Is There a Conflict Between Yoga and Crossfit?

Is There a Conflict Between Yoga and Crossfit?

This is a good question partly because it comes up so much. Lots of people do yoga, and lots of people do crossfit. It's also a good question because it's much bigger than yoga and crossfit. "Can i do this thing I like doing, even if it's totally different from this other thing I like doing?" In some ways I think the answer is simple, and the same, for yoga, for crossfit, and for life: Do what you love doing, and do it in the best way you can. So the challenge with crossfit is about the same as the…
How to Find Stillness in Movement with Yoga

How to Find Stillness in Movement with Yoga

If you're teaching yoga, avoid telling people what to feel. Just teach people to go where they want to go, then get out of their way.  And if you're practicing yoga, it's really the same. Avoid telling yourself what to feel. Learn to move in harmony, without all the noise and limitation created by stress and struggle. Hear what you're feeling, and believe that it's true. Move in response to what you hear.  This one is important, and it keeps coming up alongside so many good questions. A long-time yoga teacher recently asked, "If you're in stillness, how can you…
When is More Yoga Teacher Training a Good Idea?

When is More Yoga Teacher Training a Good Idea?

Hi everybody, a question sometimes comes up about when it's good to take more yoga teacher trainings, and when it might be repeating what you already know.  It's come up again more recently with the new Online Yoga Training, so thought I would share some answers with you all together here.  And to begin there's a short answer: Each of our yoga trainings is different every year. It depends on what you're wanting from education. For some people in yoga teacher trainings, you want to gather some interesting new ideas for thought.  Or maybe you want to learn how to…
Scientific Study of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

Scientific Study of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

There's a great deal of good research surrounding the conditions and mechanisms for healing and wellbeing. And for a variety of reasons, the best of this isn't in the field of yoga. I'll share some notes below that give a foundation for good results, along with a framework for successful study, collected from the experience we've had with other researchers. Enjoy this FREE Tai Chi for the Morning Routine There are a variety of good uses for yoga, tai chi, and qigong, that include relaxation and release of stress, health and healing, treatment of injury and disease, strength and fitness,…
Yoga, Adjustments and Creating a Positive Connection

Yoga, Adjustments and Creating a Positive Connection

I'm inspired by New York Time's reporter Katie Rosman's recent work, covering widespread manipulation and abuse by yoga gurus and their teacher-followers.  So I want to keep this conversation going with you all, and I think we should keep it going together as long as it takes. It's important to understand something here, something I've heard Tara articulate so clearly for more than a decade now. This isn't just about handing out green and red cards that say please touch me or not. That's a small picture window into a big picture problem. The big picture is a culture of…