We have found that slow movement is essential to maintaining homeostasis of the mind and body. It allows for you to build flexibility of the body and the mind, build strength, and helps to optimise your health. Below, we explore three great options that will stand the test of time.
1. Callisthenics/Bodyweight Training
Up first we have Calisthenics, derived from the Greek word Kalos - meaning “beauty” and stenos, meaning “strength”. It is based on the idea of using an individual's body weight as resistance as opposed to relying on weights. The exercises that fall under this include push-ups, pull-ups, dips, planking and squats, to name a few. Callisthenics offers an array of benefits including improved strength, agility, balance and coordination. When performing Calisthenic exercises, what we have found is that focusing on form and time under tension are the key attributes to reaping the benefits. Focusing on how your body moves and controlling this movement throughout calls the brain into action and develops motor skills.
2. Natural Body-Movement
Next up we have Natural body movement, which builds upon the notion of Calisthenics, but differs in many ways. It’s guiding principles are based on mobility and flexibility. Its ultimate goal is to get us to reconnect with our evolutionary and biological behaviour. It is a great way to practice mindfulness. Animal Flow, pioneered by Mike Fitch, embodies these principles and incorporates animal-like movements that enable the body to move fluidly while harnessing the mind-body connection.
3. Scaravelli Inspired Yoga
Pioneered by Vanda Scaravelli and taught by B.K.S Iyengar, Scaravelli Inspired Yoga places great importance on the quality of movement, rather than the quantity. In a Scaravelli yoga session, students will focus deeply on mastering a single movement before moving onto the next. According to Vanda Scaravelli, the goal is to “learn how to listen to the body, going with it and not against it, avoiding all effort and strain.” This form of yoga can be especially beneficial for the spine and can assist with releasing tension.