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Why You Should Stay In Your Comfort Zone

  You don't need to move beyond your comfort zone. That would be uncomfortable. For progress to happen, you just need to move your comfort zone.   There was a time way back when I would hear this a lot in yoga classes. "Push beyond your edge!" I never understood this. As a mountaineer, I'm pretty aware of the edges of things. I know that people don't react well to moving beyond them. But in yoga, we'd all dutifully listen, because that's what we're here to do. Listen to the teacher. And the next day someone (often the teacher) would have…
What Do You Teach When You’re Teaching?

What Do You Teach When You’re Teaching?

Of course we can begin with a topic. It could be quantum physics or geology. Calligraphy. Poetry. Or maybe it's Traditional Chinese Medicine, or Yoga, or Taiji. There's also what we teach through how we teach. How we are. This one is important. Because how we are - the beliefs, mindset, and habits we carry with us always - might be most of what we give to each other. And there's choice. When we teach, same as when we practice, we always have this choice.   We can push into an idea of correct, or ease into a feeling of correct.…
Do Less to Do More

Do Less to Do More

Most of us have a bias toward more studying, and less doing. We need to read more. Collect more information. Later on, we'll get to the doing. If I just get some more books about tai chi and meridians and energy, then I'll feel more confident. I'll be more ready, to take my own first steps. Maybe it's because we're risk-averse. Or we just like getting things right. So we keep going this way, arming ourselves with more and more information. This can get heavy sometimes. It's a lot on the mind. Maybe we could try something different.   Right…
Hitting the Wall

Hitting the Wall

What happens when you hit a wall in yoga? What happens when you hit a wall at work, or in whatever you're training to do? A few substantial challenges can come up, and it's all the same whether talking about yoga or anything. One big one might be: you're supposed to be good at yoga! And you're strong!! And young!!! So the focus gets very much on the challenges. And you're seeing the problems, but it's tough from here to back off and fix the problems, without attacking the challenge head-on.   What's needed isn't a head-on attack. And it's…
How You Do What You Do

How You Do What You Do

Life might hurt sometimes, but it can just as easily heal.   Your ability to heal, and to do everything, is all in how you do what you do.   Let's talk about wrists to start. But leave them be for a moment, it's sometimes best not to attack challenges head-on. First, connect your body and breath together as the same thing. Let each inhale lift you a little out of where you are, and put a little extra strength through your whole body. And let each exhale soften you a bit, and make it a little easier to be where…
NYC! Saturday’s in August is ON!

NYC! Saturday’s in August is ON!

Hi Friends, NYC family, I want to thank you for your epic patience, support and ease over the years. It's wonderful to hang, practice, and be with you all. The closeness we have in the sweaty, sunny studio has gotten us all through many wild times and life changes. I'm thrilled to start to weave in more open classes that we can all move in together. When we're back from Europe in November, I'll figure out something on-going for when I'm in town. I hope you can join me Saturdays this August. Here are the dates so you can arrange…
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