What Happens in a Strala Yoga Training and Retreat

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Strala follows a mindset and approach for moving well in your life, releasing stress, and finding ease even when the challenges get big. We practice by combining the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine.

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 Trainings, 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.

Taking good care of yourself is the starting point for everything. So we begin by trading an old belief that doesn’t work for a new one that does.

The old belief tells us to forget our uniqueness, and work really hard to become a copy. Someone else’s ideas, someone’s else’s body.  The new belief is that what we feel is uniquely our own, and uniquely important.

When your body opens a door, move through. When your body closes a door, ease off and find another way. This is a radical choice to make. Very different from using force when you encounter an obstacle.

Choosing peace, practicing harmony in your body over disconnection, is a radical way to move. It also opens every door there is, even where you never knew there was a door.

Strala offers yoga trainings and retreats all around the world that help us keep progressing and expanding together, and each covers its own unique material – from the shorter 2-day introductions, to longer trainings and retreats where we share from one to three weeks together.

As for the order of things, people have gone in all different orders, and this works really well for everyone. Each course has its own unique curriculum, its own set of practices and skill-sets, its own feeling.  So just to pick whatever works best for you, and get started.

2-Day Intensive Yoga Training, a Weekend of Ease

In the 2-day intensives we focus on getting comfortable, releasing stress, and practicing a new mindset for life, that says our best way to get wherever we want to go by feeling good every step along the way.

200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training and Retreat

What you have for yourself is what you have to give.  People follow who and how you are, what you accomplish in this life, much more than what you say.  And, there is tremendous power when what you say agrees with what you are, what you are doing. So always your first job is taking really good care of yourself.  With this training, your own yoga will transform into a practice of moving with harmony, always in alignment with your self, through both the most simple and most difficult of moments.

This training is a retreat for rest, renewal, discovery of new practices for taking good care of you. If you’d like to join for the additional teaching sessions during the week, it’s also a training which provides a 100-Hour Degree for one week, or you can combine two or three of these weeks for a Strala 200+Hour Training Certification or a Strala 300+Hour Training Certification.

Whether you are craving some time for yourself, a jump start to your passion, some insight for your practice or leading, entering a new phase of life, or just feel the urge to come for a reason you’re unable to articulate yet, you are invited to lean into this time of ease and connection.

Learning to move with ease in your body and life is an extremely rewarding challenge. It gives you inexhaustible energy, and tremendous physical and life ability. Best of all, it gives you a radiant, happy, and inspired you. From here, you get to support other people in finding their own way, and creating their own inspiring lives. You gain 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.

300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training

Here we expand the exploration into five additional vocabularies for practice:

Tai chi and Qigong, so we learn how much is found about ourselves in the simplest moments

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu, so we learn to form a positive connection with both ourselves and others, and heal through our movement

Our human vocabulary – how we navigate through our lives each day – so everything we do becomes practice for everything we want to create.

So now through six vocabularies – yoga, tai chi, qigong, TCM, shiatsu, and everyday life – we learn to connect with our selves, trade in the old habits that don’t work so well for new ones that do, and create from here.

200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training (online)

“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 – Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

Just like our in-person trainings, this course gives everything you need get started and keep progressing, in both your personal practice and your leadership – with yoga, work, relationships, and across your whole life.

This training comes in two parts, and provides a complete 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Certification and Diploma.

100+Hour 7 Secrets of Leadership (online)

Learn the secrets and practices to be an uplifting and inspiringly capable leader. Whether in schools or yoga trainings, corporate retreats or healing conferences, with your sports team or your family, this course powers up your ability to lead this approach and practices everywhere you go, with everyone you lead.

We’re all leaders. How we are, how we move through our lives, is what we share and give to everyone around us. We change the world by changing our selves.  This course also includes specific guidance that opens the door to leading your own Strala 2-day Intensives, or adding a Strala component to whatever form of training you give.

100+Hour Connect and Heal with Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine (online)

Learn the principles and practices of Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Traditional Japanese Medicine, to create healing through positive connection with yourself and others.

We’re all healers, constantly moving through health and illness, losing and finding balance in each moment of our lives. How we feel and act inspires and influences everyone around us.

Whether practicing with family and friends, leading people through movement and everyday life, or in your profession as a bodyworker or therapist, this course gives you the ability to connect with other people naturally and powerfully.

More Info

Strala Faculty and Approach

The Science of Strala, by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Harvard Neurology Professor and Chair of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital

Strala Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat Schedule

There’s something worth remembering about how we move in our lives, and the habits we carry each day. Knowing doesn’t change them. Knowing doesn’t trade old habits that don’t work for new ones that do. Even if we want it to, it doesn’t alter our neurology this way. But moving does. Change is something we need to practice. When the door opens, move from here.

Finding the right distance. It’s a practice we can feel out and adjust in every moment. Cool thing is when you create a good relationship with yourself, finding the right relationship with others becomes a joy.From @stralayoga training in Berlin a couple years back. We are hoping to be there with a nice group next summer celebrating finding the right relationship.#stralayoga #shiatsu #yogateachertraining #taichi
When we soften, much more becomes possible. #stralayoga #taichi #shiatsu
It’s so easy to stick to habits that are familiar, even when they are destructive. We all have our reasons, our armor and our guard up to protect ourselves against whatever specific formula triggers us. We are afraid if we are more gentle with ourselves, we won’t be braced to defend ourselves, but the opposite is true. Moving like you love yourself in yoga and life is a choice to create a new, lasting habit, a way of being truly you.Tai Chi, nature, science, and the wisdom of your Great Grandmother, remind us when you go to war with yourself, you lose. When you move with whole self harmony towards progress, treating every bad habit you find along the way as a gold mind opportunity to move toward balance, you feel better, your body works better and you have access to more of yourself. You have a chance to do some good.I move like I love myself. It can start with an idea, a mantra, a practice, a way of being. If you choose to let it make a home in you, you will have gone to peace with yourself. Anything is possible.Pic by @jes.lock & @arslanstype @sundanceresort for Rest & Renew Training & Retreat#connection #selflove #wellbeing #stralayoga #taichi
Giveaway Time 🎁📚Long time @stralayoga friend @rainesfordstauffer a bright star for good, has written a beautiful new book An Ordinary Age.It’s so great to see so many great reviews and impactful media coverage for such a fantastic young person and topic. We’re giving away (buying and sending as a gift from me to you) three copies. (3 copies from @stralayoga account and 3 also from @tarastilesTo enter:
Comment on what you are doing for self care today.
Tag 2 friends who you want to feel better.
Follow @rainesfordstauffer @stralayoga & @tarastiles so 6 copies in total)Take good care.We’ll announce 3 winners in our story on Monday May 17.#selfcare #rainesfordstauffer #anordinaryage #giveaway #bookstagram
We share the relationship we are already having with ourselves. Self care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary and takes the pressure off of trying to fix everyone & everything.@bibinsb & @lexluca are great examples ♥️Great memory from a great group in Amsterdam. #stralayoga #connection #selfcare #shiatsu
Fun one 👋Why do you practice ease? To feel better, to be able to enjoy more, serve more, to have enough energy to run around with the little ones in your life or something else? Pic by @inaraa_yoga before class in Berlin.Let us know in the comments.
Every  breath is an opportunity to feel better.
I create calm. When I choose to center myself, I create calm for me and the world around me.Welcome May, welcome our monthly theme, welcome our practice calendar, welcome calm. #stralayoga #createcalm
The mute button. 🤫An easy DIY #shiatsu to practice with yourself or with a partner. This #tsubo (entry point to a #meridian highway) has a way of calming an overactive mind. We named it the mute button in #stralayoga for a reason 😉Where
Below the big toe bone and a little in toward the center of the 🦶How
Press your thumb into this place as you lean in and away from the center of yourself or your partner.Now what
Soften yourself, breathe deep and make sure you are moveable. Hang here a bit without trying to make anything happen. Just chillNow what
Lean away from your partner to disconnect. Give them a bit of time to relax and maybe ask for some feedback.Don’t forget
Ask your partner for your turn 🙌
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