When Obvious Isn’t Obvious: Abuse in Yoga

When Obvious Isn’t Obvious: Abuse in Yoga

I ran across this sign on my first trip to Wyoming, and my first time seeing bison up close.  They're very, very big.  Big enough that the message is so obvious it's funny, which is why I took the picture.  But, it's also obviously here for a reason.  Because obvious isn't always obvious. Still, some things seem that way.  Over-the-top obvious.  For example, it's obvious that tickling bison behind the ears isn't a good idea.  Although I was tempted.  It's obvious that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, also not a good idea.  I come from a Navy family. …

Growing on a Path of Connection, Harmony, Ease and Peace

Question: How are the in-person and online trainings all different from each other?  Are the 200 hour in-person programs the same as the 200 hour online training?  Is the 100 hour 7 Secrets of Leadership Training similar to Part 1 in the 200 hour online leadership training?  Does everything change every year?   This comes up each year, as we're all looking for the best ways to keep growing.  We're so lucky to be in this with you all.  And we're even more lucky to be with you on a path measured not in months, but in years and decades of…
Career: Be What You Love and Watch it Grow

Career: Be What You Love and Watch it Grow

Every time and every place we get together with people, this question comes up. "I need more peace, more ease in my life, so I'm here. Seeing where I've been so much a stress and no-pain no-gain kind of person. Seeing how I can find another way, and how good it feels when I do. But, does all this mean I can only do strala? If I love other things and those other things are the old me, do I have to give it up?" There's a big answer here. It goes right to the foundations we share with tai…
5 Take-Aways from Strala’s 200+ Hour Yoga Leadership Training

5 Take-Aways from Strala’s 200+ Hour Yoga Leadership Training

We just finished up Week 1 of the Strala 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training here at Sundance, and wanted to share a bit with you all from the first section of this course, focused on foundations for practice. Since what we do draws on the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi, across the practice forms of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and TCM, many of our practices began with tai chi, and expanded from here into yoga and the rest of life. Each morning we went for a group hike, which began a daily focus on one of the foundations of…
How to Teach Yoga to Older People

How to Teach Yoga to Older People

There's this question that came up in our training time here at Sundance. It comes up in every training we ever have. It's asked about yoga, and then it's asked about pretty much everything else we all do, together with each other as people. And usually it begins pretty simply, in one of two ways. a) What do I do with old people? ... or ... b) How do I lead Beginners? And from here the question always grows. Old people, young people, sick people, injured people, small people, big people, tall people, expert people, office people, school people, family…