Early-Bird Registration is Now Open
What: Strala Online 300+Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. Strala has been sharing yoga with millions of adults and kids in studios, schools, events, and homes all around the world, including through our partnerships with The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and BOKS.
In an all-new curriculum for this training, we’ll share our uniquely-special approach with you. It’s a special chance to discover powerfully-enabling practices for taking good care of you, and the people you lead.
You’ll progress with the advanced and broad-reaching foundations and skill-sets, sequences and applications, ranging from healing to longevity and well-being to strengthening performance – everything you need for your own practice, as well as for leading people with many diverse backgrounds and needs, on this wonderfully magical path. And just like our advanced in-person trainings, this course includes a section dedicated to healing, through access to our online Healing through Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine training.
Certification: If you’re looking to lead classes in yoga or tai chi, or carry new approaches, skill-sets and practices into your work, you’ll graduate with a 300+Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification. And if you’ve finished our 200+Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you’ll graduate with a complete 500+Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification.
When: Live sessions are each Saturday and Sunday from September 9 through October 29, 2023. All our sessions are saved, so once we begin, you can get started whenever you like, and go all at your own pace.
Training Registration: This early-bird special is open now, and gives you $1,200 off the usual cost of $3,600, so your early-bird total now is $2,400, given as two equal installments of $1,200. Installment plans and scholarship help are available, just email Mike@StralaYoga.com.
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 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 – Chair of Neurology at Harvard and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
This training is a special chance for you to slow down, connect, heal, and empower across your whole life, while discovering new yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation practices for taking good care of you. You’ll create the ground you need to move easily, confidently and capably through all that you love doing, and a path for sharing this with your family, friends, and the people you lead.
Where: This course is entirely online, so you can join from right where you are each day. You’ll also have forever access to the private online group for everyone in this training, so you have all our shared sessions, questions, and discussions forever, as well as a place to keep connecting with your whole group.
When: We’ll share three live instructional video sessions each Saturday and Sunday, September 9 through October 29, 2023, from 9:30am to 3:30pm New York Time, with a break in between each session. You can join live, or watch later whenever you want. And once we get started, you can begin whenever you like. These sessions can be completed in three months, or you can go entirely at your own pace.
Begin and Watch Any Time: Everything here is recorded and saved, so you can begin any time, watch on your own schedule, and keep it all as a resource forever.
Private Online Training Group. For the time between sessions, as well as ongoing after this training, you’ll also have access to our private online group for everyone in this course, where we’re sharing more discussions, video sessions, and all kinds of help, as questions and experiences come up. If you’re taking this course as a teacher training, review and practice is super-important, so please go through the instructional sessions at least twice, and always you can come back for more whenever you need it.
Early-Bird Special Training Cost: $2,400 now ($1,200 off the usual cost of $3,600), given as two equal installments of $1,200. This includes three live video sessions each Saturday and Sunday, from September 9 through October 29, 2023, all saved so you can watch any time and keep them forever, plus forever-access to the private group for everyone joining this course. You can click here to register.
Q: Can I call my class Strala after taking this training?
A: Yes of course, once you’ve completed this training, you can join Strala Home for continuing education. It’s our way of sharing, growing, and progressing together in these skill-sets, practices, and approaches, for connecting and helping. As long as you’re here, you can use the name Strala Yoga as your class title. Often teachers and care providers also keep going each year or every few years, with another online or in-person training here. Always what we share is new each year, so you’re never repeating hours, and everything builds toward a more advanced degree and certification. Please click here to start with your Strala Home classes, we’re so happy for this place to keep supporting each other and practicing together each week.
Q: I’ve already done my 200 Hour and 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, is this the same?
A: We follow a completely unique curriculum, grounded in the movement and healing foundations of Tai Chi and Qigong. There’s a lot that’s truly wonderful and unique here, so what you’ll learn is all new, and makes a wonderful addition to any previous studies. And every year we share a new curriculum in all our courses, so always we can keep growing and progressing together.
Q: I’m not interested in teaching yoga, but I want more self-care, intuition, empowerment, and this kind of connection in my life. Is this for me?
A: Absolutely. We all deserve to feel better, and what you do for yourself is so important. Always this is what we have to share with others. Fair warning, once you start walking around embodying care, connection, and ease, folks are going to start asking you to show them how you’re doing it. We’ve had quite a few scientists, moms and dads, school teachers, actors, and business leaders join these programs for personal reasons, and end up sharing yoga in creative ways with those around them. A big part of my goal is de-mystifying leading yoga as something for a select few. Just like cooking, once you know and love the recipe, it’s impossible not to share.
If you have questions or need anything, please always just email us using Help@StralaYoga.com.
What’s in This Training
Yoga, tai chi, qigong, and neigong. Personal practice and leadership, for many settings, many people, many needs. Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, alignment, experiential anatomy and physiology, touch, support, safety, strength, flexibility, stability, mobility, injuries, stress, healing, chronic pain and ailments, disease, psychology, anxiety, depression, therapy, health, nutrition, spirituality, history, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, attitude, adults, children.
How to Enable an Always, Everywhere, in Everything Practice. We can accomplish so much by giving ourselves a little time each day to slow down, feel what we feel, and respond in a way that makes things better, right now. Imagine how powerful it is when we discover it’s possible to carry this always, into every moment, in everything we do. Even when things get tough, we can find a way to make here better, and make it better to be here. It’s the practice of a lifetime, and we’ll share the practical foundations together here.
Softness, Movability, and the Breath Body Connection: Your Neurophysiological Reset Button. Softness enables you to move your whole self without a fight. Movement is guided and fueled by your breath. Every inhale lifts, expands, strengthens. Every exhale softens, makes it easier to be here, and moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.
Foundations of Movement: Tai Chi, Qigong, and Traditional Medicine. How to accomplish far more, in everything you do. Begin with softness, the ground for moving your whole self with ease. From here you discover how to use breath, center, and all the movement principles found in tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to unlock energy and bring your whole self into harmony. Challenge is met with peace and ease, rather than force and aggression.
Feeling, Sensitivity, and Response. 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. You’ll also learn how to create a safe place for feeling, so you’re able to connect fully with where you are, right now.
Healing and Support for Trauma. When you’re in a caregiver role, remember to care for yourself. Everything you can do for someone else will come from what you’re doing also for you. It’s an understanding that exists in the foundations of tai chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine practices. And there’s an approach for trauma in the tai chi and yoga healing practices we’ll share together here. Trauma might not be something we can heal right away. But through these practices, we create emotional and chemical change that does help, right away.
Practice: Make 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.
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 movement found in tai chi in our yoga and everyday activities, 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.
We learn something valuable about ourselves, moving this way. W can accomplish much more in our lives without stress and struggle than with it. We can get to wherever we want from wherever we are. 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.
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.
Connection: Touch and Support for Healing. 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 and the role of stress in disease, alongside techniques for releasing stress, activating your body’s Relaxation Response, 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.
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.
What You Get
Advanced Approaches, Practices, Skill-sets: We’ll explore many advanced practices, foundations, and applications that work in a broad range of settings, for people and groups with a broad range of backgrounds and needs. You’ll discover and enliven who and how you are, in everything you do, using Strala’s approach to yoga, tai chi, qigong, and meditation. And you’ll carry with you something both simple and straightforward enough to practice every day, right where you are, in whatever you’re doing. This is powerful enough to change everything. You are powerful enough to change everything. It all begins with you.
Weekly Video Sessions: We’ll share three live instructional video sessions each Saturday and Sunday, September 9 through October 29, 2023, from 9:30am to 3:30pm New York Time, with a break in between each session. You can join live, or watch later whenever you want. These sessions can be completed in three months, or you can go entirely at your own pace.
Everything here is all recorded and saved, so you can begin any time, watch on your own schedule, and keep it all as a resource forever.
Private Online Training Group. During and after this training, you’ll also have access to our private online group, specially created for everyone in this training, where we’re sharing more discussions, video sessions, and all kinds of help. as questions and experiences come up. If you’re taking this course as a teacher training, review and practice is super-important, so please go through the instructional sessions at least twice, and always you can come back for more whenever you need it.
Community: Once we’ve completed this time together, you’ll have access to our other private online community, this one for Strala graduates worldwide. It’s our way to keep connecting with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experiences, and progress.
Teaching Foundations: Following this training, if you want to share what you’ve learned here in your own Strala yoga class, this is wonderful. You can also call your classes by the Strala name, for as long as you’re staying current in your practice through enrollment in Strala Home. Of course there’s always more to learn and share as we keep growing together, so if you’re inspired for more, it’s wonderful to progress from here with more detailed guidance, approaches, and practices offered in our ongoing training program.
Certification: We provide a 300+Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification upon graduation, and if you’ve also completed our 200+Hour Yoga Teacher Training, you’ll received a complete 500+Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification. These hours include our instructional sessions, repetition, and practice, just like our in-person trainings. You’ll receive a formal Advanced 300 Hour Diploma (or Advanced 500 Hour Diploma), and a profile on our website that documents all your hours, coursework and degrees completed.
Strala is credited by the Chair of Neurology at Harvard, and Director of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Continuing Education Credit: This training provides you with 300 hours of credit, which also counts toward the additional study and practice components in our additional Leadership Trainings.
Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership – creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead – is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.
Who Is This For
Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this online training.
The people joining our trainings and retreats are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group. They range from 16 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.
Some are relative beginners, some are long-time practicers and teachers. Some want to teach, and some want to progress with their own yoga. 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 and sharing.
You might join for your profession, for teaching yoga or tai chi to kids, or you might join just for you. Whatever your purpose, we have this time to share a set of holistic skills and practices, that carry across your everything you do.
How It Works
All our trainings and retreats have a unique curriculum that’s different from what’s covered in other intensive, 100, 200, and 500 hour programs. So what you learn here will be all new approaches, practices, and skill-sets, and makes a nice continuation from any previous studies with Strala or anywhere, without repetition. You’ll always discover new ways to take good care of yourself, find harmony and ease in your body and life, and give this to the people you lead.
All this begins with you. You’re always leading what have, how you are, in everything you do. It’s in how you get around a room, how you get around your life, that people follow. Much more than what you say.
And it’s wonderful, magical, when what you say agrees with what you do. So we’re coming together here to share this as a practice. To create the ground we all need to be how we want to be, first in our selves, and then for each other.
It’s not always complicated, but it’s also not easy. It takes some slowing down, simplifying, subtracting the noise around us and in us. From here we see where we are, and discover who it is we’re meant to be. What are you good at? What do you love? It’s in these simple practices to find this, and grow stronger, more capable, in who we really are.
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 Trainings are all led entirely by the founders, and every member of our faculty has more than 20 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top institutions, including Harvard, Oxford, and University of Edinburgh. 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.
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 after running into walls with standard medical practice, Mike left his healthcare roots and turned to mountaineering. He worked at a steel mill, joined a web company, then founded a 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 still climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles.
Sam Berlind leads the Healing with Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine section of this training, supported along the way by Strala founders Tara and Mike. Sam is on the faculty at Strala, led and created the curriculum for the world-renowned Ohashi Institute in New York City for 20 years, and practices shiatsu in NYC.
Sam graduated from the University of Edinburgh, studied Zen Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Japanese Medicine, and martial arts, and began practicing yoga in the 1980s. He currently lives in New York with his wife Claudia.
Training Registration: This early-bird special is open now, and gives you $1,200 off the usual cost of $3,600, so your early-bird total now is $2,400, given as two equal installments of $1,200. You can click here to register.
Installment plans and scholarship help are available, just email Mike@StralaYoga.com.
Please understand that all payments are final, and this is non-refundable, except if you are not admitted this time. Admission to training is solely at Strala’s discretion.
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, 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. 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.
We have an online library of classes, retreats, and trainings with Tara and Mike, which includes weekly live classes and workshops. New videos added regularly, and always we’re here to help.
If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Help@StralaYoga.com.
Open the door to a whole new way of connecting, sharing, and growing with everyone in your life.
These trainings are an incredibly rewarding life-long adventure of mutual support, and inspiring accomplishment. We’re lucky to have this in our lives. Thank you everybody, it’s so exciting to get started with you here.