What is it?

“Not only do we have to be good at waiting, we have to love it. Because waiting is not waiting, it is life.”

                               -Josh Waitzkin, 8-time US National Chess Champion


The Art of Slowing Down is rooted in the Feldenkrais Method, and is influenced by Bagua, and Taichi.  ASD takes advantage of the mind’s intrinsic and vast ability to learn and improve via sensory awareness and exploration.  ASD consequently has the potential to increase your coordination, strength, speed, agility, flexibility and balance in surprising ways, while at the same time decreasing parasitic tension and propensity toward injury.


ASD founder, Edward Yu, with Terrence Mahon, who has coached several members members of the US Olympic Track Team

The blog takes a deeper look into just a few of the manifold facets of learning, and examines how we partake in the activity as well as how we unconsciously block ourselves. As members of the same species, we all share something in common with great learners like Jane Goodall, Muhammad Ali and Albert Einstein. What is this special “something”? To get a hint, spend a day watching an infant move about–or simply view this short video by Irene Lyon. Jazz great, Bill Evans gives some insight into the matter in this interview.

Listen to ASD founder, Edward Yu, being interviewed on the subject of exercise and fitness by John Cedric Tarr on the Leap 2 Podcast (aired December 2016).

Discover more about learning through Edward’s own words, or from articles in Experience Life Magazine and the Huffington Post.


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.