What is Flow?
Flow is a form of object manipulation in which one becomes "one" with thier prop. Flow can be a form of meditation for the dancer. It is a moment when the dancer forgets about the world around him or her and focuses solely on the object they are manipulating. It is a creative and technical state of manipulation all at once.
Who Came up with the Term Flow?
The modern day term "Flow" was coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, a Hungarian Psychologist. His deffenition for flow is also known as being in the zone. It is what he describes as a mental state in which a person is performing an activity and is fully immersed, energized, focused, and in enjoyment from the activity.
What are the Six Factors that Encompass a Flow Experience? As per Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
According to Mr. Csíkszentmihályi, the six factors have to happen at the same time to be considered a flow experience. The six elements are:
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 as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience
What is a Flow Artist?
According to Urban Dictionary Flow Artists are "Individuals who practice object manipulation with props such as a hula-hoop(s), poi, or contact-balls. They are similar to jugglers, and may even use bowling-pins and the like, except their primary goal is to achieve a meditative mental state called "flow" rather than just entertain."
According to Wikipedia:
"This category includes 'dexterity play' and 'flow arts' items or activities utilising these items, such as a Cup stacking,Yo-yo, Hula hoop, Pen spinning, Frisbee, Boomerang, or the like, using skills and props related to sport, fitness, recreation, juggling and twirling activities in a dextrous, skilled or practised manner.A sister category, Category:Juggling is also available, containing skills and props used specifically for different forms of juggling."
Why be a Flow Artist?
First and foremost, because it is FUN! Flow artistry is like yoga, it helps with your balance, coordination, mind-body connectedness and so much more.
How can I learn?
The easiest way to learn is to pick up your first flow toy and just start playing.
The more fun you have, the more you want to learn. At that point you can turn to online tutorials, local classes, or find a flow friend and skill share.