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Episode 137: How Speed Gets Trapped in the Body with Tias Little

Yoga and meditation teacher Tias Little returns to the podcast this week. (Tias joined me on episode 102 to talk about perfectionism). On today’s episode, we talk about how our culture of speed affects us holistically and why it’s important–but also challenging–to slow down.

We discuss:

* The new book that Tias is working on and how it’s different from other projects he’s worked on

* Why, from a spiritual perspective, moving fast and checking things off of a to-do list is the opposite of progress

* Which parts of the body are most impacted by our go-go-go culture

* What we need to do to feel like we have more time, both on a personal level and as a collective

* How Tias applies the lessons of slowing down to his asana practice

RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Episode 102: Techniques for Reframing Perfectionism with Tias Little

Practice with Tias Little on Glo.com

Tias Little at LoveStoryYoga in San Francisco

Waking the Tiger, Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine

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Episode 102: Techniques for Reframing Perfectionism with Tias Little

Tias Little on Yogaland Podcast | Yoga Podcast

There’s a special place in my heart for Tias Little. I studied with him many years ago and the vivid imagery and metaphor he used had a profound impact on the way I think about the body. He’s also got this dry, dry, dry humor that I love. In the years since I studied with Tias, he has started doing dharma talks and one of them inspired this episode.

You see, I think most of us are perfectionists. And, as much as I love to put in a hard day’s work full of drive and goal-crushing, perfectionism doesn’t lead to happiness. It’s an illusion of control that (mostly) takes us out of the present moment and into a myth of life being neat, tidy, and complete. It can also bleed into our relationships with those we care about most — friends, partners, children — creating conflict and suffering that’s unnecessary.

In this episode, I ask Tias how we can use yoga and Buddhist psychology to become aware of our perfectionist tendencies and reframe them. Over the past few weeks since our conversation, Tias’ words have stayed with me and helped me find more freedom and ease. I hope it does the same for you.

Here’s a little more about Tias:
Along with his wife, Surya, Tias runs Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Tias synthesizes years of study in classical yoga, Sanskrit, Buddhist studies, anatomy, massage, and trauma healing. Tias began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 1984 and lived in Mysore India in 1989 studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Pattabhi Jois. Tias is a licensed massage therapist and his somatic studies include in-depth training in cranial-sacral therapy. Tias is a long time student of the meditative arts and Buddhist studies beginning with Vipassana and continuing in Tibetan Buddhism and Zen. Tias earned a Masters degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College in 1998. Tias is author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and Yoga of the Subtle Body.


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Prajna Yoga
Yoga and Perfectionism: A Dharma Talk by Tias Little

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