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What Does Alignment Mean to You?

What Does Alignment Mean to You?

Here's one thought. It's how you go from being the stress-based version of yourself, to the ease-based version. Let's start with bones. But bones don't move themselves, muscles are involved here too. So alignment is the position of our structure, our bones, and what our muscles do to create that.  Now for right alignment. And for this we might need some context, to say what's right.   Whether it's static, moving, or accomplishing something in a particular context, right alignment is the position requiring least amount of effort to be here, move there, get that. The least amount of effort…
The 2-Minute Performance Problem

The 2-Minute Performance Problem

It's rarely what we do that harms us. It's what we do too much that can become a problem. So is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Sure. For me it's cookies. Sugar isn't a bad thing on its own. In fact, it's a fundamental component in cellular respiration that we need to survive. But, it's pretty easy for us (me) to have way too much, because there's so much available all around us now. Which can lead to all kinds of serious health problems, ranging from depression and anxiety to diabetes and cancer. So yes…
A Practice for Everything

A Practice for Everything

There's a question that comes up almost always around week two of our 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training: "All this de-stressing and finding ease in my life is so wonderful. Do I need anything else for my health, for my everything, aside from yoga and tai chi?  Should I drop running, quit the gym, and change my job?" If your instinct is you'd rather not give up everything you love, it would be nice to improve not abandon your work, and life is really a bit bigger than just studying yoga . . . then your instinct is probably right.   Strala as a philosophy and practice for moving well in…
Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Moving into day 4 of the 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training, there's a question that always comes up: "If no-pain-no-gain is such a terrible life strategy - that ages us faster, shortens our healthspan, and keeps us locked away far short of our potential - then why is it so popular?"   It's true. Nearly all of us have grown up thinking that the hardest way is the best way. Stress and struggle are how we get anyway good, and ease is for vacation . . . which never really comes, because we've spent so much time practicing stress and struggle, it's…
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,…
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