Donna Eshelman: Seven Keys to Skilled Movement

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What yogis knew centuries ago the scientists are proving today
A new key... give yourself permission


Rest has long been an ancient key with yogis and those who meditate, but in our fast paced society it still remains a missing component for most. This is due to a faulty mindset that it is not important, or that the activities requiring more effort yield greater results. The benefits of rest must be re-learned. Thanks to recent research in neuroscience, we now have data to support this ancient teaching. With recent emphasis on the benefits of meditation and sleep, including book publications and journal articles, there is increasing awareness of this topic. We see elite athletes taking time to rest, yet most of us ignore our own need. Physical therapists recommend that we rest for one full minute before attempting a second set of an exercise, yet most people rush through routines to get out the door in the morning.

We see elite athletes taking time to rest. Neuromuscular techniques, such as the Feldenkrais Method®, ask us to do half as much and to move very slowly in order to change the pattern in the brain. Learn how to weave the benefits of rest into your fitness regime and your work day.

Benefits of rest include:
• Healing from injury
• Muscle recovery
• Spasm prevention
• Maintain new learning

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