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Touch: What Is It Good For?

Touch: What Is It Good For?

"If everyone where I come from thinks touch only happens from a teacher when I'm doing something wrong, should we avoid connecting through touch?" This came up in our online training group recently, and it's such a good and common question.  As a start, always do what's in you, what you're comfortable doing. This is the most important thing.   When you're comfortable people feel this. More is possible from here. When you're uncomfortable, people feel this too, and less is possible.   Forming a positive connection with the people in your class - and with people in general -…
It’s Good to Get Things Wrong Sometimes

It’s Good to Get Things Wrong Sometimes

Ever feel anxious about getting things wrong?  It's ok.  Actually, it might be better than ok.  Because getting it wrong could be your best way to get it right.   Steer clear of being an expert. Even when you're a teacher or leader, try not to put yourself in a position where you need to be so right all the time.   I know that's tough to do when you're supposed to be in charge. "If I'm not right, why would anyone listen to me?" Well there are lots of good reasons, that have something to do with how you are,…
The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Training Courses

The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Training Courses

Strala follows a mindset and approach for moving well in your life, finding ease even when the challenges get big. We practice this through yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Taking good care of yourself is the starting point for everything. So we begin by trading an old belief that doesn’t work for a new one that does.   The old belief tells us to forget our uniqueness, and work really hard to become a copy. Someone else’s ideas, someone’s else’s body.  The new belief is that what we feel is uniquely our own, and uniquely important.   When…
Is It Good to Combine Yoga and Tai Chi?

Is It Good to Combine Yoga and Tai Chi?

Is it a good idea to combine different forms - like tai chi and yoga - together in one class? This idea of fusion comes up quite a lot, and the answer might have something to do with purpose. What do we want to share with people? Why are we looking to mix things up?   Strala follows a mindset, approach, and set of principles for moving well in your life. We practice this together now through a few different form vocabularies, including yoga, tai chi, traditional Chinese medicine, and also our regular human vocabulary - how we navigate through…
The What’s When’s and How Much’s of Food

The What’s When’s and How Much’s of Food

How to handle the what's and when's and how much's of food is a hugely important topic. And good answers here are as numerous as we are. Because the good answers come from you, from each one of us. Of course, there are also a whole lot of answers out there that aren't so good. It's why diets fail without fail. They don't come from you. They come from some other place, some other person. So this is a complex issue. Just like life. At the same time, as unique as we all are, there is a structure we can…
How to Teach the Unteachable

How to Teach the Unteachable

A friend of ours is doing some important work, teaching people to form a better relationship with stress, food, and health. And she wrote recently about hitting a wall. Sometimes what we see in the people we try to help isn't what they see in themselves. Sometimes what they see is that how they are is how they are. Not working. Not healthy. Not feeling so good. But not changeable. That's just how I am. It's something we all run into so much - with friends, family, people we work with, even in different parts of our selves. What do…
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