Get ready for two weeks of being, moving, and healing to inspire yourself & everyone around you!
Where: De Nieuwe Yogaschool, Laurierstraat 109 (a big beautiful studio in central Amsterdam)
When: Saturday 4 May through Friday 17 May 2019
Schedule: Weekdays from 9am to 5pm, Weekends from 12pm to 5pm. Mornings and evenings before and after-hours open, for individual and group practice + Q&A
Cost: $3,100. $1,550 deposit to reserve your spot, with the remaining $1,550 due by 4 May 2019. Joining one week at a time is also possible, see Registration section below.
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 Yoga 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 – Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, 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.
Strala was created by Tara Stiles, 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.
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 30 years.
About Strala Training
All our trainings have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other 200 and 500 hour programs. So whichever course you pick, what you learn will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies, without any repetition.
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 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 Leadership 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.
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.
This training gives you the tools you need to become the leader you’re meant to be, to yourself, those nearest you, or to millions of people around the 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 happens in a 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training?
Week 1: Experience.
How to uplift and enable yourself in your yoga, and your life.
Week 2: Orchestrate.
How to create 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 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.
Experiential Anatomy. When you know what you’ve got, you can become inspiringly good at using it. Our anatomy training connects you directly to the experience of your own structure and physiology, and teaches you to create this connection also with others. From here, you learn to lead people effectively on a natural level. You also learn to diagnose and heal what needs healing, in yourself and others.
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.
Curriculum Details & Time Outline
The Strala Core Curriculum includes focus on both direct experience, and orchestration of that experience.
1) Experience. Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, feeling, experiential anatomy, 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.
The Strala Specialized Curriculum includes 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
- 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.
At least 180 training hours are spent learning and practicing with our faculty. 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.
Outside of Intensive Hours other assignments can be done in your own time. Stay easy and have persistence and patience with yourself, and you’ll accomplish it all and more.
We follow an adult learning process that supports everyone learning in their own way, at their own pace. We don’t tend to force or police things like exams, extra study time, or extra practice time. These elements are all available throughout our learning process, and we’re here for each person, to guide in the way that’s best for them.
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.
If you’re leading yoga, people will love the experience,
and your classes will grow.
You’ll be a creative, capable and inventive
leader at work.
You’ll connect and relate easily and enjoyably
with the people around you.
You’ll make the yoga you want, and the life you want.
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.
What you’ll learn
What we share with each other is what we have for our selves. Our way of being. So the first most important thing is to take really good care of yourself. So we learn to connect with our selves, create harmony in our bodies and minds, and move with ease and grace, through everything we do.
From here, 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 and naturally from the inside-out. 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!
– Give people in your classes a feeling of strength, expansiveness, and ease in the midst of challenge.
– Learn the Strala Movement Vocabulary sequencing, flows, language, and pacing that will help pack your classes, and keep people coming back again and again.
– You can give what you have yourself. Become calm, creative, and capable in your own life, so you can inspire others on a broad level.
– Grasp the tools to reach and surpass your goals in yoga, wellness, and your life.
– Become the inspirational leader you’re meant to be.
– Help even more people live inspiring, healthy, and capable lives!
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.
Breath body connection. Breath is your foundation for moving well. 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.
Reminder to Feel. Woven throughout the instruction, reminders to linger where it feels nice to linger, and move how it feels great to move, guide people to move into exactly what they need in every moment. This brings people to celebrate the present. These reminders provide a safe, thoughtful and fun experience people can grow with day after day.
Natural movement. Strala moves from your center. The body moves most easily and efficiently from the inside out. With graceful, whole-body movements, we can progress far beyond pose goals, and dive into the process of getting to know our bodies and minds.
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.
Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders. Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Harvard neurology professor 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 co-founder Tara Stiles.
Sam Berlind is a shiatsu 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.
$1,550 USD deposit reserves your spot, remaining $1,550 is due by May 4, 2019 (total is $3,100).
Single week. It’s always possible to join these trainings one week at a time, so you can begin here with Week 1, and continue with Week 2 whenever you’re ready.
The single week cost is $1,900, with $1,550 to hold your spot, and the remaining $350 due by your first day of training. Or if you’d like the 2-week discount, you can make the second payment of $1,550 by your first day, and then join for Week 2 when you’re ready, at no additional cost.
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 Help@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.
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.
We provide a Strala 200+Hour Leadership Training Certification, upon successful completion.
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. Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
We are able to place qualified guides in partner gyms, studios, and locations around the globe.
What is Yoga, What is Strala, Finding the Ease in Effort, Releasing vs. Stretching, Psychology of Yoga, Helping vs. Proving, Ethics, Living Yoga, Spirituality, Safety, Breathing, Moving, Adjustments, Alignment, Experiential Anatomy & Physiology, Diagnosis, Preventing & Treating Injuries, Supporting vs. Fixing, Health & Nutrition, Yoga for Athletes, Strength & Endurance, Yoga for Kids, Poses, Sequences, History, Language, Leading Yoga, Reaching one person, Reaching millions of people, Business of Yoga, Getting a Job.
You’ll have covered these core capabilities on completion of training:
Practical application of the Strala Movement Vocabulary to create an uplifting class experience
Lead happily and confidently in your yoga, work, and personal life
Connect with your intuition and creativity, to make your own rules and inspire your life
Use your Breath-Body Connection and Natural Movement to accomplish physical and mental challenges with ease
Train for movability, to greatly increase strength, endurance, and flexibility
Let stress go and elicit your body’s Relaxation Response for healing and optimal health
Practical understanding of safety principles and injury prevention
Practical ability to identify causes and apply treatment for injuries
Practical ability to be happy and free, and inspire others to do the same!
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.
Strala guides how you move, grounded in the wisdom of tai chi, and the older East Asian martial and healing arts, all of which teach movement as the starting point. How you become you.
This shifts focus from needing to fuss and fix alignment in poses, trying to copy a correct form, then moving any way you can to get to the next pose. Which creates more problems to fix.
Learning how to move, you discover connection and harmony with your whole self, in everything you do. You become always in alignment with who you are. Not a copy. Fully, completely, you.
Check out our FAQ & Resources sections below, and email us at Help@StralaYoga.com.
Q: When and where are Strala trainings?
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 Leadership 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 200+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 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 Leadership Training and the Intensive Trainings?
A: Both 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. Both trainings cover the same general topics.
The main difference is we have a good deal more time in the longer training 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?