STRALA 200+HOUR LEADERSHIP TRAININGS
Take control over your own destiny on every level that counts – right down to your neurology, your gene expression, and your whole health.
Helping people release stress and tension from their bodies and minds, learn to move with grace and coordination through all kinds of 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.
People are leading Strala all around the world following our Ready-to-Lead and Advanced Leadership courses. You gain a unique set of skills, for living and sharing this way of being, moving, and healing, that people love everywhere you go.
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.
Register for Upcoming 200+Hour Leadership Trainings
WHAT YOU GET FROM TRAINING
- A process for moving powerfully in your life.
- Discover the truth about what you are and what you’re capable of achieving.
- Strengthen health: Lose or gain weight if that’s needed, heal injuries and chronic pain.
- Become an inspiring and effective leader of your own life.
- Break through self-limiting beliefs and history.
- Learn to handle challenge in an easygoing way, accomplish far more with less.
- Learn to release stress from your body and mind. Heal stress-related disease and disorders.
- Become an inspiring and effective leader of the people around you, in everything you do. This can be as a yoga teacher, an artist, an entrepreur or manager, or in your family.
About Strala Training
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.
Strala Yoga is a way of being, moving and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease. Strala Training empowers you to find easy capability, whether on your yoga mat, leading a class, or living your life.
With Strala, your yoga will transform into a moving meditation that cultivates a radiantly strong, connected, healthy, and inspired body and mind from the inside out.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a teaching path, getting deeper into your yoga, or both, 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.
WHAT MAKES THE STRALA TRAINING PROGRAM UNIQUE?
- Reputation: Strala is one of the top training programs in the world.
- Education: Top-tier faculty. Each member 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.
- Worldwide Appeal: Strala is the most widely-reaching style of yoga in the world, with a wonderfully diverse audience.
- Results: Get healthy, happy, and create a life that reaches beyond your dreams.
- Leadership: The only mainstream training program led entirely by its founders, Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor.
- Not a generic training: You graduate with a unique set of skills that people love all around the world, which makes it much easier to find work.
- Highest Standards: Part of the global Yoga Alliance Professionals, holding higher standards than the American alliance.
- Science: Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra and Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.
What happens in a 200+Hour Leadership Training?
Week 1: We get into the Experience – how to uplift and enable yourself in your yoga, and your life.
Week 2: How to Orchestrate this experience for everyone around you.
Introduction: An overview of Being, Moving and Healing. Taking care of yourself, so you can take care of others.
Approach: 3 Elements. How to create our best yoga, through Breath, Feeling, and Natural Movement.
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 Natural Movement. How to accomplish far more, with far less effort, in everything you do. We begin with our breath, connect to our feeling, and move from our middle. We’ll replace force and struggle with grace and coordination. With easy, natural movements, we can progress far beyond pose goals, and dive into the process of getting to know our bodies and minds.
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: Diagnosis, 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.
The Strala Core Curriculum includes focus on both direct experience, and orchestration of that experience.
1) Experience. Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, feeling, alignment, exploration, safety, health, nutrition, injuries, healing, spirituality, and history.
2) Orchestration. Guiding feeling, movement, breath, poses, alignment, exploration, touch and support, practical anatomy and physiology, safety, injuries, healing, health, nutrition, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, and attitude.
- Adults and children
- Athletes strength agility and endurance
- Flexibility, mobility and stability
- Health, fitness and nutrition
- Meditation, breathing, and stress relief
- Energy and creativity
- Physical therapy to restore optimal balance between strength and flexbility, 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.
Why does Strala feel so special?
We get asked this one a lot. Mostly we talk about how it feels great. People get happy! They get super-healthy. They make their own rules, and their own yoga. They make their own incredibly inspiring lives. But where does all this begin? It’s in our minds. Strala psychology is extremely expansive, freeing, creative, intuitive, never stuck. It’s in our bodies. We’re everything we are – body, mind and spirit, all one whole – and we care for all of it happily & intuitively. It’s in our world without rules or “correct” ways. It’s people finding their own ways into their own bodies, and into a world without limits. The magic is in the breath, movement, ease, and fun.
You’ll learn the tools to deliver an inspiring and energizing experience, whether you’re leading Strala, or simply adding what you love about Strala to the style you already lead. Feeling great in your body and calm in your mind is the goal. With this process, hard things become easy. Challenging poses and movements become simple. When you can lead these concepts by example, with clear instruction and class structure, you’re all set to inspire a lot of people, beginning with your own personal journey.
Take care of yourself to take care of everyone. Your main job as a Guide 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 with practice in the training. 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.
Get ready to deliver magic and help people feel fantastic!
This is important work you’re choosing to do. Helping people feel great helps yourself and the world.
$1,700 USD deposit reserves your spot, remaining $1,700 is due by the first day of training (total is $3,400).
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 ask! Email info@StralaYoga.com
After payment, you can fill out Strala’s application here. You will receive a full refund if you are not accepted into this round of Strala training.
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.
Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 6pm, weekdays from 9:15am to 5:15pm. Mornings and evenings before and after-hours open, for individual and group practice + Q&A
Cost: $3,400 for complete training, $1,700 deposit to reserve your spot, with the remaining $1,700 due by first day of training.
All of our trainings have people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. 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.
Admission into the training is solely at Strala’s discretion.
We provide a Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training Certification, upon successful completion.
Strala Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance UK / Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training is registered by the Yoga Alliance Professionals; YAP doesn’t register shorter programs, although our standards and approach are the same, and they count our intensives toward continuing education.
We are able to place qualified guides in partner gyms, studios, and locations around the globe.
You can read more here about certification, alliances, and qualification to lead.
Our address in New York
632 Broadway, #602, 6th Floor
Between Houston and Bleecker Street
New York, New York United States 10012
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala, the revolutionary approach to being, moving and healing. Strala teaches yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to help people release stress, let go of bad habits, and move easily through all kinds of challenge.
Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of Guides are leading Strala classes daily around the globe. Even more Strala training graduates bring what they learn into their office work, healing practices, and 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 Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in several languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines. Tara is a sought-after speaker on topics of entrepreneurship, health, and wellbeing. 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, an initiative with the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation, to combat childhood obesity. This brings Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States. She also supports the BOKS program, which delivers Strala classes and wellbeing resources to educators across North America.
Tara is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor. They live in Brooklyn with their one year old daughter Daisy.
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala, with focus on East Asian movement, meditation, health, and healing practices.
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 happily become more interested in supporting bodies than disrupting them, and 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, and then founded a few more.
Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping to create a system of yoga that draws on his martial and healing experience. Unbound by rules and guru-traditions that don’t work, Strala is helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives.
Mike is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles. They live in Brooklyn with their one year old daughter Daisy.
Sam Berlind is a member of the Strala Training Faculty, with primary responsibility for Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine. Sam 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. Sam 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 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.
Strala is part of the global Yoga Alliance Professionals / Yoga Alliance UK, and they certify our 200+hour program. They don’t certify shorter programs, although our standards and approach are the same, and they count our intensives toward continuing education.
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 standards or exams for qualification like medical school. 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.
We have a library of classes led by Tara that’s available on our site.
Our Strala Online Training will be available soon. This course introduces many of the topics covered in our longer trainings, and provides detailed instruction that makes for good preparation and ongoing review.