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The Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-able Approach to Running Faster


So many people run because they think they “ought to”: to burn calories, to be thin, to get enough cardio exercise. Moshe Feldenkrais said in The Potent Self, “…ought to means don’t want to…” And many people give up running because it hurts, it’s not rewarding, they don’t improve and countless other reasons. 

The idea of taking up running can even seem in contradiction with Feldenkrais® principles like, slow down, pay attention to what’s taking place, only do what’s comfortable. So it seems even more counterintuitive to slow down in order to run faster. And yet that’s exactly what Edward Yu has set out to do in his new book, The Art of Slowing Down: A Sense-able Approach to Running Faster.

Yu, a Feldenkrais teacher and practitioner of Tai-Chi and Bagua (Chinese martial arts), has written a book that is about much more than running. He generously shares anecdotes from his own struggle not only to slow down, but to listen, as well as his personal trials with learning to love running. He writes in a down to earth engaging style that is easy to understand. The body of the book explores everything from gravity to biomechanics, with a healthy dose of philosophy. Peppered throughout are inspiring quotes that relate to the chapters. The book offers a program of “training” based on Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons. These lessons are illustrated with clear photos that can amplify understanding of the lessons. And again, these lessons can be enjoyed for so much more than running.

If you run, or know someone who does, this is an excellent and very “sense-able” gift that will guarantee to improve your running, even as you slow down! 

Balance

You know what it is…but what is it really? Balance is something you only really think about when you lose it. But do you know what you lose? Finding your balance is easier and closer than you think! In this workshop you will experience some of the fundamental ideas that inform you about your balance as well as ways you can understand it, utilize it and play with it. You will discover how instability can become mobility and how immovability can become stability.

These eight Awareness Through Movement® lessons were presented at a workshop in Lucerne, Switzerland, October 2009.

A Guide to Awareness Through Movement:

18 Lessons based on the Feldenkrais Method, Second Edition

The detailed instructions and abundant photos accompanying the 18 lessons in this new collection sets it apart from many other guides intended for both Feldenkrais® teachers and their students. Lessons on standing, sitting, lying on the back, side and stomach, as well as lessons for breathing and the voice are included.

Chava Shelhav is a graduate of Moshe Feldenkrais’ first Israeli training and Dalia Golomb is an experienced practitioner.

These products and more available at: http://www.feldenkrais.com/shop

Person running in gear image by renjith krishnan

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