How do we live our best lives?

If only life was as straightforward as Michael Pollan's three rules for eating: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”.

This niggling question urged me to leave my full-time job in 2016. My first stop after corporate was the Strala Yoga home base in New York, where I spent a month learning from founder Tara Stiles. With Strala, I was introduced to a whole new way of doing yoga, moving, being and living. It was, and still is, the most revealing month that I’ve experienced.

At the beginning, I dived into training expecting the soft and simple style of Strala yoga to be easy, compared to the rigorous practice that I was used to.. And I couldn’t have been more wrong! Doing yoga (and life) with ease and grace didn’t come naturally to me, and it definitely didn’t come in an instant. Today, I’m still learning how to drop the “no pain, no gain” mentality; multiple times a day, in both the big and little things, I’ve had 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’ve had to be purposeful about letting go of tension and choosing to be well.

My mat has become a great place to start practicing ease. To be honest, my yoga practice hasn't always been 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 better and a bit more special.

Keep practicing,

Jamie

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