a full new series of workshops focussing on specific topics, such as arm balances, handstands, breath-body-connection, core and balance + transitions!
Strala is making hard or difficult things easy by learning and practicing how to move well and being connected to yourself. Also, these workshops will give you the opportunity to understand seamingly complicated movements, and give you tipps and tricks on rocking them!
Save the date!
There will be another special guest coming in for a workshop to the studio: SJ Griffiths! She is a phenominal and successful life coach and strala guide from the UK.
Classes open to every level? Can I really come to any class without any prior knowledge?
But I am very stiff…I haven’t done any sports in so long….I have pain here…I just had a baby…I am old…But..
I hear these questions, insecurities or arguments a lot. And right so. There is a preconception of yoga, images of people to crazy contortionist things. And normally yoga studio do offer classes for different levels. Now even special classes for “curvy” people.
To me, on one hand, this is discriminating, rather than being inclusive. On the other hand, why would there have to be a separation? We are all humans, have bodies, we breathe. We can be soft. We can choose to do movements and find places that feel uniquely good to oursleves.
So why are classes accessible for all levels? The answer is very simple. Because we focus on leading movement, rather than poses.
We focus on learning how to move well in connection with yourself. So it is not so much about doing yoga poses or doing “yoga” in the way that had your mind filled with those intimidating preconceptions.
Accessing your full potential and achieving more while working less hard.
I will start out with a statement: Anything that is alive moves.
Once you breathe, you move. Any process in the body happens in motion. Movement means change, a constant change of state, of being. It can be growth, development, progress.
In that logic, movement is vital, equals vitality. Enabling movability enables growth and development. So why would you want to strive for an endpoint? For something that robs you of being movable and fixes you in one place? (I will come back to that later)
On a physical level, learning how to move well means connecting with your body, understanding how it works, so you can use it in its full capacity and not work against yourself. And if you know how to move well, you prevent injuries, know how not to exhaust yourself, but enable yourself to move into or through any place, or pose, that you like – effortlessly. Therefore the pose as an endpoint or goal becomes secondary.
But this approach – especially if you use it as a technique or mindset – can also be transferred into any area in life.
Again on a physical level, outside the yoga studio, wether it is cleaning the house, buying groceries, sitting at your desk, or other types of sports. Knowing how to move well, how you can access you abilities, will facilitate and improve any other physical activity.
Also on an intellectual or even emotional level. Once you connect with yourself and learn how you function best – and yes, physical practice gives you a super easy and tangible way to translate this principle into other areas – you find a better, more suitable way to make anything easier. Even challenging things.
This might sound a bit abstract, which is always why I say “try it out!”, but here is an example from my own experience.
A little story time
I am a polymath, always doing many things at the same time, because many things are fascinating and enriching to me. Also, interdisciplinary exchange is a great approach to find innovation or promote any type of growth. But doing many things simultaneously can easily become overwhelming.
During my BA, I studied a combination of 2 very different fields (business administration and art history) and worked in any free moment I had in another field (fashion). Within the first year, I exhausted myself. It got a bit better, when I started practicing yoga on a daily basis. But at the time I saw it more as something I needed to balance myself out and relax. Also, it was another thing where I could reach goals, such as mastering poses. It felt rewarding. But in the end it didn’t help me in my daily life. It didn’t help me be less stressed or efficient with other things I did. It was that small hour a day where I could escape from the outside world.
I experienced a complete difference, when I started doing strala, during my MA in NY. Strala breaks with the idea of mastering a pose, wanting to reach an endpoint, instead it is a breath and movement based approach. So right there, it as a totally different concept – it promotes a mindset, the idea of how you do one thing, you do anything. Which is also why it makes it so applicable to any other aspect in life. To be honest, it took me a while to understand this in its core, but I felt differently right away. One big cornerstone is to focus on is to connect with yourself, understand how you work and to trust in your own capabilities and intuition. And knowing this, that you inside yourself have the key, have your own rhythm, your own set of rules that are just right with you, was when suddenly being a polymath didn’t feel to overwhelming and exhausting anymore. So I not only mastered an intense MA degree, but had an exhibition project (wildpalms) and my first international art fair participation in Miami being 23y old, with logistics between Germany, NY, Miami and Mexico.
So many of us visit yoga classes, take taichi lessons, try to sit down and meditate as a form to destress our lives.
In his article, Mike Taylor (Strala Yoga) talks about different areas in where many of us fail to actually reduce tension and actually benefit from our “wellness” practices. Starting with how we grow up, always working hard to achieve, to reach goals, the more pain the bigger the gain – how we translate this same scheme e.g. onto our yoga practices. How this mindset and approach neurologically and chemically creates an addictive pattern, where our bodies produce feelings of euphoria, numb pain – constantly being in survival mode.
Those are patterns we learned, that we are also able to unlearn, through changing our practice. Reconnecting with ourselves, finding movement and ease from within, rather than external shapes and form we are trying to perfect.