A recent conversation with a yoga student went something like this…..
My Client: “…But the problem is when I slow my breath down the movement gets slower too”
Me: “Hows that a problem?”
Client: “Well, it’s not really yoga if I go too slow. I am supposed to move fast to get anywhere, right?”
Me: “Where are you trying to go? What are you trying to achieve? Yoga can be so slow you don’t move at all, and that might be a more restorative practise, Yoga can be fast paced, jumping, hoping, one breath/one movement. And it looks like it’s moving fast right? But it only looks like that on the outside.
Yoga no matter how fast it looks on the outside should still feel slow and subtle on the inside. Sometimes when you move fast or without control, no matter what you’re doing, you can create tension in the body, clenched jaws, tight tummies, your fingers clutching at the mat and that translates into tense breathing. So even if your yoga is fast paced, keep the breath smooth and easy, (it’s all about the Sukha baby). Try and find that balance within yourself of Effort and Ease and then on the inside you become very still, even while moving.
That’s balance….. That’s Yoga!