As The Spice Girls once sang “slow it down, read the sign, so you know just where you are going” (I was a huge fan). When was the last time you slowed down to read the signs of your body, mind and emotions? Often we move through life at the speed of light forgetting to SLOW DOWN and LISTEN to ourselves, missing the subtle signs that point us in the direction of our next step. We muddle through a million and one things at once stuck inside the chitchat whirring around our minds and left not knowing what direction we are going in and what is our next step?
Practicing slow yoga is the art of moving more deeply into our own flow through discovering ourselves in the poses and mental patterns. It offers us the opportunity to drop down out of our heads, connect to our body and be the silent observer of our minds.
When we pay attention to our body we are able to witness the conditions – weakness, inflexibility, stiffness, pain – that could be the cause of our physical pain or energy blockages. When we become aware of these conditions we are able to work towards correcting them. By guiding ourselves more slowly and deeply into the pose we have the ability to change not only the shape and sensation of the physical body but the physiology – the inner functioning.
Slowing down the movement also slows down the mind and allows us to collect our thoughts. When the mind runs away it is easy to get tangled in all the stories it tells. We become confused, depressed, and anxious, and lack clarity. What thoughts and emotions are showing up moment-to-moment, posture-to-posture? By observing our tendencies or mind patterns non-judgmentally (yes, this is the tricky part) we get to connect to our heart to our being and really get to know ourselves.
Slow, mindful practice allows us to move with ourselves, connect with our being, aligning our body, mind and breath and unraveling the blocked energy to heal ourselves on a physical, mental and emotional level. When we become aware of our conditions and tendencies we are empowered to make better decisions and choices for our lives. Our lives are less stressed and we follow the natural rhythm and flows of our body by connecting to our spirit.
So beautiful souls, be patient on the journey, slow down, don’t rush…just be in the moment and enjoy!