How Do I Choose?

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This question comes up sometimes. How do I choose what to do? What to lead, what to share with people? It happens with yoga or tai chi classes, making this decision. It happens with life, deciding what to be, what to do.

So in a way, what we lead isn’t so much a choice, at the moment we’re leading it. Even if we put a great deal of thought into picking what we say, what we present and do. Still, what we lead isn’t decided in that moment, or even in our short preparation, leading up to this moment.


What we lead is decided by the life we live. Whatever we talk about, whatever we show – how we move, inspire others to move, what we give to each other – is who and how we are, all the time.


So let’s talk about yoga here, with a simple question “What should I lead for a women’s day workshop?”

Really the best thing for you to lead is what you’re best at yourself. Where you’re most comfortable, most easy.  So it’s not a mysterious puzzle, what to pick, what to lead. It’s you.


If it was Tara, I think right now she’d lead with the topic of softness. It’s a very old practice that forms the ground for nearly every East Asian art, from painting to martial to healing.

We’ve introduced this practice with yoga more recently in the Ready-to-Lead trainings. And we add the vocabularies of tai chi and qi gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and everyday human movement, to progress further with this practice in the Advanced Leadership Training.


But, what if this isn’t something you’ve trained in and practiced so much? That’s fine, you have plenty to work with. You have your whole life! So for you, I’d pick something that you’ve worked with for a while, in you. Maybe it’s moving with some grace and coordination in your body. Releasing stress and creating harmony, building the conditions for ease in your life.

Whatever you pick, let it be something more than an idea that sounds good. Let it be something that’s easy for you, that doesn’t need so much thought. Because it’s in you, how you are, every day. It’s what you can give, beginning with yourself. So this is something good to practice.

– 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 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.

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