Stråla Yoga https://stralayoga.com Mon, 08 Jul 2019 21:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://stralayoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cropped-Strala_Yoga_Favicon-1-1-32x32.png Stråla Yoga https://stralayoga.com 32 32 No More Back Pain: Training with Mike Taylor https://stralayoga.com/blog/no-more-back-pain-practice-course-with-mike-taylor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=no-more-back-pain-practice-course-with-mike-taylor Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:59:53 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=25403 This course gives you a practicable ability to prevent and heal both chronic and acute back pain and injury.

Western medicine works miracles every day with emergency room surgery, antibiotics, and infectious disease. But it struggles with much of what plagues us most, including the stress-related ailments that account for most hospital visits today.… Read the rest >

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This course gives you a practicable ability to prevent and heal both chronic and acute back pain and injury.

Western medicine works miracles every day with emergency room surgery, antibiotics, and infectious disease. But it struggles with much of what plagues us most, including the stress-related ailments that account for most hospital visits today. Back pain continues to present a big challenge here. So we need something better. And for this, we can head farther East.

Movement is central to nearly every traditional East Asian healing practice, and how we move each day rewires everything about us, from our microbiome to our neurology and gene expression. So let’s begin here.

Get started with No More Back Pain

What You’ll Find Here

Through a series of instructional and practice videos, reading, exercises, and homework, you’ll learn to use the movement and healing vocabularies of both yoga and tai chi, as well as our human vocabulary – how we navigate through our lives each day – to restore and support the remarkable healing pathways we each have within us.

We’ll share and practice together an approach and techniques that work for a wide variety of common challenges with the back and spine, including joint instability, sciatica, and soft tissue strains and sprains.

Who Is This For

Everything we do is designed to help people move more easily from right where they are each day. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including these online programs.

For teachers and healing professionals, you’ll gain a structure and process for healing that you can share with everyone you reach.

And for everyone, you’ll learn to elicit and support your body’s natural healing response, as well as a variety of techniques specific for preventing and healing back pain.

What You Get

Watch: 10 Instructional and Practice Sessions, covering an overall approach to movement and healing through the forms of yoga and tai chi, as well as targeted practices for prevention and healing of back pain.

Read: Session-by-session notes and tips, and a 50-page No More Back Pain manual, that gives additional direction and detail, along with regular homework assignments.

Progress: Everybody learns in their own way, at their own pace, and this course is yours to go through in your own time. We follow an adult learning model with all our trainings, and we’re here to support everyone’s process individually.

Continuing Education Credit: This course counts for 30 hours of credit, Including application to both our Ready-to-Lead and Advanced Leadership Trainings.

Continuous Improvement and Updates: What we do together is always growing and evolving, and people who take our in-person courses each year always notice that it’s different (and better!) every time. The same holds for our online courses. We’ll be continually improving and adding to what we share in the reading and video sessions, and you’ll have ongoing access to this course so you can review whenever you like, and keep progressing over time. This way we all get to grow together here.

Lifetime: Taking good care of yourself is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.

Looking forward to being a part of your healing journey,

Mike

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Rest and Renew You: Home Retreat with Tara Stiles https://stralayoga.com/blog/rest-and-renew-you-home-retreat-with-tara-stiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rest-and-renew-you-home-retreat-with-tara-stiles Mon, 08 Jul 2019 20:41:12 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=25396 Slow down, check in, replenish, renew

Create Space for Yourself

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Slow down, check in, replenish, renew

Create Space for Yourself

Stress, anxiety and burnout have become a common part of our lives. We don’t have to accept an agitated state of living and it doesn’t have to be radical to care for yourself as a daily practice. This retreat is designed to give you the time, space and care that you deserve. You’ll reset your mental sate, allow your physical self to balance and enjoy the creativity and energy that you have resting inside, waiting to be free.

Get started with Rest and Renew You

28 Daily Talks, Meditations, Nurturing Kitchen Creations, and Practice Sessions, to help you slow down, connect, and renew your most balanced optimal self.

Whether you have a whole week clear or just some moments in each day, at home or away, you’ll find a foundation here to check in, let go, and discover the space you need to replenish, reinvigorate, and be inspired by who you are.

An Invitation in Every Breath

I’ve been craving a nature haven, ideal for coming together. A place where we can take the pressure off as easily as we do our shoes. A place where we can let go the tension and step into our real, most authentic selves.

As we drove up the tucked-away heavenly ascent to Sundance, I felt a massive sense of space open inside me. You’ll feel it. An immediate invitation to soften, breathe deep and connect to yourself and the nature around envelops your being. Tensions drop. After a few moments to steep, a personalized blueprint for how to proceed most gracefully in life emerges.

We need this space to breathe, live, feel and thrive. I knew this was the perfect spot for bringing people together, for sharing this practice of caring, connection, conservation, inspiration, renewal. I also knew it was the place I would call home.

But I didn’t want this feeling to stop here. Because the truth is, we don’t always have to go so far, to get what we need. Life can be all giving, all pushing ahead, all full speed. Giving is wonderful, but it can be something even better when you create the space you need along the way. And sometimes we can find this in a moment, a breath, a reconnection, so we can replenish and find the way to our most optimal balanced self.

This retreat is my way here, that I want to share with you all. You can be anywhere. At home or away. Whole days open and free, or in the middle of your work week, your holiday week, your family week. It’s a curve back toward your most natural self. Time for you to gain what you need at this moment in your life.

Whether you’re craving some space for yourself, a jump start to your passion, insight for your practice or leading, a new phase of life, or just feel the urge to rest and renew, it’s all in here for you. I can’t wait to be with you to experience this transformation.

Love, Tara

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Simplify: Home Retreat with Tara Stiles https://stralayoga.com/blog/simplify-home-retreat-with-tara-stiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=simplify-home-retreat-with-tara-stiles Mon, 08 Jul 2019 16:28:35 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=25355 Align your actions with how you want to feel.

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Align your actions with how you want to feel.

This retreat has been my personal practice to realign my self in real time with how I want to feel. We are always evolving and changing. Our needs, desires and dreams evolve as well. It’s so easy to get stuck in the habits that worked last month or last year while we change. We get in trouble when we cling to our old selves too much and fear evolving into the lovely beings that we are. I put together Simplify to help you gain comfort and safety with where you are in your life right now and to add clarity and real lasting practices that point you exactly where you would like to head. Change is a direction we move into, not an end point we are stuck with. The more you allow yourself to be in the flow with yourself with compassion and self care, the more the real you emerges.

Get started with Simplify

28 Daily Talks, Meditations, and Practice Sessions, Plus Simple Kitchen and Home Creations, and even a Simple Finance Wellbeing Tracker, all to help you clear what’s cluttering and make unlimited creativity real in your life.

Whether you have a whole week clear or just some moments in each day, at home or away, you’ll find a foundation here to clear what’s in your way, see a whole new world of unbounded possibility, and become everything you really are.

Clarity. Peace. Inspiration. Boundless Energy. These are a few of the many affects from the profound practice of simplifying.
Simplifying is about slowing down enough so you can listen to what’s happening with you and respond accordingly. From here we have clarity in our actions.

We are so used to racing through our lives, disconnected, busy and barely staying on top of our tasks. It eaves little room for joy, creativity and feeling good. No matter how much we accomplish, when we live in a stress-state, we will never be satisfied, happy and at ease. Simplifying is a choice to listen to yourself, honor your desires, and settle into daily actions that align with your real self.

Each day in this retreat is themed to guide you through lasting transformation, back to your natural state of simplicity, abundance and joy. We begin with a mental reset, move into alignment to gain clarity, rework your relationship with your body, reflect on your personal environment, build a sustainable routine that leads to progress, and celebrate your dedication with a joyful practice.

Next we dive into simplifying your kitchen, aligning your home with how you want to feel, and setting up financial wellbeing practices. This is about getting honest with yourself, your needs, desires and goals through practice and reflection on and off the mat. I’m thrilled for you to dive in and enjoy the power of simplifying.

Personally I’ve been making a shift heavily toward simplifying in the last few years, and the benefits have been mind blowing. I feel satisfied with myself as I work toward progress. I feel more connected to myself and those around me, and have clarity in the choices in my life, big and small.

The world is changing fast and it can be overwhelming to navigate our way while also feeling good. Through the practices in Simplify I’m thrilled to help you feel more connected to you. The magic is inside. Let me know how it goes.

Love, Tara

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Strala 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training: Berlin, July 2020 https://stralayoga.com/cat-events/courses-events/strala-300hour-advanced-leadership-training-berlin-july-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=strala-300hour-advanced-leadership-training-berlin-july-2020 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 02:45:26 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=24888 Get ready to move powerfully through your life and handle challenge with ease!

 

Where: EDEN*****, Breite Straße 43, 13187 Berlin / Pankow (all three weeks)

When: Monday July 27 through Sunday August 16, 2020

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Get ready to move powerfully through your life and handle challenge with ease!

 

Where: EDEN*****, Breite Straße 43, 13187 Berlin / Pankow (all three weeks)

When: Monday July 27 through Sunday August 16, 2020

Schedule: Weekdays from 9am to 5pm, Weekends from 10am to 3pm. Mornings and evenings before and after-hours open, for individual and group practice + Q&A

Cost: Early-bird Special now through August 31, 2019, gives you $350 off the total.
$4,500 for complete training, $3,400 for two weeks, $1,900 for one week.
$1,900 deposit reserves your spot for all three options. The remaining amount is due by 27 July 2020.

Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.  Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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“Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

 

What You’ll Find Here

All our trainings and immersions have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other 100, 200, and 500 hour programs. So what you learn here will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies with Strala or anywhere, without repetition.  You can begin with any program you like, including this Advanced Leadership Training, and you’ll always discover new ways to take good care of yourself, find harmony and ease in your body and life, and give this to the people you lead.

All this begins with you.  You’re always leading what have, how you are, in everything you do. It’s in how you get around a room, how you get around your life, that people follow. Much more than what you say.

And it’s wonderful, magical, when what you say agrees with what you do.  So we’re coming together here to share this as a practice.  To create the ground we all need to be how we want to be, first in our selves, and then for each other.

It’s not always complicated, but it’s also not easy.  It takes some slowing down, simplifying, subtracting the noise around us and in us.  From here we see where we are, and discover who it is we’re meant to be.  What are you good at?  What do you love?  It’s in these simple practices to find this, and grow stronger, more capable, in who we really are.

Get ready to make space in your life for inner peace, and unlock your energy for inspired creative power.

 

Who Is This For

Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training.

The people joining our immersions and trainings are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group. They range from 12 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.

Some are relative beginners, some are long-time practicers and teachers.  Some want to teach, and some want to progress with their own yoga.  If you’re looking to teach yoga professionally, of course it’s good to have at least two years of your own practice experience first.  Wherever you are now is a great place to begin.  We’re lucky to have this rich diversity, it makes wonderful ground for real-world learning and sharing.

You might join for your profession, for teaching yoga or tai chi, or you might join just for you.  Whatever your purpose, we have this time to share a set of holistic skills and practices, that carry across your everything you do.

 

The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

 

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What You Get

Strala is moving with ease during restful and challenging circumstances alike. When you find ease in effort, your body and life become very capable and strong. You become an expert at creating space in your life for peace, creativity, inspiration, and all-around feeling great.

Helping people release stress and tension from their bodies and minds, learn to move with grace and ease through challenge, and heal all kinds of injuries and ailments is important work. You’re empowering everyone you reach to become creators of their own destiny, on the level of their health, and their whole life. It’s a wonderful thing to share.

Approaches, Practices, Skill-sets: We’ll explore practices to discover and enliven who and how you are, in everything you do, using Strala’s approach to yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation.  You’ll carry with you something both simple and straightforward enough to practice every day, right where you are, in whatever you’re doing.  And powerful enough to change everything.  It all begins with you.

Community: Leading up to this training, you’ll have access to our private online meet-up community, so you can connect with us and each other before our time together begins. And once you’ve completed this time, you’ll access to our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.

Certification: We provide a Strala 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Certification upon completion, and list this on our website. Combined with our 200+Hour degree, you graduate with a Strala 500+Hour Advanced Leadership Certification. Strala is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We’re also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Continuing Education Credit: This training provides you with 100 hours of credit for each week you complete.

Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership – creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead – is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.

People are leading Strala all around the world following our trainings.  You gain a unique set of skills, for living and sharing this way of being, moving, and healing, that people love everywhere you go.

 

 

Curriculum for Week 1: Movement

How you are in your body, how you move through your life.

 

The first week focuses entirely on how we move, using the vocabularies of movement found in yoga, tai chi, qigong, and neigong, as well as your everyday human vocabulary – how you move across our whole life.

We’ll learn to identify and release stress and tension from our bodies and minds, unblock our energy, and return to what’s natural in each of us, in every situation.

We create a structure and practice that leads to breakthrough progress, in our way of being with our selves, and our way of moving through everything we do.

 

Curriculum for Week 2: Leadership

How you move, uplift, and inspire the people around you.

 

The second week focuses entirely on effective and inspiring leadership. We learn to create a way of being and moving, language and environment, that uplifts everyone around us to achieve progress in their own lives.

Of course this applies to leading in yoga and tai chi, as well as in every environment we touch.

 

Curriculum for Week 3: Healing

How to form a relationship with yourself and others, that elicits a wonderfully effective healing response.

 

The third week focuses wholly on diagnosis, self-care, and healing, through the vocabulary of Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine.

When we progress strongly with how we are, and how we move through and lead our own lives, there’s a prize. We become really effective at what we choose to do.

And one of the greatest prizes we can share, with ourselves and others, is the ability to heal – both what’s inside us, as well as all kinds of physical and emotional ailments that come from stress, disease, and injury.

 

Progressing to advanced capability, across every element of our Leadership Trainings

 

Explore: How we are in everything we do.  Taking care of yourself so you can take care of others.

Approach: Three Elements. How to create your best yoga, tai chi, healing, and life practices, through Breath, Softness, and Movement.

Softening: Our ability to soften is the beginning of everything. We’re so used to living under attack – hardening, flexing, straining – when things get hard. But we have a choice. When something is hard, you can soften. You can go easier in your body and mind. And from here, when things get hard, you’re learning to release tension, rather than pile it up. Which makes you, like water, invincible. We’ll practice this art across many contexts, and open a clear path to bring it fully into your life.

Breath Body Connection. Our movement is guided and fueled by our breath. Every inhale lifts and expands. Every exhale moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.

Feeling. Slow down and breath deep enough to feel, believe that what you feel is worth responding to, and respond. Your connection to feeling and intuition allows you to move into exactly what you need in each moment.  You’ll learn to be in alignment with yourself always, and feel good every step of the way.

Process: The Principles of Movement.  How to accomplish far more by using the movement principles of tai chi, across everything you do.  We begin with breath, connect to feeling, and move from center.  We’ll replace force and struggle with grace and coordination. With easy, whole-body-in-harmony movement, you can progress far beyond pose goals, and dive into the process of getting to know your body and mind.

Process: Responsive Movement. Once we have the structure of movement in our bodies, we can progress to Responsive Movement – a process of tuning in, self-diagnosis, and response. We learn to direct how we move precisely for what we need, unblocking energy where it’s blocked, discovering and removing the roadblocks that begin on the inside, bringing every part of us into harmony with every other part, and of course, healing on every level. When we re-open the conversation with our bodies, we can’t help but become our own best care-givers, optimally supporting all that’s unique about us, including our capacity to achieve what we dream. Amazing things happen here.

Practice: Yoga, Tai Chi, and Life. Yoga provides one vocabulary of movement that lets us connect with our bodies and minds, sense what we need, and respond. Tai chi provides a different and powerful vocabulary for new kinds of movement, to accomplish the same ends. Each moment is filled with the unexpected. When we become fluid in our movement, in our being, we’re more easily adaptable and responsive to the variety of challenges we face, and more able to accomplish what we desire.

Practice: Hard Things Easy.  It’s possible to get where you want to go by learning to drop the stress, and move easily through challenge. In fact, it’s not just possible. The best among us – the most inspirational of any human effort – has been achieved in this way. Nothing truly great has ever been achieved by working harder than needed. The impossible becomes possible only when we move gracefully, when we choose peace over aggression.

We’ll replace the self-limiting myth of no pain no gain, release stress and struggle from our bodies and minds, and use the principles of natural movement to make the impossible possible.  This becomes your way of being. It becomes how you move, how you create yourself, and the world around you.

Guiding: how to create an uplifting and enabling experience.  Your first responsibility is to take really good care of yourself.  What you have for yourself is what you have to give to others.  From here, we move through the best ways to orchestrate an amazing experience for everyone around you.  You’ll learn to lead people into their own freedom, intuition, creativity, and radiantly good health.

Healing: Touch and Support.  How to create a supportive, enabling, and healing relationship with yourself, and with others.  We’ll detail the core principles of safety, alignment, and practical anatomy, and provide an effective approach for healing of both acute injury and chronic pain.

Stress, Health & Nutrition.  We’ll explore your mind-body connection, the role of stress in disease, and techniques for releasing stress and activating your body’s Relaxation Response.  We’ll also explore the microbiome, and various nutritional strategies for curing ailments and enabling optimal health.

Leadership, Work, Life.  We’ll carry our practice of being, moving and healing into how you create the life you want.

Whatever goals you might have, how you feel when you get there is created by how you are along the way. In yoga, this is why challenges like handstands are best achieved not by practicing handstands – but by learning to move easily and comfortably in your body, through everything you do. Of course you can take a handstand by force – jumping and crashing, using muscle rather than coordination and grace. But this will never feel good. And the goal will lack meaning. We’ll have learned only to reach our goals by force, by not feeling good.

So of course there’s a better way, moving with grace and coordination, rather than by force and struggle. We learn something valuable about ourselves, moving this way. We learn that we can accomplish much more in our lives without stress and struggle than with it. We learn that we can get to wherever we want from wherever we are. And we learn that we can feel good, always.  It’s not about the handstand. It’s how you get where you’re going that creates what you have.

More Practice.  All of our trainings are very practical.  We’re not just talking about all of this – we’re going to do it together. So we have plenty of real class time for practice, exploration, and making what you want real in your everyday life.

 

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Weekly Schedule and Degrees

This advanced program is designed so you can put the elements together in whatever combination works best for you.

Three Weeks : 500+Hour and 300+Hour Degree. This advanced program builds on top of our 200+Hour training, so you graduate with a 500+Hour Advanced Leadership degree. Or it can stand on its own as an advanced 300+Hour course.

Two Weeks : 400+Hour and 200+Hour Degree. This can serve as an alternative path to our 200+Hour training degree.  It can also provide a continuing 200 hours on top of your previous 200+Hour education, so you graduate with our 400+hour degree.

One Week : 300+Hour Degree and 100+Hour Component. You gain 100+Hours toward our 200+Hour degree, and if it’s on top of our 200+Hour degree, you graduate with a 300+Hour degree.  Also this qualifies as 100 hours of continuing education.

It’s perfectly fine to take all three weeks at once, or just one or two weeks at a time. As with our 200+hour program, putting these weeks together over time works well for people, so if it’s easier for your schedule, it’s just fine with us.

If you’re joining the full program, at least 270 hours are spent learning and practicing with our faculty. Outside of Intensive Hours other assignments can be done in your own time. Stay easy, have persistence and patience with yourself, and you’ll accomplish it all and more.

 

This is important work you’re choosing to do.
Helping people feel great helps you and the world.

 

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FACULTY

Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders. Every member of our faculty has more than 20 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top-tier institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and University of Edinburgh. Our program is credited by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.

 

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of people are leading Strala in studios, gyms, and schools worldwide. Even more Strala training graduates bring what they learn to their office, team, healing practice, and across all of life. The mission we share is to help people accomplish far more, through softening and connecting with our creativity and purpose.

Tara has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Strala Yoga, and Guiding Strala, 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. Harvard profiled Tara‘s work in a case study, and she has spoken with students at Harvard and New York University about her experience, and approaches to creativity and leadership.

Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association initiative to combat childhood obesity, as well as BOKS, which together are bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States and Canada.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley. She is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor.

 

 

Mike Taylor is the resident healer and co-founder of Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. He worked at a steel mill for a while, joined a web company, then founded biotech software company.

Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers. Mike climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is married to Strala founder Tara Stiles.

 

 

Sam Berlind is an Ohashiatsu teacher and practitioner living in NYC. While studying Comparative Religion and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 1981, he began to practice Iyengar yoga, and continued to practice and teach yoga after moving to NYC.

Eager to learn more about the relationship between the healing properties of yoga and traditional Asian medicine, he began studying with Wataru Ohashi. Sam fell in love with shiatsu, began teaching Ohashiatsu in 1987, and lead the Ohashiatsu school in New York for 20 years.

He has since taught in NYC, Omega Institute, and throughout the US and Europe. Sam also teaches enhancement workshops and seminars based on his study of Feldenkrais Method, Gestalt therapy, Zen Shiatsu, TCM, and other modalities. His understanding of the healing arts is deeply influenced as well by his study and teaching of martial arts since 1988.

 

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Alliances, Certification, and Work

Strala is part of the global Yoga Alliance Professionals, and they certify our 200+Hour and 300+Hour programs.

We joined this alliance because they’re working to evolve and adopt much higher standards than their American counterpart. They don’t think all trainings should have uniform generic content, led by people without much experience or practical ability. Instead, they’re looking to evolve certification that supports the best leaders in the world, to share what they know. This is important to us.

Some employers look for alliance certification, but it’s worth remembering that getting a job doesn’t have so much to do with alliances, and YA in America particularly is just a marketing organization. It’s not able to provide quality standards or exams for qualification like medical school, and unlike unions, it doesn’t provide unemployment benefits, or work assistance. So just like any kind of work, getting a job relates mostly to being excellent at what you do, and lining up well with the person who is hiring.

People are leading Strala all around the world following these trainings, in all kinds of places – including independent studios, gyms, health clubs, community centers, dance studios, apartment complexes, hotels, and even their living rooms. There are so many opportunities out there, and Strala connects especially well with a very wide range of people. This makes it easy both to find and create your own work.

Of course it takes time and practice to get really good at anything – much more than a few weeks or months of training. So long after our core time is complete, Tara and Mike remain available to help everybody keep progressing. We want everyone to be really good at this! It’s why we do what we do.

 

REGISTRATION

$1,900 USD deposit reserves your spot. The remaining amount ($2,600 for the full program, or $1,500 for two weeks) is due by July 27, 2020.

Note: open enrollment will close when full. It’s a good idea to reserve early, our trainings fill completely. Payment plans may be available, just email us here: Help@StralaYoga.com

All payments are final, and once a reservation is made, the total training amount is owed. This is non-refundable, except if you are not accepted this time. Admission to training is solely at Strala’s discretion.

 

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RESOURCES

We have a library of classes and trainings led by Tara and Mike that’s available online, and we add new videos pretty regularly here.

In addition, we have a Strala Online 100+Hour Leadership Training available now, that provides substantial breadth and depth for carrying this approach and practice into your life and leading. It’s a good way to prepare for or review following our intensive, Ready-to-Lead, and Advanced Leadership courses, and also gives wonderful ground for ongoing progress from wherever you are, if you’re not able to join us yet in person.

Ultimately it’s not just the certificate that matters, it’s being great at what you do. We’re here to help.

 

About Strala

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

 

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Help@StralaYoga.com.

 

Q: If I’m taking just one or two weeks to start, which weeks should I pick?

Our program is designed so each week builds on the previous one, so that’s probably the best path to take. In Week 1, you’ll develop your ability to identify and release tension in your body and mind, moving easily through challenge with your whole self, and learning to self-diagnose and treat with your own movement – this all sets up our ability to lead, which moves into Week 2.

During Week 2, you’ll navigate through connecting, understanding, leading, and inspiring the people around you. This brings you to a place where you’re able to heal others, which moves into Week 3.

Of course, if you have a special reason to take these weeks in a different order, this is perfectly fine, just let us know.

 

Q: Who can join this program?

The short answer is, this program is working well for everyone, of every background.  Each of our trainings has its own unique curriculum, and you can progress in any order you like.  Everything we do is designed to help people release stress and move more easily from right where they are each day. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin.

Strala 100+Hour Immersion and 200+Hour Training graduates. If you’ve taken a Strala 100+Hour Immersion or 200+Hour Leadership Training, you’re in a perfect place to join this Advanced Leadership Training.

Strala Intensive Training graduates. If you’ve taken a Strala Intensive Training, this program is open to you as well, and your intensive time counts toward the total practice hours.

200 and 500 Hour graduates from other schools. If you’ve trained with another school but not with Strala, this has also worked really well for everyone. And while most people complete our programs in order, from the introduction to Ready-to-Lead to Advanced Leadership, it also works just fine to progress in whatever order works best for you now.

Beginners. Everything we do is designed to help you move more easily from right where you are each day.  So right where you are is a perfect place to begin.  Just like all our trainings, this program will give you good ground for your own practice, and for sharing what you have with the people in your life.

All of our training programs provide a unique curriculum, that is different from what is covered in other 100, 200 hour, 500 hour, and advanced courses and schools. For example, our 200+Hour program provides more breadth and depth than other schools, in focus areas that include health and nutrition, injury and trauma, diagnosis, healing, and leadership. So everything you learn with Strala makes a useful addition to any previous studies.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing a teaching path, applying these concepts in your work, athletic, or healing practice, or just getting deeper into your yoga, Strala Training is a journey that will transform your inner and outer world.

Learning to move with ease in your body and life is an extremely rewarding challenge. It gives you inexhaustible energy, and tremendous physical and life ability. Best of all, it gives you a radiant, happy, and inspired you. From here, you get to support other people in finding their own way, and creating their own inspiring lives.

 

Q: Are there any pre-requirements for training with Strala?

A: All our trainings have  people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.  Some people are relatively new to yoga and just want to jump in, some are long-time practicers exploring the connection between their yoga and the rest of life. Many existing yoga teachers are also bringing the ease, freedom and expansiveness of Strala into their own leading practice.  If you’re looking to teach yoga in the near-term, at least two years of practice is required.  The diversity matches well with real life, and makes great ground for training!

 

Q: What’s the time breakdown for your 200+Hour and 300+Hour Training?

A: Strala Trainings follow an adult-learning model, which combines structured and unstructured time, with focus on practical application. This works well for people’s learning process, and counts toward your total hours.

All contact time with our faculty adds up, above the core training hours. Some people are at the studio a great deal of time every single day, so they get more hours in a more concentrated timeframe. Some people spread their time with us over a longer period. Both approaches work fine, we’re here to support what’s best for each person.

In addition, each person will spend a good amount of time in classes, both with Tara and Mike, as well as online for people who don’t have every day with us. The online component can include our online classes, workshops, and trainings, and this is great to do before training as preparation, and after training as ongoing review.

On top of this, there are several study and practice items (outlined in the welcome material) that you can do in small groups and on your own, supported by our faculty. Some people concentrate this effort during the training, and some people begin early, and continue for several months after our core component is complete.

Strala follows a graduate school rather than grade school approach, so we’re here to support rather than police people’s time. Much more than a certificate, the point here is to become really good at what you do! This takes some ongoing time, and we remain available to help people keep developing on the right track, and specialize in the topics that are most interesting to them.

 

Q: What’s the difference between your longer trainings and the Intensive Trainings?

A: All Strala trainings focus on applied rather than theoretical yoga: not much time on academic study of mythology, ancient texts or languages – and substantial focus on hands-on direct work with leading, touch, health, and healing.

The main difference is we have a good deal more time in the longer trainings to cover these topics in depth. You also have a lot more time to gain competence (and confidence) through practice and feedback with the group.

If you’re looking to lead classes, or just get really into your own yoga, the longer trainings are wonderful if you have the time. If you’re wanting a good introduction to Strala’s primary elements, which you can add both to your own practice and your classes, the intensive trainings are perfect. Either way, you’ll have a great time, and get ready to lead and inspire a whole lot of people.

 

Q: I don’t live here, where can I stay during training?

A: All our trainings have travelers from all around the world. People have had good experiences using the sites Airbnb and VRBO for affordable short-term rentals.

 

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“We know that we are each in the driver’s seat of our own lives, in control of our personal destiny. We know we can change our own health, and our entire life experience, through the choices we make each day. Our lives are our own to create.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Registration is Now Open

What: Retreat and Training. This immersion is a retreat for rest, renewal, discovery of new practices for taking good care of you.  If you’d like to join for the additional teaching sessions during the week, it’s also a training which provides a 100-Hour Degree, or you can combine two or three immersions for a 200 or 300-Hour Degree.  We offer several of these immersions each year.

Where: Hotel Alex in Zermatt, Switzerland.  A beautiful walking village on the border between Swiss and Italian Alps, includes pool, sauna, steam, and all you need for a perfect rejuvenating practice.

When: Sunday June 7 – Saturday June 13, 2020.  If you’re joining as a retreat for you, you’re welcome to arrive early or late, depart sooner or stay longer.  If you’re joining the extra training sessions, you’ll want to be here each day this week.  And for both, we’re here to support whatever you need.

Schedule: Weekend days from 9am to 3pm, and weekdays from 9am to 7pm. If you’d like to attend all sessions, it’s good to arrive on Saturday June 6. We’ll have extra-relaxing breaks during the day for the retreat path, and extra sessions for the training path.

Immersion Cost: Early-bird special through August 31, 2019 for $1,550, and after August 31 the usual cost is $1,900.  Click here to register.

Accommodation: There are many good hotel and Airbnb options all within easy walking distance, and Hotel Alex has offered a special rate of CHF 160 per night single, and CHF 300 per night double. you can reach them directly at +41 27 966 70 70.

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Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.  Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

 

“Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

 

In Person Is Magic

I’ve been craving a nature haven ideal for coming together. A place where we can take the pressure off as easily as we do our shoes. A place where we can let go the tension and step into our real, most authentic selves.

It gives an immediate invitation to soften, breathe deep and connect to yourself and the nature around envelops your being. Tensions drop, and after a few moments to steep, a personalized blueprint on how to proceed most gracefully in life emerges.

We need this space to breathe, live, feel and thrive.  We will lean on each other. Breathe deep. Reconnect with ourselves and each other.

This immersion is a curve back toward your most natural self. It’s time for you to gain what you specifically need at this moment in your life. Whether you are craving some time for yourself, jump start your passion, gain insight for your practice or leading, entering a new phase of life, or just feel the urge to come for a reason you’re unable to articulate yet, you are invited to lean into this week of ease and connection. I am happy to welcome you all here.

We will meditate, practice tai chi, walk by the fire, dip in the pool, practice yoga, and gather for group workshops. We will be together for our classes and venture into the wild for ocean and nature time throughout the week.

I can’t wait to be with you to experience this transformation.

Love, Tara

 

What You’ll Find Here

All our trainings and immersions have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other 100, 200, and 500 hour programs. So what you learn here will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies with Strala or anywhere, without repetition. You’ll always discover new ways to take good care of yourself, find harmony and ease in your body and life, and give this to the people you lead.

All this begins with you.  You’re always leading what have, how you are, in everything you do. It’s in how you get around a room, how you get around your life, that people follow. Much more than what you say.

And it’s wonderful, magical, when what you say agrees with what you do.  So we’re coming together here to share this as a practice.  To create the ground we all need to be how we want to be, first in our selves, and then for each other.

It’s not always complicated, but it’s also not easy.  It takes some slowing down, simplifying, subtracting the noise around us and in us.  From here we see where we are, and discover who it is we’re meant to be.  What are you good at?  What do you love?  It’s in these simple practices to find this, and grow stronger, more capable, in who we really are.

Get ready to make space in your life for inner peace, and unlock your energy for inspired creative power.

 

 

Who Is This For

Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this week-long immersion.

The people joining our immersions and trainings are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group. They range from 16 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.

Some are relative beginners, some are long-time practicers and teachers.  Some want to teach, and some want to progress with their own yoga.  Wherever you are now is a great place to begin.  We’re lucky to have this rich diversity, it makes wonderful ground for real-world learning and sharing.

You might join for your profession, for teaching yoga or tai chi, or you might join just for you.  Whatever your purpose, we have this time to share a set of holistic skills and practices, that carry across your everything you do.

 

What You Get

Approaches, Practices, Skill-sets: We’ll explore practices to discover and enliven who and how you are, in everything you do, using Strala’s approach to yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation.  You’ll carry with you something both simple and straightforward enough to practice every day, right where you are, in whatever you’re doing.  And powerful enough to change everything.  It all begins with you.

Community: Leading up to this immersion, you’ll have access to our private online meet-up community, so you can connect with us and each other before our time together begins. And once you’ve completed this time, you’ll access to our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.

Certification: If you’d like to join our additional teaching sessions during the week, we also provide a Strala 100+Hour Immersion Certification upon completion, and list this on our website. If you’d like to gain a 200 or 300 hour degree, we’ll be offering this program several times each year in different locations, and it will progress with new topics and practices each time, so you can combine these weeks together for longer degree certifications.

Strala is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We’re also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Continuing Education Credit: This immersion provides you with 100 hours of credit, and fulfills 100 hours in both our 200+Hour Leadership Training and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training Certifications.

Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership – creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead – is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.

 

 

FACULTY

Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders, and every member of our faculty has more than 20 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and University of Edinburgh. Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.

 

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of people are leading Strala in studios, gyms, and schools worldwide. Even more Strala training graduates bring what they learn to their office, team, healing practice, and across all of life. The mission we share is to help people accomplish far more, through softening and connecting with our creativity and purpose.

Tara has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Strala Yoga, and Guiding Strala, 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. Harvard profiled Tara‘s work in a case study, and she has spoken with students at Harvard and New York University about her experience, and approaches to creativity and leadership.

Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association initiative to combat childhood obesity, as well as BOKS, which together are bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States and Canada.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley. She is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor.

 

 

Mike Taylor is the resident healer and co-founder of Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice, Mike left his healthcare roots and turned to mountaineering. He worked at a steel mill, joined a web company, then founded a biotech software company.

Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers. Mike still climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles.

 

 

Registration

Immersion Registration: Early-bird special through August 31, 2019 for $1,550, and after June 30 the usual cost is $1,900.  Click here to register.

Accommodation: There are many good hotel and Airbnb options all within easy walking distance, and Hotel Alex has offered a special rate of CHF 160 per night single, and CHF 300 per night double. you can reach them directly at +41 27 966 70 70.

Food: Wonderful options are everywhere around you, this mountain village really is perfect.

Getting Here: There is easy train access to Zermatt, including direct from the Geneva Airport (GVA).

Note: open enrollment will close when full. It’s a good idea to reserve early, space is limited for this immersion.

Payment plans may be available, just email Help@StralaYoga.com.

Please understand that all payments are final, and this is non-refundable, except if you are not admitted this time. Admission to immersion is solely at Strala’s discretion.

 

 

Training, 200 Hour Degree Path

All this begins with you, for you.  What we have for our selves is always what we’re able to share with the people we lead, the people all around us.  So to begin, this is a place to connect with your self, release stress, and discover practices for creating harmony and ease in your body and mind, and your life.

If you’re looking to share this as a teacher of Strala or any kind of practice, we also have additional sessions for you during this week.

You’ll learn to understand and lead a Strala experience from the ground up, whether it’s in a class, at your work, or in whatever you share with the people in your life.  You’ll discover our Vocabulary of Movement, designed to harness your breath-body connection, and get you moving easily through any challenge. We’ll explore sequencing, pace, flow, psychology, language and music. You’ll learn how to create space, to support positive connection, healing, and inspirational accomplishment. You’ll also learn to be incredibly capable in your own body, and in your life.

We begin with breath, getting into your natural flow. You connect to creativity and intuition. You get happy. And you get to help everyone around you find their own way to energized, inspired, and all kinds of feeling great.

 

Topics

Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, alignment, experiential anatomy and physiology, touch, support, safety, strength, flexibility, stability, mobility, injuries, stress, healing, chronic pain and ailments, disease, psychology, anxiety, depression, therapy, health, nutrition, spirituality, history, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, attitude, adults, children.

Softness and Breath Body Connection. Softness enables you to move your whole self without a fight. Movement is guided and fueled by your breath. Every inhale lifts, expands, strengthens. Every exhale softens, makes it easier to be here, and moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.

Principles of Movement, Tai Chi and Traditional Medicine.  How to accomplish far more, in everything you do.  Begin with softness, the ground for moving your whole self with ease. From here you discover how to use breath, center, and all the movement principles found in tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to unlock energy and bring your whole self into harmony. Challenge is met with peace and ease, rather than force and aggression.

Feeling. Slow down and breath deep enough to feel, believe that what you feel is worth responding to, and respond. Your connection to feeling and intuition allows you to move into exactly what you need in each moment.  You’ll learn to be in alignment with yourself always, and feel good every step of the way.

Practice: Make Hard Things Easy.  It’s possible to get where you want to go by learning to drop the stress, and move easily through challenge. In fact, it’s not just possible. The best among us – the most inspirational of any human effort – has been achieved in this way.

We’ll replace the self-limiting myth of no pain no gain, release stress and struggle from our bodies and minds, and use the principles of movement to make the impossible possible.  This becomes your way of being. It becomes how you move, how you create yourself, and the world around you.

Whatever goals you might have, how you feel when you get there is created by how you are along the way. In yoga, this is why challenges like handstands are best achieved not by practicing handstands – but by learning to move easily and comfortably in your body, through everything you do. Of course you can take a handstand by force – jumping and crashing, using muscle rather than coordination and grace. But this will never feel good. And the goal will lack meaning. We’ll have learned only to reach our goals by force, by not feeling good.

So of course there’s a better way, moving with grace and coordination, rather than by force and struggle. We learn something valuable about ourselves, moving this way. We learn that we can accomplish much more in our lives without stress and struggle than with it. We learn that we can get to wherever we want from wherever we are. And we learn that we can feel good, always.  It’s not about the handstand. It’s how you get where you’re going that creates what you have.

Guiding: how to create an uplifting and enabling experience.  Your first responsibility is to take really good care of yourself. What you have for yourself is what you have to give to others.  From here, we move through the best ways to orchestrate an amazing experience for everyone around you.  You’ll learn to lead people into their own freedom, intuition, creativity, and radiantly good health.

Healing: Touch and Support.  How to create a supportive, enabling, and healing relationship with yourself, and with others. We’ll detail the core principles of safety, alignment, and practical anatomy, and provide an effective approach for healing of both acute injury and chronic pain.

Stress, Health & Nutrition.  We’ll explore your mind-body connection, the role of stress in disease, and techniques for releasing stress and activating your body’s Relaxation Response.  We’ll also explore the microbiome, and various nutritional strategies for curing ailments and enabling optimal health.

Leadership, Work, Life.  We’ll carry our practice of being, moving and healing into how you create the life you want.

More Practice.  All of our trainings are very practical.  We’re not just talking about all of this – we’re going to do it together. So we have plenty of real class time for practice, exploration, and making what you want real in your everyday life.

 

Take care of yourself to take care of everyone

 

Your main job as a Guide or teacher is to take great care of yourself. From here you can begin to help others. You’ll sharpen your tools, your skills, and your delivery. What you are truly sharing is the experience of how you feel about yourself. We’ll dive into exploring self care through mindfulness, thoughtful movements, and clear language, opening up multiple paths for you to be of service to yourself and others.

 

 

About Strala

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

 

Questions

If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Help@StralaYoga.com.

 

Open the door to a whole new way of connecting, sharing, and growing with everyone in your life. These trainings are an incredibly rewarding life-long adventure of mutual support, and inspiring accomplishment. We’re lucky to have this in our lives.

 

Thank you so much everybody, we’re excited to get started with you here.

– Tara & Mike

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“We know that we are each in the driver’s seat of our own lives, in control of our personal destiny. We know we can change our own health, and our entire life experience, through the choices we make each day. Our lives are our own to create.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Registration is Now Open

What: Retreat and Training. This immersion is a retreat for rest, renewal, discovery of new practices for taking good care of you.  If you’d like to join for the additional teaching sessions during the week, it’s also a training which provides a 100-Hour Degree, or you can combine immersions for a 200 or 300-Hour Degree.  We’ll offer several of these immersions each year.

Where: Sundance Mountain Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, Utah.  A breathtakingly beautiful setting with an equally beautiful vision, in the dramatic Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains.

When: Sunday March 29 – Saturday April 4, 2020. If you’re joining as a retreat for you, you’re welcome to arrive early or late, depart sooner or stay longer.  If you’re joining the extra training sessions, you’ll want to be here each day this week.  And for both, we’re here to support whatever you need.

Schedule: Weekend days from 9am to 3pm, and weekdays from 9am to 7pm.  We’ll have extra-relaxing breaks during the day for the retreat path, and extra sessions for the training path.

Immersion Cost: Early-bird special until February 28, 2019 for $1,550, and after February 28 the usual cost is $1,900.  Click here to register.

Accommodation Cost: Rooms start at $99 per night for double-occupancy, and starting $60 per night for three to five-person occupancy in the Mountain Suites and Lofts. Please reserve your room as soon as possible.  Click here to book online, or telephone Sundance Reservations at +1 800.892.1600.

Click Here to Register

 

Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.  Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

 

“Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

In Person Is Magic

I’ve been craving a nature haven ideal for coming together. A place where we can take the pressure off as easily as we do our shoes. A place where we can let go the tension and step into our real, most authentic selves.

As we drove up the tucked away heavenly ascent to Sundance, I felt a massive sense of space open inside me. You’ll feel it. An immediate invitation to soften, breathe deep and connect to yourself and the nature around envelops your being. Tensions drop, and after a few moments to steep, a personalized blueprint on how to proceed most gracefully in life emerges.

We need this space to breathe, live, feel and thrive. Come to Sundance. We will lean on each other. Breathe the mountain air. Drink straight out of the stream. Reconnect with ourselves and each other.

This immersion is a curve back toward your most natural self. It’s time for you to gain what you specifically need at this moment in your life. Whether you are craving some time for yourself, jump start your passion, gain insight for your practice or leading, entering a new phase of life, or just feel the urge to come for a reason you’re unable to articulate yet, you are invited to lean into this week of ease and connection. I am happy to welcome you to a sanctuary like no other.

We will meditate, practice tai chi, hike, practice yoga, and gather for group workshops. We will be together in a gorgeous room for our classes and venture into the wild for our hikes and some of the tai chi and meditation sessions.

This begins with you. The mountains are calling.

I can’t wait to be with you to experience this transformation.

Love, Tara

 

What You’ll Find Here

All our trainings and immersions have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other 100, 200, and 500 hour programs. So what you learn here will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies with Strala or anywhere, without repetition. You’ll always discover new ways to take good care of yourself, find harmony and ease in your body and life, and give this to the people you lead.

All this begins with you.  You’re always leading what have, how you are, in everything you do. It’s in how you get around a room, how you get around your life, that people follow. Much more than what you say.

And it’s wonderful, magical, when what you say agrees with what you do.  So we’re coming together here to share this as a practice.  To create the ground we all need to be how we want to be, first in our selves, and then for each other.

It’s not always complicated, but it’s also not easy.  It takes some slowing down, simplifying, subtracting the noise around us and in us.  From here we see where we are, and discover who it is we’re meant to be.  What are you good at?  What do you love?  It’s in these simple practices to find this, and grow stronger, more capable, in who we really are.

Get ready to make space in your life for inner peace, and unlock your energy for inspired creative power.

 

 

Who Is This For

Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this week-long immersion.

The people joining our immersions and trainings are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group. They range from 16 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.

Some are relative beginners, some are long-time practicers and teachers.  Some want to teach, and some want to progress with their own yoga.  Wherever you are now is a great place to begin.  We’re lucky to have this rich diversity, it makes wonderful ground for real-world learning and sharing.

You might join for your profession, for teaching yoga or tai chi, or you might join just for you.  Whatever your purpose, we have this time to share a set of holistic skills and practices, that carry across your everything you do.

 

What You Get

Approaches, Practices, Skill-sets: We’ll explore practices to discover and enliven who and how you are, in everything you do, using Strala’s approach to yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation.  You’ll carry with you something both simple and straightforward enough to practice every day, right where you are, in whatever you’re doing.  And powerful enough to change everything.  It all begins with you.

Community: Leading up to this immersion, you’ll have access to our private online meet-up community, so you can connect with us and each other before our time together begins. And once you’ve completed this time, you’ll access to our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.

Certification: If you’d like to join our additional teaching sessions during the week, we also provide a Strala 100+Hour Immersion Certification upon completion, and list this on our website. If you’d like to gain a longer 200 or 300 hour degree, we’ll be offering this program several times each year in different locations, and it will progress with new topics and practices each time, so you can combine these weeks together for longer degree certifications. Strala is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We’re also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Continuing Education Credit: This immersion provides you with 100 hours of credit, and fulfills 100 hours in both our 200+Hour Leadership Training and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training Certifications.

Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership – creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead – is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.

 

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FACULTY

Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders, and every member of our faculty has more than 20 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and University of Edinburgh. Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.

 

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of people are leading Strala in studios, gyms, and schools worldwide. Even more Strala training graduates bring what they learn to their office, team, healing practice, and across all of life. The mission we share is to help people accomplish far more, through softening and connecting with our creativity and purpose.

Tara has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Strala Yoga, and Guiding Strala, 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. Harvard profiled Tara‘s work in a case study, and she has spoken with students at Harvard and New York University about her experience, and approaches to creativity and leadership.

Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association initiative to combat childhood obesity, as well as BOKS, which together are bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States and Canada.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley. She is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor.

 

 

Mike Taylor is the resident healer and co-founder of Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice, Mike left his healthcare roots and turned to mountaineering. He worked at a steel mill, joined a web company, then founded a biotech software company.

Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers. Mike still climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles.

 

 

Registration

Immersion Registration: Early-bird special until February 28, 2019 for $1,550, and after February 28 the usual cost is $1,900, please click here to register.

Accommodation Registration: Rooms start at $99 per night for double-occupancy, and starting $60 per night for three to five-person occupancy, plus a Utah State lodging tax of 11.32% and Environmental Impact Fee of 5% to protect and preserve the surrounding canyon.  Please reserve your room as soon as possible.  Click here to book online, or telephone Sundance Reservations at +1 800.892.1600.

Food: Many of the rooms have kitchens, and there are grocery stores a short drive away, as well as provisions at the resort.  You’ll also find wonderful restaurant options at the resort, and so many perfect spots to unwind, connect, and soak in this magical place.

Getting Here: The Salt Lake City Airport is a 45 minute drive away, and has many inexpensive rental car options, as well as easy taxi service to the resort.

Note: open enrollment will close when full. It’s a good idea to reserve early, space is limited for this immersion.

Payment plans may be available, just email Help@StralaYoga.com.

Please understand that all payments are final, and this is non-refundable, except if you are not admitted this time. Admission to immersion is solely at Strala’s discretion.

 

 

Training, 200 Hour Degree Path

All this begins with you, for you.  What we have for our selves is always what we’re able to share with the people we lead, the people all around us.  So to begin, this is a place to connect with your self, release stress, and discover practices for creating harmony and ease in your body and mind, and your life.

If you’re looking to share this as a teacher of Strala or any kind of practice, we also have additional sessions for you during this week.

You’ll learn to understand and lead a Strala experience from the ground up, whether it’s in a class, at your work, or in whatever you share with the people in your life.  You’ll discover our Vocabulary of Movement, designed to harness your breath-body connection, and get you moving easily through any challenge. We’ll explore sequencing, pace, flow, psychology, language and music. You’ll learn how to create space, to support positive connection, healing, and inspirational accomplishment. You’ll also learn to be incredibly capable in your own body, and in your life.

We begin with breath, getting into your natural flow. You connect to creativity and intuition. You get happy. And you get to help everyone around you find their own way to energized, inspired, and all kinds of feeling great.

 

Topics

Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, alignment, experiential anatomy and physiology, touch, support, safety, strength, flexibility, stability, mobility, injuries, stress, healing, chronic pain and ailments, disease, psychology, anxiety, depression, therapy, health, nutrition, spirituality, history, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, attitude, adults, children.

Softness and Breath Body Connection. Softness enables you to move your whole self without a fight. Movement is guided and fueled by your breath. Every inhale lifts, expands, strengthens. Every exhale softens, makes it easier to be here, and moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.

Principles of Movement, Tai Chi and Traditional Medicine.  How to accomplish far more, in everything you do.  Begin with softness, the ground for moving your whole self with ease. From here you discover how to use breath, center, and all the movement principles found in tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to unlock energy and bring your whole self into harmony. Challenge is met with peace and ease, rather than force and aggression.

Feeling. Slow down and breath deep enough to feel, believe that what you feel is worth responding to, and respond. Your connection to feeling and intuition allows you to move into exactly what you need in each moment.  You’ll learn to be in alignment with yourself always, and feel good every step of the way.

Practice: Make Hard Things Easy.  It’s possible to get where you want to go by learning to drop the stress, and move easily through challenge. In fact, it’s not just possible. The best among us – the most inspirational of any human effort – has been achieved in this way.

We’ll replace the self-limiting myth of no pain no gain, release stress and struggle from our bodies and minds, and use the principles of movement to make the impossible possible.  This becomes your way of being. It becomes how you move, how you create yourself, and the world around you.

Whatever goals you might have, how you feel when you get there is created by how you are along the way. In yoga, this is why challenges like handstands are best achieved not by practicing handstands – but by learning to move easily and comfortably in your body, through everything you do. Of course you can take a handstand by force – jumping and crashing, using muscle rather than coordination and grace. But this will never feel good. And the goal will lack meaning. We’ll have learned only to reach our goals by force, by not feeling good.

So of course there’s a better way, moving with grace and coordination, rather than by force and struggle. We learn something valuable about ourselves, moving this way. We learn that we can accomplish much more in our lives without stress and struggle than with it. We learn that we can get to wherever we want from wherever we are. And we learn that we can feel good, always.  It’s not about the handstand. It’s how you get where you’re going that creates what you have.

Guiding: how to create an uplifting and enabling experience.  Your first responsibility is to take really good care of yourself. What you have for yourself is what you have to give to others.  From here, we move through the best ways to orchestrate an amazing experience for everyone around you.  You’ll learn to lead people into their own freedom, intuition, creativity, and radiantly good health.

Healing: Touch and Support.  How to create a supportive, enabling, and healing relationship with yourself, and with others. We’ll detail the core principles of safety, alignment, and practical anatomy, and provide an effective approach for healing of both acute injury and chronic pain.

Stress, Health & Nutrition.  We’ll explore your mind-body connection, the role of stress in disease, and techniques for releasing stress and activating your body’s Relaxation Response.  We’ll also explore the microbiome, and various nutritional strategies for curing ailments and enabling optimal health.

Leadership, Work, Life.  We’ll carry our practice of being, moving and healing into how you create the life you want.

More Practice.  All of our trainings are very practical.  We’re not just talking about all of this – we’re going to do it together. So we have plenty of real class time for practice, exploration, and making what you want real in your everyday life.

 

Take care of yourself to take care of everyone

 

Your main job as a Guide or teacher is to take great care of yourself. From here you can begin to help others. You’ll sharpen your tools, your skills, and your delivery. What you are truly sharing is the experience of how you feel about yourself. We’ll dive into exploring self care through mindfulness, thoughtful movements, and clear language, opening up multiple paths for you to be of service to yourself and others.

 

 

About Strala

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

 

Questions

If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Help@StralaYoga.com.

 

Open the door to a whole new way of connecting, sharing, and growing with everyone in your life. These trainings are an incredibly rewarding life-long adventure of mutual support, and inspiring accomplishment. We’re lucky to have this in our lives.

 

Thank you so much everybody, we’re excited to get started with you here.

– Tara & Mike

Click Here to Register

 

 

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“We know that we are each in the driver’s seat of our own lives, in control of our personal destiny. We know we can change our own health, and our entire life experience, through the choices we make each day. Our lives are our own to create.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

Registration is Now Open

What: Retreat and Training. This immersion is a retreat for rest, renewal, discovery of new practices for taking good care of you.  If you’d like to join for the additional teaching sessions during the week, it’s also a training which provides a 100-Hour Degree, or you can combine immersions for a 200 or 300-Hour Degree.  We’ll offer several of these immersions each year.

Where: The Standard Spa, at 40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach.  Sun, waves, pool, sauna, and the perfect practices to warm up your January.

When: Sunday January 26 – Saturday February 1, 2020.  If you’re joining as a retreat for you, you’re welcome to arrive early or late, depart sooner or stay longer.  If you’re joining the extra training sessions, you’ll want to be here each day this week.  And for both, we’re here to support whatever you need.

Schedule: Weekend days from 9am to 3pm, and weekdays from 9am to 7pm.  We’ll have extra-relaxing breaks during the day for the retreat path, and extra sessions for the training path.

Immersion Cost: Early-bird special until February 28, 2019 for $1,550, and after February 28 the usual cost is $1,900.  Click here to register.

Accommodation: Most people use Airbnb, and there are many good hotel options nearby.  We also have a special rate at The Standard Spa if you’d like to stay here, and a link for reservations is coming soon.

Click Here to Register

 

Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.  Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

 

“Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves.”

– Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

 

 

In Person Is Magic

I’ve been craving a nature haven ideal for coming together. A place where we can take the pressure off as easily as we do our shoes. A place where we can let go the tension and step into our real, most authentic selves.

It gives an immediate invitation to soften, breathe deep and connect to yourself and the nature around envelops your being. Tensions drop, and after a few moments to steep, a personalized blueprint on how to proceed most gracefully in life emerges.

We need this space to breathe, live, feel and thrive.  We will lean on each other. Breathe deep. Reconnect with ourselves and each other.

This immersion is a curve back toward your most natural self. It’s time for you to gain what you specifically need at this moment in your life. Whether you are craving some time for yourself, jump start your passion, gain insight for your practice or leading, entering a new phase of life, or just feel the urge to come for a reason you’re unable to articulate yet, you are invited to lean into this week of ease and connection. I am happy to welcome you all here.

We will meditate, practice tai chi, walk by the fire, dip in the pool, practice yoga, and gather for group workshops. We will be together for our classes and venture into the wild for ocean and nature time throughout the week.

I can’t wait to be with you to experience this transformation.

Love, Tara

 

What You’ll Find Here

All our trainings and immersions have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other 100, 200, and 500 hour programs. So what you learn here will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies with Strala or anywhere, without repetition. You’ll always discover new ways to take good care of yourself, find harmony and ease in your body and life, and give this to the people you lead.

All this begins with you.  You’re always leading what have, how you are, in everything you do. It’s in how you get around a room, how you get around your life, that people follow. Much more than what you say.

And it’s wonderful, magical, when what you say agrees with what you do.  So we’re coming together here to share this as a practice.  To create the ground we all need to be how we want to be, first in our selves, and then for each other.

It’s not always complicated, but it’s also not easy.  It takes some slowing down, simplifying, subtracting the noise around us and in us.  From here we see where we are, and discover who it is we’re meant to be.  What are you good at?  What do you love?  It’s in these simple practices to find this, and grow stronger, more capable, in who we really are.

Get ready to make space in your life for inner peace, and unlock your energy for inspired creative power.

 

 

Who Is This For

Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this week-long immersion.

The people joining our immersions and trainings are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group. They range from 16 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.

Some are relative beginners, some are long-time practicers and teachers.  Some want to teach, and some want to progress with their own yoga.  Wherever you are now is a great place to begin.  We’re lucky to have this rich diversity, it makes wonderful ground for real-world learning and sharing.

You might join for your profession, for teaching yoga or tai chi, or you might join just for you.  Whatever your purpose, we have this time to share a set of holistic skills and practices, that carry across your everything you do.

 

What You Get

Approaches, Practices, Skill-sets: We’ll explore practices to discover and enliven who and how you are, in everything you do, using Strala’s approach to yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation.  You’ll carry with you something both simple and straightforward enough to practice every day, right where you are, in whatever you’re doing.  And powerful enough to change everything.  It all begins with you.

Community: Leading up to this immersion, you’ll have access to our private online meet-up community, so you can connect with us and each other before our time together begins. And once you’ve completed this time, you’ll access to our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.

Certification: If you’d like to join our additional teaching sessions during the week, we also provide a Strala 100+Hour Immersion Certification upon completion, and list this on our website. If you’d like to gain a longer 200 or 300 hour degree, we’ll be offering this program several times each year in different locations, and it will progress with new topics and practices each time, so you can combine these weeks together for longer degree certifications. Strala is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We’re also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Continuing Education Credit: This immersion provides you with 100 hours of credit, and fulfills 100 hours in both our 200+Hour Leadership Training and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training Certifications.

Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership – creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead – is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.

 

 

FACULTY

Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders, and every member of our faculty has more than 20 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and University of Edinburgh. Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.

 

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of people are leading Strala in studios, gyms, and schools worldwide. Even more Strala training graduates bring what they learn to their office, team, healing practice, and across all of life. The mission we share is to help people accomplish far more, through softening and connecting with our creativity and purpose.

Tara has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Strala Yoga, and Guiding Strala, 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. Harvard profiled Tara‘s work in a case study, and she has spoken with students at Harvard and New York University about her experience, and approaches to creativity and leadership.

Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association initiative to combat childhood obesity, as well as BOKS, which together are bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States and Canada.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley. She is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor.

 

 

Mike Taylor is the resident healer and co-founder of Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice, Mike left his healthcare roots and turned to mountaineering. He worked at a steel mill, joined a web company, then founded a biotech software company.

Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, and become their own best caregivers. Mike still climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles.

 

 

Registration

Immersion Registration: Early-bird special until February 28, 2019 for $1,550, and after February 28 the usual cost is $1,900.  Click here to register.

Accommodation: Most people use Airbnb, and there are many good hotel options nearby.  We also have a special rate at The Standard Spa if you’d like to stay here, and a link for reservations is coming soon.

Food: Wonderful options are everywhere around you, at The Standard Spa, as well as a short walk in nearly any direction.

Getting Here: The Miami International Airport is about 30 minutes by taxi, and also has many inexpensive rental car options.

Note: open enrollment will close when full. It’s a good idea to reserve early, space is limited for this immersion.

Payment plans may be available, just email Help@StralaYoga.com.

Please understand that all payments are final, and this is non-refundable, except if you are not admitted this time. Admission to immersion is solely at Strala’s discretion.

 

 

Training, 200 Hour Degree Path

All this begins with you, for you.  What we have for our selves is always what we’re able to share with the people we lead, the people all around us.  So to begin, this is a place to connect with your self, release stress, and discover practices for creating harmony and ease in your body and mind, and your life.

If you’re looking to share this as a teacher of Strala or any kind of practice, we also have additional sessions for you during this week.

You’ll learn to understand and lead a Strala experience from the ground up, whether it’s in a class, at your work, or in whatever you share with the people in your life.  You’ll discover our Vocabulary of Movement, designed to harness your breath-body connection, and get you moving easily through any challenge. We’ll explore sequencing, pace, flow, psychology, language and music. You’ll learn how to create space, to support positive connection, healing, and inspirational accomplishment. You’ll also learn to be incredibly capable in your own body, and in your life.

We begin with breath, getting into your natural flow. You connect to creativity and intuition. You get happy. And you get to help everyone around you find their own way to energized, inspired, and all kinds of feeling great.

 

Topics

Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, alignment, experiential anatomy and physiology, touch, support, safety, strength, flexibility, stability, mobility, injuries, stress, healing, chronic pain and ailments, disease, psychology, anxiety, depression, therapy, health, nutrition, spirituality, history, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, attitude, adults, children.

Softness and Breath Body Connection. Softness enables you to move your whole self without a fight. Movement is guided and fueled by your breath. Every inhale lifts, expands, strengthens. Every exhale softens, makes it easier to be here, and moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.

Principles of Movement, Tai Chi and Traditional Medicine.  How to accomplish far more, in everything you do.  Begin with softness, the ground for moving your whole self with ease. From here you discover how to use breath, center, and all the movement principles found in tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to unlock energy and bring your whole self into harmony. Challenge is met with peace and ease, rather than force and aggression.

Feeling. Slow down and breath deep enough to feel, believe that what you feel is worth responding to, and respond. Your connection to feeling and intuition allows you to move into exactly what you need in each moment.  You’ll learn to be in alignment with yourself always, and feel good every step of the way.

Practice: Make Hard Things Easy.  It’s possible to get where you want to go by learning to drop the stress, and move easily through challenge. In fact, it’s not just possible. The best among us – the most inspirational of any human effort – has been achieved in this way.

We’ll replace the self-limiting myth of no pain no gain, release stress and struggle from our bodies and minds, and use the principles of movement to make the impossible possible.  This becomes your way of being. It becomes how you move, how you create yourself, and the world around you.

Whatever goals you might have, how you feel when you get there is created by how you are along the way. In yoga, this is why challenges like handstands are best achieved not by practicing handstands – but by learning to move easily and comfortably in your body, through everything you do. Of course you can take a handstand by force – jumping and crashing, using muscle rather than coordination and grace. But this will never feel good. And the goal will lack meaning. We’ll have learned only to reach our goals by force, by not feeling good.

So of course there’s a better way, moving with grace and coordination, rather than by force and struggle. We learn something valuable about ourselves, moving this way. We learn that we can accomplish much more in our lives without stress and struggle than with it. We learn that we can get to wherever we want from wherever we are. And we learn that we can feel good, always.  It’s not about the handstand. It’s how you get where you’re going that creates what you have.

Guiding: how to create an uplifting and enabling experience.  Your first responsibility is to take really good care of yourself. What you have for yourself is what you have to give to others.  From here, we move through the best ways to orchestrate an amazing experience for everyone around you.  You’ll learn to lead people into their own freedom, intuition, creativity, and radiantly good health.

Healing: Touch and Support.  How to create a supportive, enabling, and healing relationship with yourself, and with others. We’ll detail the core principles of safety, alignment, and practical anatomy, and provide an effective approach for healing of both acute injury and chronic pain.

Stress, Health & Nutrition.  We’ll explore your mind-body connection, the role of stress in disease, and techniques for releasing stress and activating your body’s Relaxation Response.  We’ll also explore the microbiome, and various nutritional strategies for curing ailments and enabling optimal health.

Leadership, Work, Life.  We’ll carry our practice of being, moving and healing into how you create the life you want.

More Practice.  All of our trainings are very practical.  We’re not just talking about all of this – we’re going to do it together. So we have plenty of real class time for practice, exploration, and making what you want real in your everyday life.

 

Take care of yourself to take care of everyone

 

Your main job as a Guide or teacher is to take great care of yourself. From here you can begin to help others. You’ll sharpen your tools, your skills, and your delivery. What you are truly sharing is the experience of how you feel about yourself. We’ll dive into exploring self care through mindfulness, thoughtful movements, and clear language, opening up multiple paths for you to be of service to yourself and others.

 

 

About Strala

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

 

Questions

If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Help@StralaYoga.com.

 

Open the door to a whole new way of connecting, sharing, and growing with everyone in your life. These trainings are an incredibly rewarding life-long adventure of mutual support, and inspiring accomplishment. We’re lucky to have this in our lives.

 

Thank you so much everybody, we’re excited to get started with you here.

– Tara & Mike

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A Personal Memo on Healing https://stralayoga.com/blog/a-memo-on-healing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-memo-on-healing Sun, 16 Dec 2018 20:15:58 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=21983 My experiences with Sam Berlind have been nothing short of a miracle.  What if we were able to shift our conversation about healing, away from the sterile opposition of the sick or the well, the stark segregation between the vibrant and the broken. … Read the rest >

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My experiences with Sam Berlind have been nothing short of a miracle.  What if we were able to shift our conversation about healing, away from the sterile opposition of the sick or the well, the stark segregation between the vibrant and the broken.  What if healing actually lives in an ongoing dance of how we are, what we are working with, and the choices we make?  What if we aren’t just striving to be healthy, but striving to live well, to enjoy our lives, so we can do the things that make our heart sing?  What if instead of trying to prevent death we celebrate life?  What if our healers stopped pretending to fix us and supported our ability to heal ourselves?

Most of us live in a pretty constant state of stress, bombarded with imagery and algorithms aiming to optimize us.  We are mentally and physically exhausted in a way all the avocados and green juices can’t fix. There is little we can consume that will help, however an endless source of wisdom lives inside, waiting to be harvested and put into practice.

Sam Berlind recycles the wisdom of Traditional Japanese and Chinese Medicine, shedding the dogma and ego problem that created a power-hold of the healer over the sick.  We have all suffered the effects of a harmful belief system where someone who is special holds all the power, and someone who is not special does not.  We see the big problems when this belief system plays out across all of life.  We even hold rallies against these injustices when we see them more clearly out there in our world.

But somehow, we not only put up with but expect these injustices in our healing practices.  We want to check out, have someone tell us exactly what we need to do, and fix all our problems for us.  It’s been a long day, a long month and life, just heal me.  It’s a nice idea, sometimes.  Putting your trust in that fable might provide a strange sense of comfort.  But the reality is, this Emperor has no clothes.  And for most of what ails us, it’s an approach that isn’t working.

I adore Sam’s approach because he admits that even pretending can sometimes work, often by accident.  You might be thinking “That one time someone rang a bell over my head, sang a prayer and announced my chakras were cleansed was really amazing.”  I’ve been that person and enjoyed that experience too.  But have you noticed how this keeps you seeking the next cure, and the next and the next?  It’s not sustainable.

Putting control of our life in someone else’s hands creates a power position that isn’t real, which forces the healer to become a pretender.  Because the truth is, you are the healer.  You body is miraculously healing itself, all the time, your entire life.  And sometimes, it can use your support, or support of another.  Even in the most extreme of medical treatments, when it works, it’s still you that’s doing the healing, not something outside of you.  It’s why two people with the same ailment, same treatment, can experience radically different outcomes.  It’s what’s going on in you that counts most.

So this is a healing relationship with yourself and others that reflects real life.  Is sustainable.  An approach that works predictably, consistently, not by accident.  And strangely, I haven’t found a healer yet who hasn’t promised they could fix me.  Except for Sam Berlind.  What he won’t tell you is that he’s healed thousands of people with chronic illness, joint and muscle injury, emotional stress, neurological ailments, broken bones, infertility, and just about any imbalance you can imagine.  Those who haven’t reversed their conditions, he’s supported to use all of their capabilities to live better with what they have.

Sam will tell you that the people he’s worked with have supported him as they heal themselves.  He goes so far as to say, “Well I’m leaning on them so they are supporting me.”  Healing doesn’t work if you don’t trust your partner to support you.  Sam makes a good connection, sees what’s happening with your whole self through that connection, and encourages positive change.  He listens more than he talks.  He pays attention to what you say, how you are, and maybe most importantly, what you don’t say. Through his 30+ years of experience in private practice and running the top shiatsu school in New York, he has uncovered and learned to share an approach that gives what you need so so you can best help yourself.  And do ask him to tell you the story of how he healed a horse in South America.  That’s a good one.

I’m thrilled to know Sam and honored that he has helped us shape the Strala Training Program over the years, and more importantly improve our own practice so we can better serve.  This program is a deeper more personal dive into using connection through touch and support with Traditional Japanese and Chinese Medicine.  These practices and Sam’s no-bs approach resonate deeply with my values, my belief that the magic is inside.

There are endless techniques to learn and thousands of hours of practice necessary to be on the path of a great practitioner, but this is the foundation, right here.  Don’t mistake simplicity for it being easy, and have the courage to bring your whole self.  Get comfortable with you.  Stay equal with your partner.  Make a good connection and see what happens.  This is simple, but it’s not easy.  It takes a foundation, guidance, understanding, and practice.

I’ve learned from Sam that every moment is an opportunity for change, and every moment is an opportunity to make a good connection.  You don’t have to wait to be on a yoga mat, leaning on someone, to practice shiatsu.  You can practice how you connect with the person checking out your groceries.  You can practice the next time you make physical contact with your partner and your family.  You can practice when you spend time with your pets.  You can practice when you walk down the street and observe people.  Don’t wait to begin, because you’ll miss so many opportunities to improve.

Healing in its true state is an open channel flowing.  If we can change our mindset from a misbelief that we can fix others and instead focus on ourselves and opening that channel, imagine what is possible.

After so much personal practice, time with others, and time in Sam’s programs, I’m thrilled to continue learning with his new 100+Hour Online Training: Connect and Heal with Shiatsu. There is so much more room to grow, always. Join us from wherever you are.

Love,
Tara

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Practice Different https://stralayoga.com/blog/practice-different/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=practice-different Sun, 02 Dec 2018 11:18:32 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=21804 If you think you’re practicing something in yoga or tai chi or fitness that’s different from what you do the rest of your day, you’re not.

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If you think you’re practicing something in yoga or tai chi or fitness that’s different from what you do the rest of your day, you’re not.

It might look different, these positions, these exercises, from sitting at a desk or going to meetings. It might feel like a change of pace, change of focus, change of heart rate. But this isn’t change. It might just barely scratch the surface of what you’re looking for.

Because what’s constant, always, is you. How you do what you do. The strategies you use, the habits that carry you. So when you get to yoga, there you are. Trying to bring one disconnected, disobedient part of you at a time into line, going to war with your challenges. More stress, more disconnection. And we’re supposed to pretend we are at peace, while we go to war with our selves.

 

What we’re doing in our selves, to our selves, is perfectly reflected in the world. All the unsustainability. All the conflict, aggression. disconnection, war.

 

What we need isn’t yoga. Isn’t tai chi, the gym, or anything else we do for an hour each day at best. Because this hour will always be exactly how we are, all the time.

 

What we need is a practice that’s practiced all the time, in all the hours, in all the places. Which carries us into a different world, where we are sustainable, connected, harmonious and at peace in our selves, in how we care for and get around in our selves. So this becomes what’s perfectly reflected in the world around us. A very different world.

 

Yoga can help. Tai chi can help. Anything you love can help, running walking swimming climbing talking eating connecting creating sharing helping living being. It all helps, when we see it’s all the same, in how we are. And we put our practice on how we are, all the time.

It’s not about yoga or any other one thing. If it is, it’s just a cult. A new distraction. If you want to change, it has to be about you, not about the other thing. Something bigger comes through you in how you are, everywhere. The world changes here.

 

About Strala Training

Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.

It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.

In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. The unique set of skills you develop – for connecting with yourself and others, unblocking your energy, healing what needs healing and accomplishing challenge with ease – uncovers your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.

Who’s What’s and When’s of Strala Training

 

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YogaZeit https://stralayoga.com/studios/yogazeit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yogazeit Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:23:59 +0000 https://stralayoga.com/?p=21678

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