We all have our good days and bad days, but how amazing is it when you just feel “on”: Your brain isn’t foggy and you are focused on your work. You feel fit and energized and you’re loving life. It’s a great feeling and one that doesn’t typically last, but one that we hope we can replicate.
There is a name for this feeling: Flow. Flow is described as an experience that is genuinely satisfying. People typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In some instances, you can feel as though you almost don’t exist as you’re too deep “in the zone”.
Flow is not a new concept. It’s been around for yonks in the psychology world, but many of us are just hearing about it now. Why? Because it’s also one of the key components of happiness.
So, how do we enter a state of Flow you ask?
A state of Flow is achieved when you strike the perfect balance between skills and challenge. Therefore, to achieve a state of flow, you need to find an activity that you find challenging – such as your work, surfing or playing an instrument. You also need to get some skills to undertake that activity so you don’t become overwhelmed or bored. You need to be able to be mindful and immerse yourself completely in the task. There are always going to be things to do and places to go, but tell yourself there is nowhere to be except this present moment. Eliminate all distractions and allow yourself adequate time for the activity.
Yoga is a great opportunity to practice a state of Flow. You can undertake a class in a studio, where the class will run for a specific duration and often be in a nice environment, free from distractions. Yoga is an ongoing challenge but also requires some skills, striking a great balance between the two. You can listen to your teacher’s instructions, but be completely immersed in the practice, focusing completely on your movement and your breath.
Yellow Willow yoga products aim to enhance the yoga experience by helping you to remain immersed in the moment, free from distractions which may occur during your practice.
Go forth and Flow!