20 Minute Yoga & Tai Chi Flow

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Hi Friends!

I’ve always been drawn to the feeling that the yoga pose isn’t the place where the magic happens. There is no final end point where the sky parts and a unicorn rainbow appears. It’s so easy with yoga, and with so many things in life, to feel like things will be great once this pose happens for me. Things will be great when this milestone happens for me. How you feel along the way matters. If we don’t practice how we feel every moment along the way, even if we accomplish a pose or a milestone, we won’t be satisfied. Nothing will ever be enough. If you’ve ever read The Lorax, he can teach you how that ends up.

Tai Chi teaches us to move well, in harmony with ourselves, in connection with the breath, and that every moment is important. This process allows us to accomplish more than if we are only focused on one end point or milestone as our goal, and allows us to notice how we feel ever moment along the way. Noticing how we feel is an essential practice for our wellbeing. Just like when a friend asks you to listen, the best thing you can do is give them your full attention. When we do that for ourselves, we flourish.

Tai Chi is the foundation for our yoga practice. Softness. Breath body connection. Moving well. This foundation can be applied to everything. It’s our choice. Move in harmony and accomplish more or isolate and disconnect and accomplish a little bit, maybe, and eventually break.

Enjoy this 20 Minute Yoga and Tai Chi Practice. In this routine we do a little bit of yoga vocabulary and a little bit of tai chi vocabulary, all rooted in softness and breath body connection.

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Your breath is always there, ready to carry you. Take a moment, soften, and let your breath move with you.#stralayoga #softness #taichi #wellbeing
Just as much as this can be in your yoga and tai chi, softness is an all day, everyday, everywhere practice you can carry into your kitchen, meeting room, or wherever you’re getting around each day. It takes practice, to replace all our old habits like tension and rigidity, with new habits of moving well, in harmony with our whole selves.
#stralayoga #wellbeing #yoga
Grateful for each and every breath. Let it all go. 🌟  #stralayoga #yogaflow #wellbeing #meditation
Guide @mar.moreras shining with the sun 🌞
When things are easy, relax. When things are hard, relax even more. Your neurological and chemical state determines the impact an event will have on you. So when things get hard, it’s even more important that we support ourselves to stay easy inside. It takes practice, it’s important in so many ways, and we can do it. 🌿 #stralayoga #wellbeing #meditation #yoga
Guide @juliackrebs reminding us to soften and connect with nature 🌿 #stralayoga #yogaflow #yoga #wellbeing
It was a tough lesson for me to learn that I was doing hard things, the hardest way. Like so many of you, I want to do a good job, help people be happy and have a good life as well. We all have a breaking point and hopefully it’s while something is repairable. I noticed things were hard and felt like I needed to work harder, when I really needed to learn how to be softer. I leaned into my family of guides, dove into #shiatsu with #samberlind and #taichi with Mike. Hard to learn from your partner so I read all the books and practiced on my own for a long time. I took what I learned into everything and everything improved. I learned how to move better when I practiced and led yoga and every other moment. I learned how to soften myself and allow my breath to move me. I realized how silly and not useful is to be so egotistical and jump ahead of my breath when all the while the breath is right there, waiting for you to soften so it can lift and actually carry you with every inhale, and take the pressure off and make it easier to be right here, with every exhale.
Once you experience softness you don’t go back to force. There is no fight, no argument, no opposition. It is just irrelevant and not useful. Something to back away from. Force creates isolation and disconnection in yourself and makes hard things harder. Yes you can do hard things hard, but you will break, and you are spreading force around as you go. It’s not your fault.
Softness creates connection, harmony and possibilities for you and the world around you.
If this is new for you and pulls you in a bit, here is a simple practice to experience.
Move yourself around from your middle until you are actually comfortable.
Soften yourself physically, mentally, emotionally.
Notice how you feel.
Notice your breath moving you like a big ball, globe, out and in. Notice up and down become out and in.
Take a big inhale and lift your arms up. Wait for your inhale to do this for you. #softness #taichi #yoga #stralayoga #wecandohardthings
Exhale and relax your arms down.
Notice how you feel.
Hang here for a bit. Don’t jump up.
Big hugs and lots of softness.
♥️
Tara#stralayoga #wellbeing #yoga