“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 unique movement explorations, performed in specific sequences in order to engage multiple layers of the brain and nervous system. If we consider that powerful, agile and graceful action involves utilizing some 630 muscles to meticulously coordinate the movement of 206 bones vis-à-vis some 230 joints in the context of an ever-changing environment, 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. 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.
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).
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.