This Strala for Runners series includes five videos, with more than 70 minutes of yoga routines led by co-founder Mike Taylor, plus our 28-page Runners Guide to Training.
Want to run faster for longer, with fewer injuries and shorter recovery times? Follow this basic cross-training principle:
The focus here is on becoming more easily movable. It's your best way to go from good to great on both agility and endurance, works for every athletic endeavor there is, and can’t be achieved by stretching, pushing, or struggling.
Better mobility is achieved by practicing better mobility. This is a simple principle common to nearly every East Asian art form, healing, and movement practice.
Each of the five videos gives focus to a specific target area:
1) Shoulders, Chest and Back
The Breath video puts it all together for an everyday pre and post-run routine, while the Relax video clears the way for us to use what's working and relax what's not, along with a mid-run or mid-ride routine for releasing stress in the middle of effort.
Get good at all this, and it translates into running faster for longer without getting tired. You'll also feel good, all day long, in everything you do.
The Runners Guide to Training covers additional topics in practicable detail, including mindset, approach, and techniques for radically enhancing your mobility, agility, speed, and endurance.
You'll also discover how to create optimal balance between strength and flexibility, stability and mobility, so your body remains at its most capable under every form of challenge. And you'll learn some basic approaches to prevent injury, heal faster when injuries do happen, and greatly reduce your recovery time between events.
When can I use this class, and how long can I keep using it? You can use it whenever you like! And once you've completed a class, it remains yours to use whenever you want. Wherever you have an internet connection, just log in here using your computer, tv, phone, or iPad, and get moving!
Strala was created by Tara Stiles, drawing on her background in classical ballet and choreography, as well as her long-time personal practice in yoga. Tara trained with Paul Taylor Dance Company choreographer and dancer Eileen Cropley, and began her yoga study in the 1990s with her ballet teacher, Rory Foster of American Ballet Theater.
The science and movement of Strala is also guided by Strala co-founder Mike Taylor. Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and complementary medicine at Oxford. He has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qi gong, for 30 years.
Mike 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.