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Is This Real Yoga?

Is This Real Yoga?

Sometimes this question comes up, is this real yoga? If you take the yoga form, but focus on the whole movement rather than the endpoints, the poses, is it real yoga? We don't hear this as often now, but my guess is it comes up for everyone sometimes.   I think this definition of real yoga as the yoga form moving badly - without practice of moving well - can't survive so much now. The science doesn't support it. And it doesn't feel right.   So I think this idea remains only where people expect yoga to be usually awkward,…
Runners Guide to Training

Runners Guide to Training

We'll talk mostly running here, but the principles are the same for nearly every athletic endeavor. Want to run faster for longer, develop explosive power and agility, with fewer injuries and shorter recovery times? Follow this basic cross-training principle:   Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.   The focus here is on becoming more easily movable. It's your best way to go from good to great on usable power, agility, and endurance.  And this isn't achieved much by stretching, pushing, or struggling. Better mobility is achieved by practicing better mobility. This is a simple principle common to nearly…
Double-Doing It

Double-Doing It

We're having a conversation about movement, tension, and softness in our online training group. It comes up quite a lot. I think there's a belief that we have to flex our muscles to be strong. Lock our joints to be safe. Push ourselves into alignment to be aligned. There's so much we have to do! But, maybe we could do a bit less. Maybe how we do what we do is something we could practice, a bit more. It's maybe pretty common for us to try to think our way into everything. Even our own bodies. In this way we…
Getting More

Getting More

There are so many reasons we find our way to practices like yoga, qi gong, tai chi. Maybe it's to get more flexible, more mobile, or just more feeling good. Maybe it's to let go of stress, and make a positive connection with our bodies, our selves. Maybe we create harmony this way, some ease in our lives. So how do we get these things we want? Let's talk about flexibility, but it's a little bit the same for everything. So a good start might be somewhere in shifting focus a bit. It's possible that to get flexible, you don't…
Healing, Your Sacrum, and the Kitchen Sink

Healing, Your Sacrum, and the Kitchen Sink

Bruises, strains and sprains come up a lot. Could be from a fall, over-stretching, or just regular everyday life. So what's the best way to heal when these injuries keep sticking around? What's the best thing to do when you're trying everything - therapies, exercises, treatments, specialists, yoga, the whole kitchen sink - and it kind of helps. But it kind of doesn't. The injury is still there, making a home in you. This is so common. And we might have a way out that's common to all of us. I've been hearing about sacrum injuries quite a lot lately,…
Why Locking Joints Locks Doors

Why Locking Joints Locks Doors

This question comes up so often in yoga - "Should I be locking my knees and elbows - arms and legs held stick-straight - in all the poses?"  It's a good question, the kind that opens a few good doors. I think the short answer might have to do with, it takes some time and practice to replace old habits with new ones, even when the old habits don't work so well for us. And, it also takes progress. We need to see that change leads us to greater ability, to something more. We all want this. So it takes…
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