When we asked beginner’s what their biggest stumbling block to learning yoga was, the second most offered response was that beginner classes moved too fast. Today we are talking about and practicing slow yoga.
Slow yoga is something we can embody in thought, word, and action. By moving our bodies more slowly in yoga we invite our thoughts to slow down. We can take time to slow down our words when we speak. We can invite ourselves to slow down in our actions throughout our day.
I recently had a memory of my father telling me to hurry up as an incredibly young child trying to tie my shoes. This memory suddenly put into perspective a lifetime of feeling rushed. Rushed to get my words in, rushed to finish whatever I’m doing and get to the next thing, racing to complete a book. You name it, I always felt rushed. I realized that this was out-dated thinking, and I could let go of this need to rush and take my time.
Slowing down and creating space in my life to slow down has been a huge gift.
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