by Edward Yu
Drawing from the principles of Feldenkrais, Baqua and Tai Chi, Edward Yu presents an innovative approach to running: power, speed, and agility
Why does trying harder sometimes become an exercise in futility? Why does following “expert advice” often lead to little or no improvement? What if there were an efficient way of learning that could be applied to every area of human experience? Feldenkrais practitioner, martial artist and former triathlete shows you how to achieve the results you want with a new multidisciplinary approach that emphasizes your ability to sense your own body rather than willpower or raw talent. Centering the art of running as an explorative, creative, and somatic-based practice, Yu shows us how to run faster by learning to become more sensible–that is, more sense-able–through the playful and systematic exploration of movement.
A prior edition of Yu's book had been self published. This new expanded edition was taken on by North Atlantic books, an innovative publisher with International distribution. Here are some excerpts from Publisher's Weekly's pre-publication review:
Rehab specialist and former triathlete Yu debuts with a thoughtful treatise on running intended to help readers achieve “sense-ability,” the human mind’s potential ability “to sense and feel at extraordinarily subtle levels and in the process direct your movement with the precision of an Olympic athlete"
Twenty-seven exercise sets, such as “Downward Spiral” and “Salsa Hips,” are included, with accompanying photographs, for readers to practice as part of their program. In redefining running as a time for “wonder and exploration,” Yu’s instructive and inviting text will appeal to fitness enthusiasts eager to shake up their exercise regimen.
“Rarely have I seen a book on running, in particular on running mechanics, actually hit the mark and make an impact on my coaching. Yu’s sense-able approach connects the dots for so much of what I have seen over the years when working with elite athletes. Improving running form is not a one-step or one-method process. It is a coming-to-terms with who we are as humans first and athletes second. This book rekindles our desires to explore, to play, and to expand our sense of self. Never have we needed this mind-body connection as much as we do now. The art of running should bring us joy, not injury. Slowing Down to Run Faster is here to show us the way.”
—Terrence Mahon, head coach and founder of the Golden Coast Track Club, and Adidas Endurance Coach
“Edward Yu has done something quite remarkable by showing us how we can use the Feldenkrais Method to run better. If you do the exercises in this book slowly and with awareness, you will indeed run faster with less effort. More importantly, however, you will learn how your running can teach you about yourself and how you live. This, in turn, can transform your running from mind-numbing exercise into a practice that is healthy for body, mind, and perhaps even soul.”
—John Tarr, music teacher and Feldenkrais Assistant Trainer