Strala breaks through stress and tension in your body and mind, that keeps you working much harder than you need, to achieve much less than you can.
You’ll learn to move powerfully through your life and handle challenge with ease, using a proven structure that combines the rich vocabulary of yoga, with the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi.
Get ready to be radiantly healthy, free, creative, and happy.
Strala uses yoga, tai chi, and traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, to help people live radiantly healthy and 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, by helping us learn to bring our entire self into everything we do, unblock energy where it’s stuck, and move more naturally and efficiently through challenge.
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.
Tara Stiles. Strala was created by Tara, drawing on her background in classical ballet and choreography, as well as her long-time personal practice in yoga. Tara trained with Paul Taylor Dance Company choreographer and dancer Eileen Cropley, and began her yoga study in the 1990s with her ballet teacher, Rory Foster of American Ballet Theater. Thousands of guides are now leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs. Strala’s worldwide training and practice HQ is in downtown New York City.
Tara partners with W Hotels on FIT with Tara Stiles — a global program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the world. She is a collaborator with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, and Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, all translated and published in several languages. Tara also supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 30,000+ schools around the United States.
Mike Taylor. The science and movement of Strala is also guided by Strala co-founder Mike Taylor. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. He has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qi gong, for more than 30 years.
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. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body, rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, he continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. The internet was just getting started, so he joined a web company, and then founded a couple more. Through Strala, 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 and creators.
Sam Berlind. Strala’s approach to connection and healing draws additionally from shiatsu master Sam Berlind, who led the Ohashiatsu School in New York City for 20 years. Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese bodywork method, based on the principles of acupuncture. It has evolved into an innovative healing modality that incorporates movement, meditation, and connection. Incredibly effective for the treatment of common injuries, as well as chronic pain, disability, and disease, shiatsu skills provide a great complement to yoga practice and leadership. Sam graduated from the University of Edinburgh, studied Zen Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Japanese Medicine, and martial arts, and began practicing yoga in the 1980s.
Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.
You receive a top-tier education,
that is applicable for everyone.
The Science of Strala
Our Stress and Survival Responses – which release cortisol and endorphins into our system – are designed to mask pain and even create a feeling of euphoria, so we can escape an immediate attack. They were meant to help us survive, but not to live. But we’re living now under attack. We’ve become addicted to stress on a chemical level, and we put it in everything we do – our work, our exercise, even our health and healing practices.
This isn’t a sustainable strategy for performance. It’s producing nearly every health problem that Western medicine struggles with today: obesity and digestive disorders, weakened immunity and chronic pain, depression and anxiety, even diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. And it greatly limits our potential. We’re the only animal that works harder than needed to accomplish even simple things. It depletes our energy, and makes it impossible to accomplish truly difficult things. So there must be a better way.
Because we know this, we have a choice. We can choose to move in a very different way, that creates a very different life, and a very different world. We can choose to release the stress and tension from our minds, our bodies, and our lives, that inhibits us, and weighs us down in every step we take. By choosing this, we can literally rewire our neurology, our chromosomes, and our gene expression, to perform at a higher level than we ever dreamed possible. By choosing this, we can rewire this world to perform at a higher level than we ever dreamed possible.
The science supports what we’ve suspected. As mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra puts it, “We’re not nouns, we’re verbs.” We aren’t fixed beings, stuck where we are, unchangeable. We’re more like a river, not hardwired but softwired. We know that rigidity is both cause and symptom of mental illness. When this rigidity arises even in our self-care practices like yoga – holding and moving with tension in both our minds and bodies – we limit ourselves greatly. We’ve taken the most common symptoms of human neurosis, and put them into our cure. This isn’t a problem with yoga. It’s a human problem. And we have a choice here. We can choose something different.
How we move – with tension or without, with force and aggression or grace and coordination – rewires our neurology and rebalances our microbiome every single day. It can change our gene expression, make our chromosomes healthier, slow aging, and even alter what we pass along to our children. We create our lives, our health, and our world, in this way.
Activating your Relaxation Response. Similar to East Asian movement and healing systems, Strala is designed to activate your body’s Relaxation Response – a chemical cascade responsible for overall health, healing, and wellbeing. First by breathing deep, second by matching your breath and body together, and third by learning to move your whole body in harmony with itself – it’s possible to keep your Relaxation Response going, even when things get tough. This is ground-shaking. It’s how you make the impossible possible, in everything you do.
Our mindset is important here. If we believe that our best way to get where we want to go is by pushing and struggling – and that feeling good is for vacation – this creates a cascade of behaviors and associated chemistry that supports some temporary ability, but leads to declining performance. By contrast, if we believe our best way to get where we want is by feeling good every step along the way – this creates something quite different. We’re able to release stress and tension, approach challenge in an easygoing way, and create an internal chemistry that’s optimal for sustained health and performance.
Imagine if we aimed our attention narrowly and forcefully at accomplishing goals — for example in yoga, jumping and pushing into poses. Right away, our body is bathed in stress hormones, including cortisol. We are chemically less able to see the full range of options available to us, and are disconnected from how we feel. We become less creative, and less intuitive. We’re ready to survive an attacking tiger, but that’s about it. Keep pushing this way, and we’re likely to gain more weight than we need, injure our bodies, and suffer from a variety of stress-related disorders.
By contrast, when we move with ease through all conditions, we’re able to trigger and maintain our body’s Relaxation Response. This is where we want to live most of our lives. The good news is, we can activate our own Relaxation Response response by breathing deep, moving gently, and exploring where we are, rather than forcing to be somewhere else. We get happy, creative and intuitive. Which feels amazing.
Flow State. Using whole-body movement connected directly to your breath, as you explore all kinds of challenge, Strala guides you into your Flow State. This is your body and mind finding harmony, by unblocking energy where it’s stuck, healing what needs healing, and learning to bring your whole self into graceful, coordinated movement. It’s the way you are meant to be. Creativity is heightened. You achieve an elevated state of strength, mobility, agility and endurance in your body, and calm focused awareness in your mind. You move through the familiar and unfamiliar with far less effort. This carries you much further without tiring, just feeling good.
Strala School : Who is this for, and what do you get?
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 – uncover your ability to create the life you want, and be an inspiring leader to the people around you.
Strala guides us to explore how we approach challenge in our lives. It reveals where we carry stress and tension, and how we can become blocked and disconnected from our bodies, our minds, and our potential. We discover the beliefs we hold about ourselves, and about the world around us, and how these beliefs can uplift or inhibit us. And most importantly, we learn how to come into harmony with ourselves, and accomplish more than we ever dreamed possible.
Strala combines the rich form vocabulary of yoga with the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi to create a structure for practice, that leads to progress across everything you do. This structure has three areas of focus: Being, Moving, and Healing.
Be : in agreement, harmony, and alignment with yourself. This is the beginning. It’s how we discover that our best way to get wherever we want to go is by feeling good every step along the way.
Move : with ease through all kinds of challenge. Learn to release stress and tension that disconnects us from our bodies, and inhibits everything we do. We can get so much further by developing grace and coordination than we can through stress and struggle.
Heal : the injuries and ailments that Western medicine struggles with the most from anxiety and depression, to immune and digestive disorders, obesity, chronic pain, and even diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. We learn to rewire our bodies on a chemical, neurological, and genetic level, to create the conditions of optimal health.
Some people carry this experience into sharing with others through leading yoga. Some bring this expansive access to creativity, energy, inspiration, and good feeling into their work, relationships, and family life. Wherever you go, you have have something amazing to give.
Strala Training Courses provide specific approaches for
Adults and children
Athletes, strength, agility and endurance
Flexibility, mobility and stability
Health, fitness and nutrition
Meditation, breathing, and stress relief
Energy and creativity
Rewiring our bodies and minds for optimal health and performance, on the level of our chemistry, neurology, chromosomes, and gene expression
Physical therapy to restore optimal balance between strength and flexibility, stability and mobility; healing for injuries, chronic pain, and stress-associated ailments
Psychological therapy to connect with intuition, freedom, and happiness;
healing for anxiety, depression, stress, and stress-associated ailments
Activating an internal experience that creates a radiant body, mind and life, across everything you do.
Our training courses are grounded in Tara Stiles’ experience with reaching millions of people around the world, helping everyone move easily through challenge, and connect with their intuition, creativity and happiness. The science and approach to health and healing is grounded in Mike Taylor’s mind-body medicine studies at Harvard and his practice in tai chi and qi gong, along with Sam Berlind’s practice in shiatsu, Traditional Japanese Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Every member of the Strala Faculty has more than 20 years of hands-on practical experience and success in their field, and we’re backed by some of the world’s top leaders in mind-body medicine, genetics, and neurology. We’re here to share what works, and guide you to find your own amazing, in your own life. You learn to help people across an extremely wide range of situations and needs. You also learn to lead effectively in a group and inspire people everywhere, in everything you do.
Tara and Mike lead every Strala Intensive Training together, and are joined by Sam Berlind for the Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Trainings. You can always find our latest schedule here.
Strong Body, Calm Mind, Ridiculously Happy
Strala is a way of being, moving and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenge with ease. You’ll move far beyond poses, blow past your goals and get into your dreams. Your life gets fun, fearless, fabulous & radiant. You get inspiringly healthy, connected, creative and free. This is going to feel good.
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