Co-Founder, Guide, & Resident Healer, Strala Yoga
Founder of Strala Yoga
Declared by Vanity Fair as the "Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever," yoga master and Founder of Strala Yoga, Tara Stiles, will establish the tone of the conference with her Ope ening Keynote. She shares her vision for Making Your Own Rules and How to Achieve Your Most Radiant Self from the Inside Out. She is joined by her husband, Mike Taylor, who is a co-founder, guide, and resident healer at Strala. Named "Best Mover" by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine's Hottest Trainers, he's practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu, for more than two decades.
Named “Yoga Rebel” by the New York Times, Tara Stiles has inspired a wide audience around the world with her relatable approaches to yoga, meditation, exercise, awareness, nutrition, and everyday well-being. Tara is the founder and owner of Strala Yoga, widely known for its unpretentious, inclusive, and straightforward approach to yoga and meditation. She is the personal yoga instructor to Deepak Chopra, with whom she’s collaborated to create several apps and DVDs, among other projects. Jane Fonda named Tara “the new face of fitness” and Vanity Fair declared her the “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever.”
Tara has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Lucky, InStyle, Esquire, Shape, Self, Fit Perez, and Fit Sugar, and profiled by The New York times, Times of India, The Times (UK), and Sweeden’s Dagnes Nyheter. Tara is the designer and face of Reebok‘s yoga lifestyle line, launching globally in 2013. She is the author of two top selling books: Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures (which has been translated and published in 5 languages) and she has created several DVD series collaborations with Jane Fonda, Deepak Chopra, Tia Mowry, Brooklyn Decker and ELLE Magazine. She recently released an epic six hour complete yoga encyclopedia DVD series called This is Yoga. Recently, the Alliance For A Healthier Generation, Bill Clinton’s initiative to combat childhood obesity, tapped Tara to help promote activity to the 18,000+ participating schools.
Mike Taylor is a co-founder, guide, and resident healer at Strala Yoga. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than two decades, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu.
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. He now serves on the board of Odyl, which helps people discover books on Facebook.
As Strala has grown, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike climbs a few mountains in his spare time, and is the husband of yoga master Tara Stiles.