"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. You can take this course on its own, or together with Part 2 to provide you with a complete Strala Online 200+Hour Certification.
With over 50 sessions and 15 classes, plus a 100-Page Guidebook, we've designed this training to give you the experience of being here, together and sharing with a group. You'll work through instruction and practice in a wide variety of topics outlined below. And we'll share with you the common challenges, questions, and solutions that always come up in our in-person trainings, and give loads of daily practical guidance to create a structure for inspiring progress.
Registration is Now Open
You can get started whenever you like! And once you've completed the course material, it all remains yours for ongoing review and practice, whenever you want. Please understand that once a registration is made, we are not able to give refunds.
Whether you're new to Strala or a long-time practicer, looking to teach yoga or discover new ways to drop stress and bring more ease into your whole life - you'll love this course.
- Mindset and Approach
- Breath and Natural Movement
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Experiential Anatomy
- Safety and Healing
- Connection, Touch, and Support
- Health and Nutrition
- Psychology and Mind-Body Medicine
- Progressive Sequencing
- Creating a Supportive Environment
- Verbal Communication and Body Language
- Leadership and Business
- Intuition, Creativity, and Inspiration
What You'll Find Here
This online training gives a perfect way to get ready for our in-person 200+Hour Yoga Leadership and 300+Hour Advanced Yoga Leadership Trainings, and also provides good ground for ongoing review and development once our time together is complete.
It's also perfect for everyone who can't make it to an in-person training, and taken together with Part 2 provides you with a Strala Online 200+Hour Certification and Diploma. We've designed this to help everyone get started and advance with your practice and leadership from wherever you are, right now.
You'll discover in this course how to form a positive connection with yourself, and with others. You'll learn to release stress, bring your whole body and mind into harmony, and move more easily through all kinds of challenge. You'll also learn to accomplish more in your professional life, transform your personal life, and create your dream life.
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 courses, including the online program.
Our trainings all have people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience, from beginners to long-time practicers, people looking to teach and people wanting to carry what they learn across their work, relationships, and whole life.
Our graduates are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group of people. They range from 16 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.
What You Get
Watch: Over 50 instructional sessions and 15 classes, covering a wide variety of topics and uses.
Read: Session-by-session notes and tips, and a 100-page Guidebook covering each section of the course, that give additional direction and detail, along with regular homework assignments.
Progress: A 1-Month and Multi-Month training and practice plan. Everybody learns in their own way, at their own pace, and this training 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 individually.
Community: During the course, you'll have access to our private online training community, so you can connect with us and each other throughout this shared learning process. And once you've completed this course, you'll access our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.
Final Exam: For putting all this into your own language and life.
Certification: We provide a Strala 100+Hour Yoga Leadership Training Certification upon completion, and list your certification on our website.
If you continue on to complete our Level 2, Part 2 in this Strala Online 200+Hour Leadership Training, you'll receive a full Strala Online 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training Certification on completion, which is listed on our site, and you'll receive our formal Strala Online 200+Hour Yoga Leadership Training Diploma as a pdf.
Our program is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as the Chair of Neurology at Harvard Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We're also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals. YAP doesn't certify online programs, but we expect this to change shortly. Harvard, Stanford, and all the best universities now have wonderful online degree programs, it makes good sense to learn from the best people in every field, from wherever you are.
Continuing Education Credit: This course counts for continuing education and practice credit in our longer in-person trainings, including both the 200+Hour Leadership Training and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training.
Continuous Improvement and Updates: What we do together is always growing and evolving, and people who take our in-person courses each year always notice that it's different (and better!) every time. The same holds for this online course. We'll be continually improving and adding to what we share in the reading and video sessions, and you'll have ongoing access to this course so you can review whenever you like, and keep progressing over time. This way we all get to grow together here.
Lifetime: Taking good care of yourself is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.
Strala Trainings 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.
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 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.
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, 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, and become their own best caregivers. Mike climbs a few mountains in his spare time.
When Can You Begin
You can get started whenever you like! And once you've completed the course material, it all remains yours for ongoing review and practice, whenever you want.
If you have any questions or need something, it's always fine to reach us directly, using [email protected]
Open the door to a whole new way of connecting,
sharing, and growing with everyone in your life.
These trainings are an incredibly rewarding
life-long adventure of mutual support,
and inspiring accomplishment.
We're really lucky to have this in our lives.
Thank you so much everybody, we're excited to get started with you here!
xo - Tara & Mike
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StartStrala Reading List
StartNotes & Homework
StartLeadership Training Guidebook
StartWelcome and Overview (49:27)
StartClass Review (15:26)
StartWhat is Strala: Being, Moving, and Healing (43:21)
StartHow to Practice : 3 Elements : Breath (20:09)
StartHow to Practice : 3 Elements : Feeling (22:20)
StartHow to Practice : Exercise : Breath and Feeling (28:07)
StartHow to Practice : 3 Elements : Natural Movement (21:57)
StartThe 11 Principles of Natural Movement : 1 to 3 (26:05)
StartThe 11 Principles of Natural Movement: 4 to 6 (19:37)
StartThe 11 Principles of Natural Movement: 7 to 9 (27:48)
StartThe 11 Principles of Natural Movement #10 to #11: (7:44)
StartA New Vocabulary for Natural Movement : Tai Chi (17:08)
StartHard Things Easy Workshop (72:12)
StartComfort Zone (11:27)
StartNatural Movement : Summary and Tips (10:39)
StartIntroduction to Touch, Support, and Healing (13:13)
StartBack-to-Back Connection (11:14)
StartLeaning Connection (9:20)
StartSupine Connection (20:28)
StartPigeon and Child's Pose Connection (15:24)
StartDown Dog Connection (9:48)
StartForward Fold Connection (20:19)
StartTouch and Support : Summary and Tips (6:15)