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4 Keys to Perfect Posture

4 Keys to Perfect Posture

Your posture reflects and creates how you feel, and how you live. So good posture is important. When it's not so good, you'll feel sluggish and weak. When it's good, you feel great. You have plenty of energy, and you're strong enough to do whatever you want. Since posture is created by what you do all day, it might take more than a few shoulder-rolls to get everything perfect. But there are some things you can do for a few minutes each day that will help your body learn and remember the best ways of moving and carrying yourself. From…
Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Energy, Alignment, and Going Your Own Way

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace.   When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies.   The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move naturally is how you form a positive connection first…
Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

Getting Out of the Breakdown Lane

It's not your goals that are so hard. It's how you're┬ámoving right now that's hard. We don't get to say "Just give me my perfect life for a day so I can practice it, and Then I'll be able to really get it!"   We get where we want to go by being good at where we are. This means something interesting for your yoga, your tai chi, your life practices. It's not poses you should be practicing, it's movement.   So line up your goals, this is good. It could be in your relationships or your work, your health…
When Something Hurts, Pay Attention: Knee and Whole Body Care

When Something Hurts, Pay Attention: Knee and Whole Body Care

When your knees hurt, pay attention. When anything hurts, pay attention. Sometimes self care means backing off and taking it easy. It's knowing when to forget about the goals, for just a moment. And sometimes self care is driving to achieve with everything we've got. Because finding our dreams is why we rest.   Finding our dreams is why we rest.   When you find something that hurts, you have a big chance here. As a start, it's a chance to learn how to move in your life in a way that doesn't hurt you. It's a chance to learn…
Yoga for Kids and Schools

Yoga for Kids and Schools

The implementation of Strala in more than 30,000 schools, through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and now a newer program called BOKS, has been really wonderful and interesting. Through the foundations, the program resources are made freely available to the schools, in exchange for the schools - and teachers - adopting new standards, and new ways of being themselves.   This all works so much better when it's not just teachers telling kids what to do and instead involves teachers influencing kids through their own way of being, and how they are in their own lives.   As a…
Pay Attention, It’s All Right Here

Pay Attention, It’s All Right Here

Everything shows you everything about your self. If you're paying some attention. Ever since I started moving a whole lot in my life - with East Asian practices when I was younger, then climbing up mountains and flying down them, and now through yoga and tai chi - I've always felt that I am how I move. My body follows my mind, my beliefs. It goes along with where my attention is, and where it isn't. The things I find easy or run from, connections that seem effortless or times when I'm fast to bristle - it all all comes…
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