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Yoga gives a spark to tai chi. Tai chi gives ease to yoga. We can be so hard on ourselves, in so many ways. When we make things easier, we feel better. Maybe especially when we learn to be easier in the midst of challenge. It’s what tai chi gives to our yoga. When we feel better, we do better8
Have you been teaching yoga for a long time? Or practicing yoga for a long time? How would you like to discover a whole new set of poses, and a whole new set of movements, that are easy to share with a much wider variety of people – kids and adults, older and younger, healthy and needing help, experts and brand-new to practice – in a much wider variety of settings – studio, office, conference, park, indoors, outdoors, anywhere?
That’s tai chi, and qigong. A new world of practices to carry into your yoga, your work, your caregiving and whole life.
Whether you’re just beginning or looking to begin again, this training gives the foundations, skills, and practices you need, to have the extraordinary benefits of tai chi in your yoga, and to share this meaningfully with others as a yoga teacher. It’s your way to feel better and do better, in everything you love.
The cost for this course is $900, please click here to register now.
We also have scholarship help and easy installment plans available. If you want to be here and need help, please just let us know (email Mike@StralaYoga.com).
You can get started with this training any time now, and go all at your own pace. Also once complete, everything remains yours to use a resource for ongoing practice, whenever you want. Please understand that once a reservation is made, we are not able to give refunds.
Our program is backed by the Chair of Neurology at Harvard, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, as well as by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra. Strala is also a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
What You’ll Find Here
I’ve practiced both yoga and tai chi for many decades. I’m a beginner in so many ways, but there’s one thing I know for sure. When yoga and tai chi come together, something magical happens. We learn how to be good to ourselves.
Even when we’re getting so much done and going through so many big challenges, the foundations of tai chi teach us how to go through it with harmony, some ease and peace in our bodies and our minds. In tai chi practice, this way of harmony in our posture, position, how we move, means that everything in us, and everything around us, is coming together to support what we’re doing. We learn how to live with ease, in all our moments. When this magic comes into our yoga, we grow this wonderful ability to heal and empower our lives, and to share all this together, with the people we teach and support.
Tai Chi is a way of being, connecting, and moving, that creates a harmonious, peaceful relationship with our bodies, our minds, and our world. It’s our everyday ordinary path to extraordinary life. Yoga is union with all that you really are, the whole amazing unblocked unlimited version of you.
Yoga and tai chi together create a tremendous and immediately-accessible way of transformation – the ability to make it better to be where you are, and to make where you are into something better. It’s something truly wonderful to have in your life. And it’s something so important to share with the people you teach, lead, and support.
What You Get
Begin Any Time. Whether you start in January or any time throughout the year, we’ll always be here practicing and sharing together, right alongside everyday life.
Watch: 18 Instructional Sessions, sharing the building blocks and forms of tai chi, and their direct application to yoga poses, position, alignment, movement, and teaching. These sessions are all recorded, so you can watch any time, and support your practice for many years to come.
Watch: 6 Live Training Sessions on Zoom, for working through teaching and practice questions and experiences, as we bring yoga and tai chi together. We’ll have these sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays from January 14 through February 11, 2024, and they’re also recorded, so you can watch whenever is good for you.
1 Year Membership in our online Tai Chi and Qigong Practice Group (normal cost is $600). This group is part of our longer 500+Hour Tai Chi and Qigong training. We get together on Zoom once or twice each month, share some practice, and work our way through all kinds of practical applications that bring these ancient practices into everyday life.
Practice: More than 30 Classes, giving a complete set of yoga sequences and classes you can lead, including detailed instruction for weaving the transformative foundations of tai chi together with your yoga practice and teaching.
Connection and Community. Join our special online group for sharing questions and experiences with Mike, Tara, and everyone in training. Always we’re here each day, to support each other along the way.
Forever resource. There’s no need to complete everything within a year, this entire course will all be right here for you as an ongoing resource, for many years of practice to come.
Certification: We provide a Strala 50+Hour Training in Tai Chi for Yoga Teachers Certification and formal diploma upon completion, and list your degree and certification on our website.
Our program is credited by the Chair of Neurology at Harvard, and the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, as well as by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra. We’re also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.
Continuing Education Credit: This course counts for 50 hours of continuing education and practice credit, including for our online and in-person 200+Hour Yoga Teacher Training, 300+Hour and 500+Hour Advanced Leadership Trainings.
When you make a home for harmony in your self, you make a home for peace, sustainability, and miraculous accomplishment, everywhere.
Topics and Practices Include
– The Foundations of Tai Chi and Qigong,
applied to yoga practice of all kinds
– How to simplify yoga poses for people with a wide range of backgrounds and needs,
using the foundations of qigong
– Pose-by-Pose Yoga Library
The Tai Chi way of using and modifying a complete set of yoga poses
– Pose-by-Pose Tai Chi Library
A complete set of tai chi forms for yoga classes
– Creating a tai chi bridge from yoga practice to everyday life use and needs
– Never Suffer a Bad Position – The Tai Chi Shift from Enduring to Transforming
– Bringing the all-day-everywhere portability of tai chi into yoga practice
– Moving in Circles – the Tai Chi Way of Sustainable Movement in Yoga
– Teaching mobility and feeling through relaxed-form tai chi
– Yoga for Kids (and adults) with tai chi focus on balance, agility, endurance, and fun
Who Is This For
Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the 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 training in tai chi for yoga teachers.
One of the great things about tai chi is its sustainability. You can be better when you’re 40 than you were at 20, and again at 80 than you were at 40. Brought together with yoga, it’s a practice for enduring mobility, balance, healing, and well-being, that lets us keep doing whatever it is we love doing, at any age.
Our community is a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group of people. They range from kids in school 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. It’s so wonderful if you can be here to share with us now.
Q: Can I call my yoga 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’m not interested in teaching but I want more ease in my life, is this for me?
A: Absolutely. We all deserve to feel better, and bringing sustainable ease into your life is a perfect reason to join in. Fair warning, once you start walking around embodying ease, folks are going to start asking you to show them how you’re doing it. We’ve had quite a few scientists, moms, school teachers, actors and performers join these programs for personal reasons, and end up sharing yoga in creative ways with those around them. A big part of our goal is de-mystifying leadership, in tai chi, qigong, and yoga alike, as something for a select few. Just like cooking, once you know and love the recipe, it’s impossible not to share.
You can always email us any questions through email@example.com.
Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders. 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.
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 four decades.
In his younger years, Mike learned tai chi and other martial arts, with a practical military perspective guided by his grandfather. He later studied with Ken van Sickle, one of Cheng Man Ching’s original students on Broadway in New York City. Mike also explored the medical applications of these arts, studying mind-body medicine at Harvard. After running into walls with standard medical practice, Mike took up mountaineering, worked at a steel mill, and founded a software company in the healthcare industry. Now Mike has found his way back to tai chi, as a practical everyday way to help people be safe, and transform wherever they are into a better place.
Mike is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles, and climbs a few mountains in his spare time. Tara and Mike live in the Berkshire Mountains with their daughter Daisy.
Tara Stiles is the founder of Strala. Thousands of guides are leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs.
Tara partners with W Hotels on FIT with Tara Stiles — a global program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to design their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and 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. Tara is a sought after speaker primarily on topics of business building and health & wellness. She has lectured to sold out audiences and internal conferences around the world including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference, Epsilon, Happinez, and Hay House events.
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.
When Can You Begin
You can begin any time throughout the year now, and go all at your own pace. Also once you’ve completed everything, it’s all still here for you. Whenever you need it, just keep coming back for more.
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, 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.
If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Mike@StralaYoga.com.
Thank you so much everybody, we’re excited to get started with you here.
– Tara & Mike
We need a practice that’s practiced always, in all the hours, in all the places, that carries us into a world where we are sustainable, connected, harmonious, and at peace in our selves. This is how we get there together.