Making a Small Connection

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Hi Friends!

s o f t e n 

In a hazy montage of reflection, occasional learning, and wall-staring, I was able to make a small connection between an early quarantine thought and an early yoga experience.

Early March 2020
You’ll Need
Safety. Practice. Connection
Now What
Let’s get a little class going.Early September 1996
You’ll Need
Everything this structured practice of feeling better has to teach me.
Now What
Share with friends immediately.


Experiencing something that you suddenly love automatically leads to sharing. A fantastic meal, a good book, an awesome person. A great secret is so much better when shared.I started leading a daily yoga class 70+ days ago for anyone who felt the urge to feel a little better, together. I’m having a bit of a YES year. It sounds corny, and it is. It has been a choice that’s somehow managed to give me more energy than I think I deserve, and forces me into semi-regular, critical rebooting naps. Feel, create, rest, repeat somehow took over and I’m along for the ride.Time is precious and I need to protect mine, was an attitude I had lived with for a while until this YES year swooped in. It’s an attitude I don’t like to admit that I had, but there it is. I’ve peeled it off for a new reality. We’ll see what stays. Now I experience time is precious and I need to share mine. A great secret is so much better when shared. Our wellbeing is interconnected. By saying YES to you, I feel better too.

Saying YES has given me more restorative self-care time and somehow managed to open up enough space to connect and share outward. When we soften, our inhale opens and expands us. Our breath literally does the work. When we soften, our exhale relaxes, releases and lets go of anything we don’t need. When we soften we realize our breath is carrying us.  Even when the ride is rocky, every exhale is an opportunity to let go.

I have a theory based on zero scientific information that before the big bang maybe there was an even bigger softening. Without softness, nothing much is possible. By saying YES we allow our whole selves to soften. Maybe before the even bigger softening, the universe whispered YES. A great secret is so much better when shared.

You’ve inspired pitching of a tent, harmonica playing, slow living, nutritious meals, connected parenting, handling the rocky days a whole lot better, daily yoga, and a very special world about to form from this even bigger softening, Strala Home, our global studio coming soon. Thank you for saying YES with me. Together, we are soft enough to be strong for anything.

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Strala Online Event, 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training, June 15-28

Now it’s time to share.Strala Online 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training, Rest and Renew You. An awesome group of new and long-time friends and Guides is gathering for this epic event. We are preparing the magic for you, filling up journals with our structure and new inspiration for the familiar Strala Training Programs. Welcome home to your ease.



Strala Online 30+Hour Tai Chi Chaun Workshop, The Classic Sequence

Tai chi is a form to practice, but it’s really a practice of coming into harmony with your whole self and the world around you. Dive in further and learn Tai Chi fundamentals and the Tai Chi Chaun sequence (the one you see graceful people doing in the park). Let’s get that going in a park near you soon.

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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