Online 100+Hour Training: Connect and Heal with Shiatsu
How do we heal ourselves and the world around us? It all starts with you.
In this course you’ll learn to use touch for creating dynamic, intuitive relationships with other people, and to apply the principles and practices of Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Traditional Japanese Medicine, to encourage and support healing.
Where: This is an online training course, so wherever you are is perfect.
You just need a computer or device with an internet connection for the streaming video sessions, and ability to download pdf guides for extra reading and homework.
When: You can begin whenever you like, and we support you to learn however you learn best, at your own pace, in your own time.
What to bring: comfortable clothes for moving, yoga mat, and paper + pen are all helpful.
Cost: $1,295. Note: to use a major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Amex or Discover, select the "Check Out" button. To use any card you like, debit or credit, just select the PayPal option and click "Pay with credit or debit card!" Some banks require that you telephone for authorization before payment is accepted. Please note once a reservation is made, the total training amount is owed, and all payments are non-refundable.
Strala is credited by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Harvard neurology professor and Chair of the Genetics Research and Aging Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. We are also a Registered Yoga School with the global Yoga Alliance Professionals.
"Strala is an elegantly simple and sophisticated way to move our breath, our body, and our whole self into the state we need, to create who we want to be: the optimal expression of ourselves."
- Dr. Rudolph Tanzi – Harvard Professor of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
Strala combines the movement and healing wisdom of tai chi with the form vocabularies of yoga, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese and Japanese Medicine, to help people release stress, move easily through challenge, and live radiantly inspiring lives.
It begins with a mindset, that says our best way to get where we’re going is to feel good along the way. It also works miracles for whole health, helping us to find ease in our bodies and minds, and create the right conditions both for healing and optimal performance.
In our Strala Training Courses, you learn to shape your destiny on every level that counts, from your psychology, chemistry and neurology, to your chromosomes and even gene expression. 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.
About This Training
We’re all healers, constantly moving through health and illness, losing and finding balance in each moment of our lives. How we feel and act inspires and influences everyone around us.
Whether practicing with family and friends, leading people through movement and everyday life, or in your profession as a bodyworker or therapist, this course gives you the ability to connect with other people naturally and powerfully.
You’ll learn shiatsu techniques, ways of moving, leaning, sensing, seeing and hearing yourself and your partner. You’ll practice how to crawl and breathe, how to contact specific areas, meridians and points, and how to choose what to focus on in a shiatsu session. And you’ll discover that you benefit as much as the person you’re treating. Each time you practice will be a healing meditation for both of you.
With more than 50 instructional and practice sessions, plus a comprehensive Guidebook to lead you successfully through this course and create the right ground for ongoing progress, we’ve designed this training to give you the experience of being here, together and sharing directly in this process.
You’ll work through instruction and practice in a wide variety of topics outlined below, and we’ll share with you the common challenges, questions, and solutions that always come up in our in-person trainings. We'll also give you loads of daily practical guidance, to create a structure for inspiring progress.
What You'll Find Here
You’ll discover the secrets and techniques that experienced teachers and healers use in their practice. And much more significantly, you’ll learn how to make these abilities a real part of your entire life.
Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese bodywork method, based on the principles of acupuncture. It has evolved into an innovative healing modality that incorporates movement, meditation, and connection. Incredibly effective for the treatment of common injuries, as well as chronic pain, disability, and disease, shiatsu skills provide a great complement to yoga practice and leadership.
In this training we’ll share the specific structures and practices you need to practice Shiatsu and healing with touch, whether in a family and friends situation or in a professional healing office.
This online training is a perfect complement and addition to our longer 200+Hour Leadership Training, and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training, and also provides good ground for ongoing review and development once our time together is complete.
It’s also perfect for everyone who can’t make it to an in-person training. We’ve designed this to help everyone get started and advance with your practice and skill-sets from wherever you are, right now.
Who Is This For
Everything we do is designed to help people begin where they are, and develop the concrete practices that carry us where we want to go. So wherever you are is a perfect place to begin. This is true for all of our courses, including this online program.
I've seen in everything we do, with friends, co-workers, and family, that this ability to heal - both yourself, and the people connected with you - keeps growing more and more important. So if you're just beginning on this path and exploring for your self, you'll find the guidance and groundwork you need here. And if you're a professional who is teaching or practicing in related field, this will enrich and expand your vocabulary of techniques and diagnostic principles.
Our graduates are a wonderfully diverse and inspiring group of people. They range from 16 to over 80. They’re from dozens of countries worldwide. They are entrepreneurs and chief executives, professors and librarians, scientists and researchers, studio owners and fitness instructors, yoga teachers of every style, psychologists and physiotherapists, life and health coaches, doctors and lawyers. They are moms and dads, daughters and sons, and lifelong friends.
– Responsibility for Health and Healing
– Right Mindset to Learn, Improve, and Achieve
– Common sense approaches to Health
– Taking charge of our lives: power and knowledge
– How to evaluate advice
– How we heal ourselves
– Principles and Practice of Shiatsu
– Movement patterns
– Coordination vs Strength
– Avoiding injuries
– Setup and organize practice space
– How Environment affects your partners/clients
– Key Concepts of Traditional Asian Medicine
– Meridian and Point Location
– Detailed Practice Instruction
What You Get
Watch: Over 50 Instructional and Practice Sessions, covering a complete range of topics and skill-sets, for both self-practice and healing others.
Read: a comprehensive Course Guidebook, designed to carry you successfully through this course, build on what you learn, and give the right ground for ongoing progress.
Progress: Everybody learns in their own way, at their own pace, and this training is yours to go through in your own time. We follow an adult learning model with all our trainings, and we're here to support everyone individually.
Community: During the course, you'll have access to our private online training community, so you can connect with us and each other throughout this shared learning process. And once you've completed this course, you'll access our private online community of Strala graduates worldwide. Connect with each other, and with Sam, Tara and Mike, for ongoing questions, sharing experience, and progress.
Final Exam: For putting all this into your own language and life.
Certification: We provide a Strala Online 100+Hour Training: Connect and Heal with Shiatsu certification upon completion, and list this on our website. Strala is credited by mind-body-medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, as well as Harvard neurology professor Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. We're also accredited by the global Yoga Alliance Professionals. YAP doesn't certify programs shorter than 200 hours, but this course follows the same approach, and also counts for continuing education and practice credit in our longer trainings.
Continuing Education Credit: Including application to both our 200+Hour Leadership Training and 300+Hour Advanced Leadership Training.
Continuous Improvement and Updates: What we do together is always growing and evolving, and people who take our in-person courses each year always notice that it's different (and better!) every time. The same holds for this online course. We'll be continually improving and adding to what we share in the reading and video sessions, and you'll have ongoing access to this course so you can review whenever you like, and keep progressing over time. This way we all get to grow together here.
Lifetime: Inspiring and uplifting leadership - creating the space for ground-breaking achievement in your own life and the lives of the people you lead - is the practice of a lifetime. When you learn to release stress, find harmony in your body and peace in your mind, heal what needs healing, and accomplish challenge with ease, you have something amazing to share.
Strala Trainings are all led entirely by the founders. Our program is backed by mind-body medicine pioneer Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Harvard neurology professor and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi.
Sam Berlind leads this training, and is supported along the way by Strala founders Tara and Mike. Sam is on the faculty at Strala, led and created the curriculum for the Ohashi Institute in New York City for 20 years, and practices shiatsu in NYC.
Sam graduated from the University of Edinburgh, studied Zen Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Japanese Medicine, taught martial arts and began practicing yoga in the 1980s.
Tara Stiles is the co-founder of Strala. Strala is practiced in more than 100 countries, and thousands of people are leading Strala in yoga studios and gyms, schools, offices and conferences, healing and wellbeing practices worldwide.
Tara partners with W Hotels on FIT with Tara Stiles — a global program bringing Strala Yoga classes and healthy recipes to W properties around the globe. She collaborated with Reebok to design their Reebok Yoga lifestyle range, and has authored several best-selling books including Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, Yoga Cures, Make Your Own Rules Diet, Strala Yoga, and Guiding Strala, all translated and published in several languages. She has been profiled by The New York Times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and featured in most major national and international magazines. Tara is a sought after speaker primarily on topics of business building and health & wellness. She has lectured to sold out audiences and internal conferences around the world including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Conference, Epsilon, Happinez, and Hay House events.
Tara supports The Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the American Heart Association initiative to combat childhood obesity, as well as BOKS, which together are bringing Strala classes to more than 30,000 schools around the United States and Canada.
Tara studied classical dance with ABT Principal Rory Foster, and choreography with Paul Taylor original member and world renowned master Eileen Cropley. She is married to Strala co-founder Mike Taylor.
Mike Taylor 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, then founded biotech software company.
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, and is married to Strala co-founder Tara Stiles.
When Can You Begin
Registration is now open. You can start this training whenever you like, and once you've completed the course material, it all remains yours for ongoing review and practice, whenever you want. Please understand that once a registration is made, we are not able to give refunds.
If you have any questions or need something, it’s always fine to reach us directly, using Mike@StralaYoga.com.
Open the door to a whole new way of connecting, sharing and growing with everyone in your life.
These trainings are an incredibly rewarding life-long adventure of mutual support, and inspiring accomplishment. We're lucky to have this in our lives!