Since Tara Stiles’ great new book, Strala Yoga, is now out, I thought it was finally time to share some information with you about Strala Yoga. She also just announced that she is pregnant (congrats, Tara!!) which makes me feel doubly blessed that I was able to take her 2-day Immersion Teacher Training this year (she’ll have to take a break from such events for maternity leave next year).
STRALA: MOVE LIKE WATER, FUELED BY YOUR BREATH. THE RESULT IS FLOW STATE. YOU TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVITY AND INTUITION. YOU FEEL ELEVATED, ENERGIZED. YOU FIND YOUR OWN BEST BODY, BEST FITNESS, AND BEST HEALTH. YOU GET HAPPY. YOU RADIATE LIGHT.
I took the 2-day teacher training this May in New York City (at the Strala Yoga headquarters/main studio). I took a redeye flight out of Honolulu Friday night, then landed in New York City Saturday morning and went straight to the training, which was 9 am-6 pm for two days. I was able to stay right nearby at one of my best friends’ apartments, and we met up for lunch both days.
Here are all the other cool people who participated (can you spot me?). As far as trainings go, this was one of the best group of people I’ve had the pleasure to learn with.
Here we are playing around with natural movement, led by Mike. So who is this Tara I’ve already mentioned multiple times? Tara Stiles is a former dancer and model, who created Strala drawing on her background in classical ballet and choreography, as well as her long-time personal practice in yoga. She 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 her husband Mike Taylor, who 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.
Here I am during the training, laying down (on the left) while everyone decides who is most in need of a savasana massage (I guess I must have been pretty relaxed because almost no one picked me).
And here is our whole group at the end of the training. It was two 8-hour days, but I could have spent much more time playing around, moving, breathing, learning, and picking Tara and Mike’s brains. Tara and Mike are both super friendly, responsive, approachable, calm, grounded, clear, efficient, graceful… all the things I aspire to be!
Strala is a way of being, moving and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease. This is yoga that moves far beyond poses, helping you blow past your goals and get into your dreams. It’s a freedom flow that expands your limits and cracks you wide open. You reveal your radiantly inspiring self. If this appeals to you, you can read even more about this awesome practice here.
I am so incredibly grateful to have found this practice and Tara Stiles as a badass role model! I have been guiding Strala classes at my home studio here in Honolulu, at Yogaloha Hawaii, since July. If you’re interested, come check out Strala Strong with me on Thursdays, 7-8:15 pm. Strala Strong is a moving vinyasa flow that builds strength, balance, and flexibility evenly in the body. Calm ease is carried through simple and challenging movements alike. All Strala classes move slowly and continuously, guided with deep breath and easygoing movement from your middle. You’ll get strong, let stress go, and accomplish tremendous challenges with ease. You’ll also feel free, creative and intuitive, and get healthy and happy from the inside out!