Slow & steady…( with Cricket Desmarais Yoga)…
After a 6 month hiatus due to moving & settling in, I’m happy to report I’m offering yoga classes again.
I’m even happier to say that I’m doing it the way that makes my own achey body feel really good: Slow, calm, & a gradual build towards strong. (Moving is a very stressful life event- my nerves & body are fried!)
Who has time to slow it down?
The question is, do you want to bottom out before you HAVE to slow down, or do you want to experience the deliciousness of it first from a healthy place of being?
I believe our western culture is too keyed up on being busy, going fast & trying to be perfect (whatever that is). It’s the equation for a nervous breakdown, not to mention some serious physical health issues.
I know this from experience, & have had to adapt my busy lifestyle & my “power” yoga practice to support me towards a path to wellness. I’ve replaced the “push” of my life with the allowance of a gradual unfolding, the overcrowded schedule with a select set of responsibilities & pleasures & ample space in which to enjoy them, & have made “slow,” “easy,” & “simple” the gentle mantras & forces I lean into each day.
Strength comes in many forms, dear Maestros.
Don’t get me wrong- the challenge is still there. There are demands & obligations & expectations & all of the other things that come with living in our modern world. I’m not sitting around eating organic bon bons all day, omming my body into awareness. (Though that does sound divine, doesn’t it?). Practice is the path towards building that strength, on & off the mat.
What is the practice of Slow Flow Yoga?
On the mat it looks like this: A centering. A connection to the breath. An intention set. A warming up of the body. & a slow, steady build towards strength, balance & flexibility, flowing through the breath and powered by the heart. & hopefully some humor. Humor helps so much, don’t you think?
We tune into micro movement and find the wonder of how everything can shift with just a simple change in perspective or alignment. Then we rest, allowing the practice to soak our cells & souls, & leave the mat refreshed, calm & centered.
The slower we go, the more deeply we can explore & feel ourselves inside this space of true alignment. When we align our bodies & breath with their deepest form of expression, we shine. When we slow down, we create space for more joy to come in.
Offered at Key West Yoga Sanctuary
If this sounds like your pace, come join me in your practice. I’ll be at the Key West Yoga Sanctuary on Tuesday mornings from 9-10:15. I’m also available for privates & small group practices. Contact me HERE if you’d like more information on Cricket Desmarais Yoga.