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Strala Graduation Speech: Why listening to yourself is a huge risk you can’t live without

Strala Graduation Speech: Why listening to yourself is a huge risk you can’t live without

  I want to ask something of each one of you. I want to ask each of you to take a risk. I want you to take the risk of listening, to you. Why is this a risk? That doesn't sound risky at all! In fact it sounds completely normal. But it's not normal, for most of us. And it's a risk, because it means changing some pretty big beliefs we have about the world. And some even bigger beliefs we have about ourselves.   You can survive without taking this risk. But you can't live without taking it.  …
Everything We’ve Ever Been Told About Achieving is Wrong

Everything We’ve Ever Been Told About Achieving is Wrong

I've learned something incredibly valuable over the last several years, and it goes against everything I've been taught about achieving in my life. It's been a revolution for me, allowing me to achieve more and actually enjoy the process of working toward my goals, without stress, tension, struggle and defeat. When I started to dive into what I was discovering, I found there was a strict rulebook in place for life.  If we follow it diligently, work really hard, keep our head down, and push on through all the stress and struggle, it tells us we might just get to something good, someday. I don't…
Drop the Struggle

Drop the Struggle

  Everyone has told you life is hard. You have to push harder, force past the rest, get ahead by tensing everything you've got and one day you'll break through to something else. Maybe. If you're lucky. What if the struggle wasn't real and the only thing real is the tension we create to make ourselves believe we are working hard enough & to shut out the fear that we aren't good enough and don't deserve happiness unless we are miserable first. What if you move easily, everything you've got, in every direction you can. What if you move naturally,…

How to make your yoga – and your life – look like you

In 2011, a bureau chief for The New York Times identified what Strala was up to as a substantial shift in yoga and wellbeing.  We were just getting started then (it still feels this way), but as Strala keeps evolving, we're beginning to have a better sense of what she saw.   In the last 80 years, every form of yoga has focused on instructing poses. Strala instructs movement. Why do we do this? Where does it come from?   Instructing Poses Instructing poses puts yoga into a world of correct and incorrect, based on what the pose looks like. In this world, everybody tries to…
The Foundation and Science of Strala

The Foundation and Science of Strala

  Strala breaks through stress and tension in your body and mind, that keeps you working much harder than you need, to achieve much less than you can. You’ll learn to move powerfully through your life and handle challenge with ease, using a proven structure that combines the rich vocabulary of yoga, with the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi. Get ready to be radiantly healthy, free, creative, and happy.   About Strala Strala uses yoga, tai chi, and traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, to help people live radiantly healthy and inspiring lives. It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where…
Enjoy Now State of Mind

Enjoy Now State of Mind

Be here now. This is one of my favorite sentences and reminders there is. Ram Dass, one of the great teachers of our time, sums up the goal of yoga, practice, meditation, and life in three powerful words. Be here now has been my goal with what and how I practice and how I choose to teach, lead, guide, and most importantly, be in the world. With Strala Yoga, the now, is where we revel.     I love that the experience and feeling we intend with leading Strala shines so clearly across in the class. I dreamed of a yoga…
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