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Secrets of Space Maker from a Real Life CareBear

Secrets of Space Maker from a Real Life CareBear

Upon approaching a safe distance, it's impossible not to be zapped into Hannah Thomas magical world of space making, cosmically creative thinking, and extremely positive life affirming physicality. The most wild aspect of her character is, her humbleness to her unique and uplifting gravitational pull. Also, Hannah is a wicked good crafter. She whips up an idea in a flash and has generously spread her unique and useful treasures far and wide in the strala community and I'm sure beyond. For this and many reasons, namely she is just plain rad, I am honored to have a little conversation and share…
Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Moving into day 4 of the 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training, there's a question that always comes up: "If no-pain-no-gain is such a terrible life strategy - that ages us faster, shortens our healthspan, and keeps us locked away far short of our potential - then why is it so popular?"   It's true. Nearly all of us have grown up thinking that the hardest way is the best way. Stress and struggle are how we get anyway good, and ease is for vacation . . . which never really comes, because we've spent so much time practicing stress and struggle, it's…
The Beauty of Partnership

The Beauty of Partnership

Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can. It's a Strala mantra for practice, and of course how we practice is how we are. Expanding the comfort zone in this way can lead to some pretty awesome adventures. It's my pleasure to share Strala Guides who inspire. It's a long list so get ready for a steady stream of good vibes. Presenting Anna Kleb, Founder of YOGALIEBE, a Strala studio in Germany, and Super Guide Julia Buck. The two of them make co conspirators of ease and have unfolded a flurry of projects, adventures, and fun. Enjoy our conversation…
How to Banish Pain and Injury from your Fitness and Wellbeing Practice

How to Banish Pain and Injury from your Fitness and Wellbeing Practice

There's a problem with "Be here now."  It's not really possible. In particular, it's not possible if where we want to be isn't here. And even more, it's not possible if we don't really like here all that much. After all, that's the whole point of why we're trying to get someplace else. It's better there than here.  But somehow we're asked to stop trying to get where we think we should be, and instead get into where we are.  It's complicated. So, this has to do with a bit more than yoga or tai chi, running or climbing, or whatever our fitness and wellbeing practices might…
2 More Days of Early Bird and Spring Musings

2 More Days of Early Bird and Spring Musings

Hi Friends, Spring has me feeling like cleaning from the inside out. I've been taking a bit more time to mediate and practice in the mornings before everyone wakes up. (Daisy is sleeping until 7 or sometimes 8 even so this is a gift!) I've been reading, knitting, goofing off, going for walks and dreaming on things. This week my friends Anna Kleb and Anja Schmid, Strala Guides, amazing people, and awesome leaders have been featured for their work creating communities. I'm so proud that Strala has grown way beyond a feel good nature of my class and evolved with…
How to Learn Martial Arts

How to Learn Martial Arts

What if I want to learn something, I think it's valuable for me, but the practice feels completely wrong? This comes up sometimes. A part of us doing something another part doesn't like. Recently it was in a question from a friend about learning martial arts. I'll share a bit of her question here, it's helpful for learning martial arts if that's your interest. It might also relate to some other choices we make, about how we learn, and what we practice each day. "It felt like we were consciously destroying our bodies, crushing our feet, legs and joints. Seriously,…
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