Training Resources for Athletes

Training Resources for Athletes

For athletes, both yoga and tai chi forms can be useful cross-training, as a way to connect your whole body together and move more efficiently.  You develop increased energy for greater levels of challenge, so this kind of training is useful for substantial gains in mobility, agility, and endurance. Practice here can also decrease the likelihood of injury, and support faster healing when injuries do happen. You can even work your way out of chronic injury and pain, where traditional approaches haven't worked so well. Following are some resources to get you started.   Background   a) Strala program and approach for athletes…
One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

There's a very good question that comes up, often near the beginning of a new way of practice. "What if the old way is so much in me? I really like Vinyasa and astanga. Or Bikram and burpees. It feels good to me. At least most of it does. Maybe some parts not so much, maybe sometimes I'm a little injured or frazzled. Or I have some pain, some difficulty, that isn't going away. But it works for me, I think. And I like this new way, too. So are they both ok? What if they don't agree with each…
Is This Real Yoga?

Is This Real Yoga?

Sometimes this question comes up, is this real yoga? If you take the yoga form, but focus on the whole movement rather than the endpoints, the poses, is it real yoga? We don't hear this as often now, but my guess is it comes up for everyone sometimes.   I think this definition of real yoga as the yoga form moving badly - without practice of moving well - can't survive so much now. The science doesn't support it. And it doesn't feel right.   So I think this idea remains only where people expect yoga to be usually awkward,…
Early Bird Trainings & Half Off Video Classes & Series. Happy Spring!

Early Bird Trainings & Half Off Video Classes & Series. Happy Spring!

Hi Friends, We're settling back in here in NYC, recharging a bit, planning, cleaning the house, making the veggies, watching Daisy walk around (OMG), and back to the daily things. I've got the strange and familiar feeling of the magic star dust settling after a big rush of energy from the ease and fun of training groups. Anyone else got that? Holla! It's taking a bit of time to fully adjust, and to be honest, I'm enjoying feeling the star bits I collected along the way find their new home inside of me. We're preparing for the upcoming Spring and…
What It Means to be a Guide

What It Means to be a Guide

The thing about alignment is, it's important.  We should always be in agreement with ourselves.  Not part of us doing something another part doesn't like.  So this is important. It's just not something we can think our way into.  And it doesn't come from outside us somewhere, from correcting, manipulating, or pushing.  We fall out of harmony, out of alignment, when we don't move well. When we make some bad choices. Sometimes we choose stress and struggle. If something challenges us we might choose force, instead of peace. We might practice aggression, instead of grace, ease.  We fall into disconnection, disharmony, this…
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