Hacking into creativity

Hacking into creativity
Cracking the code to enhance creative & innovative solutions in and out of the office.
Mindfulness within “Occupational” Rhiyz Yoga is sourcing the science of creativity and innovation.

Rhiyz Yoga founder Rebekah Debono through her professional and quality services is showing how Yoga, is truly so much more than just a physical practice & has brought a lot of irrefutable proof based on numerous studies and articles by experts and professionals highlighting a means to heighten innovative thinking, increased focus and the tangible effectiveness of its regular practice and inclusion.

Science is linking Mindful “Occupational” Yoga to heightened creativity, focus, coordination and attention. More businesses and corporations such as the Gaming industry in Malta and other large establishments are including a type of Yoga as a therapy within their four walls.

What could be the reason that something as unconventional as Yoga is being incorporated in the business structures of these co-orporates, their employees and other high profilers?

So what about the skeptics? Their questions are valid as they try to be more open to the intangible expression of mindful practices.

The ancient art of Yoga is thought to increase health and well being, but it has been a question on many professionals minds whether or not this vivid vibrant expression of the body, mind and soul broadens creativity and makes individuals more efficient at their practices.

“Do your practice and all is coming.” – Sri Kpatthabi Jois cited the Bhagvad cited by Sri Krishna Patthabi Jois Ashtanga teacher and mentor for 65 years up to his death in 2009.

All disciplines require practice, any routine such as public speaking, music, writing etc… all practices denote a better result and resonate progression as one project follows another through experimentation and ongoing improvement over time.

Insight elevates one’s perception and can inflate the expression of creativity according to Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar(14 December 1918 – 20 August 2014), better known as B.K.S. Iyengar, was the founder of the style of Yoga known as “Iyenger Yoga” and was considered one of the foremost Yoga teachers in the world.

He was the author of many books on Yoga practice and philosophy including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and Light on Life. Iyengar was one of the earliest students of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, who is often referred to as “the father of modern Yoga”.

According to Yoga teacher/practitioner and Holistic therapist Rebekah Debono of Rhiyz, Buddhist experts such as Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, B.K.S Iyenger, Patanjali, Sri Krishna Patthabi Jois to name a few have long known & practiced the synchronicity of breath,movement and its awareness which has become quite mainstream in our modern world.
Yoga and its variants, under its ancient principles and standards (over 2000 years old), according to the numerous practitioners, teachers and experts mentioned within, has gained much traction due to the fact that it resounds to the practice of mindfulness which is shown to enhance mental and physical health in many ways; for instance, by reducing stress, increasing well being and enhancing innovative thinking or the process of thoughts encompassing the cultivation and exploration of creative ideas.
From research, practices and experiences over the years, Rhiyz founder, has sourced some interesting life hacks that according to numerous scientists, doctors and experts like the American psychologist Robert Epstein, who earned his PHD at Harvard University, through his life time, have highlighted some very simple and innovative resources within their fields, where they have successfully outlined and uncovered through their research and studies, some truly remarkable ideals within the versatility of developing creativity that simply conclude that creativity results in innovation.
From my professional personal experiences within various educational fields as an educator, it was observed that within our everyday life, we face with a decent amount of challenges, some are familiar, in contrast, others require a little more attention to detail. However, stress has been observed to be a major factor that inhibits muse and muse is the seed of creativity. Another influential element that limits ones creative juices is non other than time.
The imagination and inspiration of the most creatively efficient person can be inhibited by only two elements, one is time and the other is stress.
According to Robert Epstein also author of “The Big Book of Creativity Games” (McGraw-Hill, 2000) “restrictions are detrimental to creative expression.”
Having had first hand practical experience as a professional for Rhiyz within the confinements of limited physical work spaces & learning environments over the years, it was noted that standardized establishments, as school classrooms and learning & work spaces fused with the formal format of social hands on skills management.
Restrictive, but necessary just like deadlines and contain all the compounds for a recipe to stagnation or inhibit an excel in creative flow.
According to Dr Andrew Agius MD MSc PGC Medical director of the Painclinic Malta “stress is one of the major causes of health problems…..effectively controlling stress could lead to a better quality of life.”
Dr Andrew Agius 2017 emphasized that stress and stress-related ailments are by far the commonest causes of visits to the family doctor.
Although a moderate amount of stress can be helpful short-term to improve performance, chronic stress can cause a lot of harm to the body.
During stress, the body releases cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline which help with blood sugar control and optimizing blood pressure and heart rate. However, when these hormones remain elevated for long periods, they can cause many of the complications associated with chronic stress such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Chronic stress also damages the body’s endocannabinoid system and this can result in increased pain sensitivity, insomnia, anxiety, depression, lack of focus and food cravings.
Dr Agius highlights relatable examples by emphasizing, the incidence of chronic pain and other stress-related complications are increasing. Life is nowadays becoming increasingly more complicated and stressful.
Toxic relationships, failed marriages, single working parents demanding corporate jobs, overtime and bank loans are just some of the many causes of chronic stress in today’s world.
He advises us to be responsible with time management, eating and sleeping well and making time for the right kind of exercise and other mindful activities are all very important to find an appropriate work-life balance that keeps stress levels under control.
He recommends that during exercise, the body produces neurotransmitters that help with pain control and mood elevation. Endorphins and endocannabinoids are secreted when the body is exerted with a certain level of intensity.
High impact exercise is more effective at secreting endocannabinoids and contact sports and high intensity interval training have both been found to be very effective at preventing and managing mild cases of depression and early cases of chronic pain.
He goes on to suggest that mindfulness meditation has been shown to be one the most effective therapies for stress reduction and pain management.
Mindfulness means focusing on the present and being aware of one’s surroundings. Being mindful helps calm the brain and improves management of pain, improves memory, makes you more alert, enhances thought processes and reduces stress. Learning to become mindful can be achieved through regular meditation, such as focusing on the breath for 10-20 minutes daily, or as part of an effective Yoga practice.
Finally, Dr Agius points out that Yoga by itself is a mindful exercise where the person stretches various parts of the body while being mindful of every move by connecting the breath to the movement. Besides the therapeutic effect of the Yoga practices gently stretching, the mindful component adds to the effect by providing better focus, increased blood flow to the brain, thus enhancing ones alertness & focus, improving memory and thought processes that can increase creative skills and assist pain relief.
Yoga therapy could be considered a very effective and efficient therapy for work-related stress management, especially, in persons who work at demanding corporate jobs and also those who sit at a desk all day, as it combines physical stretching, movement and mindfulness, providing the optimal combination for relief from symptoms.”
The above article was presented to Rhiyz by Dr Andrew Agius MD MSc PGC Medical director of the Painclinic Malta in November 2017, Dr Andrew Agius established an expert opinion which I have cited above from his experience, from the results of his case studies and through his innovative practices and services offered at the clinic surrounding the impact of stress and mindlessness.
Picture of Rhiyz Yoga Teacher Rebekah hosting a mindful Occupational Yoga session practicing alternate nostril breathing said to increase focus and heighten attention. This session was presented to the doctors of Mount Carmel psychiatric hospital as part of a stress relief project for their staff in Summer 2017
“As breath stills our mind, our energies are free to unhook from the senses and bend inward” B.KS Iyenger Light on Yoga published in 1966 and issued 32 editions.
From my experience as a Yoga Alliance professional and Holistic practitioner for Rhiyz within the field of posture and alignment I have come across numerous predicaments through clients progression and ailments that stem mostly from restrictive environments, posture related issues and

stress related circumstances that generally can take their toll physically and psychologically in a form of either lethargy, poor performance, reduction in efficiency, deflect proactivity and decrease creativity.

The inclusion of wellness & exercise or physical movement in the form of diverse disciplines, can counter balance the impact of the detriment by alleviating stress and igniting a pivotal gap for creativity.

Picture from a mindfulness exercise done in 2015 April while back packing around Iwacki Fukushima in Japan.
“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun” B.K.S Iyenger considered a foremost teacher of Yoga, founder of Iyenger Yoga & author of many books on Yoga practice from 1952 – 2014.
In 2017 Rachel Taylor-East MD MSc MRCPsych Consultant Psychiatrist Mental Health Services Mount Carmel Hospital cited from her expert opinion through her studies, research and experience, the impact and influence of mindful Yoga practices on well-being, attention, focus, stress, motivation and inclusion.
She emphasizes that “Through Yoga, one is able to increase their attention span……….. With Yoga practice, a person may be able to sustain their attention for a longer time
and with greater ease.” and continues by saying that “As a mental health professional, I am interested in holistic approaches to improving one’s psychological well-being. This year, Yoga was introduced on the acute in-patient ward where I practice. I have been pleased with the feedback received, and encourage my patients to attend.”
Fundamentally, it is understood that a person can benefit in a number of ways through Yoga. Firstly, Yoga has a calming affect, which is often helpful for people who are anxious, agitated or simply find it difficult to relax. Especially when deadlines need to be met, one can feel restless. Through
breathing exercises (also commonly used in psychotherapy), and cleansing techniques, individuals are said to gain the ability to reduce their tension.
Dr Taylor-East expresses how “Yoga can also offer someone a sense of security. Not only does it do that through regular meetings, and socializing with group members, but also in a form of devotion or surrender to an ideal being.
This may help the person have a feeling of security, reassurance and serve as an anchor in challenging times. Sometimes it is difficult to get a person with or even without mental illness to feel motivated to do these yoga practices, but when gently persuaded they often begin to enjoy the practice and they are eager to carry on.”

By living life in all its perspectives, it is understood that all demands require individuals to initiate innovative thinking as a means to prevail over a challenge of whatever kind.

It is absolutely impossible, to manoeuvre our way through the spontaneous quantum of life, balancing through the

demands and requirements on a personal and professional level without creative & innovative challenge resolving tactics.
“Creativity is something that anyone can cultivate” Robert Epstein author of “The Big Book of Creativity Games” (McGraw-Hill, 2000)
Therefore in a nutshell, habitually sewing seeds may reap a harvest of creative fruit but what means can one choose to cultivate habits that will produce creative outcomes.
“As strange as it sounds, creativity can become a habit,” as cited by creativity researcher Jonathan Plucker, PhD, a psychology professor at Indiana University. In 2015 “Making it one, helps you become more productive.”
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Basically, this research denotes that creativity enhancement systems result in the establishment of the creativity process which leads to innovations, superior performance, heightened motivation, improved quality and an increase in productivity.
“Whenever one object exerts a force on a second object, there is an exertion of equal and opposite force back on the first object” Newtons 3rd Law established in 1666.
Robert Epstein had conducted some research on some well researched skills at The University California in San Diego USA in 2003, maintaining that the implementation and regular practice of some core ability exercises could cultivate ideas and unlock creativity through their inclusion.
His research on creativity and innovation has been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times and Discover during this period.
According to this 2003 research and my practical hands on experience within the wellness field, broadening knowledge resonates soundly with the inclusion of mindful “Occupational” Yoga techniques and can be associated with the inclusion of a diverse activity and the implementation of unrelated matter, which aside from hacking into the creative mind gap also taps into physical and mental health benefits.
“You will do better in your major and life if you broaden your knowledge.” Robert Epstein 1996 www.psycologytoday.com

Open mindedness – somehow creating a gap from your related field unlocks a diversification of information for interconnection which its thought of as the foundation of creative thought.

Strategies to expand knowledge resonate well with outsourcing and implementing activities and things like food, wellness and health or well being, distributing external media or individual elements, outsource disciplines, varied and unrelated to work, team building activities, etc.. for example team enhancing practices, practical unfamiliar tasks such as mindfulness exercises, that are absolutely unrelated to your workplace themes and majors.

Photo inset Rebekah Debono founder for Rhiyz Yoga holding a Gyana Mudra which is a hand gesture related to focus & creativity in Yoga practices 2017 photo shoot for Rhiyz Yoga
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way” Edward Debono Maltese psychologist, author, inventor & physician also founder of the term Lateral Thinking. 2008 six thinking hats.

An article highlighted through a study at UCLA, that Yoga practitioners spend more time in the Alpha state and have increased memory, creativity and intuition. Through Yogic breathing practices an increased activity at the frontal cortex of the brain causes Alpha brain waves to be heightened.

Alpha brain states are also known to lower stress levels and increase creativity. In a nut shell an Alpha brain state initiates brilliant ideas and assists athletes to centere themselves when the pressure is on.

As a professional practitioner for Rhiyz, I can confirm the above from my own experience. However so, it is clearer according to this really interesting study published by the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience in February 2012 by the UCLA researchers.

This study was founded on a selection of cases who meditated regularly, seldom and people who had never done tried it previously.

Through the MRI results, an astounding heightened level of gyrification (a fold in the cerebral cortex connected with fast information processing and brain efficiency and effectiveness) was recorded and the longer the meditation went on, the more this gyrification was heightened.
Image published by the Frontiers in Human NeuroScience in February 2012 by the UCLA researcher
“Do not contract your brain when you need to stretch your body” B.K.S Iyenger light on Yoga 1966
Picture inset at Iwacki Fukushima Japan aquarium 2016 creative movement
Rhiyz Yoga Founder also comments that today, human resources present different challenges and require diverse problem solving techniques which encompass equilibrium in and out of work spaces.
According to this argumentation, embracing individuality within a board and enhancing personal and professional goal achieving objectives through the release of creativity and innovative ideas, adorned through innovative practices have been proven and highlighted to blossom into new ideas which result in evident evolution and growth.
Rhiyz founder emphasizes through the research and references presented within this article, that all these elements mentioned, encompass an efficiency in the influence of intelligent “Occupational” Rhiyz Yoga techniques that may have an incredible physical and mental impact on the workforce of all businesses, corporations, companies and establishments that require physical entities & themselves to produce the fruit of their passion towards what they do, whether a CEO or the PA, a customer care rep or a banker, an office worker or a receptionist, each hold the standard and structure of the hive, where all personnel are required to perform, produce and create strategies of maintenance, development and efficiency through their endeavours during their working hours.
All things considered, it is clearly supported through research that the cultivation of diversification within and without a work space can benefit an entire workforce astoundingly through the inclusion of professionally led mindful “Occupational” Yoga.
Fundamentally, according to the critical interpretations of the studies and research of the professionals, experts and teachers who have made their observations and established concrete evidence through the matter, also recommend the inclusion of a diverse practice unrelated to ones common practice in life that has the potential to benefit the core, the body & the roots of individuals and in groups within establishments and organizations in order to crack the code to enhance creative flow and maintain a balance of physical and mental health, thus making a team, union, board or body more creatively inclined, innovative, sustainable, productive and durable.

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