Photo by: Lululemon Athletica
As my friends and family know, I’ve become a yoga addict in the last year of my life. I’ve found it to be remarkably transforming, calming and, to be honest, a really great workout.
In fact, my goal over the next 3 years is to be as successful a designer/illustrator as I can be to pay for yoga school. It’s been that transformative for me.
Here are a few insights I’ve gained about the design world, from the hours I’ve spent sweating in yoga studios.
In yoga, we visualize ourselves completing a difficult sequence of moves or a pose that requires an intense amount of concentration, before attempting the pose. We emotionally connect to it, believe we’ve done it, even before we try. After awhile, we gain mental confidence in our ability to complete this sequence or pose and after trying for a few days or weeks (tight hamstrings are pestilent), it happens. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that we’re prepared to handle it when we get there because we’ve been there, mentally, hundreds of times.
“Drishti is a Sanskrit word that comes from yoga. The practice of Drishti is a gazing technique that develops concentration and teaches you to see the world as it really is.” (source)
This has bountiful amounts of advantages in the design industry since everything you touch, see, taste, smell, experience and life…is designed. What is a designer that can’t see the world for what it truly is?
Clients, strip away constraints around what you think your business should look like, and go deeper to what makes you want to be in that vein of business. There is great inspiration in truth!
Designers, listen to your clients. Start a conversation with them about what makes them tick and why they want to do what they’re doing. Be open to ideas and different opinions, you never know where inspiration will strike!
3) Love the floor, like never before
In yoga, we always end with a meditational pose called, Savasana, where we lie on our mats and go into ourselves, quiet our thoughts and thank our bodies and minds, spirits and souls (if you’re into that sort of thing) for where we are today, what we’ve experienced, then trapse into nothingness for a few seconds to find clarity.
If you’re confused or overwhelmed, sit quietly in your office chair, or lie on the floor. Thank your mind and body for giving you the opportunity you have, even if it may seem like more of a bad thing than a good one. Spend a few seconds being thankful, then slip into nothingness, stay there until your body is satisfied, and come back to it with a positive view and hopefully, a little clarity.