Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

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Hi Friends!

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The first few days of lockdown, we assumed a week or two is what it would be. How will we manage all this togetherness at home for a week? What would we do with her and how would we find time to work? Two days in I started to feel guilty for enjoying this found time together, like a secret vacation, not knowing we needed to pace ourselves, and this would be the new normal. Reacting correctly to the tragedy facing our world was in some moments unneeded, in some ways impossible.

We can only do what our new job is now. Stay inside. Don’t go crazy. Wait. Breathe. Scale back. Live with less. Plan for living with a lot less. Plan for a move back in with family if it comes to it. Wait. Be with that. Be grateful we have enough. Be grateful we have more than enough. Wonder why we ever wanted more. Reflect on what we really want. Realize that everything we ever wanted is already right here. Feel like an idiot for chasing things that don’t lead to what we actually want. Admit we have a choice. Choose connection. Choose every day. Treat connection as our new goal. I am alone, together, with you. A new mantra. A new prayer for all of us. Ok, let’s begin.

The only thing I could control is now the only thing I could ever really control. How I spend my time, and how I am with you. We cannot absorb the loss and the reason we are here, but we are here, with each other. We can turn to each other, be kinder, more gentle, and more involved than ever before. We can turn to ourselves and be kinder, more gentle, and more involved than ever before. How we treat ourselves is how we treat each other. Now is the once in a lifetime chance to practice.

We decide how we want to feel. Every moment is a choice. Distraction or connection. It’s not easy. It’s reasonable to be distracted. My new job becomes noticing how I want to feel then designing activities around nurturing that feeling. It’s simple. It works. It’s not easy but it’s simple. It’s easy to get distracted, get lost in scrolling for information, waiting to get riled up, drawn to any other feeling than the one that’s waiting inside, begging for attention.

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Ceizer x Strala for GARDP

We’re honored to collaborate with my friend Ceizer to bring this limited edition Strala Yoga x Ceizer Feel Good Gang t-shirt to you, to raise funds for the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership. GARDP mobilizes resources and partners to develop lifesaving treatments for drug-resistant infections. 100% of the profits from these shirts will go to GARDP to help save lives. Grab a shirt, grab one for a friend, share on social, and let’s do this together.

Monday will be our 50th morning in a row of Resident Yogi, our daily yoga on insta live. It’s an honor to start my day with you. Thank you for being there for us, and each other. The vibes are real.

n u r t u r e   y o u 

Take good care of you, love, Tara, Mike, Daisy and the Strala fam

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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