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My every day yoga practice :) Having fun, playing around, laughing and breathing a ton!  Happy Friday! Xoxo

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Core work for inversions! Deep breaths and Enjoy! xo

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Handstand Yoga Flow with Tara Stiles
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A few tips!

1. Stay easy. Roll around in your hips. Move your whole body as you rock forward and back.

2. Move with your breath. Inhale as you rock forward. Exhale as you soften back. Your breath is great fuel. Let it help lift you.

3. Keep strength in your arms. No need to lock elbows, or clench any muscles. Just as you keep strength in your legs to stand up, keep strength in your arms to stand upside down.

Enjoy!

xo

Tara

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#blossomingyogis // 

Day 8: Urdvha Padmasana with option to Pindasana

Day 9: Wild Thing

I’ve Spent a very busy past two days in New York City so last night I didn’t have time or room for the yoga pose. Unfortunately there’s not much room to do yoga here in Jersey right now so I’m doing it on my bed! (would not recommend) 

Today I am grateful for yet another opportunity to take a class at Strala Yoga with Tara Stiles! It was an evening relax class and I enjoyed it so much. She’s such a sweetheart and I took a few sessions at her studio over the summer and fell in love. It's such a great opportunity to learn from someone so inspiring and means so much to me.  -xx

bycnadal  asked:

hi so I want to start doing yoga and I've seen you make posts about it (I'm pretty sure haha) and I was wondering if you could give me some pointers? Like if there are any specific videos/people/whatever you'd recommend? I'd really appreciate it!

Man oh man, I completely forgot to answer this + a few others people have sent me about beginner yoga videos. I am a huge advocate of Strala yoga, which is a style Tara Stiles created years ago. It’s a more open minded, less judge-y, more “allow your body to flow how it wants to” sort of approach. I recently did a training with her that pretty much solidified my belief that her way is the best way for me, personally.

This is a good routine for the morning or before bed to open you up. Can also be done in bed! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaTd4Cv9TGY)

This is great for working on flexibility: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqBdujwSTGw)

Other than this, youtube search “Tara Stiles beginner yoga” and you’ll find hundreds more :)
Let  me know how it goes!

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Last weekend I had the fortunate experience of taking a workshop with Tao Porchon-Lynch  at Strala. Tao has packed more into her 93 years of age than an average person could over 200.  Not only has she studied yoga under Indra Devi and BKS Iyengar, but she was a successful actress under contract at MGM during the 1940’s and 50’s, a screenwriter and documentary filmaker in the the 1960’s and 70’s and has recently become an award winning world class ballroom dancer (her dance partner is just 24!).

Her workshop was fun, as well as challenging and informative.  I mastered the forearm wheel as well as greatly improved my dancer pose.  My favorite part though was listening to her talk about being in India and watching people do their sun salutations with the sunrise to begin the day.  

Tao posseses a certain magical aura.  Even though her voice is small and soft, her words are powerful.  I’ve read that truly enlightened people can touch you with with just their presence.  Tao is certainly one of those people.