Saturday March 8 to Sunday April 27, 2014
Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm to 4pm

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Strala is the movement system that ignites freedom.


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 Training empowers you to find this 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.


– 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 a different kind of challenge than the push and struggle of ordinary physical effort.  It’s also a much more rewarding one.  It gives far greater physical and life ability.  It also gives you you.  From here, you get to support other people in finding their own way, and creating their own inspiring lives.




Who is this for?

Strala is practice for accomplishing great challenges with inspiring ease, while dropping the push, stress and struggle from your yoga.  It’s also practice for being the best in the world at being you, while dropping the push, stress and struggle from your life.  Whether you’re leading yoga, leading at work, or leading your life, Strala gives you practice time for being capable in your body and life. Our training gives you the design details on how this works, and how to use it consciously in everything you do.


What you’ll learn

You’ll learn how to understand and lead a Strala STRONG class, including 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, and connecting to creativity and intuition. You get happy! And you get to help many others in finding and creating their own way.


For teachers

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

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


For everyone

– You can only 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!



What makes Strala so different?

We get asked a lot “What makes Strala so different?”

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 this begin? What gets the ball rolling? How does everything end up being so different?


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.


It’s in our world without rules, without “correct” ways, without gurus. It’s people finding their own ways into their own bodies, and into a world without limits.


It’s in how we move.


The pose isn’t the goal. You’re the goal. Feeling good in your body and mind is the goal. From here, you can do everything there is.


From here you’re going to inspire a lot of people, starting with you.




Tara Stiles

Named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times, Tara Stiles is the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation. Tara has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Lucky, InStyle, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Self, Fit Perez, and Fit Sugar, and profiled by The New York times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and Dagnes Nyheter. Tara is the designer and face of Reebok’s yoga lifestyle line, and author of two best selling books: Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures. She has created several DVD series collaborations with Jane Fonda, Deepak Chopra, Tia Mowry, Brooklyn Decker and ELLE Magazine. The Alliance For A Healthier Generation, Bill Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, tapped Tara to help promote activity to the 14,000+ participating schools. Jane Fonda named Tara “the new face of fitness” and Vanity Fair declared her the “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever.”


Mike Taylor

Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than three decades. In his younger years, Mike demolished 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 live happy capable lives. Mike is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles, and climbs a few mountains in his spare time.


Heidi Kristoffer

Heidi is Strala’s resident upside-down girl, in her classes and the Strala Training programs. Nothing makes Heidi happier than being able to share her love of yoga and being upside down in the most fun, safe way possible. Heidi is a true believer that “Yoga Cures.” Lengthening and strengthening through yoga led to a healed herniated disc in Heidi’s cervical spine, and prevented surgery on two broken vertebrae in her lumbar spine. Heidi maintains an intense focus on core integration and alignment, stemming from her desire to use yoga as a tool to heal and strengthen the body. Heidi also believes that playfulness is vital, always balancing strength with levity.  In her classes, expect to breathe, laugh and sweat! Heidi is the resident yoga and nutrition expert for SHAPE magazine. Featured in numerous publications, Heidi is a Brand Ambassador for SOLOW Sport and contributes to MindBodyGreen, where she details her quest to find the most delicious and nutritious ways to fuel and re-fuel pre and post-yoga.


Sam Berlind

Sam 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. Sam 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 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.


Derek Beres

Derek Beres has devoted his life to exposing people to international music, yoga and mythology as a means of creating better individuals and a more understanding global culture. A multi-faceted journalist, DJ and yoga instructor, he is the Creative Director of the Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music. He has published six books, and has contributed to dozens of magazines and websites regarding the traditional and digital realms of global music, yoga and health, including Women’s Health, Yoga Journal, National Geographic, Rolling Stone Middle East, Departures, AOL, MTV, Huffington Post, the Village Voice and Relix. He currently writes a weekly column for Big Think, 21st Century Spirituality. Derek is one half of global music producers EarthRise SoundSystem, which creates innovative contexts for 21st century music and cultures to be explored. He is the creator of EarthRise Yoga, which he has taught at Equinox Fitness since 2004. Derek’s yoga classes and music have been featured by the NY Times, NBC Weekend Today, ABC Eyewitness News, Fox Business, BBC, and NY1, as well as in print and online by Fitness, Yoga Journal, Boston Globe, AOL’s Spinner, Newsday, MTV, NPR, and PRI.


Jason Wachob

As CEO and Founder of MindBodyGreen, Jason’s goal is to inspire people around the world to live their healthiest lives, by making informed choices about food, movement, and spirituality. After being told that he required back surgery, Jason opted for yoga and is now completely healed. Jason has been featured in The New York Times and Vogue Australia, and has a BA in History from Columbia University, where he played Varsity Basketball for four years. You can watch his video telling the story of how MindBodyGreen came to life here.




Holiday Special : Before January 1, $1,350 USD reserves your spot, remaining $1,550 is due by March 8 (Save $200, total is $2,900).

Starting January 1, $1,550 USD deposit reserves your spot, remaining $1,550 is due to Strala via check or credit card by March 8 (total is $3,100).

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

Payment plans may be available, just ask! Email

After payment, you must fill out Strala’s application here.  You will receive a full refund if you are not accepted into this round of Strala training.
All purchases are final. This is non-refundable, except if you are not accepted this time.
Admission to training is solely at Strala’s discretion.


Training Dates

Saturday March 8 to Sunday April 27 : Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm to 4pm



Added Time Requirements

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.



People in our trainings always bring a wide range of backgrounds and experiences; it makes for a great group. Some want to lead classes, some want to get more into their yoga, and some are just leading their own inspiring lives. If you want to jump into Strala and get into you, you’re in the right place.

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



Strala 200+Hour Read-to-Lead Certification, upon successful completion.

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.


Any questions? 

Check out our FAQResources sections below, and email Mike 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 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, and some are teachers wanting to bring the ease, freedom and expansiveness of Strala into their leading practice. 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.


a) Structured Time. Weekend sessions, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm

We cover a variety of topics in these sessions:

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, Supporting vs. Fixing, Diagnosis, Healing, Health & Nutrition, Poses, Sequences, History, Language, Leading Yoga, Reaching one person, Reaching millions of people, Business of Yoga, Getting a Job.


b) Unstructured Time. Throughout the week, this time includes taking classes, reading, writing, and group work (practice leading).

Tara has a very hands-on practical approach to training, and to reaching people with yoga. Our training emphasizes practice with actual “doing” in addition to just talking. We offer the tools to help along the way.

Much of this can be done on your own time, both here at Strala, as well as wherever you like with other people in your program.

For some people with limited time during the week, they begin the work in advance of training start, and continue working with each other and moving through the reading after our weekend sessions end. And some people finish things more quickly.

It’s your training. You get to move at your own pace, and dive into topics that interest you. We’re here to support that.


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. People graduate from both trainings with the practical ground for leading in the real world.

The main difference is we have a good deal more time in the longer training to cover these topics in depth, and gain competence (and confidence) through practice and feedback with the group. Either way, you’ll have a great time getting into your own yoga, 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 site Air B&B for affordable short-term rentals.




Want to learn more about training at Strala?  Following are a few resources that might help!

a) The Studio Where Everybody Knows Your Name, an article written by Strala grad Anna about her experience and training with Strala.

b) How do I pick a yoga training & get a teaching job? A Q&A about training, alliance affiliation, and the differences among yoga schools.

c) Can Strala Training help me get a job? A Q&A about certification vs. qualification, and what it takes to be qualified.

d) Is yoga teacher training just for teachers? If you’re looking to bring your yoga more practically into your life, some discussion of how Strala training works.

e) What makes Strala so different? Strala is the widest-reaching style of yoga in the world. What gets this ball rolling? How does this begin?


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