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Getting More

Getting More

There are so many reasons we find our way to practices like yoga, qi gong, tai chi. Maybe it's to get more flexible, more mobile, or just more feeling good. Maybe it's to let go of stress, and make a positive connection with our bodies, our selves. Maybe we create harmony this way, some ease in our lives. So how do we get these things we want? Let's talk about flexibility, but it's a little bit the same for everything. So a good start might be somewhere in shifting focus a bit. It's possible that to get flexible, you don't…
I’ve Got Your Back

I’ve Got Your Back

Tara and I have watched a few movies lately. Frozen. Pocahontas. Ice Age. Our 11-month-old Daisy even watches with us sometimes. And of course hands down, Moana is my favorite. Competing even with Love Actually. So one of them has me thinking now about the phrase "I've got your back." I think it was one of those nice weasels in Ice Age, asking "Why can't anyone ever get your front?" Isn't that where all the action is? It's really up front that we need the help, isn't it?? It's funny. But there's also something there. I think these old phrases…
Being a Good Teacher, and a Good Person

Being a Good Teacher, and a Good Person

  There's a wonderful opportunity we all have as teachers.  It could be yoga we're teaching, or tai chi, or anything at all.  We have this opportunity to help each other find our own way.  To discover some of the biggest things there are to learn - some of the most important knowledge there is - isn't the kind that comes from outside of us.  It's the kind that comes from inside.  So it's good to know this.  It's also good to practice it.  That's how we make it real. Take yoga as an example. There's always this moment that comes up…
Healing, Your Sacrum, and the Kitchen Sink

Healing, Your Sacrum, and the Kitchen Sink

Bruises, strains and sprains come up a lot. Could be from a fall, over-stretching, or just regular everyday life. So what's the best way to heal when these injuries keep sticking around? What's the best thing to do when you're trying everything - therapies, exercises, treatments, specialists, yoga, the whole kitchen sink - and it kind of helps. But it kind of doesn't. The injury is still there, making a home in you. This is so common. And we might have a way out that's common to all of us. I've been hearing about sacrum injuries quite a lot lately,…
How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Yoga

How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Yoga

When we introduced tai chi as a practice in our 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training last July, it had an unexpected result. We wanted to give everyone a new way of practicing the same set of principles for releasing stress, healing what needs healing, and moving with grace and harmony in our bodies and minds - even when things get challenging. Which was wonderful to share. What we didn't expect was how helpful it was for all of us, to see ourselves again.   In a way, so many of us have spent so much time with yoga, that really we're…
Create Not Copy. How to make hard work feel good

Create Not Copy. How to make hard work feel good

This question just came up with our online training group - something about the intertwining of fun and progress, whether it's really possible to have both.  So my thought is, maybe this is possible.  Which is good news, because we all want more.  This need to expand and grow is part of being human.  When it goes in the right direction, it's how we make things better, for all of us. But what if this progress feels so much like school, or work, all heavy?  Maybe then it's not so possible.  And maybe it's not even progress.   As a start, if…
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