You are Perfect, Beautiful, and Wonderful

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Hi Friends!

There’s always a way to do what you want to do in your body. Which means there is nothing wrong with your body.

Have you ever put yourself in a position where you can’t move, and then get mad at your body for being so immovable? Do you ever hit walls where you think to get anywhere with this body, I just have to push and it’s not going to feel good?


There’s nothing wrong with you.
There’s everything right with you.


A friend of mine recently asked, “How long does it take to get there?” Practicing ease to accomplish challenging things sounds nice. But at first it’s not easy, right?

Well, maybe. But in a way, if we’re just easygoing when things are really no problem, and shift to all our old habits when things aren’t easy, then we might be missing half the cookie. And it’s the good half. It’s the half of the cookie that lets us handle anything there is in life, simply by knowing ourselves, working with what we’ve got, and believing that’s enough. More than enough. That’s one heck of a cookie.

Here’s the best part. It takes absolutely no time at all to get there — to be easy in you — because “there” is exactly where you are. It’s a really good place to go. Ready? You’re there.

Ok that’s nice. But what happens when you just don’t feel like you’re anywhere close to easy? What happens when you don’t really believe anything real can be gained except by struggling, because life is just plain hard?



Relax every inch of you. Enough that when you roll around your hips and belly, the rest of your body moves easily along for the ride.



Use extra-deep, extra-long breaths to fill up and feel through everything you can feel in your body.


Make friends with your body

Relaxed, breathing deep, start exploring and feeling your way around you. Get to know what you’ve got.

You can practice this on your hands and knees, just rolling your hips around and letting the rest of your body go where it wants to go. When you find a spot that feels good to linger, linger and breathe there. When you want to move, move.

You can carry this into your running, your sports, your work, how you move a glass of water across a counter. Knowing yourself, getting good at working with what you’ve got, you’ll find that hard things just aren’t so hard any more. You’ll find that you’re more than enough, for everything there is.

From a relaxed place, you can move easily into you. From breathing deep, you’re going to feel much more than usual. You’ll start to feel not just stress, but everything your body is telling you. When you feel, you can’t help but become your own best caregiver. Because you want to feel good. And you have a way to get there.


From a relaxed place you can move easily into you.

You start to feel not just stress,
but everything your body is telling you.


So move easy exactly where you are, without a big THERE to get to. One day at time, one move at a time, that easygoing territory expands without limit. Your energy becomes inexhaustible. You inspire yourself. You inspire everybody.


Change your mind about your body
to change your body.

Change your mind about your life
to change your life.


– by 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 Yoga 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





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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