What Does Alignment Mean to You?

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Hi Friends!

Here’s one thought. It’s how you go from being the stress-based version of yourself, to the ease-based version.

Let’s start with bones. But bones don’t move themselves, muscles are involved here too. So alignment is the position of our structure, our bones, and what our muscles do to create that.  Now for right alignment. And for this we might need some context, to say what’s right.

Whether it’s static, moving, or accomplishing something in a particular context, right alignment is the position requiring least amount of effort to be here, move there, get that. The least amount of effort to accomplish what you want in your life.

So maybe we can also say what it’s not. Squeezing, fidgeting, fixing, fussing, rotating, flexing, engaging, extending, in so many ways thinking our way, one disconnected part at a time, into some idea of an ideal shape. This is working as hard as possible, to do even something very simple. Like a yoga pose. Just a practice of working too hard, same as always. Which gives us a strategy for life of working very hard, to accomplish much less than our potential. This strategy of stress, struggle, too much thinking, too much disconnection, tension.

As soon as you pick one part of you, try to fix or fuss about it, things get very difficult. Alignment becomes difficult, with this disconnection. You lose the source. How all of you got here, all together. Now it’s a pileup of symptoms. This foot, this rib, that shoulder, that tailbone, each causing problems. This is needed, sometimes. Treating symptoms this way is needed if hit by a bus, we need to fix a broken arm. But mostly, treat the source.

It’s very difficult to practice disconnection, tension, pushing as a way to arrive at connection, ease, and peace.

So we need some different strategy, to accomplish something bigger. Some connection, balance, harmony, ease under challenge. So this is right alignment. Ease, the most ease possible, under any condition. We’re all trying to line up this way. The important part of the equation, more than just the line, is how we get there.

Have you heard the phrase signal to noise ratio? It fits here. Right alignment is how we get the strongest signal, the least noise interference. So we can increase the signal to noise ratio. Just stress, so much control, over-trying, over-doing, this creates a lot of noise, not so much signal. More ease, more ability to move in balanced connection with our whole self, in some good relationship with our whole self, then we have more signal. We sensitize, see, connect, to everything.

We become what we really are, here. Not the stress-based version of our selves, covered by so many layers, legacies, copies, habits. A different version. Unlayered. In alignment with your self, always. You become the ease-based version of your self. Creatively, breathtakingly, unique.

-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.

Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Yoga Training

 

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Finding the right distance. It’s a practice we can feel out and adjust in every moment. Cool thing is when you create a good relationship with yourself, finding the right relationship with others becomes a joy.From @stralayoga training in Berlin a couple years back. We are hoping to be there with a nice group next summer celebrating finding the right relationship.#stralayoga #shiatsu #yogateachertraining #taichi
When we soften, much more becomes possible. #stralayoga #taichi #shiatsu
It’s so easy to stick to habits that are familiar, even when they are destructive. We all have our reasons, our armor and our guard up to protect ourselves against whatever specific formula triggers us. We are afraid if we are more gentle with ourselves, we won’t be braced to defend ourselves, but the opposite is true. Moving like you love yourself in yoga and life is a choice to create a new, lasting habit, a way of being truly you.Tai Chi, nature, science, and the wisdom of your Great Grandmother, remind us when you go to war with yourself, you lose. When you move with whole self harmony towards progress, treating every bad habit you find along the way as a gold mind opportunity to move toward balance, you feel better, your body works better and you have access to more of yourself. You have a chance to do some good.I move like I love myself. It can start with an idea, a mantra, a practice, a way of being. If you choose to let it make a home in you, you will have gone to peace with yourself. Anything is possible.Pic by @jes.lock & @arslanstype @sundanceresort for Rest & Renew Training & Retreat#connection #selflove #wellbeing #stralayoga #taichi
Giveaway Time 🎁📚Long time @stralayoga friend @rainesfordstauffer a bright star for good, has written a beautiful new book An Ordinary Age.It’s so great to see so many great reviews and impactful media coverage for such a fantastic young person and topic. We’re giving away (buying and sending as a gift from me to you) three copies. (3 copies from @stralayoga account and 3 also from @tarastilesTo enter:
Comment on what you are doing for self care today.
Tag 2 friends who you want to feel better.
Follow @rainesfordstauffer @stralayoga & @tarastiles so 6 copies in total)Take good care.We’ll announce 3 winners in our story on Monday May 17.#selfcare #rainesfordstauffer #anordinaryage #giveaway #bookstagram
We share the relationship we are already having with ourselves. Self care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary and takes the pressure off of trying to fix everyone & everything.@bibinsb & @lexluca are great examples ♥️Great memory from a great group in Amsterdam. #stralayoga #connection #selfcare #shiatsu
Fun one 👋Why do you practice ease? To feel better, to be able to enjoy more, serve more, to have enough energy to run around with the little ones in your life or something else? Pic by @inaraa_yoga before class in Berlin.Let us know in the comments.
Every  breath is an opportunity to feel better.
I create calm. When I choose to center myself, I create calm for me and the world around me.Welcome May, welcome our monthly theme, welcome our practice calendar, welcome calm. #stralayoga #createcalm
The mute button. 🤫An easy DIY #shiatsu to practice with yourself or with a partner. This #tsubo (entry point to a #meridian highway) has a way of calming an overactive mind. We named it the mute button in #stralayoga for a reason 😉Where
Below the big toe bone and a little in toward the center of the 🦶How
Press your thumb into this place as you lean in and away from the center of yourself or your partner.Now what
Soften yourself, breathe deep and make sure you are moveable. Hang here a bit without trying to make anything happen. Just chillNow what
Lean away from your partner to disconnect. Give them a bit of time to relax and maybe ask for some feedback.Don’t forget
Ask your partner for your turn 🙌
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