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5 Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Holidays almost always come along with extra stress. Whether it's family, work, schedule, or something else piling on, there are simple and effective steps you can do right now to connect back to yourself, so you can enjoy this time of year while handling whatever comes your way with grace and ease. We all crave clarity, peace of mind, and good energy levels. A regular practice of meditation can do wonders for how you feel. Your life experience is a direct result of your state of mind. A mindful state will put you in great use of your energy. The…

Getting More Out of Your Yoga

Yoga can be easy and soft and at the same time challenging and intense, and that's fantastic. We want a practice that we can progress with, grow into, and continue with every stage of our life. What we don't want is to bring more tension and stress into our practice than we need. There are ways to collect more stress while going through your yoga that end up frustrating and no fun. There are also better ways to drop the stress and tension while practicing, allowing you to accomplish more as you progress and feel great during the process. One…
Drop the Struggle

Drop the Struggle

  Everyone has told you life is hard. You have to push harder, force past the rest, get ahead by tensing everything you've got and one day you'll break through to something else. Maybe. If you're lucky. What if the struggle wasn't real and the only thing real is the tension we create to make ourselves believe we are working hard enough & to shut out the fear that we aren't good enough and don't deserve happiness unless we are miserable first. What if you move easily, everything you've got, in every direction you can. What if you move naturally,…
Enjoy Now State of Mind

Enjoy Now State of Mind

Be here now. This is one of my favorite sentences and reminders there is. Ram Dass, one of the great teachers of our time, sums up the goal of yoga, practice, meditation, and life in three powerful words. Be here now has been my goal with what and how I practice and how I choose to teach, lead, guide, and most importantly, be in the world. With Strala Yoga, the now, is where we revel.     I love that the experience and feeling we intend with leading Strala¬†shines so clearly across in the class. I dreamed of a yoga…
Creating a Productive Space

Creating a Productive Space

How does your space make you feel? We use a lot of careful consideration in creating & caring for our Strala Yoga spaces (a topic we cover in trainings & working with companies on wellbeing practices) whether you own your own studio, teach in a gym, park, or are running a meeting in a conference room, how you create & use the space impacts the experience for your guests greatly. Some suggestions we keep in mind. 1. Clutter.Consider the stuff in the room. Is there clutter & furniture you can tidy up & remove to open the space? If there…

The Evolution and Future of Yoga

A friend of ours asked what we thought of a recent article on the future of yoga, written by Krishnamacharya's grandson. He outlined five basic thoughts, I'll share them below. --- Desikachar's thoughts on yoga today 1) Modern yoga lacks holism. It has become an external pose-focused practice, rather than an internal art. 2) Yoga can't be understood through Western medicine, or the scientific method. 3) Standardized approaches - same shape, same way, for every person - don't work. 4) It's disappointing that the American Yoga Alliance doesn't support yoga as therapy. 5) Yoga is spiritual - internal - first.…
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