Is There a Conflict Between Yoga and Crossfit?

Is There a Conflict Between Yoga and Crossfit?

This is a good question partly because it comes up so much. Lots of people do yoga, and lots of people do crossfit. It's also a good question because it's much bigger than yoga and crossfit. "Can i do this thing I like doing, even if it's totally different from this other thing I like doing?" In some ways I think the answer is simple, and the same, for yoga, for crossfit, and for life: Do what you love doing, and do it in the best way you can. So the challenge with crossfit is about the same as the…
50% off Online Classes, Workshops & Retreats

50% off Online Classes, Workshops & Retreats

Hi Friends, Give yourself the gift of ease. The holidays can be hectic - there's no denying that. And whether you celebrate this season or not, the collective energy is undoubtedly unsettled. New routines, new environments, and new interactions abound - which holds the potential for a lot of fun... and a lot of disconnect. To help you stay tethered to your center throughout the holiday season and beyond, we're making all online classes, workshops & retreats 50% off until January 3rd! Think of our programs as your mindfulness toolkit - a deep breath of fresh air to help you flow…
How to Find Stillness in Movement with Yoga

How to Find Stillness in Movement with Yoga

If you're teaching yoga, avoid telling people what to feel. Just teach people to go where they want to go, then get out of their way.  And if you're practicing yoga, it's really the same. Avoid telling yourself what to feel. Learn to move in harmony, without all the noise and limitation created by stress and struggle. Hear what you're feeling, and believe that it's true. Move in response to what you hear.  This one is important, and it keeps coming up alongside so many good questions. A long-time yoga teacher recently asked, "If you're in stillness, how can you…
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…