Move slowly, with curiosity.
Often the movements are unusual, or presented in a way that takes time and curiosity to figure out. That is intentional: part of the learning is 1. not knowing what to do, 2. going slowly so you discover your own way. Pause between each movement. Stop and rest as often as you want to--and try on an attitude of playfulness. It will make the time you spend more interesting, and more useful.
Pain is NOT gain.
Working into pain or discomfort negates any progress. Why? Because pain and discomfort set of the fight or flight system, and we don't learn well from that place. Use as many props as you need to be comfort and allow that to change over time. Respect your body's communication of pain. It is saying STOP.
The process is the point.
The paradox is that attaining a goal limits your ability to learn. Don't worry about getting it right.
Aim for ease, easier, and easiest. Things feel easy when our strength is well organized, and we are using ourselves well.
Imagining is as effective as doing a movement--if you imagine well. Try it. Studies say that our brain doesn't distinguish between imagination and reality. Imagining can help to organize movement differently.
And take breaks.
You may be surprised how tired you become from doing what seems like nothing. The quality of attention we are learning, the rewiring of the brain that happens from this way of moving--these both require lots of rest time. Taking a nap after a lesson can be a wonderful thing--or doing lessons before bed.
Let the lesson inform your life.
The more you notice, the more your lesson will feel into how you move--how you reach, walk, sit, feel and think. These lessons are the most useful when they help you find a way to use yourself more effectively in your daily activities.
© Heather Danso 2016
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