Building a Yoga and Tai Chi Practice that Creates Peace

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There’s this wonderful old Chinese philosophy we practice now in tai chi.  It holds an understanding that bigger always wins in a contest of force, and this is the least interesting of contests. So we change it to something more interesting, more peaceful. Something where force doesn’t win, it simply tires itself out from lack of balance.

If Bigger Always Wins, Change the Contest

This philosophy found expression many hundreds of years ago, in a time and place of more need, and less choice.  But we don’t have to wait.  We can choose, from wherever we happen to be, right now.  Because we know it can create a better world. Better communities, companies, governments. And more immediately, it can create a better you. Strong, sustainable, easeful, peaceful, fully you.

Learn to choose peace because you want to, not because you have to.

For most of human history, we only choose peace when we have to. Governments, companies, communities, people, all the same. All reflecting what’s in every one of us. Powerful China was not always so powerful, and peaceful Tibet, not always so peaceful. There was a time when these roles were reversed.

What Does Practicing Peace Look Like

What does this look like in practice? You’ll find it in every step of the ancient arts of qigong and tai chi, calligraphy and dish washing. You can put it in your yoga, your walking, your climbing or running, meeting and connecting with other humans.

Enjoy this FREE Simple Walking Tai Chi Practice

It simply means letting go the stress and tension that depletes and blocks your natural flow of energy. It means reconnecting all your disconnected parts into one harmoniously functioning you. It means choosing this process of connection and peace, every time you run into a roadblock and face the immediate option of isolation and force.

Nothing ever hurts, heals, or prospers in isolation from itself, or from the world around it. So this is an important choice to make. And it’s one you’re making in every moment of your life.

About Strala Yoga

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Yoga Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

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