“It takes a long time of watching the animal before you can say what it is doing; it takes a long time to learn how to watch. This point is raised, deferentially but repeatedly, in encounters with Eskimos. They are uneasy, they manage to say, about the irrevocability of decisions made by people who are not sensually perceptive, not discriminating in these northern landscapes, not enthusiastic about long-term observations.”
-BARRY LOPEZ, Arctic Dreams
The Art of Slowing Down is rooted in the Feldenkrais Method, Bagua, and Taichi, taking advantage of the mind’s intrinsic and vast ability to learn and improve via exploration and sensory awareness. ASD consequently has the potential to help you increase your coordination, strength, speed, agility, flexibility and balance in surprising ways, while at the same time decreasing parasitic tension and propensity toward injury.
The “blog“ consists of a collection of articles, interviews and lectures, each of which takes a deeper look into learning and what it means to be human. Many posts consequently focus on either of the two main factors that circumscribe learning: 1) how we unconsciously block ourselves from learning; 2) how institutional (capitalist) forces block us from learning by doing more to turn us into senseless, mindless automatons than sense-able, mindful and politically aware beings. Only when we understand both the individual and institutional roadblocks to learning can we begin to develop better learning methods for the individual as well as better institutional learning policies for the masses.
For a humanistic view of learning, I recommend spending a day watching an infant moving about and exploring her environment freely (that is, unencumbered by restraining devices or overprotective caretakers)–or simply view this short video by Irene Lyon. Jazz great, Bill Evans gives some wonderful insight into the matter in this interview. Linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky elucidates some of the crucial concepts on learning that we inherited from the Enlightenment in this talk given at the University of Arizona in ’12.
Listen to ASD author, Edward Yu, being interviewed on the subject of exercise and fitness by John Cedric Tarr on the Leap 2 Podcast (aired December 2016).
For those of you who knew the previous website (Radically Transformative Fitness) you may be wondering about the name change. Click here to read a short blurb on the subject.