Let’s start each month with new intention, inspiration and new perspective. Keeping our beautiful tradition going, we are sharing this month’s theme at the studio which is – The state of flow.
„Be like water. Empty your mind; be formless, shapeless like water. If you put water into a cup it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend”. ~Bruce Lee.
In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.
Inspired by this beautiful article by Cath Witten on DoYouYoga we decided to share this topic with you and explore more of this state of flow in yoga and in life.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist who recognised and named the psychological concept of flow, in his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, outlines his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow—a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he is doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored. [source – wikipedia]
In the academic world we call it focus. In the positive psychology world, this total immersion in an activity or being lost in the moment is called flow.
Flow is defined as the state of being completely engrossed in the execution of a performance to the exclusion of everything else.
Flow is achieved when body, mind, and spirit are at one, when the present moment is so compelling that everything else disappears. Time slows, ego dissolves, and fear fades. The state of flow is a meditation. It is this state that we hope to achieve during our practice of asana.
We invite you to set an intention for March month and explore your personal state of balance. What does entering into a state of flow mean for you?