Just felt like reaching out and connecting with all the readers here on our growing-like-a-weed Strala blog. Quite an amazing culture has developed around not only the studio in NYC, but around the globe and it’s so exciting to see. This blog has become so special and taken on a life of its own so quickly, but I should get used to that time warp happening. When things are in the flow, time adjusts, and things develop very fast. I’ve experienced this “being in the flow” in the last several years of having the pleasure and amazing opportunities and outlets to share how I know people can change their lives through an easy going approach to yoga and meditation, which spirals into a riduculously happy and healthy lifestyle that is contagious to anyone and everyone you’ll ever be in contact with. Happiness has the ability, power, and potential to spread in the same capacity as hurtful feelings, or harmful viruses. With that in mind, spreading happiness is much more interesting and downright effective for lasting positive change not only in us individually but exponentailly into the people, the planet, and the world.
As science can show us that an object changes as we change the way we perceive it, when we begin to change the way we perceive ourselves for the better, our lives expand accordingly.
This time for me is nothing short of a whirlwind. The NYC studio is growing like a wild weed. Many leaders have stepped in and fulfilled inspiring roles and are so lovely encouraging others to step into their full potential. The people who come for yoga regularly are getting so crazy strong, open, calm, and capable, we have to keep “upping” the sequencing to meet the challenge.
We’re in the process of expansion and growth to other cities and in sports clubs, which will be super exciting to bring Strala to the gym scene on a global level. I’m super proud of our organic growth process, without a marketing team, outside funding, VC, or any trickery. We don’t have assistants, staff, publicists, and we like it that way. Mike, Heidi, the Strala guides, and the people who come to the studio are responsible for this growth. Will Hobbs, part of the family, my agent and friend, is responsible for organizing, strategizing, and putting up with my demanding nature and helping me actualize my vision. With these people we have together created something to be really proud of.
The clothing line I’ve been working on with Reebok, more like a yoga baby, is about ready to be born, and we’re so proud and excited to share with the world. My schedule has shifted from the occasional work-to-shoot-a-yoga-project-trip once a month or so, to becoming more like a ping-pong-happiness-ball on a mission to help as many people as possible connect inward, trust themselves, and get in the flow!
Last weekend we were lucky to be at the Standard in Miami doing yoga, signing books, and having a LOT of pool time with such awesome people. This week I just finished shooting the Reebok campaign for our yoga line. Next week I’m off to Illinois to shoot a documentary of my farm town family doing yoga for LiveStrongWoman. And then I head to LA for a couple TV projects that are secret until they air. From there I get to hang at Strala NYC for a few days until I’m off to the Netherlands for the Dutch translation Tour. Then back for a couple days, off to Reebok headquarters for an event, back to LA for Forbes conference, and then off to London for the UK and German release of This is Yoga, my new DVD series. And then we’ll take Nov and Dec from there until we begin 2013. Deep breaths. Careful what you wish for everyone, it will probably come true.
My concentration is also on finding the ease, not just reminding others to do so. If I can’t be easy, whether the movement is challening or simple, whether the day is frantic, or restuful, then what good am I to anyone else? Not much! My main job is to always practice and live how I guide and instruct others to live, because I believe in the Strala Culture, I see how these ideas help so many, and I want in on the action too!
So tell me, how do you find the ease? How do you see the culture of Strala and how do you fit in?
We’re expanding the blog soon too to a new look so we all can stay more connected and continue to be inspired by each other.
Thanks for sharing your inspirations with me. Much appreciated and lots of love!
p.s. make sure to wear sunscreen! Or just hang out under a bunch of towels while reading your favorite Deepak Chopra book