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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. - 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, and overall wellbeing. For all of these aims,…
Red Card Green Card

Red Card Green Card

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…
When Obvious Isn’t Obvious

When Obvious Isn’t Obvious

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…
What About Alignment

What About Alignment

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. 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 is how you form a positive connection first…
Who are you? What do you love? Be that. Do that.

Who are you? What do you love? Be that. Do that.

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…