As a fellow in the University of Michigan's Center for Positive Organizations, I began to see great overlap between studying positive organizational psychology and my personal yoga practice. Both brought me to a state of flow, as I experienced effortless concentration and enjoyment in my task. As defined by Csikszentmihalyi, flow is a state of complete absorption with the activity at hand, where self-consciousness is lost, one surrenders completely to the moment, and time means nothing.
In uncovering my purpose to spread joy to those around me (see more about Joy Soldiers), I have decided to use my recent yoga teacher training certification, obsession with positive psychology, and love of teaching to help those around me find their flow.
Each week I will post a video or recording of a yoga class with a theme, laced together with threads of social science, positive psychology, and neuroscience. Movement for the mind.
This practice is built on Gretchen Spreitzer's two-part definition of thriving. Through research she has found that a person thrives when they are 1) learning, and 2) experience a sense of vitality (excess energy).
Flow^2 is intended to foster learning, helping us turn inward and engage in self-study while simultaneously looking outward at the world through the lens of positive psychology. Through meditation, intentional breathing, and bodily movement may we find ourselves more energetic than ever before.
Find flow through flow. Through learning and experienced vitality, begin to thrive. Welcome to your life. Welcome to Flow^2.
First flow coming: 1/20