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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…
Freedom Sale Across All Videos, On-Line Training & Early Bird

Freedom Sale Across All Videos, On-Line Training & Early Bird

Hi Friends, We just returned home from introducing Daisy to her farm family in Illinois. She enjoyed soaking up all the wide open space, country life, and family love. We are lucky to have both of her great grandmas around and spunky, along with loads of uncles, aunts and cousins galore. Now we're happy to be home in NYC, looking forward to getting back in the studio here, and moving with ease with the locals before heading to Europe this Fall. The 4th of July has me reflecting on freedom. What we practice with stråla is essentially the practice of…
The World You Want Isn’t Far Away

The World You Want Isn’t Far Away

What kind of world do we live in? It might have something to do with what you see.   People are doing so many crazy amazing uplifting inspiring wonderful things - for all of us, to help all of us - in every moment of every day.   But it might always feel like this. Sometimes it feels like there's so much wrong, holding us down, hurting everything everywhere. It's important, what we see. If we only see what we think isn't right, things become more difficult. And it's important that we not look too far away. So begin where…
Why We Learn

Why We Learn

This isn't for becoming better at poses. It's time for taking really good care of yourself, and becoming better at you. It doesn't matter how simple or complicated your yoga is, or anyone else's, or what anyone else thinks. I wouldn't worry about this one ever. What's important is giving yourself you-time, within a hugely supportive learning environment that will help lift you up when you need it. Remember the other people around you aren't here for comparison. In these training courses above everything, the group is here as a team, to lift each other, and to help us each learn…
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