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If ever there was a time to slow your yoga flow and–let’s face it, take your speed of life down a notch or two–the hectic holiday season is it.
Now is the perfect time to join the slow-yoga revolution, says J. Brown of the Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, who recently wrote a provocative blog post about the current pushback against the pumped-up, power-crazed yoga styles that have gained widespread popularity in recent years. “For many, Power Yoga and hot yoga have become like that friend you initially hit it off with, but now when you hang out it just feels negative and draining,” says Brown. “Eventually, you drift apart.” The slow-yoga revolution, he says, is the antidote–like that old friend who’ll always be there for you. So, swap your go-to vigorous class for a restorative one, or simply take your emphasis off accomplishing something and be more interested in what you’re experiencing in the present moment. Then, watch as you find more joy–both on and off the mat.
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