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 a groundbreaking approach to learning which can be applied to athletics, dance, martial arts and fitness training, as well as to physical therapy and rehabilitation.

ASD involves meticulous explorations of movement, performed in specific sequences in order to engage multiple layers of the brain and nervous system. If we consider that powerful, agile and graceful movement involves coordinating some 630 muscles in very precise ways, we can begin to appreciate the complexity of learning and how much of the mind can and should be involved. Rooted in the Feldenkrais Method®, Bagua and Taichi, ASD takes advantage of the mind’s intrinsic and vast ability to learn and improve via sensory awareness and exploration. In doing so, ASD has the potential to increase 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 is an attempt to uncover how we learn, or put another way, how we unconsciously block ourselves from learning. We all share something in common with great learners like Jane Goodall, Michael Jordan 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 by John Cedric Tarr on the Leap 2 Podcast (aired December 2016), Lisa Garr on KPFK’s, The Aware Show (aired 2011), Victoria Bazeley on Midlife Transits (aired 2011), or Marshall Miles on NPR member station WHDD (aired 2011).

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.