Created by Tara Stiles, Strala Yoga is drawn from Tara’s extensive background in classical ballet and longtime practice of yoga. Mike Taylor leads the science and movement of Strala; he studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, complementary medicine at Oxford, and has spent over 30 years practicing Eastern movement and healing.
Strala uses calm and connected movement to reach a flow state of mind-body harmony. Think: heightened strength, mobility and mental focus. You’ll move through the familiar and unfamiliar with far less effort, going further without tiring.
Strala is designed to activate your body’s relaxation response—a chemical cascade responsible for overall health, healing, and well-being. This doesn’t happen in common yoga or exercise systems, which stimulate cortisol production. When we use force to reach goals, our bodies are bathed in stress hormones—we become inhibited and chemically less able to see the full range of available options. Often this leads to weight-gain, injury, and stress-related disorders.
By contrast, when we move with ease through all conditions, we trigger the relaxation response. This is where we want to live most of our lives! Strala guides you to activate your own relaxation response by moving gently and exploring where we are, rather than forcing ourselves to be elsewhere.