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

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

Moving into day 4 of the 200+Hour Yoga Leadership 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?"…
The Beauty of Partnership

The Beauty of Partnership

Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can. It's a Strala mantra for practice, and of course how we practice is how we are. Expanding the comfort zone in this way can lead to some pretty awesome adventures. It's my pleasure to share Strala Guides who inspire. It's a…
How to Learn Martial Arts

How to Learn Martial Arts

What if I want to learn something, I think it's valuable for me, but the practice feels completely wrong? This comes up sometimes. A part of us doing something another part doesn't like. Recently it was in a question from a friend about learning martial arts. I'll share a bit…
Training Resources for Athletes

Training Resources for Athletes

For athletes, both yoga and tai chi forms can be useful cross-training, as a way to connect your whole body together and move more efficiently.  You develop increased energy for greater levels of challenge, so this kind of training is useful for substantial gains in mobility, agility, and endurance. Practice here can also…
How to Make Your Yoga Feel Like You

How to Make Your Yoga Feel Like You

A common question that comes up in our yoga teacher trainings is, is this real yoga? If you take the yoga form, but focus on the whole movement rather than the endpoints, the poses, is it real yoga? I think this definition of real yoga as the yoga form moving…