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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…

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…
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