How You Practice is What You Get

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Hi Friends!

If you think you’re practicing something in yoga or tai chi or fitness that’s different from what you do the rest of your day, you’re not.

It might look different, these positions, these exercises, from sitting at a desk or going to meetings. It might feel like a change of pace, change of focus, change of heart rate. But this isn’t change. It might just barely scratch the surface of what you’re looking for.

Because what’s constant, always, is you. How you do what you do. The strategies you use, the habits that carry you. So when you get to yoga, there you are. Trying to bring one disconnected, disobedient part of you at a time into line, going to war with your challenges. More stress, more disconnection. And we’re supposed to pretend we are at peace, while we go to war with our selves.

 

What we’re doing in our selves, to our selves, is perfectly reflected in the world. All the unsustainability. All the conflict, aggression. disconnection, war.

 

What we need isn’t yoga. Isn’t tai chi, the gym, or anything else we do for an hour each day at best. Because this hour will always be exactly how we are, all the time.

 

What we need is a practice that’s practiced all the time, in all the hours, in all the places. Which carries us into a different world, where we are sustainable, connected, harmonious and at peace in our selves, in how we care for and get around in our selves. So this becomes what’s perfectly reflected in the world around us. A very different world.

 

Yoga can help. Tai chi can help. Anything you love can help, running walking swimming climbing talking eating connecting creating sharing helping living being. It all helps, when we see it’s all the same, in how we are. And we put our practice on how we are, all the time.

It’s not about yoga or any other one thing. If it is, it’s just a cult. A new distraction. If you want to change, it has to be about you, not about the other thing. Something bigger comes through you in how you are, everywhere. The world changes here.

-Mike

 

About Strala Yoga Training

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 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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