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What is Flow?

For people who do not study the flow, what is called "being in the flow state" is best approximated by using the term "being in the zone". The largest difference is in the intentionality of the flow state, and in the breadth of potential practice. 

The root concepts of flow go deep in both eastern and western philosophies. There are crossovers with Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, sports, martial arts, military training, meditation, and most any religious or secular practice that hones the body and mind, specifically their ability to work together in unison. However the education and outreach we engage in is based specifically around the philosophical concept of “Flow”, as discussed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the mid 1970’s. Since then his work has gone on to be internationally recognized as in the forefront of positive psychology, and his ideas continue to gain momentum in both pop culture and psychology today. In 1990, he published Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (You can find a copy here). This book shows methods for cross application of the concept of flow to multiple platforms, and it is far from the only book on the subject. Since then, many others have approached the subject from many angles. Feel free to contact us if you are looking for more reading on Flow, Play, Rest, or any of the associated subjects. We'd love to talk about it!

Parallel to the psychology of flow, our society is experiencing a reawakening of the practice of play, and science is finally finding ways to study the effects of both flow and play on the human brain. We maintain a fun and safe atmosphere for you to play in, developing your ability to flow in the way that moves you the most!