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Stoke Your Multiple Intelligences

By Randall Buskirk

TUE SEP 08, 2020

Howard Gardner proposed the theory of multiple intelligences--illustrated above, from here--to try to account for the many ways in which we can function and fluently engage life. None of them stand alone, really. We each have all of them to one degree or another. And each likely can be improved.

"Gardner defines intelligence as a biopsychological potential to process information that can be activated in a cultural setting to solve problems or create products that are of value to culture."

That model works well enough, I think, for our purposes.

If you look at the diagram, you might notice that each intelligence is a way of expressing how the brain works--how it receives information, processes and interprets that information, and creates an output or action.

A good way to work with those multiple intelligences--or simply multiple skills or abilities-to grow them or further interweave and balance them, is to do the practices we do in Yoga for Moderns for breathing, vision, balance, and proprioception. The primal pattern resets, the joint mobilizations, the yoga asanas, the functional movements. And it's even more lasting, more transformative, if you do them with a model that helps you to understand why you are doing them--a good integrative model of movement of the mind, the emotions and the physical body in nature and culture.

If you are interested in those kinds of practices that explore and cultivate the many aspects of yourself, that connect you more deeply to yourself and the world, join us for Yoga for Moderns.