness. All of these elements are associated with the experience of Flow.
I believe that when we intentionally combine our creativity with yoga and its teachings, we can powerfully stimulate FIERCE Creative Flow.
What if I can’t draw?
Expressive drawing and painting involves the intentional use of color, line and shape (think: intentional doodles). The emphasis is on expression, not perfection. This takes no skill, and anyone can do it (including you)!
Do I need special art supplies?
Special art supplies are not needed, unless you have them and want to use them. For most of the activities in my book and courses, all you need are markers and regular printer paper. I love to use sharpies, but any brand of marker or colored pencil will do. If you don’t have either, you can use a pencil or pen.
What if I’m not flexible?
In my courses, yoga informs the process of improving creative flow, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we get on a yoga mat. We might use things like deep, controlled breathing (pranayama); light chair-seated stretching (asana); and guided imagery (a form of dharana, or concentration). You have probably done these things before, without calling it Yoga. I promise, we keep all stretching easy and accessible… and absolutely no spandex is required.