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Why You Should Stay In Your Comfort Zone

  You don't need to move beyond your comfort zone. That would be uncomfortable. For progress to happen, you just need to move your comfort zone.   There was a time way back when I would hear this a lot in yoga classes. "Push beyond your edge!" I never understood this. As a mountaineer, I'm pretty aware of the edges of things. I know that people don't react well to moving beyond them. But in yoga, we'd all dutifully listen, because that's what we're here to do. Listen to the teacher. And the next day someone (often the teacher) would have…
What Do You Teach When You’re Teaching?

What Do You Teach When You’re Teaching?

Of course we can begin with a topic. It could be quantum physics or geology. Calligraphy. Poetry. Or maybe it's Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Yoga, or Taiji. There's also what we teach through how we teach. How we are. This one is important. Because how we are - the beliefs, mindset, and habits we carry with us always - might be most of what we give to each other. And there's choice. When we teach, same as when we practice, we always have this choice.   We can push into an idea of correct, or ease into a feeling of correct.…
What’s Your Idea of Perfect?

What’s Your Idea of Perfect?

It's not up to the world to put less pressure on you to be perfect. The world will always feel to you like you feel, in some part of you or the other. Ease off. If you feel pressure to be perfect, it's not that improvement and progress are a bad thing. We all want this in our life, it's part of being human. It's just that we misdirect it sometimes.   When our idea of perfect has something to do with the endpoints and outsides of things, we wind up pointing in the wrong direction. We wind up aiming…
Do Less to Do More

Do Less to Do More

Most of us have a bias toward more studying, and less doing. We need to read more. Collect more information. Later on, we'll get to the doing. If I just get some more books about tai chi and meridians and energy, then I'll feel more confident. I'll be more ready, to take my own first steps. Maybe it's because we're risk-averse. Or we just like getting things right. So we keep going this way, arming ourselves with more and more information. This can get heavy sometimes. It's a lot on the mind. Maybe we could try something different.   Right…
Hitting the Wall

Hitting the Wall

What happens when you hit a wall in yoga? What happens when you hit a wall at work, or in whatever you're training to do? A few substantial challenges can come up, and it's all the same whether talking about yoga or anything. One big one might be: you're supposed to be good at yoga! And you're strong!! And young!!! So the focus gets very much on the challenges. And you're seeing the problems, but it's tough from here to back off and fix the problems, without attacking the challenge head-on.   What's needed isn't a head-on attack. And it's…
How You Do What You Do

How You Do What You Do

Life might hurt sometimes, but it can just as easily heal.   Your ability to heal, and to do everything, is all in how you do what you do.   Let's talk about wrists to start. But leave them be for a moment, it's sometimes best not to attack challenges head-on. First, connect your body and breath together as the same thing. Let each inhale lift you a little out of where you are, and put a little extra strength through your whole body. And let each exhale soften you a bit, and make it a little easier to be where…
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