Yoga is exercise, of course, and darn good exercise too! But it's also an opportunity to slow our racing minds, deepen our shallow, stressed breath, and nurture ourselves.
Not with food, but with self-care.
It's so important, for your health, to slow down. Physically and mentally, you will feel better if every now and then, you take things slow. Live at a human pace rather than a technology pace.
Suzy agrees with me:
As far as I’m concerned slow is the new black, for oh-so-many reasons, and I was having a conversation with a student about this just last week. Slowing down your yoga practice allows you to have more awareness of how your body is moving into and out of poses, it allows you to notice how you are whilst in your asana, it allows you to be more mindful. There, I said it, that yoga buzzword.
Karen also believes slow is more. In fact, she says:
Slow is HARDER. It's quite easy to fly through life or a yoga sequence, but pausing to reflect can be difficult. When we slow down we can connect more with our breath, our muscles, our mind. It's quite easy to come into plank for a fraction of a second and move on to your next pose, but when you stay there, your muscles are working harder, you mind becomes more focused.
Slow down. Nurture yourself. If you've been wanting to get away for a bit, do it. It's ok to sometimes want a few days (or even just hours) away from work or your family. You will go back much more able to be present and calm.
If you want to take a Sunday afternoon nap, do it. We have one student who says her week just isn't right without that nap!
PS: Retreating with us in Bali is a *great* way to slow down. Join us?