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Entries in michael taylor (6)


new strala postcard

new pics!

new teachers!

new schedule!

come pick one up on your next visit (or just check the website for up-to-the minute schedule changes).


strala level 2 training (video) update


strala on the move

like the yogis that flow on their mats, strala is moving!  save the sweat for class (as in don't sweat it) we are just heading across the street to our new diggs with better bathrooms, a cool chillaxing space for pre/post class hangout and of course a nice airy place to practice the yoga!

the studio is relocating to 632 broadway, right above the newly arriving petco, it will now be where the stralans go. 

no worries, no schedule disruptions!  we will close with a final relax class with tara on thursday at 7:00pm, september 30th and then re-open strong at 7:30am with a special class taught by tara to open the new space with a dose of her great energy!


be sure to check out the new class schedule and upcoming events for october at


those who can do, teach.

whoever said, "those who can, do. those who can't, teach," was terribly mistaken and flat out WRONG.  

it is super important for yoga instructors to not only have their own practice, but also to practice teaching.  teaching yoga to others is experiential in which you have to have lived it to share it with your students.  now, this doesn't mean that yoga teachers have to do each pose textbook perfect (because really there is no such thing) themselves to teach it, but they do need to have experienced the pose themselves regardless of the level they take it to in their own practice.  in addition to a teacher's self-practice, they also need to practice teaching yoga to find their own voice and get into the flow of things.  

at strala, these concepts have been thoroughly enforced in the training - you must take a minimum of four classes a week (at least two of which must be with mike or tara), teach mini-sessions during the weekend intensives and host your own community class with real students!

deal alert!!! like getting free haircuts with new stylists at a salon, strala is now offering FREE yoga to students who are open-minded enough to tryout the new teachers-in-training!  currently the classes are offered monday through thursday, 4pm-5pm (no reservations required).  if you don't have a mat, it's only two bucks for a rental (read: nyc yoga deal).


doshas and down dogs

group session #4 of our strala intensive was great!  it started off with a delicious surprise of cupcakes from mike and tara in honor of two fellow trainees (bex and jamie) who are celebrating their birthdays (happy birthday ladies!!)!  it was a sweet segue into today's discussion - ayurveda.  now, refined sugar isn't necessarily ayurvedic, but then again that really depends on which dosha is most dominant for you...  

nadya, strala's resident ayurvedic guru, introduced us to india's lifestyle science (the sister science to yoga). ayurveda is a non-pillpoping ancient alternative to today's healthcare system.  based on your combination of doshas (which are determined by your physical attributes as well as your personality) you can cater what you eat and even what poses you incorporate into your yoga practice to find your own unique balance and correct symptoms of physical and mental ailments.  

nadya was extremely informative, but don't feel bad if you weren't there, here are some ways you can dabble in drug-free wellness yourself:

  • to self-diagnose your dosha take a few minutes to complete this free online test (no worries, everyone aces it)
  • to get a taste of ayurveda, read nadya's mindbodygreen article and check her blog often.