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Is This Real Yoga?

Is This Real Yoga?

Sometimes this question comes up, is this real yoga? If you take the yoga form, but focus on the whole movement rather than the endpoints, the poses, is it real yoga? We don't hear this as often now, but my guess is it comes up for everyone sometimes.   I think this definition of real yoga as the yoga form moving badly - without practice of moving well - can't survive so much now. The science doesn't support it. And it doesn't feel right.   So I think this idea remains only where people expect yoga to be usually awkward,…
Runners Guide to Training

Runners Guide to Training

We'll talk mostly running here, but the principles are the same for nearly every athletic endeavor. Want to run faster for longer, develop explosive power and agility, with fewer injuries and shorter recovery times? Follow this basic cross-training principle:   Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.   The focus here is on becoming more easily movable. It's your best way to go from good to great on usable power, agility, and endurance.  And this isn't achieved much by stretching, pushing, or struggling. Better mobility is achieved by practicing better mobility. This is a simple principle common to nearly…
Early Bird Trainings & Half Off Video Classes & Series. Happy Spring!

Early Bird Trainings & Half Off Video Classes & Series. Happy Spring!

Hi Friends, We're settling back in here in NYC, recharging a bit, planning, cleaning the house, making the veggies, watching Daisy walk around (OMG), and back to the daily things. I've got the strange and familiar feeling of the magic star dust settling after a big rush of energy from the ease and fun of training groups. Anyone else got that? Holla! It's taking a bit of time to fully adjust, and to be honest, I'm enjoying feeling the star bits I collected along the way find their new home inside of me. We're preparing for the upcoming Spring and…

The Time for Reinvention is Now

Hi Friends, The time for reinvention is now. We're here in Berlin, staying in a super modest apartment, cooking most of our meals, taking long walks, doing the yoga, in the moment, in between Strala programs, right here right now. Last night as Mike was washing dishes in our tiny kitchen while I was playing with Daisy a grand game of cup stacking, he said to me, "I'm happy here, in this simple apartment, doing the normal things of life." Sometimes when Mike gets deep out of no where, he has these out-of-body experiences where he sort of freezes and…
How Do I Choose?

How Do I Choose?

This question comes up sometimes. How do I choose what to do? What to lead, what to share with people? It happens with yoga or tai chi classes, making this decision. It happens with life, deciding what to be, what to do. So in a way, what we lead isn't so much a choice, at the moment we're leading it. Even if we put a great deal of thought into picking what we say, what we present and do. Still, what we lead isn't decided in that moment, or even in our short preparation, leading up to this moment.  …
Double-Doing It

Double-Doing It

We're having a conversation about movement, tension, and softness in our online training group. It comes up quite a lot. I think there's a belief that we have to flex our muscles to be strong. Lock our joints to be safe. Push ourselves into alignment to be aligned. There's so much we have to do! But, maybe we could do a bit less. Maybe how we do what we do is something we could practice, a bit more. It's maybe pretty common for us to try to think our way into everything. Even our own bodies. In this way we…
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