When is More Yoga Teacher Training a Good Idea?

When is More Yoga Teacher Training a Good Idea?

Hi everybody, a question sometimes comes up about when it's good to take more yoga teacher trainings, and when it might be repeating what you already know.  It's come up again more recently with the new Online Yoga Training, so thought I would share some answers with you all together here.  And to begin there's a short answer: Each of our yoga trainings is different every year. It depends on what you're wanting from education. For some people in yoga teacher trainings, you want to gather some interesting new ideas for thought.  Or maybe you want to learn how to…
Nourish Strala: A Together Project

Nourish Strala: A Together Project

Hi Friends, My goal with Strala Yoga, a decade go and today, is to help people connect to themselves and feel better. When you feel better all kinds of awesome things happen. You start to treat yourself better, treat others better and do better in the world. In my experience, this doesn't happen with just starting a yoga practice. It matters how you practice yoga. Ease is our secret to moving in a way that tunes you in, instead of tuning you out. Ease is the foundation of East Asian arts and sciences, way before yoga poses came into the…
Fire Side Chat: Building Your Career

Fire Side Chat: Building Your Career

Hi Friends, Chatting about how to create a life out of our passion is the single most silence and lean in topic in our In Person Yoga Trainings. It's natural to want to feel fulfilled, rewarded and happy doing what we do with most of our time. I believe, we all deserve that. I'm not a fan of up and quitting your job (if you are fortunate enough to have a secure job) to go after your passion. Although that might work in rare cases, it's very unusual and puts an extreme amount of pressure, creativity squashing pressure on needing…
Yoga for Creativity and Productivity

Yoga for Creativity and Productivity

Hi Friends, We’re taught our whole lives to work hard and push through the pain to get anywhere good – be it the next career level or a stronger body. It’s easy to end up in a cycle of stress and exhaustion. A shift in activities and priorities will get you on track. When we spend too much time bathed in stress, our chemical wiring gets even more frazzled and our new natural state sets to strung-out. When you’re in frazzled state, your body simmers in the stress hormone cortisol, a breeding ground for even more stress, wear and tear,…
Scientific Study of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

Scientific Study of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong

There's a great deal of good research surrounding the conditions and mechanisms for healing and wellbeing. And for a variety of reasons, the best of this isn't in the field of yoga. I'll share some notes below that give a foundation for good results, along with a framework for successful study, collected from the experience we've had with other researchers. Enjoy this FREE Tai Chi for the Morning Routine There are a variety of good uses for yoga, tai chi, and qigong, that include relaxation and release of stress, health and healing, treatment of injury and disease, strength and fitness,…
Yoga, Adjustments and Creating a Positive Connection

Yoga, Adjustments and Creating a Positive Connection

I'm inspired by New York Time's reporter Katie Rosman's recent work, covering widespread manipulation and abuse by yoga gurus and their teacher-followers.  So I want to keep this conversation going with you all, and I think we should keep it going together as long as it takes. It's important to understand something here, something I've heard Tara articulate so clearly for more than a decade now. This isn't just about handing out green and red cards that say please touch me or not. That's a small picture window into a big picture problem. The big picture is a culture of…
When Obvious Isn’t Obvious: Abuse in Yoga

When Obvious Isn’t Obvious: Abuse in Yoga

I ran across this sign on my first trip to Wyoming, and my first time seeing bison up close.  They're very, very big.  Big enough that the message is so obvious it's funny, which is why I took the picture.  But, it's also obviously here for a reason.  Because obvious isn't always obvious. Still, some things seem that way.  Over-the-top obvious.  For example, it's obvious that tickling bison behind the ears isn't a good idea.  Although I was tempted.  It's obvious that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, also not a good idea.  I come from a Navy family. …

Growing on a Path of Connection, Harmony, Ease and Peace

Question: How are the in-person and online trainings all different from each other?  Are the 200 hour in-person programs the same as the 200 hour online training?  Is the 100 hour 7 Secrets of Leadership Training similar to Part 1 in the 200 hour online leadership training?  Does everything change every year?   This comes up each year, as we're all looking for the best ways to keep growing.  We're so lucky to be in this with you all.  And we're even more lucky to be with you on a path measured not in months, but in years and decades of…
How to Make Yoga Alignment Work for You

How to Make Yoga Alignment Work for You

Always move in agreement with yourself. Conflict and aggression inside creates conflict and aggression outside. Peace creates peace. When there is no more place for internal bullies, there is no more place for external bullies. Enjoy this FREE Yoga to Be Calm Practice The topic of alignment is an interesting one. In East Asian movement and healing systems, connection to your nature is central. So you learn to move your whole self with ease, grace, and coordination. Energy is unblocked, moving freely. Every part of you works happily and efficiently with every other part. Learning to move always in alignment…