Why Should You Cultivate Your Creativity? And What Does Yoga Have To Do With It?

“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about... say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.”

~Jalaluddin Rumi

When I first started thinking about creativity, it was from a place of longing, a place of realizing that there was huge part of myself that I was neglecting.

I wanted to paint, to draw, to write and to play music. To express. And express vibrantly.

I could see myself standing up in front of a big easel with a large paint brush, moving wide swaths of magenta and turquoise on a canvas or having a guitar jam session with a friend.

But I had no clue how to access the inner wellspring from which all creativity comes from. My ability to express myself vibrantly via any medium had been hijacked by PTSD from childhood abandonment and neglect layered with a domestic violence experience. Much of my adult life has revolved around healing from those experiences so that I can live the rich, full and fun life I deserve.

This healing is what led me to yoga in the first place. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2 tells us that “yogas chitta vritti nirodhah”, or yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind. All of the practices of yoga are designed to get us closer to that goal-the postures help us find ease in the body, the breathwork settles our mind and manages our energy, the yamas and the niyamas help us to avoid creating stress and conflict in our relationships with ourselves and society and the meditation practices—well, they are self-explanatory.