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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…
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,…
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…
One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

There's a very good question that comes up, often near the beginning of a new way of practice. "What if the old way is so much in me? I really like Vinyasa and astanga. Or Bikram and burpees. It feels good to me. At least most of it does. Maybe some parts not so much, maybe sometimes I'm a little injured or frazzled. Or I have some pain, some difficulty, that isn't going away. But it works for me, I think. And I like this new way, too. So are they both ok? What if they don't agree with each…
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,…
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