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Tai Chi for a Healthy Back with Mike - 20 minutes

Prevent and cure back pain and injury with tai chi

This everyday practice uses the form vocabulary of tai chi, to focus on small, simple movements. From here we can rewire our patterns and neurology, so we get out of our own way, drop the stress and tension that inhibits us, and learn once again to move naturally in everything we do. Even when things get hard.

Tai chi gives a very simple form vocabulary, that helps us focus on right where we are, let go of habits in our body and mind that don’t work well for us, and develop a set of new ones that do.

Please follow your doctor’s advice, and always check with your doctor before trying anything here. Nothing contained here can take the place of medical diagnosis and treatment. It’s important to get advice from a qualified medical professional, who knows your particular case history.


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 combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the rich form vocabulary of yoga.

Get ready to drop the stress and tension in your body and mind, that keeps you working much harder than you need, to achieve much less than you can.

You'll learn to move powerfully through your life and handle challenge with ease.


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.


Your Instructor


Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

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.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When do my Strala classes begin, and how long will I have access?
Begin whenever you like! And once you've completed the class, it remains yours to keep using whenever you want.
What do I need to access all my Strala classes and courses?
Anywhere you have an internet connection, just use your computer, phone, or device like an iPad to log in here, get connected, moving, and feeling great!
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