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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…
Getting Started with Strala, Yoga, and Tai Chi

Getting Started with Strala, Yoga, and Tai Chi

Strala combines the movement wisdom of tai chi with the forms of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, as a way to help people release stress, heal, and move more easily through all kinds of challenge.   As a result, Strala is used all around the world, in a wide variety of contexts - from bringing ease into everyday life, training for professional athletes, healing of disease, injury and pain, to finding connection, creativity, and inspiration in the work place.   It's easy to get started here, and most of what we do is free for everyone. As…
Training Resources for Athletes

Training Resources for Athletes

For athletes, both yoga and tai chi forms can be useful cross-training, as a way to connect your whole body together and move more efficiently.  You develop increased energy for greater levels of challenge, so this kind of training is useful for substantial gains in mobility, agility, and endurance. Practice here can also decrease the likelihood of injury, and support faster healing when injuries do happen. You can even work your way out of chronic injury and pain, where traditional approaches haven't worked so well. Following are some resources to get you started.   Background   a) Strala program and approach for athletes…
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,…
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 -…
The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Trainings and Retreats

The Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Trainings and Retreats

Strala follows a mindset and approach for moving well in your life, releasing stress, and finding ease even when the challenges get big. We practice by combining the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance. In…
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