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Yoga Practice...Move Slow

Moving slowly in yoga, often referred to as practicing with mindfulness and intention, is a very important aspect of the practice. And, for some, like myself, can be the difficult part of yoga. Slowing down was an aspect I knew my body greatly needed, but much harder to mindfully practice. I began yoga as a needed practice for the physical stretch and flexibility the asanas offer. As I continued my practice, I began to understand the more valuable aspects the "stretch and flexibility" of yoga brought to me, mindfully and soulfully.

The integration of "slow" can be hard in our fast paced society, but is needed now more than ever, for the body and the mind. The act of slowing down, and bringing your yoga practice within, will promote the well-rounded practice which will build from session to session.

  1. Safety: Slow and controlled movements reduce the risk of injury. Rushing through poses or transitions can lead to overstretching, straining muscles, or compromising joint stability. Moving slowly allows you to pay attention to alignment and make adjustments as needed to protect your body.

  2. Awareness: Yoga is not just about physical postures; it's also about the mind-body connection. Moving slowly encourages you to be present in the moment and to cultivate awareness of your body, breath, and sensations. This heightened awareness can lead to a deeper understanding of your body and its limitations.

  3. Breath Control: Slower movements enable you to synchronize your breath with each pose and transition. This controlled breathing, often referred to as pranayama, helps calm the nervous system, reduce stress, and enhance relaxation. It also provides a foundation for more advanced breath control techniques in yoga.

  4. Mindfulness: Yoga is a practice of mindfulness, which means being fully present without judgment. Moving slowly allows you to focus on the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that arise during your practice. It encourages you to accept where you are in the moment and work with your body rather than pushing it.

  5. Muscle Engagement: Slower movements require greater muscle engagement and control. This can lead to increased strength and stability over time. It also allows you to explore the full range of motion in each pose and engage the appropriate muscles for better alignment.

  6. Flexibility and Mobility: Slow, deliberate stretching in yoga can improve flexibility and mobility. When you move slowly, you give your muscles and connective tissues time to adapt to the stretch, allowing for greater gains in flexibility and reduced risk of strain.

  7. Relaxation: Many yoga styles incorporate relaxation and restorative poses. Moving slowly in these poses can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

  8. Mind-Body Connection: Yoga is about more than just physical fitness; it's about achieving a balance between the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your well-being. Slow movement allows you to explore and deepen this mind-body connection.

  9. Mindful Transitions: Transitioning between poses is just as important as the poses themselves. Moving slowly through transitions helps you maintain alignment and stability as you flow from one posture to another.

  10. Depth and Progression: Slower practice allows you to gradually deepen your poses and progress in your practice over time. Rushing through poses may result in missing the subtle nuances and progress that come with patience and persistence.

In summary, moving slowly in yoga promotes safety, mindfulness, breath control, muscle engagement, flexibility, relaxation, and a deeper connection to your body and mind. It's a fundamental principle that allows you to get the most out of your yoga practice.

Join us for Gentle MotioN Yoga on Mondays at 9AM, and Slow MotioN Yoga Flow on Mondays at 5:45 PM and Wednesdays at 9 AM, EST. These classes offer all of the aspects of an insightful class leaving you feeling strong, accomplished and rejuvenated.


Keeping Body & Mind IN-MotioN,




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