Strala 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training: NYC, Spring 2016!

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Hi Friends!

Jump into our 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training in April 2016, led by Tara Stiles, meeting every day for two weeks!


Where: Strala NYC at 632 Broadway, 6th Floor, New York, NY

When: Saturday April 9 through Friday April 22, 2016

Schedule: Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm, Sundays from 9am to 3pm, weekdays from 10am to 5pm, plus classes, independent work, and small group practice throughout each week.

Price: $3,100. $1,550 deposit to reserve your spot, with the remaining $1,550 due on April 9, 2016.

Strala Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance UK / Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Reserve your spot here!


Strala Yoga is a revolutionary approach
to guiding feeling and movement,
which gets people radiantly healthy, free, creative, and happy.


Align with a clear, effective, connected, and inspiring method that will take your personal practice, leading abilities, and life to infinite possibilities.



About Strala Training

Strala is moving with ease during restful and challenging circumstances alike. 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 Yoga is a way of being, moving and healing,
that helps people connect with how they feel,
move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease.

Strala Training empowers you to find easy capability,
whether on your yoga mat, leading a class, or living your life.


With Strala, your yoga will transform into a moving meditation that cultivates a radiantly strong, connected, healthy, and inspired body and mind from the inside out.

This training gives you 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.


Required Time Breakdown

Core Curriculum – 100 hours

Specialized Curriculum – 15 hours

Guided Preparation and Development – 40 hours

Training Class Time – 30 hours

Meditation Practice – 14 hours

Reading and Writing – 30 hours

Please note that at least 180 training hours are spent learning and practicing with our faculty. Every member of our faculty has more than 15 years of practical experience, and between 4 and 10 years of advanced education at top-tier institutions.


The Strala Core Curriculum includes focus on both direct experience, and orchestration of that experience.

1) Experience. Movement, breath, meditation, sensitivity, feeling, alignment, exploration, safety, health, nutrition, injuries, healing, spirituality, and history.

2) Orchestration. Guiding feeling, movement, breath, feeling, poses, alignment, exploration, touch and support, practical anatomy and physiology, safety, injuries, healing, health, nutrition, language, voice, sequence, pace, music, position, body language, and attitude.


The Strala Specialized Curriculum includes approaches for

  • Adults and children
  • Athletes, strength, agility and endurance
  • Flexibility, mobility and stability
  • Health, fitness and nutrition
  • Meditation, breathing, and stress relief
  • Energy and creativity
  • Physical therapy to restore optimal balance between strength and flexbility, stability and mobility; healing for injuries, chronic pain, and stress-associated ailments
  • Psychological therapy to connect with intuition, freedom, and happiness; healing for anxiety, depression, stress, and stress-associated ailments
  • Activating an internal experience that creates a radiant body, mind and life, across everything you do.


Outside of Intensive Hours other assignments can be done in your own time. Stay easy and have persistence and patience with yourself and you’ll accomplish it all and more.


– If you’re leading yoga, people will love the experience, and your classes will grow.  

– You’ll be a creative, capable and inventive leader at work.

– You’ll connect and relate easily and enjoyably with the people around you.  

– You’ll make the yoga you want, and the life you want.


Whether you’re interested in pursuing a teaching path, getting deeper into your yoga, or both, Strala Training is a journey that will transform your inner and outer world.

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.

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn how to understand and lead a Strala class from the ground up, beginning with our Vocabulary of Movement, designed to harness your breath-body connection, and get you moving easily and naturally from the inside-out. We’ll explore sequencing, pace, flow, psychology, language and music. You’ll also learn to be incredibly capable in your body and in your life.

We begin with breath, getting into your natural flow. You connect to creativity and intuition. You get happy! And you get to help everyone around you find their own way to energized, inspired, and all kinds of feeling great!


For teachers

– Give people in your classes a feeling of strength, expansiveness, and ease in the midst of challenge.

– Learn the Strala Movement Vocabulary sequencing, flows, language, and pacing that will help pack your classes, and keep people coming back again and again.


For everyone

– You can give what you have yourself.  Become calm, creative, and capable in your own life, so you can inspire others on a broad level.

– Grasp the tools to reach and surpass your goals in yoga, wellness, and your life.

– Become the inspirational leader you’re meant to be.

– Help even more people live inspiring, healthy, and capable lives!


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.


Breath body connection. Strala is a movement system guided and fueled by the breath. Every inhale lifts and expands. Every exhale moves you further. This oceanic experience allows your body to go along for the ride, creating space for lightness and ease in your experience.

Reminder to Feel. Woven throughout the instruction, reminders to linger where it feels nice to linger, and move how it feels great to move, guide people to move into exactly what they need in every moment. This brings people to celebrate the present. These reminders provide a safe, thoughtful and fun experience people can grow with day after day.

Natural movement. Strala moves from the belly and hips. The body moves naturally from the inside out. With easy, natural movements, we can progress far beyond pose goals, and dive into the process of getting to know our bodies and minds.


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. Thousands of guides are leading Strala classes around the globe in partner studios, gyms, and clubs.  Strala’s worldwide training and practice HQ is in downtown New York City.

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 is a collaborator with Reebok, working closely with the design team on their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, and the most recent, Make Your Own Rules Diet, 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, President Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, bringing Strala classes to 30,000+ schools around the United States.

Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley.



Mike Taylor is a guide, resident healer, and co-founder at 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 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 people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and get happy! Mike climbs a few mountains in his spare time.





Sam Berlind 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, and 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 lead the Ohashiatsu school in New York for 20 years.  He 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.




$1,550 USD deposit reserves your spot, remaining $1,550 is due to Strala via check or credit card by April 9 (total is $3,100).

Note: open enrollment will close when full. It’s a good idea to reserve early, our trainings fill completely.

Payment plans may be available, just ask! Email

After payment, you can fill out Strala’s application here.  You will receive a full refund if you are not accepted into this round of Strala training.
All payments are final, and once a reservation is made, the total training amount is owed. This is non-refundable, except if you are not accepted this time.
Admission to training is solely at Strala’s discretion.



Group work, Reading, Writing, Classes, Hands-on Teaching Practice.
Strala follows a graduate school (or adult learning) rather than grade school approach; the training is yours to go at your own pace in your own way. You can complete added work on your own timeframe, and specialize in whatever directions interest you most. We’re here to support you.



Strala Training supports both people looking to teach yoga, and people looking to build a strong foundation for their own practice. Both approaches work well within our training. If your near-term aim is to lead yoga classes, then you’ll be on our Teaching Track, and at least 2 years of yoga experience is required. Exceptions are made where your training is intended as ground for developing your own personal practice.

Admission into the training is solely at Strala’s discretion.



We provide a Strala Yoga 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Certification, upon successful completion.

Strala Yoga is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with the Yoga Alliance UK / Yoga Alliance Professionals.

We are able to place qualified guides in partner gyms, studios, and locations around the globe.

You can read more here about certification, alliances, and qualification to lead.



What is Yoga, What is Strala, Finding the Ease in Effort, Releasing vs. Stretching, Psychology of Yoga, Helping vs. Proving, Ethics, Living Yoga, Spirituality, Safety, Breathing, Moving, Adjustments, Alignment, Practical Anatomy & Physiology, Diagnosis, Preventing & Treating Injuries, Supporting vs. Fixing, Health & Nutrition, Yoga for Athletes, Strength & Endurance, Yoga for Kids, Poses, Sequences, History, Language, Leading Yoga, Reaching one person, Reaching millions of people, Business of Yoga, Getting a Job.



You’ll have covered these core capabilities on completion of training:

Practical application of the Strala Movement Vocabulary to create an uplifting class experience

Lead happily and confidently in your yoga, work, and personal life

Connect with your intuition and creativity, to make your own rules and inspire your life

Use your Breath-Body Connection and Natural Movement to accomplish physical and mental challenges with ease

Train for movability, to greatly increase strength, endurance, and flexibility

Let stress go and elicit your body’s Relaxation Response for healing and optimal health

Practical understanding of safety principles and injury prevention

Practical ability to identify causes and apply treatment for injuries

Practical ability to be happy and free, and inspire others to do the same!



If you live in New York or are able to visit, our teaching faculty is available at the Strala NYC studio for classes, as well as ongoing support. If you’re not nearby, that’s ok too! We have a library of classes lead by Tara that’s available online, as well as an online course that we created on MindBodyGreen. This course introduces many of the topics in training, and provides detailed instruction that makes for good preparation and ongoing review. Ultimately it’s not just the certificate that matters, it’s being great at what you do! We’re here to help.





Check out our FAQ & Resources sections below, and email us at

Want to learn about our Strala Intensive Training? Click here!




Q: When and where are Strala trainings?

A: You can find our training schedule and lots of other great information here.


Q: Are there any pre-requirements for training with Strala?

A: All our trainings have  people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience.  Some people are relatively new to yoga and just want to jump in, some are long-time practicers exploring the connection between their yoga and the rest of life.  Many existing yoga teachers are also bringing the ease, freedom and expansiveness of Strala into their own leading practice.  If you’re looking to teach yoga in the near-term, at least two years of practice is required.  The diversity matches well with real life, and makes great ground for training!


Q: What’s the time breakdown for your 200+Hour Ready-to-Lead Training?

A: Strala Trainings follow an adult-learning model, which combines structured and unstructured time, with focus on practical application. This works well for people’s learning process, and counts toward your 200+hours.

All contact time with our faculty adds up, above the core training hours. Some people are at the studio a great deal of time every single day, so they get more hours in a more concentrated timeframe. Some people spread their time with us over a longer period. Both approaches work fine, we’re here to support what’s best for each person.

In addition, each person will spend a good amount of time in classes, both with Tara and Mike, as well as online for people who don’t have every day with us. The online component can include Tara’s videos and course on MBG, and this is great to do before training as preparation, and after training as ongoing review.

On top of this, there are several study and practice items (outlined in the welcome material) that you can do in small groups and on your own, supported by our faculty. Some people concentrate this effort during the training, and some people begin early, and continue for several months after our core component is complete.

Strala follows a graduate school rather than grade school approach, so we’re here to support rather than police people’s time. Much more than a certificate, the point here is to become really good at what you do! This takes some ongoing time, and we remain available to help people keep developing on the right track, and specialize in the topics that are most interesting to them.


Q: What’s the difference between your longer Ready-to-Lead Training and the Intensive Trainings?

A: Both trainings focus on applied rather than theoretical yoga: not much time on academic study of mythology, ancient texts or languages – and substantial focus on hands-on direct work with leading, touch, health, and healing. Both trainings cover the same general topics.

The main difference is we have a good deal more time in the longer training to cover these topics in depth. You also have a lot more time to gain competence (and confidence) through practice and feedback with the group.

If you’re looking to lead classes, or just get really into your own yoga, the longer trainings are wonderful if you have the time. If you’re wanting a good introduction to Strala’s primary elements, which you can add both to your own practice and your classes, the intensive trainings are perfect. Either way, you’ll have a great time, and get ready to lead and inspire a whole lot of people.


Q: I don’t live in New York City, where can I stay during training?

A: All our trainings have travelers from all around the world. People have had good experiences using the sites Air B&B and VRBO for affordable short-term rentals.


Our address in New York
Strala Yoga
632 Broadway, #602, 6th Floor
Between Houston and Bleecker Street
New York, New York United States 10012



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