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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Art of Slowing Down (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450741584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450741583
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like that, and if you do this right, that's the attitude you take.
Cynthia R. Peterson
He offers accessible keys to learning about oneself through movement and self-awareness, presenting things with humility, humor, and great insight.
S. Harris
Detailed, thoughtfully written and generously sprinkled with humor, Edward's writing flowed well for me.
Kathy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Marchetti on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I almost did not pick this book up when I saw the subtitle 'a sense-able approach to running faster' because I have no need or desire to run faster but when I saw that Mr. Yu comes from a martial arts background (which I am interested in) I decided to check out the chapter list and read the intro. As it turns out the book is really not about running but more about one's attitude towards movement. As a major bonus, the writing style just cracked me up. The author and I clearly have a similar sense of humor as he mentions Douglas Adams and Terry Gilliam early on and those guys are two of my faves.

When a book, especially an instructional type book, gives me a chuckle in the intro then I buy so I did. There is a lot of encouragement, fun and excellent information in these pages. I must admit that I have not tried to have a run in spite of how appealing Mr. Yu makes it sound (and he too hated running when he was a track runner) however I have done many of the other exercises (my favorite is playing tag with waves) and taken his advice to bring mindfulness to any movement I perform.

So far I have bought this book for two yoga teachers, a busy mom and my cousin who is a collegiate rower and all around athlete. All have found this book useful and entertaining.

Highly recommended to anyone that moves!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter Woolf on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
If someone does not understand you, does it help to yell the same message more loudly? If you are not running as quickly as you like, does it help to just try harder? If you are not happy with the way your life is going, is the solution to buckle down and redouble your effort?

The Art of Slowing Down provides an alternative to the more, harder, and more effort mentality. The solution presented in the book is a way to feel more, explore, and find alternatives. Edward Yu presents a possible world where we excel by being smart, and in doing so make our actions efficient and easy. For many this message may seem like heresy, but it works.

Lay down your arms and find a better way. The Art of Slowing Down is a big step in that direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia R. Peterson on March 18, 2013
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After buying Ryan Nagy's Feldenkrais MP3 downloads (here on Amazon), I looked into some other Feldenkrais material after Googling around. Fair Warning, some claim Feldenkrais/Alexander type info, but are not! Edward Yu mixes a bit TaiChi with Feldenkrais (he is a certified Feldenkrais.) True Feldenkrais Practisers are true thinkers like the founder of Feldenkrais did in the beginning. I like that, and if you do this right, that's the attitude you take.

I love the info, and the exercises in the 2nd half of the book. Yes, if you are in any Sports this is pure Gold. But, I didn't buy this for that, I bought it to everything better. Who couldn't use even the elment of carrying yourself in a better, balanced, more strength, less injuries, way? Yes, this will be well worth the price of the book. I can't tell you how much this has helped me (this and Ryan Nagy's MP3s) and these seemed to be the best value I have found so far.
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Art of Slowing Down" and find myself referring back to it often. The writing is clear, accessible, and entertaining; the pictures are helpful; and the do-it-yourself exercises in awareness are simple and clever.

Having been a runner, and not-a-runner, I enjoyed the description of how running operates in our lives, and how we can expand or limit our options. This is a thoughtful book that anyone can benefit from.
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By Kathy on November 15, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed "The Art of Slowing Down" by Edward Yu. Detailed, thoughtfully written and generously sprinkled with humor, Edward's writing flowed well for me. I use the principles in this book in everything from walking and yoga to cooking, as it guides me in awareness of movement.
Favorite quote from the book: "You can't do what you want if you don't know what you are doing." Dr. Feldenkrais
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