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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…
How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Yoga

How Tai Chi Can Improve Your Yoga

When we introduced tai chi as a practice in our 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training last July, it had an unexpected result. We wanted to give everyone a new way of practicing the same set of principles for releasing stress, healing what needs healing, and moving with grace and harmony in our bodies and minds - even when things get challenging. Which was wonderful to share. What we didn't expect was how helpful it was for all of us, to see ourselves again.   In a way, so many of us have spent so much time with yoga, that really we're…
Create Not Copy. How to make hard work feel good

Create Not Copy. How to make hard work feel good

This question just came up with our online training group - something about the intertwining of fun and progress, whether it's really possible to have both.  So my thought is, maybe this is possible.  Which is good news, because we all want more.  This need to expand and grow is part of being human.  When it goes in the right direction, it's how we make things better, for all of us. But what if this progress feels so much like school, or work, all heavy?  Maybe then it's not so possible.  And maybe it's not even progress.   As a start, if…
Touch: What Is It Good For?

Touch: What Is It Good For?

"If everyone where I come from thinks touch only happens from a teacher when I'm doing something wrong, should we avoid connecting through touch?" This came up in our online training group recently, and it's such a good and common question.  As a start, always do what's in you, what you're comfortable doing. This is the most important thing.   When you're comfortable people feel this. More is possible from here. When you're uncomfortable, people feel this too, and less is possible.   Forming a positive connection with the people in your class - and with people in general -…
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