Himalayan Yin Team

Tara

Tara is the founder of Himalayan Yin Yoga.
It is Tara's fervent desire to foster Himalayan Yin Yoga teachers who teach from their heart and creativity. As a teacher of teachers Tara believes passionately teachers need to set out on a journey of personal transformation before they are ready to teach Yoga to others. This is particularly true with Yin Yoga as it is a practice that is personal and unique to each practitioner. As the Himalayan Yoga tradition is one to which a person will feel "called" Tara seeks teachers who are committed to lifelong learning.

Tara commenced studying traditional Chinese medicine in the 1970’s. During this time she also studied other Taoist energetic practices such as Qi Jung and Tai Chi. Movement has always been Tara’s main mode of expression. From a very young age she expressed herself through classical ballet, highland dance, hockey, dragon boating and triathlons. Tara believes movement and sound connect her to the divine.

​ Yoga did not come naturally to Tara. It took her many years of Yang activities such as sporting disciplicnes that pushed her mind and body to the edge physically, mentally and emotionally and subsequent injuries before she was able to embrace the Yogic path. In 2010 Tara took her first Yin Yoga class and immediately recognised this practice coupled with her 20 year experience of Buddhism was her spiritual path. She knew she needed to teach this practice. Tara passionately believes she can only teach what she practices.

Tara’s teaching specialties:
​ Yin Yoga
Yin/Yang Yoga
Yoga Nidra
Relaxation
Pranayama
Meditation
Mentoring

An Interview with Tara
 

What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga makes sense of my life. Yoga explains why I am the way that I am and why other people are the way that they are; why the planet is the way that it is.For me Yoga makes sense of everything.

What impact has yoga had on your life?
The impact yoga has had in my life is enormous. Yoga has brought me back home to myself - to be authentic.
It has taught me to be me. Yin Yoga in particular has taught me to be comfortable in the presence of discomfort.
To open my heart to love AND discomfort/pain. To trust!
And Yoga has taught me to smile even when I am not feeing in love with life.

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach to share my own practice. I teach teachers to be teachers because I believe I am "called" to do so.

In what ways does yoga help you off the mat?
Yoga has taught me to take to take a breath, to slow down my thinking, to communicate with carefully chosen attention – to respond rather than react.

What do you recommend for people who are brand new to yoga?
Approach Yoga with the eyes of a newborn baby – with wonder and awe at this magnificent creation that you are. To enjoy being new at something. Remind yourself to practice with joy and gratitude.

What yoga tips can you share with people?
Trust yourself and your discernment. If something or somebody doesn’t resonate with you as being right for you find somebody else. Work with teachers that resonate with you on a soul level.
Study from teachers that support your process. I highly recommend exploration in Yoga.
All bodies need strength and flexibility. There's always something to learn from every yogic experience.


THE TARAJI APPROACH

“If you have a body and breath then you can practise Yoga – Taraji”
“Yoga has 8 limbs. Asana practice is only one of them – Taraji”
“Bodies, minds and spirits need both strength and flexibility. “

​ “Find vitality withYin"

Gopal

Gopal was born in Bihar in the North East of India. Most westerners are not familiar with the idea of spirituality as a career path. However from birth Gopal yearned to lead a spiritual life. Consequently he left his home at the age of 12 to live with his master Swami Vedananda Baba. Gopal remained with Swami Vedananda for 10 years. He served his master, studied spirituality with him and also began his training in yogic studies.

In 2000 Gopal moved to Rishikesh and joined the Swami Dayananda Ashram as he wanted to better understand the Indian culture and the classical Yoga sutras and believed he would find the best teachers at the Swami Dayananda Ashram. As a result he served directly under Swami Sidhanandhananda and Swamini Pramnanda.

In 2005 Gopal decided to further his yogic studies in Yogic Science specializing in the areas of stress and hypertension and moved to Bangalore India to study at the Svyasa Yova University under the tutelage of Swami Vivekananda. This study was truly a matter of Western and Eastern science centred on therapy. Gopal developed a series of Asanas as a response to these studies.

He finished these studies in 2006 and in 2007 he moved to China and lived in Shanghai. It was in 2007 that Gopal decided to open his current school Yog Vedanta. Gopal recognised that the West connected with the term yoga as a physical exercise but had very little connection with the meaning of the word vedanta. As Gopal sees it, vedanta is about learning mental balance and knowledge of the self.

Gopal first started Yog Vedanta as a platform for meditation courses and then in 2010 added the additional service of Yoga Teacher Training courses in 200 and 300 hour courses. Gopal always wanted to avoid the dense communication of the traditional marriage and still did not feel called to the life of a swami. It is not that Gopal doesn’t love and respect families and renunciation. He adores both. However he didn’t feel as though either path is his calling.

Once again Gopal has decided to venture down the East meets West path and join Taraji in presenting retreats for transformation and tantric yoga Teacher Trainings.

Mariana

Tara is the founder of Himalayan Yin Yoga.
It is Tara's fervent desire to foster Himalayan Yin Yoga teachers who teach from their heart and creativity. As a teacher of teachers Tara believes passionately teachers need to set out on a journey of personal transformation before they are ready to teach Yoga to others. This is particularly true with Yin Yoga as it is a practice that is personal and unique to each practitioner. As the Himalayan Yoga tradition is one to which a person will feel "called" Tara seeks teachers who are committed to lifelong learning.

Tara commenced studying traditional Chinese medicine in the 1970’s. During this time she also studied other Taoist energetic practices such as Qi Jung and Tai Chi. Movement has always been Tara’s main mode of expression. From a very young age she expressed herself through classical ballet, highland dance, hockey, dragon boating and triathlons. Tara believes movement and sound connect her to the divine.

​ Yoga did not come naturally to Tara. It took her many years of Yang activities such as sporting disciplicnes that pushed her mind and body to the edge physically, mentally and emotionally and subsequent injuries before she was able to embrace the Yogic path. In 2010 Tara took her first Yin Yoga class and immediately recognised this practice coupled with her 20 year experience of Buddhism was her spiritual path. She knew she needed to teach this practice. Tara passionately believes she can only teach what she practices.

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