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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…
Why We Learn

Why We Learn

This isn't for becoming better at poses. It's time for taking really good care of yourself, and becoming better at you. It doesn't matter how simple or complicated your yoga is, or anyone else's, or what anyone else thinks. I wouldn't worry about this one ever. What's important is giving yourself you-time, within a hugely supportive learning environment that will help lift you up when you need it. Remember the other people around you aren't here for comparison. In these training courses above everything, the group is here as a team, to lift each other, and to help us each learn…
Something We Can All Get Behind

Something We Can All Get Behind

Everybody told Tara never to publish our Strala training manual. The business types with the spreadsheets and powerpoints all said this was nuts. If you give it all away, how will this work for you??   It works when the work is to create a better place for us all to be. Because this can't help but be for all of us.   It begins inside. When we find harmony inside, suddenly we are more together in our individuality than we ever could be through struggling and pushing to conform. Tara and I have talked about this one a lot.…
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