The philosophy of Strala yoga was inspired by the experiences I had growing up on a farm in Illinois. Without planning to do so, I started a self-taught practice of yoga and meditation using nature to connect, enjoy, and get excited about my life’s purpose. I would sit comfortably, close my eyes, and connect inward. I would move with the wind and flow with the water. I let nature infect my thoughts and my body—and when I did this I felt a profound and energizing sense of space, calm, and excitement for my life’s possibilities. I also felt a strong desire to serve and help others. I loved dreaming about how amazing the world could be.
As I moved throughout life, I slowly started getting away from this natural state of connection and joy. I got busy. I got stressed. And soon enough I started to feel sick and unhappy—just a lack of energy all around. Life was hard, and it wasn’t simply because I was an adult with adult responsibilities. Life was hard because that was my mindset. I thought I had to work hard to succeed. And I worked hard. And then harder. And harder yet.