Thursday, November 26, 2015

Finding Flow Through Teaching

Teaching yoga provides me the "flow experience" psychologist Mihaly Czikszentmihali defines as "the feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task." It's when you do one of those things that spans hours yet feels like minutes. Maybe that's why my classes run a little long... and why I spend oodles of hours researching others' classes... or perfecting playlists... or creating sequences to lead the body and mind towards a greater sense of connectedness. Flow is based on the dual concepts of challenge & skill. It arrives when you are skilled and challenged to a high degree -- physically, mentally, or a combination thereof.