Photographs were taken by the lovely Sarah Rusk of HeyAum
How fast are you going right now? How many ideas or responsibilities are racing through your head? Family, putting dinner on the table, being there for pets, answering emails and phone calls, managing work and taking care of yourself. Let's not forget about the surprise that always seem to creep into our routines. Are you multi-tasking while reading this post?
It's important to ask ourselves, "how fast am I going right now?" and "how is it affecting me?" Don't look out the window at your neighbors with five kids, two dogs, a hamster and full-time jobs. I live five minutes from my job, have two dogs and no kids. Even with no little humans under my wing, my life can feel still like a marathon sometimes. We all choose to say "yes" to certain things and "no" to others. I've brought everything I have right now into my life, but I can also get rid of it if it's gets to be too much. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming at times.
Do we even know how to slow down? It's easy to forget, especially if we've thrived in certain areas (financially, emotionally) going fast.
I present to you.....a yoga pose that will force your breath, body and mind to a snails pace. Even if it's only for a few moments in times, feeling the controlled crawl of a slow pace can be a powerful gathering of energy and awakening in my physical and mental body. For me, it feels energizing and restorative. This pace allows pure intention in movement. It forces the body to become more aware of all the pieces and can produce heat and intensity in the body if you are patient enough.
Use this pose to interrupt crazy, unbalanced, marathon-of-a-day. You won't regret it.
How did that go? How did that FEEL? Did your slow your pace more than normal? Did you feel a sense of control and strength?
One of the great lessons Dancer Pose teaches us is that deliberately slowing down will allow us to see the unseen, hold onto what maybe have once slipped through our hands and find beauty and confidence in the breaths and moments within us.
Hello, I'm Julie.
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