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10 Yoga Poses To Spike Your Creative Juices

10 Yoga Poses To Spike Your Creative Juices

From the Vinyasa Flow to Power Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga to Hatha Yoga, there are many styles of yoga practices to channel the energies of the body and harmonize your senses. Yoga is a means to happy and healthy living. Yoga poses from simple asana poses, like Pranayama (the Lotus Pose), to complicated ones, like Sarvangasana and Trikonasana, there are many difference styles of yoga that can all give you internal and external health benefits.

Yoga is just about as effective for mental health problems as it is for physical disorders and diseases. Every disease or condition under the sun has a cure with the help of regular yoga practices, including hypertension, back pain, depression, anxiety, and even cancer. Yoga can increase hemoglobin levels that improve blood flow and the oxygenation of the body.

Through practice, you can decrease your resting heart rate and raise stamina levels. Yoga nurtures your body, heals your mind, and nourishes your soul. Given the mind-body connection, it is not surprising that yoga offers multiple benefits for its practitioners.

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Bharadvajasana

Ideal for stretching the hips, shoulders, and spine, Bharadvajasana is one of the twisting poses that comes with mental benefits while delivering physical impact to the body.

Mental Benefits:

  • Focuses on balancing the mind.
  • Spinal mobility brings mental comfort.
  • Twisting helps release tension in the back, shoulders, and chest, dispelling anxiety.
  • Balanced emotions lead to richer imagination and more scope for creative thinking.

Other Advantages

  • Increases blood flow to the digestive organs.
  • Massages the abdominal organs.
  • Lowers stress and enhances digestion
  • Strengthens the lower back, making it excellent for women in their second trimester of pregnancy
  • Serves to alleviate pain and stiffness felt in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Vajrasana

Varjrasana is one of the more calming poses and leads to feelings of relaxation. This asana is also called the Rock Pose because it stabilizes the body and cultivates an inner sense of patience. The pose requires sitting on the heels of the feet, which permits the body to keep its spine straight. Other names for Vajrasana include Diamond Pose, Thunderbolt Pose, Pelvic Pose, Kneeling Pose, and the Adamantine Pose.

Mental Benefits:

  • Calms the mind.
  • Relaxes the senses.
  • Opens the mind for innovative thinking.

Other Advantages:

  • Helps in digestion and prevents hips from becoming heavy.
  • Relieves constipation and fights gastric troubles.
  • Improves blood circulation in the body.
  • Helps with weight loss.
  • Cures urinary incontinence.
  • Combats acid reflux.
  • Tones and shapes the muscles of the body, such as the hips, thighs, and calf muscles.

Dhanurasana

Derived from the Sanskrit word Dhanur which means “bow” and asana which means “seat”, the Bow Pose captures the benefits of Cobra and Locust poses. It has benefits of two yoga asanas combined into one.

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Mental Benefits:

  • Helps to energize the body.
  • Enables the mind to become activated
  • Lowers stress.
  • Shakes off lethargy, breathing in creativity and new ideas.

Other Advantages:

  • Improves the functioning of internal organs such as the liver, small and large intestine and pancreas.
  • Strengthens the ankles, chest, thighs, groin, spinal column, and abdominal organs.
  • Relieves asthmatic symptoms.
  • Stimulates the reproductive organs.
  • Overcomes lethargy, working directly on the solar plexus in the naval region, energizing the chakras.
  • Tones the body and cleanses the blood.

Sarvangasana

Sarva means “entire,” Ang means “body,” and asana means “posture.” This is known as the Queen or Mother of all asanas because it energizes every part of the human body and stimulates it. Sarvangasana is a complicated pose to perform, but its benefits are just as diverse and intricate.

Mental Benefits:

  • Stretches the nervous system and activates the chakras of the body opening the imagination by energizing the mind.
  • Calms the brain and the nervous system, relieving stress and tension.
  • Opens the mind to positive influences.

Other Advantages:

  • Stimulates the thyroid gland as well as the pituitary and adrenal glands.
  • Does away with constipation, headache, indigestion, and stomach pain.
  • Stabilizes the blood pressure and improves the heart rate.
  • Ear, nose and throat disorders can be combated through this asana.
  • Treats insomnia and provides vigor and strength to the body.

Tadasana

Tada means “mountain” or “palm tree.” Consequently, this is known as the Mountain or Palm Tree Pose. Tadasana is one of the subtle poses that stimulates and adds fire the creative imagination.

Mental Benefits:

  • This asana expels dullness and lethargy.
  • Staves off depression.
  • Harmonizes the body and the mind.
  • Increases energy and enthusiasm.

Other Advantages:

  • Improves posture.
  • Strengthens thighs, ankles and knees.
  • Steadies the respiratory system and improves awareness.
  • Removes sciatica and develops strength and flexibility in the spine
  • Staves off menstruation problems.
  • Combats issues from flat feet.

Surya Namaskar

This is the beginning of any yoga routine. It is a salute to the Sun God. This asana is made for connecting to God and the Divine early in the morning. This is a series of asanas a part of the Hatha Yoga.

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Mental Benefits:

  • Freedom from stress.
  • Greater clarity and imagination.
  • Alertness and mental strength.

Other Advantages:

  • Aligns the body.
  • Stimulates the different organs and internally massages them.
  • Build the core and shoulder strength.

Balaasana

This is the Child’s pose. Simple and elegant, it calms and soothes the mind. This pose also loosens constricted limbs.

Mental Benefits:

  • Encourages child-like creativity and imagination.
  • Opens the mind to new thoughts and ideas.

Other Advantages:

  • Helps develop strong thighs, ankles, and hips.
  • Helps to overcome stress and enhances blood circulation.
  • Reduces back pain.

Bridge Pose

This is one of the most challenging, yet uplifting poses.

Mental Benefits:

  • Alleviates stress and depression.
  • Stabilizes emotions and fires up creativity.

Other Advantages:

  • Stimulates the inner organs, such as the lungs and thyroid
  • Opens up the chest and strengthens the legs

Shavaasana

This is also known as the Corpse Pose. Shavaasana ends all yoga routines. It improves meditation and enhances positive visual imagery.

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Mental Benefits:

  • Boosts mental health.
  • Eases the body and relaxes the limbs.
  • Allows free flow of ideas and prevents a creative block.

Other Advantages:

  • Curbs indigestion, constipation, diabetes, and asthma.
  • Improves concentration and mental health while relaxing the body.
  • Stimulates the blood flow

Warrior Pose

Warrior Pose has three variations and each of them have mental and physical benefits.

Warrior I

Mental Benefits:

  • Boosts body awareness, strengthens body-mind awareness.
  • Improves perceptual skills.
  • Great for opening the heart and developing courage.

Other Advantages:

  • Strengthens the limbs and glutes, building core power.
  • Opens the chest and facilitates internal rotation of the leg.

Warrior II & III

Mental Benefits:

  • Dissolves excess tension and provides stability and integrity.
  • Emotional balance and stability are promoted.

Other Advantages:

  • Exercises every muscle in the body.
  • Massages the internal organs of the body.

Yoga is a path to the light, but it is also a means of harnessing the creative power of imagination. The mind undergoes changes that impact the senses and harmonize and balance the soul, which in turn allows you to manifest creative capabilities.

These yoga asanas can help you make a movement towards the divine fire of all imagination possible. It also makes a way to open the door to good mental and physical health. Use yoga to let go of stress and heal the mind from within. Your body and creative mind will thank you for it.

Featured photo credit: Dr. Elaine via drelaine.com

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Published on April 7, 2021

6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

6 Signs Of A Controlling Person To Be Aware Of

Some of the most manipulative people are so good at what they do that their words and actions can convince you into thinking they truly care about what’s best for you when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. The most common signs of a controlling person are rarely obvious to outside observers. And for someone enmeshed in a controlling relationship or friendship, it can be incredibly challenging to stay away from this toxic person, even if you’re aware of their emotionally abusive tendencies.

While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether to preserve or leave a lopsided, unfulfilling relationship, it’s nevertheless critical to understand the following six signs of controlling people so you can better advocate for yourself and mitigate the influence of their manipulative tendencies in your own life.

1. They Push Their Own Personal Agenda

Do you know someone who always tries to micromanage the words, behaviors, and attitudes of people around them? Does this person act like they have the right to know anything they want about you, including your location, what you’re doing in a given moment, who you’re talking to online, or any other private information about you? And when planning events and special occasions, does this person dominate conversations, steer plans in their own preferred directions, disparage others’ suggestions, and refuse to collaborate with anyone who might disagree with them?

If you answered “yes” to some of the above questions, then those are clear signs of a controlling person whom you absolutely need to be cautious around. Controlling people are reluctant to even consider alternative ideas, let alone enthusiastically work with people who have differing views. They prefer to be the captain of every ship—regardless of how much or how little an issue personally impacts them—and they have an arsenal of manipulative tactics to deploy if someone stands in the way of them achieving their own personal agendas.

In long-term relationships with controlling people, you may feel constantly pressured to meet their demands, follow their schedule, and focus on whatever they feel is most important. It’s not an exaggeration to say that these people act like the universe revolves around them, which can be exhausting to deal with for their family members, friends, and colleagues.

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2. They Make Everything Transactional

Controlling people aren’t always self-centered, but they’re not too empathetic either. Empathy for them tends to appear in the form of strategic concessions they use as a means to get what they want. They typically view interpersonal relationships as transactional opportunities to extract more value from people surrounding them, which can have a draining effect on those they interact with.

For example, one sign of a controlling person may be their insistence on “keeping score.” This can involve doing nice things for you with the ulterior motive of demanding something from you at a later date in exchange for what you thought was just an act of kindness or a friendly support.

Perhaps they shower you in praise (also known as “love-bombing”) or gifts then blow up at you if you don’t intuitively know they’re expecting something back from you. None of us are mind-readers, but controlling people behave as though everyone else should think and act like they want others to and those who fall out of line are punished for failing to meet their impossible expectations.

A controlling person may also threaten to withhold support if you don’t adhere to their demands, but they do so in such subtle ways that the guilt they impose blinds you from the unreasonable nature of their behaviors.

Some statements to be wary of include:

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  • “I did ___________ for you. What do you mean you can’t do ___________ for me?”
  • “Remember how I helped you with ___________? That took a lot of time and energy from me, but I guess you didn’t appreciate my help.”
  • “I always give you ___________. Don’t you care about my needs too?”
  • “You’re so selfish!” or “You don’t care about me at all!” (gaslighting if you respond with hesitation or politely decline their request for help for perfectly valid reasons, such as not having enough time or resources to assist them)

3. They Criticize Everything

One of the most common telltale signs of a controlling person is their capacity to criticize anything and everything, even small things that seemingly don’t matter. As with many toxic traits in relationships, these problems typically start out so small that you may not even notice. At first, you may even agree with their criticism or at least be able to understand their perspective when they bring up an issue.

However, the criticism tends to get more intense, more constant, and more perplexing for people who maintain relationships with controlling people. You’ll likely notice how they rarely seem to criticize something they do. It’s almost always other-oriented and these types of people are so manipulative that any rationale they offer can seem plausibly legitimate.

Some warning signs of a controlling person who’s overly critical to the point of abusiveness include:

  • Criticizing things about you that you have little to no control over (e.g., appearance, disability, family)
  • Criticizing your personal choices and interests, such as educational pursuits, career, clothing, favorite music, time spent on your hobbies, etc.
  • Punishing you for expressing vulnerability by invalidating thoughts and feelings you share with them
  • Attacking you whenever you express an opinion counter to theirs

4. They Balk When Someone Criticizes Them

We all know the adage, “what goes around, comes around.” But this statement doesn’t apply as much to toxic, controlling people. They’d much prefer to dish out criticism without ever having to take it in return.

For instance, if your friend constantly talks about your appearance with little regard for your emotions but flips out if you make just a single comment about their appearance, there’s a possibility that they could have some hidden controlling tendencies left unchecked. Remember, these people aren’t just controlling in their behaviors towards others. They’re also actively trying to stay in complete control over every aspect of their lives, which includes how others view them.

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This seemingly insatiable desire for control can prompt them to lash out against even the smallest bits of criticism, leaving people around them too weary or scared to speak up again in the future. While it’s possible they may suffer from something called rejection sensitivity dysphoria, this does not excuse them from the consequences of their words and actions. They should seek professional help to better manage their reactions to criticism.

5. They Socially Isolate You

Not all controlling people do this, but for manipulative narcissists, socially isolating victims is a go-to strategy for maintaining control because it’s effective at preventing people from truly understanding how toxic their partner, family member, or friend is treating them. Think of it this way—if you don’t talk to many other people in your life, there’s less of a risk that you’ll damage their reputation by revealing their abusive tendencies.

Socially isolating others also gives the person more control over you and your life as it becomes more difficult to break away from them if you don’t have other healthier channels of communication and interpersonal support to turn to.

This process doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it something you can readily recognize as abusive. At first, it may seem reasonable, such as asking you to stop engaging so often with family members with whom both of you disagree on major social or political issues. As the social isolation progresses, they may suggest cutting people out of your life—especially if they don’t like that person, regardless of how you personally feel—or even conjure up high-stakes problems like “it’s me or them” under the guise of saving you from people in your life whom they don’t like for whatever reason.

In a controlling person’s life narrative, they’re always the protagonist who’s incapable of any wrongdoing. The blame is always redirected at someone else, whether that’s you or other people in your life. The more they isolate you from other supportive people in your life, the more susceptible you’ll be to falsely believing that they’re right and you “don’t need” your other friends and family when you have someone as perfect as this person.

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6. They’re Emotionally Abusive

It’s hard enough to be in control of your own emotions but when someone else is constantly belittling you and your interests or leveraging guilt and shame to manipulate you into saying or doing what they want, this can make it even more challenging to stay in control of your own life and emotional well-being.

Emotional abuse is another sign of a controlling person that is often overlooked in relationships. After all, human personalities vary widely in terms of passivity, and it’s not uncommon for one person in a relationship to be significantly more passive than the other. This becomes an issue when the controlling partner or friend exudes signs of emotional abuse, which can start subtly and become much more pronounced over time.

Concerning signs of emotionally abusive language or behavior to watch out for include:

  • Dismissing your needs and/or belittling your interests in counterproductive ways
  • Privately or publicly shaming or humiliating you
  • Making you feel as though you can never live up to their expectations or do anything right (according to their own vague, subjective standards)
  • Gaslighting you into thinking they said or did something that never actually happened (making you question your own reality)

Final Thoughts

It’s sometimes hard to see the negative things about someone with whom we have a relationship. We may sometimes unconsciously overlook the signs of a controlling person, especially if that person is someone we have known for a long time or are close to us. However, cutting them off your life is the best thing you can do for yourself. Just watch out for these six signs of a controlling person and take immediate action when you spot them.

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