Flow arts are forms of movement and dance that utilize props to enter a state of flow, described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. Flow arts props include poi, staff and hoops; dancers manipulate props to add to the expressive qualities of their dance. The result is an awe-inspiring visual spectacle of improvised movement that inspires an audience to reconsider kinetic possibilities.
The Flow State, a psychological phenomenon or aspect of consciousness, was described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi as an exhilarating transcendent way of being in which effortless control and peak skill seem to erase a sense of time. It's the state of consciousness people describe as being 'in the zone' or 'zen'. The FLOW state has been characterized by a number of factors, including the following components: • Intense and focused concentration on the present moment • Merging of action and awareness • A loss of reflective self-consciousness • A sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity • A distortion of temporal experience, one's subjective experience of time is altered • Experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, (also referred to as autotelic experience).... basically, FLOW is the state where you are CONNECTED, ENGAGED, AWARE, AWAKE, JUICY, ALIVE, CREATIVE, PRECISE, BALANCED, INSPIRED, LIMITLESS, RESPONSIVE, FOCUSED... it is the optimal psychological state of being!