This online course gives you a set of skills and practices grounded in the healing foundations of qigong and tai chi, for preventing and healing both chronic and acute back pain and injury. It also gives you a structure for applying these foundations to help with all kinds of muscle and joint challenges, as both pain relief and prevention. You can click here to register, and it’s all ready for you to begin any time.
Western medicine is working miracles every day, in the emergency room, and with all kinds of diseases and conditions. But traditional therapies are not always a complete solution for some of our biggest problems, including stress-related ailments that account for most hospital visits today. Back pain continues to present a big challenge here for so many of us. So we need something more to help, and for this, we can head farther East.
Movement is central to nearly every traditional East Asian healing practice. How we move each day rewires everything about us, from our microbiome to our neurology and gene expression. So when it comes to preventing and healing back pain, we have a good place to begin right here.
This isn’t a way to isolate from or replace Western treatment – far from it. One of the things I love about tai chi and qigong practices, is they aren’t meant just for being good at tai chi, or at separating from the rest of our life. Instead, these practices are meant for working right within where we are. Tai chi and qigong practices give us a way to help our help. And this works for healing and prevention of pain, as well as for enabling better performance across our whole lives.
What You’ll Find Here
Through a series of instructional and practice videos, reading, exercises, and homework, you’ll learn to use the movement and healing vocabularies of both yoga and tai chi. You’ll also discover how to use your everyday movements all day long, to restore and support the remarkable healing pathways we each have within us.
We’ll share and practice together an approach and techniques that work for a wide variety of common challenges with the back and spine, including joint instability, sciatica, and soft tissue strains and sprains.
Who Is This For
Everything we do is designed to help people move more easily from right where they are each day. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our trainings, including this course to help with healing and prevention of back pain.
For teachers and healing professionals, you’ll gain a structure and process for healing that you can share with everyone you reach.
For everyone, you’ll learn to elicit and support your body’s natural healing response, as well as a variety of techniques specific for preventing and healing back pain. You’ll also learn how to get around your whole life and do what you love doing, in a way that both heals and enables you in every step.
What You Get
Watch: 10 Instructional and Practice Sessions, covering an overall approach to movement and healing through the forms of yoga and tai chi, as well as targeted practices for prevention and healing of back pain.
Read: Session-by-session notes and tips, and a 50-page No More Back Pain manual, that gives additional direction and detail, along with regular homework assignments.
Progress: Everybody learns in their own way, at their own pace, and this course is yours to go through in your own time. We follow an adult learning model with all our trainings, and we’re here to support everyone’s process individually.
Continuing Education Credit: This course counts for 30 hours of credit, Including application to both our Ready-to-Lead and Advanced Leadership Trainings.
Lifetime: Taking good care of yourself is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.
These practices have been so helpful to me for decades now, in everything from high-altitude mountaineering to martial competition, running and rowing to triathlons. I’ve had my share of pain and injuries along the way, and always this has been right here for me, as a way to heal, and keep going with all that I love doing. I’m so much looking forward to sharing this with you now.
Strala courses 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.
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 and qigong, for more than three decades.
In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of 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, took up mountaineering, worked at a steel mill, and later founded a software company in the healthcare industry. 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 is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles, and climbs a few mountains in his spare time. Tara and Mike live in Brooklyn with their daughter Daisy.
When can I use this course, and how long can I keep using it? You can use it whenever you like! And once you’ve completed everything, it remains yours as a resource for ongoing help, whenever you want it. Wherever you have an internet connection, just log in here using your computer, tv, phone, or iPad, and get moving.
If you have other questions or need anything, it’s always just fine to reach us directly, using Mike@StralaYoga.com.
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.