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lissa sims

focused on finding ease

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There are lots of chances to practice together each week. We have regular practices at SHALA on East Short Street in Lexington and frequent pop-up in beautiful outdoor spaces. EVERYBODY is welcome and the best way to stay in-the-know is to sign up for emails.

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a few thoughts about yoga...

to help you find ease

We come to yoga for many reasons, to improve balance, strength and flexibility, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, or lose weight. And all of those things will happen. 

Sometimes people are hesitant about yoga because they aren't sure exactly what to expect or what is expected of them. Often people say to me, "I’m not flexible enough to do yoga."  Good news: yoga isn't a competitive sport; there are no tournaments or races; there is no gold medal. 

So you can let go of the idea that you have to look or be any certain way. I know yoga can be intimidating. When you make your goal this fixed idea of the ultimate pose with in an idealized form and you decide there is a way it should look, it is really stressful. Then this practice you do to reduce stress, increase flexibility, etc. just creates more stress. 

But if, instead of making the way a pose looks the goal, you make feeling good the goal, healing will start to happen in your body.

And then your life. One of my teachers and the founder of Strala, Tara Stiles says, “We practice yoga not to get good at yoga but to get good at being ourselves.” This notion is what drew me to this particular practice of natural movement combined with yoga forms. 

I like the idea of feeling good while I do anything. And if that sounds a little daunting. Don’t worry. All you have to do is practice slowing down, breathing deeply and feeling.

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