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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 -…
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…
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…
The Values We Share

The Values We Share

Community is everything. Tara and I are about to begin our course in Amsterdam, and we're thinking of everyone coming together to share this experience. We're lucky to have people from so wide a range of backgrounds and experience - beginners and long-time practicers, teachers of all styles, people looking to run faster or strengthen their game, perform better at work, heal what needs healing, and just all-around feel amazing. The diversity makes good ground for learning from each other. We look different, speak different languages, come from different places, work different jobs. And we're all in this community together,…
Guiding Strala – Foreword by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi

Guiding Strala – Foreword by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi

In 2017 we published the training manual which accompanies our longer courses.  We wanted to share this with everybody! Dr. Rudolph Tanzi - Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital - wrote the foreword.  He's doing amazing work, and it's wonderful to hear everything he has to say.  I'll copy some for you below, that he wrote about his work and our program. - In the last 20 years, we’ve made some astonishing discoveries. We know now that our neurological make up is dynamic and plastic, every day recreated in response to…
A Practice that Makes it Easier to be Here

A Practice that Makes it Easier to be Here

Approaching the mind through the mind can be pretty tough. Especially when things get challenging. So we can go through our body, first. And we need something more. Something that combines the simplicity of meditation with the energy of movement. Here's a practice for this. It's not yoga or tai chi, qi gong or traditional healing. It might use these forms, but it's not a form. It's just you, arising out of you. Which is what we're doing here. - Practice Being Here Begin wherever you're comfortable, right now. It can be sitting or standing, lying down or on hands and…
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