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When Something Hurts, Pay Attention: Knee and Whole Body Care

When Something Hurts, Pay Attention: Knee and Whole Body Care

When your knees hurt, pay attention. When anything hurts, pay attention. Sometimes self care means backing off and taking it easy. It's knowing when to forget about the goals, for just a moment. And sometimes self care is driving to achieve with everything we've got. Because finding our dreams is why we rest.   Finding our dreams is why we rest.   When you find something that hurts, you have a big chance here. As a start, it's a chance to learn how to move in your life in a way that doesn't hurt you. It's a chance to learn…
Yoga for Kids and Schools

Yoga for Kids and Schools

The implementation of Strala in more than 30,000 schools, through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and now a newer program called BOKS, has been really wonderful and interesting. Through the foundations, the program resources are made freely available to the schools, in exchange for the schools - and teachers - adopting new standards, and new ways of being themselves.   This all works so much better when it's not just teachers telling kids what to do and instead involves teachers influencing kids through their own way of being, and how they are in their own lives.   As a…
Get Deep Into One Thing to Get Deep Into Everything

Get Deep Into One Thing to Get Deep Into Everything

I always had coaches and teachers telling me this one, and it makes some sense to me now. I think it's pretty common for a lot of us to get pulled in many directions. There are so many things to learn and do, and we have so many responsibilities and roles to fill. So the question is,   How do we get good at everything we want to do?   We could study a little of each thing. I think the phrase for this one is "mile wide inch deep." We know a little bit about many things, from this…
Pay Attention, It’s All Right Here

Pay Attention, It’s All Right Here

Everything shows you everything about your self. If you're paying some attention. Ever since I started moving a whole lot in my life - with East Asian practices when I was younger, then climbing up mountains and flying down them, and now through yoga and tai chi - I've always felt that I am how I move. My body follows my mind, my beliefs. It goes along with where my attention is, and where it isn't. The things I find easy or run from, connections that seem effortless or times when I'm fast to bristle - it all all comes…
Strala Guide to Everyday Home Practice

Strala Guide to Everyday Home Practice

How much should I practice?  Should it be every day or do I need rest days?  How intense should it be?  What time of day is best? How can I reach my goals? One of the best things about us is we're all unique, so it's nice to answer individual questions individually. And probably what's most important isn't an exact prescription. It's simply that you do some practice each day that's good for you.   Do something that's good for you every day.   From here, it's important that this practice doesn't become isolated to the 10 minutes, 30 minutes,…
Get Comfortable Right Now

Get Comfortable Right Now

There are many poses that feel uncomfortable for a whole lot of people, pigeon among them. And we always have a choice here, in our leading, and even more important, in how we live our own lives. We can stick with the idea of the pose, and hope that uncomfortable will become comfortable one day. Or we can change the form, so it arises from our own body rather than from an idea. This creates something dramatically different. The thing about ideas is they're static, and like yoga poses, often come from somewhere else - someone else's body, someone else's…
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