For Strala’s Founder and owner Tara Stiles, well-being is about feeling connected, moving easy, being creative and practising with ease.
Strala, a Swedish word that means “to radiate light”, is moving and accomplishing difficult things effortlessly.
“It is a way of being, moving, and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, how good it feels, and handle challenges easily. With this approach, you’ll get more done with less effort, and enjoy your well-being in the moment,” Tara explains.
Doyenne: What is yoga and well-being all about?
Tara: Easy-going yoga is an amazing and sustainable approach to well-being. When we practice, we tap into how we feel and rewire to take better care of ourselves. It’s about feeling connected and making choices that help us feel more connected.
For yoga, movement is about staying in the flow. It’s where the magic happens in your whole body. The experience of moving easily in every way you can is liberating. It leads to challenges becoming easier in this process.
When I write for long stretches, I fall easily into mindless stress-eating. When I notice, I take time for a walk and prepare a meal instead of eating at my desk. To banish stress for good and control diet-busting cravings, I always practice ease.
“When I write for long stretches, I fall easily into mindless stress-eating. When I notice, I take time for a walk and prepare a meal instead of eating at my desk.”
D: Why make yoga accessible to people worldwide?
T: Accessible is such a loaded word these days. Back in 2006, yoga had a reputation for being something that you give yourself over to. I had a passion to flip that and bring yoga to people.
So, I led free yoga in the park and made YouTube videos. This way, people gained literal access to an approach of yoga that speaks to our modern life. I wanted to help people feel better and evolve yoga into something enjoyable.
“Back in 2006, yoga had a reputation for being something that you give yourself over to. I had a passion to flip that and bring yoga to people.”
D: Share with us fail-safe recipes for weight management on the go.
1. Creamy Green Dream smoothie: Silly simple to make and makes you feel so energised and awesome. Blend a handful of spinach, a cup of almond milk, one banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
2. Veggie Detox Soup: Perfect for busy times. I love to make a big batch of this and store for the week. One of the great things about this soup is you can really use any veggies you love. Enjoy either as if you like chunky veggies or mix it up for pureed soup!
3. Another recipe from my book Make your Own Rules Diet, is the Popeye Wrap: For a happy belly, mash half an avocado and combine with hummus, lemon juice, and olive oil. Spread on wrap, add spinach and diced tomatoes, and eat up.
D: Tell us more about Strala’s collaborations with Reebok and W Hotels.
T: Reebok and W Hotels have a complimentary ethos with Strala. We fostered the misfits and created a revolution in clothing and wellness.
In 2012, I started working with Reebok and helped create their yoga range with our attitude, style, and philosophy. I’ve always been so interested in what and how we wear our clothes as expressions of who we are.
“I’ve always been so interested in what and how we wear our clothes as expressions of who we are.”
So we started a clothing movement that was focused on vivid colours, irreverence, empowerment and attitude. Now, we have bright yoga leggings everywhere. Before 2012, it was black all the time, or ashram style Indian wear.
At W, the grown-up hotel for rule-breakers, we’ve started a wellness hotel revolution as well. Our approach is super fresh, chic, and fun, which is in line with their artistic and creative aesthetics. I always feel renewed and inspired after a stay.
D: If Strala wasn’t born, what would you be doing?
T: It could be anything creative and involved in storytelling. I was interested in lots of fields – documentary film-making, photography, dance, and choreography. I might even have started a contemporary dance company.