Maybe you take the perfect #Winestagram without even trying. Perhaps making DIY pom pom pillows to upgrade your bedding ain鈥檛 no thang. But if you鈥檙e like the rest of us mere mortals, sometimes it doesn鈥檛 hurt to have a little expert help to boost your creativity. That鈥檚 why we reached out to top yoga instructors for their best moves to evoke some seriously beautiful inspiration. Read on, and maybe you鈥檒l even draw up one of these totally zen yoga tattoos after, using your newly found imaginative flow.


1. Move out of the 鈥渂ox.鈥 A simple but possible concept.鈥漌hen [your lower abdomen and pelvic area] is tight or constricted, creative inspiration ebbs. Modern living can add to this blockage; repetitive movements, walking, sitting, even exercises like biking reinforce a rigid linear body profile,鈥 says Diane West, Yoga Instructor at Mohonk Mountain House, a luxury resort and spa in New York鈥檚 idyllic Hudson Valley. 鈥淭hink of keeping your body within the outline of a box; you can move forward or back but not much else. Yoga poses that open the hips can help you move 鈥榦ut of the box,鈥 physically and spiritually.鈥 Grabbing hold of your waist with feet planted about shoulder distance apart, thrust your hips forward and hold for at least 10 seconds as you gently bend backwards. Returning to center, reach your left hand over your head and stretch to the right for five or so seconds, and repeat with your right hand. This will help open your joints and alleviate physical and emotional tension.

2. Banish mental fog by taking a seat. No, not hunched over your laptop at your desk, ladies. Rather, if you鈥檙e encountering mental blockage, try sitting in 鈥渆asy seated pose鈥 (also known as 鈥淪hkhasana鈥). 鈥淭o perform, sit up straight, extend your legs in front of your body, then cross your legs in front of you at your shins. Then, place each foot beneath the opposite knee and place your hands on your knees, palms down. Breath in and out through your nose and close your eyes for one to three minutes,鈥 shares Alexa Maytorena, an instructor at TruFusion in Las Vegas, Nevada. 鈥淭his simple pose allows one to focus a scattered mind, and once the mind is calm, creative thoughts can flow through.鈥

3. Try reclined bound-ankle pose. Yogis call it Supta Bada Konasana; we just call it a brilliant way to unleash those inspirational juices. 鈥淟ie on your back with knees bent, feet on the floor. Bring the soles of your feet together and let the knees fall open to the sides so the legs make a diamond shape. Rest your arms alongside your body or place left hand on your heart and right hand on your belly. Hold the pose for two to five minutes, breathing smoothly,鈥 suggests Rebecca Weible, Director and Founder of Yo Yoga! in New York City. West adds: 鈥淎llow gravity to assist in relaxing the hip flexors and relieving tension in the lower back area. So how does it help invoke a burst of innovation and originality? 鈥淭his restorative pose provides hip opening, which can help alleviate stress 鈥 creativity鈥檚 nemesis. Additionally, taking a few minutes to relax and focus on your breath promotes clarity of thought,鈥 Weible comments.

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4. Try this imagination-sparking sequence. 鈥淭hink of this as a series to do as a work break as opposed to three separate moves. I love the idea of moving and releasing to make room in your body and mind for more creative endeavors. Just like your body, your thoughts can get 鈥榮tuck,鈥 so try these moves to restore focus, breath and, of course, creativity,鈥 explains Rupa Mehta of The Nalini Method. 鈥淎) Rag Doll. By bending at the waist and folding over, you鈥檙e figuratively dumping the unproductive energy toward the floor! And, more literally, sitting for a long time can crunch your spine and posture, decreasing blood flow to the brain. So fold over, breathe deep, and elongate. B) Warrior 3. After you roll up from Rag Doll, having released any stress or stuck energy, it鈥檚 time to focus. Balance is a great way to connect strength with intention and purpose. While you hold this pose (for as long as is comfortable), try to keep a singular focus. This exercise will carry over to your work and help you to be present, so you don鈥檛 get distracted from your creativity! C) Seated Diamond Stretch. The intention here is to foster new ideas. Out with the old and in with the new! Sit comfortably on the floor with your feet touching and knees open in a diamond. Press your elbows into your knees to deepen the stretch and sit with breath and meditation in mind. I like this for creativity more than 鈥榚asy pose,鈥 because it offers a manageable challenge or discomfort, as many creative endeavors need to succeed,鈥 offers Mehta.

5. Strike a bridge pose. Channel that inner Madonna and get physical in this one, girls. 鈥淪tart by lying on your back with knees bent hip distance apart, and arms by your side with palms facing down. Use your leg strength and ground down through both heels to lift your hips up, pressing down through both palms,鈥 says Maytorena. 鈥淜eep your core engaged by pulling navel into spine to support your back muscles. This move boosts creativity because it stimulates the adrenals which help to energize and motivate us.鈥

6. Enjoy some quality time in Goddess pose. This pose is accessible to most people and an easy setup: 鈥淚t is not a static pose and therefore a good way to get started. Step your feet wide, turn your toes out, and sink your hips far enough to bring each knee over its corresponding ankle. Place your hands on your thighs and draw your tailbone down as the pelvis lifts. Breathe deeply and move side to side, shifting your weight back and forth. You can bend your arms at the elbows like goal posts, palms facing forward. As you move you may feel yourself sink deeper,鈥 offers West. 鈥淟ower back issues and tight hips are common issues for many people (including spa guests). Gentle hip openers can counteract the effects of sitting for prolonged periods and allow creativity to flow.鈥

7. Try 鈥淟ion鈥檚 breath.鈥 You don鈥檛 even need to be at the gym or on a yoga mat for this one. 鈥淲herever you are, take a big inhale through your nose,鈥 advises Lauren Imparato, founder and owner of the celebrated I.AM.YOU. Studio in New York City. 鈥淭hen exhale strongly out of your mouth sticking your tongue out. Maybe even shake your head fiercely; don鈥檛 be afraid to make some noise. Repeat one to five times as you see fit and you鈥檒l soon notice the release of whatever鈥檚 been holding you back in an infusion of fresh oxygen and energy to let your creative juices move forward.鈥

What鈥檚 your favorite stretch or yoga pose when you鈥檙e in a creative rut? Post a picture on Instagram and tag @BritandCo for a chance to be featured!

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