We live in a busy filled world, where we are constantly rushing from one stimulus to the next. We fill up every waking moment with something to do, somewhere to be, some new experience to have. But moving too much can be depleting on the mind, body and psyche. Never slowing down and reflecting can lead to burnout, stress, anxiety, and never wanting to leave your couch.
I know because I've been there. Too many times to count. I am always striving to do more, be more, see more, experience more. Life is short, and I want to cram all of the experience into every waking moment, so that I don’t miss out on a single thing. When I look back on my life, I don’t want to say I have regret.
But moving too fast, in too many directions, without purpose and without intent has landed me in burnout time and time again. The need to rest becomes so strong that I swing in the opposite direction...depression, lethargy, stagnation. Because I hate feeling this way, I overload my to do’s and schedule to avoid landing on this couch of despair.
So what is the secret? How can you balance taking in life’s experiences and resting/reflection?
I’ve found that yoga and meditation are a huge factor for keeping me healthy, happy and balanced. Moving slow, with intention, does not mean an easy or gentle practice. I would argue that slowing down, inviting the pose into your body and fully experiencing the pose is way more challenging than your typical power, hot yoga class. The body and, more specifically, your brain respond better to slow movement. It is less jarring to your body and mind when you intentionally move slow.
I’ve also found that by moving slow, with intent, has taken me deeper into a moving meditation. When I lie down in Savasana or meditation, I attain much more calmness, clarity and stillness, then when I don’t otherwise.
I’d love to hear from you! Tell me your experience with slowing down your yoga practice. Has it helped you appreciate other areas of your life? Drop me a line and say hello!