I recently had the honor to interview Tara Stiles. Stiles is the founder of Strala Yoga, she has written a book called: Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, and her newest one, Yoga Cures.
She is dedicated to improving ones health, mind and fitness through Yoga.
I went out on a limb and contacted her to see if she would be willing to answer a few questions for here, and she said yes…made my week!
Contacting her was easy; after she said that she would be willing, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t know what to ask for the interview. I mean, what do I ask without looking like a guy that doesn’t know anything about yoga? Except that it is good for you? (okay, I may know a little more then just that is it good for you, but I think you know where I am going with this!) Then it hit me, I will just keep it simple and ask questions that someone new to yoga might ask. I know that yoga is good for mind, flexibility and for the core, and that most men think its for girls–though give it a try some time guys, then we can talk about it be easy or not, because it’s not!
These are some vary basic questions meant for those who know little to nothing about yoga.
1: What are some of the benefits from doing yoga?
Stiles: Oh boy. Where do I start? Calm mind, feeling of peace and expansiveness. Healthy body, strong body, focused mind. Heightened creativity. Improved feelings about connection with others. Improved ability to pretty much do anything in your life. Yoga reminds us that we are powerful, capable, and anything is possible.
2: For those who are new to yoga, what advice would you give them?
Stiles: Take it easy. Don’t push or force anything and avoid teachers who tell you to do so. Have fun and get consistent. The more you practice the easier it gets and more fun too!
3: Is yoga something that can be done everyday, or more in moderation?
Stiles: Every day for sure. Doesn’t have to be an hour class, but something simple that connects you with your breath is crazy beneficial. The more you practice, the more opens up.
4: What do you recommend for “equipment/gear” for doing yoga?
Stiles: You don’t really need anything. You can practice wherever you are. A yoga mat is good to have if you want one, but it’s not necessary.
There you have it! Four simple questions, and four great answers about yoga. And some of these questions I have heard asked before, which is good…this way I didn’t feel a like a loner when asking them! Tara Stiles, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these. It has been fun!
And thank you for doing what you do for yourself and for others.
In Health, I hope the best for all of you, and get a little yoga in today, keep breathing through it and have fun!
Side note and thought I would say this because it is awesome…this is the first interview for the blog! I couldn’t be more thrilled by this.
Cody (Frank) Becker.