April 3, 2017

FLOW, also known as THE ZONE, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.

Six factors encompassing the experience of flow:
1. intense and focused concentration on the present moment
2. merging of action and awareness
3. a loss of reflective self-consciousness
4. a sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
5. a distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
6. experience of the activity is intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience

“The similarities between Yoga and FLOW are extremely strong; in fact it makes sense to think of Yoga as a very thoroughly planned flow activity. Both try to achieve a joyous, self-forgetful involvement through concentration, which in turn is made possible by a discipline of the body.”
(Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

State of FLOW: the fusion of the body and mind, where time ceases and things happen by themselves.
(Breatheology – The Art of Conscious Breathing, by Stig Avall Severinsen)