Yoga Lesson: Slowing

Yoga is a process towards looking inward to develop insight, awareness and understanding. To do this, we must practice Shani– the slowing down between impulse and reaction. This slowing down naturally facilitates mindfulness and introspection and gives us the choice on how to respond rather than impulsively reacting to situations and events.

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May we cultivate the ability to slow down and bring awareness to the interval between impulse and action, reaction and response.

Mindfulness possesses the strength of tranquillity, the capacity for deferring action and applying the brake, for stopping rash interference and for suspending judgment while pausing to observe facts and to reflect upon them wisely.
 – Nyanaponika Thera

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. – Eddie Cantor


Move very slowly with awareness into poses like Down Dog, Prayer Twist, Eagle, Triangle, Cobra, Seated Forward Bend, and Bridge.

Home Work

Notice areas of your life where you tend to rush unconsciously through things and once identified, make a conscious effort to act slowly and mindfully during these activities. [/am4show]

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