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Do No Harm

Do No Harm

  Yoga injuries shouldn't exist. They happen when you force, push, and slam your body into a pose, and stop feeling into you. Yoga is a practice that should heal the body and mind, not hurt it. Too often, yoga injuries become normal, and a badge of honor on the road to a "deeper practice." What a bummer! Of course, it doesn't need to be this way.   As long as yoga is about getting into a pose, instead of feeling your way into yourself, injuries will happen. Sensible people who haven't begun yoga - and see all of the…

Psychology, Yoga & Handstands

  I don't care if you can stand on your hands. It doesn't matter. What's interesting is, what happens when you try? What happens when you're in one of those rooms full of other people who are trying?   Do you explore easily around what you Can do in your body? Are you happy for the explore time? Is this suddenly the best feeling time ever to wiggle around and get into you??   Or do you really want it to be over. Are you embarrassed or frustrated? Annoyed or bored? Do you head right for child's pose? Wherever you…

Does Your Hard Work Have Good In It?

  Sometimes hard work creates amazing things. It's inspired, and inspires everyone it touches. I'm writing on an iMac, iPhone on the table texting with Tara. Out my window is a really pretty Apple store. Their hard work seems to be working! But sometimes hard work is just hard. It doesn't go anywhere. Wheels spin. Barriers are fixed in unbreakable stone. So what's the difference? How do we know when our hard work is the right kind?   I like to tell yoga stories. It's not that we all have to do yoga every day to get anywhere.   It's…

Reconstructing Yoga: How To Keep It Yours

  Strala people get around. You might see them in your yoga class. They're the movers, the explorers, the creative ones. If the teacher says there's just one way to do things, they're probably doing it a different way, and doing it easily. They're living without gurus or rules. They're getting into their own bodies. They're making their own yoga. We love people like this! Tara and I are really lucky we get to be around so many of them. It's inspiring. We also love when they bring us yoga stories from the road. They hear a lot of things…

Learning Strala? …………….. Move Over Posing

  A few simple tips on getting into a moving rather than posing system of yoga, and on getting into you.    1) Strala moves slowly with your breath.   If you try to push yourself into poses, in line with traditional yoga, it might seem fast to you. If you move easily into your own body, not fast at all. It just feels good, because you feel good.   2) Strala is a moving rather than posing system.   You move slowly & easily everything you have, in every direction you can. You won't get stuck in poses, or anywhere…

What Are You Waiting For?

  Are you waiting for it to be over? Or waiting for it to begin?   Don't wait. Get into it. Right where you are, wherever you are, you can get into everything there is.   This works in yoga. Sure we've all seen it. Low lunge, time to check the toe nails! Down dog, when does the interesting stuff begin? Well, it's right here. Anywhere you are, in any pose, you can feel into everything you have. Just relax, explore, and feel in every direction, from right where you are. It doesn't begin when you get to the next…
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