Training the Body
How does "Flow", the mental state of operation by which we are completely absorbed in an activity, help us to train the body more effectively? If we take a look at some of the characteristics that are required in order for Flow to occur, we can see that the concept of being in the zone during an peak physical performance fits within Csíkszentmihályi's description of the flow experience.
Csíkszentmihályi described several factors that occur during that state of complete absorption:
- Complete concentration on the task
- Transformation of time (speeding up/slowing down of time)
- The experience is intrinsically rewarding, has an end itself
- There is a feeling of control over the task
During the flow state, people report being alert, in control, operating in the subconscious and working at the peak of their abilities. It is therefore an ideal state for focused practice provided that there is a balance between the challenge of the practice and the skill of the performer. If the challenge is low and our skill level is high, we may become bored, disinterested or so relaxed we lack any excitement. Conversely, if the challenge is high and our skill level is low, we may become anxious and feel apprehensive towards physical training.
So whether you are new to or getting back into exercise, you already train but want to maximise your performance or you are a competing athlete, at Flow in Yoga we can create the optimal physical development plan, specifically tailored to help you attain your flow state of optimal experience.