What Happens in a Strala Yoga Training and Retreat

What Happens in a Strala Yoga Training and Retreat

Strala follows a mindset and approach for moving well in your life, releasing stress, and finding ease even when the challenges get big. We practice by combining the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. 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…
Combining Yoga and Tai Chi: The Power of Fusion

Combining Yoga and Tai Chi: The Power of Fusion

Is it a good idea to combine different forms - like tai chi and yoga - together in one class? This idea of fusion comes up quite a lot, and the answer might have something to do with purpose. What do we want to share with people? Why are we looking to mix things up? Strala follows a mindset, approach, and set of principles for moving well in your life. We practice this together now through a few different form vocabularies, including yoga, tai chi, traditional Chinese medicine, and also our regular human vocabulary - how we navigate through life…
Finding Freedom from Food Issues

Finding Freedom from Food Issues

How to handle the what's and when's and how much's of food is a hugely important topic. And good answers here are as numerous as we are. Because the good answers come from you, from each one of us. Of course, there are also a whole lot of answers out there that aren't so good. It's why diets fail without fail. They don't come from you. They come from some other place, some other person. So this is a complex issue. Just like life. At the same time, as unique as we all are, there is a structure we can…
How You Do What You Do

How You Do What You Do

Life might hurt sometimes, but it can just as easily heal.   Your ability to heal, and to do everything, is all in how you do what you do.   Let's talk about wrists to start. But leave them be for a moment, it's sometimes best not to attack challenges head-on. First, connect your body and breath together as the same thing. Let each inhale lift you a little out of where you are, and put a little extra strength through your whole body. And let each exhale soften you a bit, and make it a little easier to be where…
Treating the Pose Not the Person?

Treating the Pose Not the Person?

Traditional Western medicine treats the disease not the person. Traditional shiatsu prescribes a fixed set of rules and procedures for each problem. Traditional yoga mandates specific defined poses to put people in. Who made these rules? As my wife Tara Stiles has mentioned, they're extremely limiting. Our traditional medicine is great for infections and broken bones. It's not working for most things that are bringing people pain and suffering today, like stress, obesity, and the worst of our associated diseases. Traditional shiatsu may work sometimes, but often that's by accident. Traditional yoga - fixing people into "correct" poses - is…