A 3-Minute Sequence To Get A Gentle Stretch & Feel Great (Video)

We think of yoga as something that should feel good. That's why we're all here, right? Unfortunately, for a whole lot of people, the reality just doesn't feel that good. So many beginners wind up thinking, Well, if I just manage to endure all this, maybe I'll break on through to the other side! And experts often do break on through, right into torn muscles and chronic pain. We came to yoga to practice peace, but instead many of us wind up going to war with ourselves!

Luckily, it doesn't have to be that way. Yoga can be exactly what we wanted it to be in the first place. Here's how:

1. Make yourself comfortable.

There's no benefit to holding yourself in some crazy uncomfortable pose, hoping it might become nice someday. Think of the life parallels here! Practice in your yoga what you want in your life. You have all the freedom you're willing to give yourself. Use it here. Find ways to be comfortable in everything you do, even when those things are new and unfamiliar.

2. Move easy, everything you've got, in every direction you can.

You don't need to hold stiff and tense in poses, while stress enters your body and mind. Instead, move easy, and let the stress go. There's a whole lot more to you than just a few poses. While you're here, might as well get to know all of you.

Have you ever put yourself where you're tense and immobilized in your yoga, and then get frustrated that it's so hard to move? Have you ever done this anywhere else in your life? You can also make a different choice.

Put joy into your yoga, how you move, how you live. Don't think it. Love it. Love what you're doing. It's why you're here. It's why we're all here.

Put yourself where you can move easy, and move easy right there. Relax. Explore. It will transform your yoga into something more comfortable and effective. It will make you a much better athlete. You'll feel great! And it just might change your life.

What does all this look like?

In this simple 3-minute video, we'll remake five of the most basic poses to get you moving moving easy and feeling great.

Have fun, and let me know how it goes!

Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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