My Daily Routine: Coffee, Joy, Sweatpants & More

The biggest lesson I’ve learned when it comes to my daily routine is that being present for whatever's happening is the most valuable, fun and magical practice.

When I’m home in New York City, I feel so spoiled, lucky and fortunate to be surrounded by the community at Strala, and our visitors from around the world. When I’m not in New York, I also feel so spoiled, lucky and fortunate to lead classes and connect with people who are committed to the greater good.

Here's a snapshot of one of my typical days in New York City, my home base.

6:30am: Mike Taylor’s iPad starts playing bird noises. Waking up at this hour is a luxury for me because it means I'm not at a shoot or on a plane. I slow crawl over him and over to the shelf to turn it off. He showers, I stretch and do my version of lazy morning bed yoga, capping it off with a few moments of meditation supported by the headboard (or Mike’s back on his return from the shower).

I shower, brush teeth, moisturize, and get on my Strala stretchy clothes, ready for the day!

This is my simple, delicious go-to breakfast:

Green Dream

  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 cup of almond milk

Blend and enjoy!

7:30am: Coffee stop at La Colombe; Mike and I are usually the first or second people in line, unless there's a massive sneaker sale happening next door. In that case the line might have a few more urban-fashion-inspired kids who camped out overnight, noticing that La Colombe’s doors are now open.

7:40am: We show up at Strala. Chat with studio manager Rae, and hang out with the regulars and visitors rolling in for 8am class.

8am: Gather the folks to jam out for a Strala STRONG class. We move with ease. We sweat. We play great tunes. All is right with the world.

9am: Super-fun chitchat with everyone in the class. I like to drag this out as much as possible. My favorite part of owning a studio is getting to know the people who come through.

9:30 to 6pm: This chunk of the day, even on a “regular day” (which doesn't REALLY exist) is highly variable. Sometimes I’ll be in the office working on Strala global projects, or doing more typical CEO stuff, like scheduled meetings mixed with the occasional long walks to do my thinking.

My favorite days are during trainings, when there are people from around the world hanging out at the studio and we do workshops on what leading is like. On a "normal" day I like to escape for a noon or 4pm Strala class, justifying my sweatpants look for the day.

I always make time for snacks, lunch and walking breaks. I’ll snack on pretty much anything simple and yummy, like dill pickles, nuts, fruit, homemade snacks and leftovers from recipe testing. Lunch is often soup from the Soho Lady, or Dean & Deluca veggie sushi. Often I’ll take a break to cook up some lunch and wait for inspiration.

7pm to 9pm: Dinner at home for Mike and me, and often a few guests. We usually have homemade meals Mike whips up from Make Your Own Rules Diet (he cooks dishes right out of the book, which is quite adorable) or I improvise. Takeout from the Thai place happens at least twice a week. Malaysian veggie curry soup is an all-season favorite.

9pm to 11pm: Proper chill time is on. If I have work that can’t wait, I’ll do it, or if I’m super inspired to work on something, I may take this time to dive in. That said, I've made it a priority to carve out this proper home relaxation time. We’re usually lying two-deep on the couch, resting. I often pass out during a rub down and complain like a toddler when Mike wakes me up to brush my teeth and go to sleep properly.

What’s your typical day?

I learned mine is quite simple, easy and happy, and there's always room to bring more space, ease and joy.

Want to incorporate more yoga into your day? Check out Tara's Complete Guide To Yoga online video course.

Tara Stiles

Strala Yoga Founder & Best-Selling Author
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 well-being professionals around the world. Tara teams up with W Hotels on Fit with Tara Stiles—a program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She has collaborated with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their yoga lifestyle range as well as developed a line of knitwear and homeware with Wool and the Gang. Tara has authored several best-selling books including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, 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.
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