Career: Be What You Love and Watch it Grow

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Every time and every place we get together with people, this question comes up. “I need more peace, more ease in my life, so I’m here. Seeing where I’ve been so much a stress and no-pain no-gain kind of person. Seeing how I can find another way, and how good it feels when I do. But, does all this mean I can only do strala? If I love other things and those other things are the old me, do I have to give it up?”

There’s a big answer here. It goes right to the foundations we share with tai chi, and it’s why we do what we do.

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What we practice together with Strala isn’t to learn isolated techniques for one separate place. The foundations of tai chi aren’t learned first to be better at tai chi. These are human foundations, and they are meant to make us better at being human.

What are these foundations? Well we can begin just with Noticing where you are so you can work with where you are. From here you have the 5 Foundations of Tai Chi, which you can also call the 5 Foundations of Being a Better Human, which form 5 big take-aways in our 200+Hour Leadership Training. Practicing Always, Everywhere you are, in Everything you do, because if you want a better way in you when things get complex and tough, you need to build that better way first where things are simple and easy, Bothering to get things right even when you don’t have to, Living in the big picture because nothing hurts, heals or prospers in isolation, Focusing on Foundations Over Techniques, so you have one way and one you that works for every kind of effort, Following the Old Mountaineer, which means learning to move well in your life, by using harmony and balance rather than force as a life strategy. They’re simple, and there are simple practices to make them all real in your life.

And this happens to help with everything there is to be done. What we’re sharing here works with everything, any style, any practice you love to do. Ease, peace, connection, harmony. Choosing to do what feels good, over what feels bad. Taking it into whatever you practice, whatever you do in your life, is wonderful. It’s why we’re doing all this together in such a diverse human community. We’re not doing it for one corner. We’re doing it for all the corners, and everything in between.

Does this mean it’s all good baby? Of course not, and yes this question comes up a whole lot as well, each time we gather together in these trainings.  People are telling their stories here, and some of this turns toward experiences of pain, injury, and in many forms, abuse. Not just in yoga, but since we’re all humans doing yoga, of course it comes up. It’s a human problem, part of a global conversation that’s happening now, and one we all want to keep going until it’s fixed. Abuse isn’t ok, at any point in its continuum. We can support each other to make this stop, and stop supporting where it doesn’t.

The point of all this is a human one. Who are you? What do you love? Be that. Do that. It’s something I love about the people who come together with us in person, and online too. You’re all doing so many things, so many practices – in your forms of yoga or wellbeing, sports or business, community or family. What’s consistent is we share the foundations that make us better. Better humans. Not isolated but connected. Moving away from what harms and toward what helps. Slowing down and being kind to our selves. Bringing a better way, into everything.

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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.

Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Training


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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