Last week I was invited to a ClassPass event at Strala Seattle and since I always love checking out new-to-me classes, I was excited to give it a try. I invited my friend Jenica to join me and we met up after work for a little exercise induced stress release.
I did just enough research to find out that we would be attending a yoga class, but didn’t do any digging after that. I figured I’d been to enough yoga classes by now so how different could this class be from any I’ve attended in the past? Boy was I wrong!
As soon as the class started, I knew it was unlike any other yoga class I had ever attended before. “Lips Are Moving” by Meghan Trainor was blasting over the speakers and the instructor wasn’t leading from the front of the room, but in different spots throughout the room over the course of the class. We were also moving in and out of poses much quicker than I am used to, so to say I was a little confused would have been an understatement (not in a bad way though!).
Turns out, Strala is an actual type of yoga that was founded by Tara Stiles that focuses on “moving over posing and helping people find their own way into their own bodies, with a calm ease carried through easy and challenging things alike,” according to the Strala Seattle website. That definitely would have cleared things up if I had read a little more of the “about” section on the website before the event!
I was lucky enough to be next to one of the instructors during the class, so she helped walk me though what I needed to do when and even helped me hold crow pose for the very first time (even if it was only for a few seconds!). This was one of the things on my list of goals for 2015, so I was beyond excited for this! Now I just have to perfect my moves a little more so I can hold it for a longer amount of time! It was definitely very helpful to have a little one on one instruction from a friendly instructor!
What I loved about Strala yoga was that it was much more laid back and less serious than more traditional yoga classes I’ve taken before. It seemed more like a stretching/dancing party with friends and I found myself laughing and smiling a ton throughout the class. I was worried that it was more fun and less workout, but I was definitely feeling it the next day! Who said working out can’t be fun?!?!
After we were done with the class, we headed out to the after party that had food and drinks from Seattle Salads, Kevita Probiotics and Zico. Lorna Jane was also hosting a trunk show where you could try on and purchase clothes at a discount. SCORE! I have to say that the popcorn stole the show! It was popped with coconut oil and seasoned with salt and garlic and it tasted exactly like movie theater popcorn, but without all the gross chemicals! I can’t wait to try this one at home!
ClassPass also gave us these super cool “living the sweaty life” swag bags that I’ve been toting all over town since I got it. Please ignore the obnoxious face I’m making in this photo!
Ever since this class, I’ve been itching to go back! I definitely plan on dragging Jenica back with me again soon! Thanks ClassPass and Strala Seattle for introducing me to Strala!
Questions of the Day:
Have you ever been to a Strala Yoga class before?
Have you heard of Strala Yoga before?
What’s your favorite type of yoga?