The Culture of Strala

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Hi Friends!

Hey Kids,

Just felt like reaching out and connecting with all the readers here on our growing-like-a-weed Strala blog. Quite an amazing culture has developed around not only the studio in NYC, but around the globe and it’s so exciting to see.  This blog has become so special and taken on a life of its own so quickly, but I should get used to that time warp happening.  When things are in the flow, time adjusts, and things develop very fast.  I’ve experienced this “being in the flow” in the last several years of having the pleasure and amazing opportunities and outlets to share how I know people can change their lives through an easy going approach to yoga and meditation, which spirals into a riduculously happy and healthy lifestyle that is contagious to anyone and everyone you’ll ever be in contact with.  Happiness has the ability, power, and potential to spread in the same capacity as hurtful feelings, or harmful viruses.  With that in mind, spreading happiness is much more interesting and downright effective for lasting positive change not only in us individually but exponentailly into the people, the planet, and the world.

As science can show us that an object changes as we change the way we perceive it, when we begin to change the way we perceive ourselves for the better, our lives expand accordingly.



This time for me is nothing short of a whirlwind.  The NYC studio is growing like a wild weed.  Many leaders have stepped in and fulfilled inspiring roles and are so lovely encouraging others to step into their full potential. The people who come for yoga regularly are getting so crazy strong, open, calm, and capable, we have to keep “upping” the sequencing to meet the challenge.

We’re in the process of expansion and growth to other cities and in sports clubs, which will be super exciting to bring Strala to the gym scene on a global level.  I’m super proud of our organic growth process, without a marketing team or outside funding.

The clothing line I’ve been working on with Reebok, more like a yoga baby, is about ready to be born, and we’re so proud and excited to share with the world.  My schedule has shifted from the occasional work-to-shoot-a-yoga-project-trip once a month or so, to becoming more like a ping-pong-happiness-ball on a mission to help as many people as possible connect inward, trust themselves, and get in the flow!


Last weekend we were lucky to be at the Standard in Miami doing yoga, signing books, and having a LOT of pool time with such awesome people.  This week I just finished shooting the Reebok campaign for our yoga line. Next week I’m off to Illinois to shoot a documentary of my farm town family doing yoga for LiveStrongWoman.  And then I head to LA for a couple TV projects that are secret until they air.  From there I get to hang at Strala NYC for a few days until I’m off to the Netherlands for the Dutch translation Tour.  Then back for a couple days, off to Reebok headquarters for an event, back to LA for Forbes conference, and then off to London for the UK and German release of This is Yoga, my new DVD series.  And then we’ll take Nov and Dec from there until we begin 2013.  Deep breaths.  Careful what you wish for everyone, it will probably come true.

My concentration is also on finding the ease, not just reminding others to do so.  If I can’t be easy, whether the movement is challening or simple, whether the day is frantic, or restuful, then what good am I to anyone else?  Not much!  My main job is to always practice and live how I guide and instruct others to live, because I believe in the Strala Culture, I see how these ideas help so many, and I want in on the action too!

So tell me, how do you find the ease?  How do you see the culture of Strala and how do you fit in?

We’re expanding the blog soon too to a new look so we all can stay more connected and continue to be inspired by each other.

Thanks for sharing your inspirations with me.  Much appreciated and lots of love!

xo Tara

p.s. make sure to wear sunscreen! Or just hang out under a bunch of towels while reading your favorite Deepak Chopra book 🙂


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.

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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 🙌
Where is your happy place? When it’s not possible to go “there” remember you can always slow down and travel within for lasting magic. 🔮 Our inner connections will make the outer ones so much more special when we all meet again. #stralayoga
Healthy, vibrant community spreads more healthy, vibrant community. 🌊 The positive variations are limitless. We are so proud of our #stralayoga family of Guides & the expansive communities they build, spread and reveal. Congrats @glogloya on your anniversary of creating @nooknyc You are an inspiration. #stralafamilyTag someone in your community you are grateful for.
We lead the experience of how we feel about ourselves.In #stralayoga training you learn how to be fully connected to your breath, body and voice as one.You learn how to move well in every moment on & off the mat through the practice of #taichiYou learn how to make a good connection in relationship with yourself & others through the practice of #shiatsuYou learn the form vocabulary of #yoga as healing movements and how to artfully #sequence for yourself and any group.You remember who you are and what gifts you have to share.You find your role in #communityYou gain endless friends around the globe who are so different from you in every way, but share a common goal of feeling better and a desire to help others. All the trees are beautiful. #stralafamilyOur wellbeing is connected. Everyone is invited.What does a Guide mean to you?
Yoga works best when it feels like you. #stralayoga
A yoga practice doesn’t need to be complicated to be effective. A little throw back of little Daisy leading as the little ones do. Take this as your daily reminder to crawl down to the ground and move how it feels good for you today. Let us know how it goes. #stralayoga