July’s Peacemaker is one of my very favorite people. I learned about Tara Stiles a few years ago, and immediately knew that she was someone very special in this world. Tara’s style of yoga, Strala, urges students to move with ease, rather than force, and her yogic philosophies have not only positively influenced me on the mat but in my real life as well. Outside of all the amazing things she has done in the yoga world, Tara is also one of the kindest, most compassionate people I have met to date. If you go visit her at her Strala studio in NYC, you’ll no doubt see her smiling and giving hugs to all who walk in. The world needs more people like Tara.
I hope you enjoy my convo with her! Let me know who else you’d like to see here on the PMPL Peacemaker Program!
PMPL: What does the phrase Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life mean to you?
TS: Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life is such a powerful reminder that we are in control of how we feel and what kind of impact we have in this world. When things feel out of control and frazzled, the reminder to come back within for calm, connection, and inspiration fuels everything we do in our lives.
PMPL: At Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life we encourage people to find their daily practice, and practice it. What are your every-day must do’s to stay balanced and centered?
TS: My schedule is rarely the same day to day so maintaining balance is essential. For me, it’s important to simply enjoy and be grateful for all the experiences I have and all of the amazing people I get to meet daily from all around the world. Appreciating these moments and gifts keeps me balanced and connected. Of course, eating simply and close to nature, getting lots of rest and spending time to reflect and meditate daily help but appreciation is the foundation and essential for me.
PMPL: We love your initiative with Strala to encourage people to move with ease, what are some of the biggest benefits for moving and exercising in this way?
TS: Thanks so much! It’s such a joy to see people feel great in their body, mind and life through the approach. One of the coolest things about moving with ease is that you are simmering in your relaxation response, and learning how to use the least amount of effort to accomplish any task, whether it’s simple or challenging. This process breaks any glass ceiling on potential and allows you do to so much more with a lot less effort. My favorite part is the how. People feel great during the entire process. No pain no gain is dropped, tension is released, and people begin to believe in themselves. It’s empowering.
PMPL: You always seem to have a positive, upbeat view on life. Particularly in difficult times in the world right now, how do you stay positive and influence those around you to do the same?
TS: Oh gosh, it’s so easy to get caught up in negativity and see the horror in our own lives and in the world. When we take a closer look and come back to a peaceful mind of our own, we understand that we really can create a peaceful life for ourselves and for those around us. Anything is possible and I strive to choose that reality is something we create, which gives us a lot of great work to do while we are here. We can do so much good.
PMPL: What is your favorite inspiring quote?
TS: Be here now. – Ram Dass
More About Tara:
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga, a revolutionary approach to healing through movement. Thousands of guides are leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its’ philosophy of ease and conservation of energy are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and wellbeing professionals around the world. Strala’s home base center, Strala NYC, is located downtown New York. Strala partner studios are Strala Seattle, Strala Singapore, Strala Barcelona, and Strala Tokyo.
Tara teams up with W Hotels on FIT with Tara Stiles — a global program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She is a collaborator with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several top-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, and Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, all translated and published in several languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines. Tara is a sought after speaker primarily on topics of business building and health & wellness. She has spoke around the world including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference, Happinez, and Hay House events.
Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 30,000+ participating schools.
SOUTH FLORIDA FRIENDS! We will be hosting a book launch party and yoga class for Tara on July 30th. To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here. Hope to see you there!
Michelle is Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life's Creative Director and resident writer. She has a degree in Journalism from Indiana University and is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and registered yoga teacher with trainings with Anuttara Yoga Shala and Strala Yoga. Michelle has a deep desire to help people find happiness in all areas of their lives, and truly believes the Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life movement will bring lasting change to the world. Michelle splits her time between Florida and New York City and loves connecting with people from all over the world. If you'd like to contact her, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org