Workshops & Trainings
Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training at Strala NYC
October 3 – October 16, 2015
Strala Intensive Training: Winter Camp at Strala NYC
January 9 – 15, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Los Angeles
January 23 – 24, 2016
Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training: London
February 13 – 26, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Amsterdam
March 12 – 13, 2016
Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training at Strala NYC
April 9 – 22, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Sydney
May 7 – 8, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Singapore
June 11 – 12, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Summer Camp! at Strala NYC
July 16 – 22, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Mexico City
August 6 – 7, 2016
Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training at Strala NYC
September 10 – 23, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Stockholm
October 8 – 9, 2016
Strala Intensive Training: Cape Town
December 3 – 4, 2016
The History and Science of Strala
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 American Ballet Theater choreographer Eileen Cropley, and began her yoga study in the 1990s with her ballet teacher, Rory Foster of ABT.
The science and movement of Strala is also guided by Tara’s partner Mike Taylor. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qi gong, for 30 years.
Strala’s approach to touch, support, and healing draws additionally from shiatsu master Sam Berlind, who lead 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 and disabilities, shiatsu skills provide a great complement to yoga practice and leadership. Sam studied Zen Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and martial arts, and began practicing yoga in the 1980s.
Similar to Eastern movement and healing systems, Strala is designed to activate your body’s Relaxation Response – a chemical cascade responsible for overall health, healing, and wellbeing. By using calm connected movement through all kinds of challenges, Strala guides people into their own Flow State. Creativity is heightened. You achieve a super-human state of strength and movability in your body, and calm focused awareness in your mind. You move through the familiar and unfamiliar with far less effort, taking you much further without tiring, just feeling good.
Who is Strala Training for and what do you get?
Strala Yoga activates your own best body, mind, health and life. What you have yourself is what you have to give. Some people go on to share with others through leading yoga. Some bring this expansive access to creativity, inspiration, and good feeling into their work, relationships, and family life. Wherever you go, you have have something amazing to give.
Strala training provides specific approaches for adults and children, athletes, strength, flexibility, mobility, stability, and healing for injuries, chronic pain, and stress-associated ailments. You learn to help people across an extremely diverse range of situations and needs. You also learn to lead effectively in a group and inspire people everywhere.
Strala is my most favorite yoga place on the face of the earth and I’m so happy it’s in NYC! It’s a moving meditation style of yoga that focuses on movement and breath rather than poses. This means much more of getting into you and feeling you, which feels really good. I’ve done yoga for 10 years, used to teach, and this is my 3rd certification. Nothing has changed me or stuck with me like Strala has. It’s fun, there’s awesome music, and the people there are happy and inspiring. – EC, New York
Strala has changed my attitude to food, my body shape, my strength – physically, mentally and emotionally – even my relationships have improved since I started regular practice. I love the style, grace and fluidity of Strala, and found the prenatal yoga classes I attended in my first pregnancy were too rigid. I felt I had to do the poses in a certain way, for a certain length of time, and I spent far too long just feeling uncomfortable. In short, Strala has changed my life. – AK, London
The pressure has been lifted! The benefits to my teaching are tenfold, and I am also learning to relax within my personal practice. I was in the habit of approaching my daily practice with the determination of creating a new sequence, or exploring new ways to get into or out of a pose. My practice had became another way to serve my clientele. It was draining me, rather than providing me the benefit of RELAXATiON and stress relief! The Strala sequence has brought the meditation aspect back to my practice. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and the energy in the classes is awesome! I feel great and am forever grateful! THANK YOU! – MB, Wisconsin
When class began I quickly realized that Tara’s approach to yoga was like nothing I had ever experienced before. It promoted ease, fun and self-expression. Everyone around me was moving with a certain lightness that I had never seen before. Strala has become my gateway for self-expression within my mind and body. It has taught me to throw away everything I thought I knew about yoga and start becoming more of an independent thinker, in my practice on and off the mat. – AH, New York
As with any career investment, I was somewhat skeptical of what this training could offer me that I hadn’t already learned from previous trainings or from attending Strala classes so frequently. To my surprise I got so much more out of this training then I ever could have imagined. Strala’s training states that it will help you fill your classes; my classes doubled in size in two weeks, no joke. My students started to smile a lot more, they were having fun and, in turn, so was I.
Strala has shown me how to listen to my own body’s needs through exploration and ease. To be able to share that same exploration with my students has become one of my greatest gifts thus far. Thank you Strala! – AG, New York
Since my trip to NYC, meeting both of you and the Strala crew, I feel so much more aware and excited about yoga, why I love it so much, and why it is such a huge part of my path in life. I have been following Tara’s blog and yoga videos for years now. It was surreal to be part of Strala during the training.
It is because of both of you, Tara and Mike, you are the type of people I have been looking for along my yoga journey, you are the people who allow yoga to be real, to be individual, simply by stating a question of fact, “Who made the rules?”
I embraced every minute I spent at Strala. I cannot say that for any other studio. For the first time I really truly felt that I could be myself. It’s as simple as that. I felt like I belonged at Strala. That in itself is an amazing and unreal feeling. Not one studio has ever made me feel that way. I want to share that feeling, I want other people to feel it too! – MC, Ottawa
I have had a painful relationship with my body – in fact, I wanted to divorce myself from my body. It had let me down in so many ways, I’d assumed it would always disappoint me with all manner of pain. I was not nice to my body, either – I starved it, I purged it, and I hurt myself in retaliation and in pursuit of control throughout my teenage years.
It wasn’t until Strala and Tara that I finished healing, when everything came together, my mind my body, that last mile. I realized there shouldn’t be pain in wellness. There should be ease. I realized this new ability to breathe could connect my mind with my body. Every breath could heal.
A work acquaintance of mine once told me, “CZ, if it were easy to be fit, everyone would be fit. Working out is supposed to be hard and painful.” At the time I nodded. But today, I’d shake my head. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I now have faith in my body. And this – this is how Strala Yoga changed my life. – CZ, Berkeley
Raised by a hippy / physical therapist, I was exposed to yoga and breathing exercises as a child. I’ve attended generic yoga classes on and off, throughout my adult life, but was unable to commit to yoga as a lifestyle. This is partially because I recognized the yoga I was exposed to was too forceful, and partially because I wasn’t able to love myself enough for it not to be forceful. The yoga I first knew was also full of rules, which, for an “inflexible” person, was very frustrating.
After struggling for several years with the physical pain of severe endometriosis and emotional pain of infertility, it occurred to me that all the acupuncture or massage therapy in the world couldn’t help me if I wasn’t willing to help myself more actively. I found Strala yoga, seemingly serendipitously, through your YouTube videos, and I have not looked back! I gravitated toward Strala because I relate to your sense of “ease.” Through self-reflection, I’ve realized that I never feel “right” – life doesn’t happen smoothly or happily – when I force things, and I love that you articulate and guide this idea so well.
In addition to the ability to come to peace with myself, I am a true believer in yoga cures. I have overcome muscle and nerve pain associated with endometriosis, which is unheard of in the Western medical community. As Mike says, Strala helped me stop the “war” with my body and start loving and accepting me again. So, thank you for your guidance and thank you for being you!
Align with a clear, effective, connected, and inspiring method that will take your personal practice, leading abilities, and life to infinite possibilities.
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 Training empowers you to find this 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.
– 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.
Moving with ease in your body and life gives you inexhaustible strength and tremendous ability. It also gives you you. From here, you get to support other people in finding their own way, and creating their own inspiring lives.
Who is this for?
Strala is practice for accomplishing great challenges with inspiring ease, while dropping the push, stress and struggle from your yoga. It’s also practice for being the best in the world at being you, while dropping the push, stress and struggle from your life. Whether you’re leading yoga, leading at work, or leading your life, Strala gives you practice time for being capable in your body and life. Our training gives you the design details on how this works, and how to use it consciously in everything you do.
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn how to understand and lead a Strala STRONG class, including sequencing, pace, flow, psychology, language and music. You’ll also learn to be incredibly capable in your body and in your life.
We begin with breath, getting into your natural flow, and connecting to creativity and intuition. You get happy! And you get to help many others in finding and creating their own way.
– Give people in your classes a feeling of strength, expansiveness, and ease in the midst of challenge
– Learn Strala sequencing, flows, language, and pacing that will help pack your classes, and keep people coming back again and again
– You can only 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 this begin? What gets the ball rolling? How does everything end up being so different?
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.
It’s in how we move.
The pose isn’t the goal. You’re the goal. Feeling good in your body and mind is the goal. From here, you can do everything there is.
From here you’re going to inspire a lot of people, starting with you.
Named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times, Tara Stiles is the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation. Tara has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Lucky, InStyle, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Self, Fit Perez, and Fit Sugar, and profiled by The New York times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and Dagnes Nyheter. Tara is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line, and author of two best selling books: Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures. She has created several DVD series collaborations with Jane Fonda, Deepak Chopra, Tia Mowry, Brooklyn Decker and ELLE Magazine. The Alliance For A Healthier Generation, Bill Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, tapped Tara to help promote activity to the 14,000+ participating schools. Jane Fonda named Tara “the new face of fitness” and Vanity Fair declared her the “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever.
Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades. In his younger years, Mike demolished 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, and then founded a few more. Now Mike has found his way back to health care done right, helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike climbs a few mountains in his spare time.
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.
Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and mythology as a means of creating better individuals and a more understanding global culture. A multi-faceted journalist, DJ and yoga instructor, he is the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. He has published six books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music, yoga and health, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures, AOL, MTV, Huffington Post, the Village Voice and Relix. He currently writes a weekly column for Big Think, 21st Century Spirituality. Derek is one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem, which creates innovative contexts for 21st century music and cultures to be explored. He is the creator of EarthRise Yoga, which he has taught at Equinox Fitness since 2004. Derek’s yoga classes and music have been featured by the NY Times, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, and NY1, as well as in print and online by Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, AOL’s Spinner, Newsday, MTV, NPR, and PRI.
As CEO and Founder of MindBodyGreen, Jason’s goal is to inspire people around the world to live their healthiest lives, by making informed choices about food, movement, and spirituality. After being told that he required back surgery, Jason opted for yoga and is now completely healed. Jason has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue Australia, and has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years. You can watch his video telling the story of how MindBodyGreen came to life here.
Weekend Sessions, Group work, Reading, Writing, Classes, Hands-on Teaching Practice.
Strala follows a graduate school (or adult learning) rather than grade school approach; the training is yours to go at your own pace in your own way. You can complete added work on your own timeframe, and specialize in whatever directions interest you most. We’re here to support you.
People in our trainings always bring a wide range of backgrounds and experiences; it makes for a great group. Some want to lead classes, some want to get more into their yoga, and some are just leading their own inspiring lives. If you want to jump into Strala and get into you, you’re in the right place.
Strala 200+Hour Strala Certification is given for our Ready-to-Lead program, and Strala Intensive Training Certification for our weekend intensive program, upon successful completion.
You can read more here about certification, alliances, and qualification to lead.
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, Practical 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.
Any questions? Email Mike at Mike@StralaYoga.com
Want to learn more about training at Strala? Following are a few resources that might help!
a) The Studio Where Everybody Knows Your Name, an article written by Strala grad Anna about her experience and training with Strala.
b) How do I pick a yoga training & get a teaching job? A Q&A about training, alliance affiliation, and the differences among yoga schools.
c) Can Strala Training help me get a job? A Q&A about certification vs. qualification, and what it takes to be qualified.
d) Is yoga teacher training just for teachers? If you’re looking to bring your yoga more practically into your life, some discussion of how Strala training works.
e) What makes Strala so different? Strala is the widest-reaching style of yoga in the world. What gets this ball rolling? How does this begin?
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