Remember the game you used to play as a kid: Go to the beach with your family, make a bonfire. Then, picking a moment when your mom isn’t looking, wave your hand through the flames – fast at first so you won’t get singed – but then the game and challenge is to see how slowly you can do it, and still not get burnt.
And what you learn really quickly is that even the slowest wave still has to be pretty fast.
It’s a fun kid game, I hope you all did it, but as a way of practicing yoga, it seems to me not so useful.
I prefer the Way of Tea: Immerse yourself in the teapot of your poses and your practices long enough to release their flavor and aroma. Give it the time it takes to bring out the subtlety and nuance.
Waving the teabag over the hot water without dunking it in and letting it steep, you get no tea. It’s true that if you leave the teabag in too long, bitterness comes. But for most of us, that’s ”A far cry”, as I once heard BKS Iyengar say, and it’s a chance we can afford to take.
Loose tea works too.