Strala Intensive Training

Learn to release the stress and tension that inhibits you, from both your body and mind.

What you have for yourself is what you have to share with others. For our 2-day intensive course, we get into the Experience: How to uplift and enable yourself in your yoga, and your life.

People mostly respond to how you are, far more even than what you say. So we begin by getting into your own way of being and moving through yoga, as practice for how you want to be and move in your life.

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.

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Intensive Training 


April 27 – 28, 2019

Intensive Training


August 17 – 18, 2018

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.



  • 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 an Intensive Training?
For our Intensive Trainings, we get into the Experience

How to uplift and enable yourself in your yoga, and your life.

People mostly respond to how you are, far more even than what you say. So we begin by getting into your own way of being and moving through yoga, as practice for how you want to be and move in your life.

What you have for yourself is what you have to share with others.

We have two whole days together for a nice immersion in how to move with grace and ease. When you move with coordination, your body and mind can stay relaxed, even in the midst of challenge. From relaxed, our energy flows easily, we’re able to feel, and can move creatively and inspiringly wherever we go. This is everything we need, to go everywhere we want.

When we move without coordination, we have to use force and tension to get where we’re going. This disconnects us from feeling, blocks our energy, and triggers a stress response in our bodies. We become chemically less able to see the world around us, and the possibilities within us. We work much harder, to accomplish much less. We might be able to achieve some things by force and tension, but it never feels good, and it’s not sustainable.

It’s important to find a better way, so we are able to move easily, gracefully, through everything.  Drop the stress, leave boundaries behind, and accomplish far more while feeling wonderful, every step of the way.

2-Day Intensive

Introduction.  An overview of Being, Moving and Healing.

Approach.  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.

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. 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 Workshop.  Learn to handle challenge in an easygoing way.  Drop the stress and struggle from your body and mind, and use the principles of natural movement to make the impossible possible.

Healing: Touch and Support.  How to create a supportive, enabling, and healing relationship with yourself, and with others.

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.

You can read more here for a day-by-day account of Intensive Training.

We are each able to break past the rules and boundaries that make us small. We are each able to drop conformity, and find our own way, in our own bodies.  We are each able to create a life that uplifts and inspires us.

Begin by matching how we move to how we want to live.  Want to leave stress behind and move easily through challenge? Practice leaving stress behind and moving easily through challenge.

Connect with what we are, and move gracefully from where we are. No more stuffing ourselves into boxes of poses. This isn’t a yoga revolution. It’s a you revolution.

Comparing Intensive Training to 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training

Intensive Training gives a good introduction to Strala, with a first focus on your own practice of being and moving.  People are leading Strala all around the world following these intensive trainings.

We also provide the longer 200+hour Ready-to-Lead Training, which covers more breadth and depth than the intensives, including focus on health and nutrition, injuries, diagnosis, and healing. They also give a lot more time for building confidence and competence, through guided practice and feedback with the group.

Strala is quite different from other schools and styles of yoga, so what we cover in both programs is completely different from other intensive and 200 hour trainings. It makes a nice progression and addition to any previous studies.

Why does Strala feel so special?

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.

Take care of yourself to take care of everyone.


Additional Information












Tara Stiles

Tara Stiles is a member of the Strala Training Faculty, with a focus on leadership, nutrition, and wellbeing.

Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Thousands of Guides lead Strala classes around the world in studios, gyms, and health clubs, and Strala is practiced by a very large online community in nearly 100 countries. Strala has been illustrated in a case study by Harvard Business School, and its practices of ease and connection are incorporated by business leaders, entrepreneurs, and well-being professionals everywhere.

Tara teams up with W Hotels, bringing Strala Yoga and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to create the Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books, including Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Cookbook, and Strala Yoga, all translated and published in many 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 supports the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 participating schools. Tara is married to Mike Taylor, and they live in SOHO, NYC.

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Mike Taylor

Mike is a member of the Strala Training Faculty, 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.p>

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Learn to release the stress and tension that inhibits you, from both your body and mind.


Alliances, Certification

& Work

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.


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Q: Are there any pre-requirements for training with Strala?
Q: What’s the time breakdown for your 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training?
Q: What’s the difference between your longer Ready-to-Lead Training and the Intensive Trainings?
Q: I'm not local, where can I stay during training?


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