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Training Resources for Athletes

Training Resources for Athletes

For athletes, both yoga and tai chi forms can be useful cross-training, as a way to connect your whole body together and move more efficiently.  You develop increased energy for greater levels of challenge, so this kind of training is useful for substantial gains in mobility, agility, and endurance. Practice here can also decrease the likelihood of injury, and support faster healing when injuries do happen. You can even work your way out of chronic injury and pain, where traditional approaches haven't worked so well. Following are some resources to get you started.   Background   a) Strala program and approach for athletes…
One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

One Part of Me Is Doing Something Another Part Doesn’t Like

There's a very good question that comes up, often near the beginning of a new way of practice. "What if the old way is so much in me? I really like Vinyasa and astanga. Or Bikram and burpees. It feels good to me. At least most of it does. Maybe some parts not so much, maybe sometimes I'm a little injured or frazzled. Or I have some pain, some difficulty, that isn't going away. But it works for me, I think. And I like this new way, too. So are they both ok? What if they don't agree with each…
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…
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