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…
Pain, Challenge, and What To Do When You’re 7,000m up an Ice Wall

Pain, Challenge, and What To Do When You’re 7,000m up an Ice Wall

A friend of mine asked some good questions about guiding people who are experiencing pain and difficulty.  In this case she was talking about pain in down dogs and high lunges. In more cases, we're talking about pain and difficulty, trauma and challenge, across pretty much all of life. The yoga poses are one place where we might see these things. What's hard, what hurts, what helps. How do I handle things like this in my life. And maybe the yoga, tai chi or whatever we practice can become a place to work on it. Noticing what we've got is…
5 Take-Aways from Part 1 of Strala 200+Hour Leadership Training

5 Take-Aways from Part 1 of Strala 200+Hour Leadership Training

We just finished up Week 1 of the Strala 200+Hour 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 tai…
What About Old People?

What About Old 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…
What Yoga Alliances Can and Can’t Do For Us

What Yoga Alliances Can and Can’t Do For Us

I heard recently from a friend in a European yoga alliance, asking about troubles they're seeing in the American YA. In case it's helpful, I'll share a bit of our discussion with you all here. It begins with a question. What do you think we can ask of a yoga alliance? What's possible here, and what's not possible? And a couple answers have come up for me, thinking about YA, as well as companies and organizations in general. 1) Be clear about what you are, and what you can do. Also be clear about what you're not and can't. 2)…
Strala Online 200+Hour Leadership Training, Part 2 of 2

Strala Online 200+Hour Leadership Training, Part 2 of 2

"Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves." – Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital - Just like our in-person trainings, this course gives everything you need get started and keep progressing, in both your personal practice and your leadership - with yoga, work, relationships, and across your whole life. This Level 2 Training takes you into all…
Strala 200+Hour Leadership Training, Simplify in Ibiza, October 2020

Strala 200+Hour Leadership Training, Simplify in Ibiza, October 2020

“We know that we are each in the driver’s seat of our own lives, in control of our personal destiny. We know we can change our own health, and our entire life experience, through the choices we make each day. Our lives are our own to create.” – Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital   Registration is Now Open What: Training and Retreat. This training is a special retreat for you to slow down, connect, simplify, and discover new practices for taking good care…
12 Take-Aways from Part 1 of Strala 300+Hour Leadership Training

12 Take-Aways from Part 1 of Strala 300+Hour Leadership Training

Hi everybody, I just wanted to share with you a few take-aways from our training time so far in Berlin. Part 1 has focused all on you, what you're able to do for yourself and how you navigate through each day. I'll share from this part below. We've also moved through Leadership concepts and practices, and now we're in a week of focus on healing. More coming soon! - 1) The harder you work, the less you can do. Learn to be moved. Learn to unweight yourself. Learn to exhale. Together these practices allow you to work half as hard…

Getting Real About Negative Self-Talk

So much of what we are taught in spiritual lessons is a version of “I’m not my body.” To me that has always seemed a dangerous mantra. Deciding you are not your body is almost a declaration of separateness from yourself. The argument is seductive. You are not this thing that you are at war with, constantly struggling to change, alter and tug at. You are not this thing that you dislike and are forced to walk around carrying all day. You are not this thing that you cannot separate yourself from. You are something much bigger, much more great.…