How do we live our best lives?

This niggling question urged me to leave my full-time job in 2016, and the first thing I did with my newfound freedom was to make a beeline for Strala Yoga in New York. I wanted to learn about the seemingly effortless movements of Strala that I had seen many times on YouTube. True enough, training at Strala was, and still is, the most revealing month I’ve experienced—I was introduced to a whole new way of doing yoga, moving, being and living.

At the beginning, I dived into training expecting the soft and simple style of Strala yoga to be easy.. And I couldn’t have been more wrong! I was too used to my rigid ways and had to unlearn all my habits of tension and of linking pain to gain.

Today, I’m still learning how to go through yoga, and life, with ease (and hopefully some grace!). Multiple times a day, in both the big and little things, I try to be purposeful about letting go of tension and choosing to be well.

Multiple times a day, in both the big and little things, I try to be purposeful about letting go of tension and choosing to be well.

My mat has since become a great place to practice living with ease. This hasn’t always been the case—yoga to me hasn’t always about being well, in fact, it's seen so many iterations:

  • Recovering-from-runners-knee yoga

  • Curious-about-yoga yoga

  • Escape-from-job-stress yoga

  • Nail-all-the-poses yoga

  • Move-to-feel-good yoga

It’s taken time, lots of experimenting and a big perspective shift to get to where I am today—both on and off the mat. No more obsessing over results. Instead, I’m learning to savour yoga and life every delicious step of the way.

The best thing about this journey so far? Discovering a better, more fun way to positively impact people. My promise to myself and the community is to focus on living with purpose and passion. And at the end of the day, all I hope is that I’ve made someone’s day a little bit brighter.

Keep practicing,

Jamie

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