This Tai Chi Morning Routine is led by Strala co-founder Mike Taylor. You'll practice several key tai chi principles - connection between your body and breath, moving from center, finding a strong base, balance, summoning energy, and allowing small moves lead to bigger moves. You'll feel all-over awake, energized, and ready to move well throughout your whole day.
And of course if you're pregnant, and for everyone, please always check with your doctor first. It's important to follow advice from a qualified professional who knows your particular 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!
Tai chi is a useful practice for athletes, helping us learn to use our whole body more easily - every part in harmony with every other part. And for everyone, it's important to find a better way to move, at every age.
When we're older, this means we'll still be able to move capably, when force is no longer an option. And wherever we are, it means we'll create the right conditions for optimal health, and achieving our own highest potential, in everything we do.
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.