How much should I practice? Should it be every day or do I need rest days? How intense should it be? What time of day is best? How can I reach my goals?
One of the best things about us is we’re all unique, so it’s nice to answer individual questions individually. And probably what’s most important isn’t an exact prescription. It’s simply that you do some practice each day that’s good for you.
Do something that’s good for you every day.
From here, it’s important that this practice doesn’t become isolated to the 10 minutes, 30 minutes, or hour that you spend on it. Move in a way that’s good for you during your practice. Find places that feel good to get into, and get into them. Let the stress go. Put some grace back into how you move.
Then carry it into how you live. Carry this way of being across how you are and how you move all day long. Keep practicing this self-care as something that’s your life, rather than a separate practice that makes up for your life.
If you want a simple answer to the practice question, I think an hour each day of movement practice is very useful. It could be 30 minutes at a time, or a full hour. Again, most important is that you do Something each day, and from here, that it carries into your whole life. When your practice shapes your other 23 hours, then you have something really good.
So keep moving, move easy, and remember to have some fun along the way.
Resources for Home Practice
a) Reading. Tara has a new book called Strala Yoga, that gives a good background and useful everyday support for your practice. You can find this one in most bookstores, and click here to get it on Amazon.
Our next book, Guiding Strala, is a published version of our training manual, and will be in bookstores May 2017. This one gives some more detail to keep things progressing, click here to find it on Amazon.
We also have many posts – about movement practice, health and nutrition, injuries and healing, work and relationships, and all-around creating an inspiring life – on our Strala site, as well as on our Facebook pages for both Tara Stiles and Strala.
b) YouTube. We have hundreds of free videos here, that will get you started with short sessions. You don’t need a huge amount of time, you just need to do Something good for yourself each day. Here’s a link to Tara’s YouTube channel, and also one to Mike’s YouTube channel.
c) Video Library. If you’d like to move along to some longer classes and workshops, ranging from 15 minutes to more than an hour, this is a good next step. We have lots of them, and add new ones pretty regularly now. You can find them all here.
If you’re wondering where to begin, everything we do is designed to help people move easily from wherever they are. So all of these videos are just fine, you can pick whatever sounds good to you now. Some are great for getting energized and strong, some are really nice for relaxing and winding down your day. We cover a wide range of focus areas, including strength, flexibility, mobility, athletic training, creativity, inspiration, intuition, work, relationships, health, and healing for all kinds of injuries and ailments.
Keep experimenting with different videos, different lengths, and different times of day. See how you feel, and how things change for you over time.
Remember you are the the world’s leading expert on you,
so dive into your own laboratory here.
Take time each day to tune in, see how you feel,
and respond through how you move.
d) Online Training. We have many more detailed online courses available, that give a wonderful way to prepare for our courses, as well a structure for ongoing progress once course time is complete. It’s also a perfect way to get started from wherever you are, whenever you want, and complete your training and certification online.
e) In-Person Training. Our courses give a nice foundation for practice, and we travel pretty regularly for these. You can always find the latest information on our site.
I hope this helps, and always if you need anything just ask, you can use our contact form below.
Thanks everybody, and I hope we get to see you someplace soon!
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.