Create the Community You’re Looking For

Create the Community You’re Looking For

A few years ago I had a talk with Joe Cross - the guy who created Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and shares all around the world now about getting back to health. We were waiting to speak at MindBodyGreen's annual Revitalize conference in Arizona, and I was going up after him. I knew a bit of Joe's story, how he cured himself with juice and got off all the bad stuff. But we were getting behind-the-scenes, and there was something new here.   Doing the right thing doesn't always stick.   And he got to see this everywhere. Over and…
When Things Get Worse

When Things Get Worse

What happens when things get worse instead of better? I'm talking with a Strala friend who stopped practicing yoga for a while. And coming back to it now, things aren't feeling so good. We've all been here in different ways. Maybe it's with yoga, the piano, or a sport. I'm aiming to get back in a scull after 20 years. And Tara always likes to remind me that boxing might be just a bit different for me now than what I remember. So I'll share a bit of our talk with you here, because we all have this experience, in…
How to Turn Feedback into Progress

How to Turn Feedback into Progress

We're having a conversation in the Online Leadership Training group about getting started with your own classes. There's so much amazing feedback you're all getting, just showing people there's an easier way to do so much more, across all of life. But, it's important to remember that feedback might not always sound good at first, and this has its place in our growth too. So what happens if that feedback pushes us in a direction we don't want to go? What if people say - "Hey, we want you to be strict, push us around, and make us feel stressed and uncomfortable.…
How to Teach Hard Things

How to Teach Hard Things

What's the best way to teach hard things in yoga? Whether it's right-side-up or up-side-down, on foot or hand, is it all alignment, anatomy, crunches and pushups? Is there a better way? It's a good question. And since what we do in yoga is the same as what we do everywhere - probably a good answer is in finding what works well across our whole lives. If we're not too careful, we carry all our old habits that don't work so well right into our health and healing practices. Suddenly in the middle of our yoga or tai chi, we're…
Is This Right for Me?

Is This Right for Me?

Is this place right for me? Is this person right for me? A friend asked this morning if it was right for her to go on a yoga retreat for a few months. It's a style I did a long while back, with a leader I don't know so much about. And it's a really common question. Should I be here? Is this a good community? Am I doing the right thing? I'll share some of our discussion about this yoga community and leader below. The questions, and how we find our own answers, can likely carry us a bit…
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