Welcome to your Strong Calm 1-hour yoga class, led by Strala founder Tara Stiles.
Empowered calm. Where does it come from? Mostly we think of power as an ability to do more of what we want, whether in athletics or work or whatever is going on in life. It's something different from just using muscles to move weights up and down in a gym.
Force and aggression can get us to some places for a short time, or maybe overcome a challenge that isn't so big. But pushing and forcing is always a burnout strategy that leaves you depleted, something less than you are. Which isn't where you want to be when real challenge comes your way.
So whether you're climbing real mountains or navigating through all life brings you, you want the kind of power that comes from being connected, strong, calm, and peaceful in your whole self. This practice moves you here.
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, qigong, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, to help people release stress, heal, and move easily through all kinds of challenge.
It begins with a mindset, that says your best way to get where you're going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping you find ease in your body and mind, 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. 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.
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.
Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Harvard Neurology Chair and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.