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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,…
How to Make Yoga Alignment Work for You

How to Make Yoga Alignment Work for You

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace. When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies. Enjoy this FREE Yoga to Be Calm Practice The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move always in alignment…
A Conversation that’s Ending Abuse

A Conversation that’s Ending Abuse

A yoga teacher we know shared something recently. She said she's been teaching her vinyasa practice for 20 years, and has made so much progress with poses. But her joints hurt, her health isn't great, and she's discovered that she can't get up a hill. Really, she can't do much of anything with her body. Except poses. And now, after so many years of pushing people to follow her in something she says caused harm not help, she's telling everyone to follow her into high intensity workouts, because this will be so much better. - There are some issues here,…
The 2-Minute Performance Problem

The 2-Minute Performance Problem

It's rarely what we do that harms us. It's what we do too much that can become a problem. So is it possible to have too much of a good thing? Sure. For me it's cookies. Sugar isn't a bad thing on its own. In fact, it's a fundamental component in cellular respiration that we need to survive. But, it's pretty easy for us (me) to have way too much, because there's so much available all around us now. Which can lead to all kinds of serious health problems, ranging from depression and anxiety to diabetes and cancer. So yes…
A Practice for Everything

A Practice for Everything

There's a question that comes up almost always around week two of our 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training: "All this de-stressing and finding ease in my life is so wonderful. Do I need anything else for my health, for my everything, aside from yoga and tai chi?  Should I drop running, quit the gym, and change my job?" If your instinct is you'd rather not give up everything you love, it would be nice to improve not abandon your work, and life is really a bit bigger than just studying yoga . . . then your instinct is probably right.   Strala as a philosophy and practice for moving well in…
Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Why Is No-Pain-No-Gain So Common?

Moving into day 4 of the 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training, there's a question that always comes up: "If no-pain-no-gain is such a terrible life strategy - that ages us faster, shortens our healthspan, and keeps us locked away far short of our potential - then why is it so popular?"   It's true. Nearly all of us have grown up thinking that the hardest way is the best way. Stress and struggle are how we get anyway good, and ease is for vacation . . . which never really comes, because we've spent so much time practicing stress and struggle, it's…