Why does trying harder sometimes become an exercise in futility? Why does following "expert advice" often lead to little or no improvement? What if there were an eminently efficient way of learning that could be applied to every area of human experience? Drawing from Feldenkerais, Bagua and Taichi, The Art of Slowing Down presents a highly innovative approach to running. Power, speed, coordination and agility are less related to willpower or "God-given" talent than they are to how well you can sense your own body. Running faster can, in this light, be seen as an issue of learning to become more sensible--that is, more sense-able--through playful and systematic exploration of movement.
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Edward Yu is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and former competitive runner. He has been engaged in bagua, taichi and other martial arts for the last 20 years--long enough, that is, to know that it is sometimes better to run for your life.
Edward's interest in how people learn and process information has led him to bring the disparate fields of martial arts, dance, kinesiology, somatics, psychology, cognitive science and physical education into both his teaching and writing. The impetus for The Art of Slowing Down came years after Edward quit running and triathloning and discovered that conventional approaches to training are not so effective in turning people into better athletes (though they are quite effective in making them discouraged and neurotic).
In his free time Edward likes to roll around on the floor, walk in circle sand stare into space.
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