Create the Community You’re Looking For

Create the Community You’re Looking For

A few years ago I had a talk with Joe Cross - the guy who created Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and shares all around the world now about getting back to health. We were waiting to speak at MindBodyGreen's annual Revitalize conference in Arizona, and I was going up after him. I knew a bit of Joe's story, how he cured himself with juice and got off all the bad stuff. But we were getting behind-the-scenes, and there was something new here.   Doing the right thing doesn't always stick.   And he got to see this everywhere. Over and…
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 -…
It’s Good to Get Things Wrong Sometimes

It’s Good to Get Things Wrong Sometimes

Ever feel anxious about getting things wrong?  It's ok.  Actually, it might be better than ok.  Because getting it wrong could be your best way to get it right.   Steer clear of being an expert. Even when you're a teacher or leader, try not to put yourself in a position where you need to be so right all the time.   I know that's tough to do when you're supposed to be in charge. "If I'm not right, why would anyone listen to me?" Well there are lots of good reasons, that have something to do with how you are,…
How to Teach Yoga to the Unteachable

How to Teach Yoga to the Unteachable

A friend of ours is doing some important work, teaching people to form a better relationship with stress, food, and health. And she wrote recently about hitting a wall. Sometimes what we see in the people we try to help isn't what they see in themselves. Sometimes what they see is that how they are is how they are. Not working. Not healthy. Not feeling so good. But not changeable. That's just how I am. It's something we all run into so much - with friends, family, people we work with, even in different parts of our selves. What do…
When Things Get Worse

When Things Get Worse

What happens when things get worse instead of better? I'm talking with a Strala friend who stopped practicing yoga for a while. And coming back to it now, things aren't feeling so good. We've all been here in different ways. Maybe it's with yoga, the piano, or a sport. I'm aiming to get back in a scull after 20 years. And Tara always likes to remind me that boxing might be just a bit different for me now than what I remember. So I'll share a bit of our talk with you here, because we all have this experience, in…