Yoga for Creativity and Productivity

Yoga for Creativity and Productivity

Hi Friends, We’re taught our whole lives to work hard and push through the pain to get anywhere good – be it the next career level or a stronger body. It’s easy to end up in a cycle of stress and exhaustion. A shift in activities and priorities will get you on track. When we spend too much time bathed in stress, our chemical wiring gets even more frazzled and our new natural state sets to strung-out. When you’re in frazzled state, your body simmers in the stress hormone cortisol, a breeding ground for even more stress, wear and tear,…
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…
Being a Good Teacher, and a Good Person

Being a Good Teacher, and a Good Person

  There's a wonderful opportunity we all have as teachers.  It could be yoga we're teaching, or tai chi, or anything at all.  We have this opportunity to help each other find our own way.  To discover some of the biggest things there are to learn - some of the most important knowledge there is - isn't the kind that comes from outside of us.  It's the kind that comes from inside.  So it's good to know this.  It's also good to practice it.  That's how we make it real. Take yoga as an example. There's always this moment that comes up…

Why You Should Stay In Your Comfort Zone

  You don't need to move beyond your comfort zone. That would be uncomfortable. For progress to happen, you just need to move your comfort zone.   There was a time way back when I would hear this a lot in yoga classes. "Push beyond your edge!" I never understood this. As a mountaineer, I'm pretty aware of the edges of things. I know that people don't react well to moving beyond them. But in yoga, we'd all dutifully listen, because that's what we're here to do. Listen to the teacher. And the next day someone (often the teacher) would have…

Strala Intensive Training: Chicago, June 24 – 25, 2017

Release the stress that inhibits your body and mind, and learn to move easily through all kinds of challenge!   Where: W Hotel in Chicago, City Center, 172 West Adams Street When: Saturday June 24 through Sunday June 25, 2017 Schedule: 9am to 5pm both days. Mornings and evenings before and after-hours also open with Tara and Mike for Q&A. What to bring: comfortable clothes for moving, a yoga mat, and paper + pen are all helpful. Cost: $795 Strala Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the global Yoga Alliance Professionals, and this course counts for continuing education. Reserve your spot…