Lead with Freedom and Ease

Strala is a way of being, moving, and healing, that helps people release tension and handle challenge with ease. 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.

Upcoming Training Schedule

Weekend of Ease, Intensive Training


April 27-28, 2019

200+ Hour Leadership, Spark Your Creativity


May 4-17, 2019

300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training


July 22 – August 11, 2019, 2019

Weekend of Ease, Intensive Training


August 17 – 18, 2019

200+Hour Immersion, Rest & Renew You

Sundance, Utah

September  27 – October 3, 2019

200+Hour Immersion, Rest and Renew You

Miami, Florida

January 26 – February 1, 2020

200+Hour Immersion, Rest and Renew You

Sundance, Utah

March 29 – April 4, 2020

200+Hour Immersion: Rest and Renew You

Zermatt, Switzerland

June 7 – June 13, 2020

300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training

Berlin, Germany

July 27 – August 16, 2020


200+Hour Leadership Training

Take control over your own destiny on every level that counts – right down to your neurology, your gene expression, and your whole health.


300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training

Diagnose and release the stress that inhibits our daily lives, move with grace and coordination through all kinds of challenge, and heal injuries and ailments on a professional level.


Strala Intensive Training

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


Strala Online Training

Make the yoga you want, and the life you want.



  • 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.

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.



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 CuresMake 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-strala-bio 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.

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.


Online Classes


Online Training Course


Strala is a revolutionary approach to being, moving and healing. It breaks through tension and stress 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.

The result: you get radiantly healthy, free, inspired, and happy from the inside out, and learn to create your destiny on every level that matters.


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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