This weekend Jamie Elmer was here visiting and leading workshops. She has always been a good friend and is a gifted teacher. We began discussing the merits of moving fast or slow in yoga class. What we finally agreed upon is that different practices are required on different days.
Some days our practice needs to be soft, nurturing, or more meditative. Other days, we need to push a little harder to move and maybe even sweat. How do you know what you need?
Some of us need to slow down and learn to breathe deeper. If your life is busy, hectic and you always push from one life event to the next, you may need to move in slow motion. You will find you become less “joint dependent” and use more muscle energy in the poses. Others of us like things and life at a snail’s pace. If you can’t seem to get inspired to move, or feel sluggish much of the time, you may need a faster class to build internal heat. You might find you no longer feel stuck.
When you get on your met, spend a few moments in child’s pose. Notice how you are feeling. Do you need some inspiration and fire or do you need quiet and peace? Each day may be different. Don’t be afraid to try a new way to practice. It just may get you back on your mat tomorrow and the next day. Most importantly, trust your intuition and your body to tell you what it needs.