I get asked this question a lot •
“What is the difference between strala and other yoga?”
for me, it’s about the movement itself, and until recently I couldn’t really put it into words ::
” The difference between most yoga & strala is as simple as learning to get good at yoga poses (most yoga) or learning how to move well (strala) “
my mom sent me a link to a yoga class online that she said I should check out. I set up my yoga space & pressed play on the link. I was about 10 minutes in when I started to pick up on the cues being offered for plank pose ::
“Engage your shoulder blades, press your hands down into the mat firmly, lock out your elbows. Press harder! The harder you press the stronger your plank…”
Then we carried on through a few more poses and it hit me. That’s it! We carried on through a few more poses. We just pose. The teacher called Warrior one. Warrior two. Down dog. Up dog. We just kept checking poses off our to-do list.
There was no breathing encouraged, there was no option to do what felt good or to figure out how you can soften, make your plank pose easier to hangout in as opposed to stronger harder and more challenging to be there.
I felt tense and rigid and bored. Aimlessly hitting poses like check points. One step closer to the end…waiting for it to be over ::
In a strala class, while working your way into plank pose you will find encouraging language. You will hear a guide say things like ” hangout in your plank pose for a moment, maybe sway a bit side to side, or easy forward and back…Softening here”
as opposed to checking poses off your yoga-to-do-list, the entire class is an experience of movement. You flow from one place to the next, where the focus is the the movement of breath leading the body through waves.
What makes strala different is the emphasis on finding what works in your body, the encouraging environment to move freely, doing the most with the least amount of effort, movement as opposed to posing, and tuning in as opposed to checking out.
Through the practice of moving (with ease & naturally) as opposed to posing, forcing or straining, you cultivate the ability to tune into your body, ignite freedom, soften & respond to situations with ease & feeling…both on & off the mat. You tap into your whole self fully
” when it comes to yoga, most of what’s missing is connected to a pattern of rigidity, that limits the potential of yoga to heal and enable us. In fact, nearly every mental illness can be categorized either by the presence of chaos, or rigidity. ” forward by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi Guiding Strala by Tara Stiles