INSTRUCTOR

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TARA NICOLE BLAKE

Trained in yoga by her most influential teacher Esther Myers, she also studied with Monica Voss and Sandra Sammartino. Her passion for yoga is the unfolding of movement through the breath and gravity as taught by Vanda Scaravelli. Tara's focus is returning to naturalness and ease. Moving this way through an exploration of posture and breathing is a challenging practice for beginner and advanced students alike. Using intelligent and dynamic practice and her approach to yoga is grounded in the eternal wisdom possible in each student. She has had a dedicatied vipassana meditation practice for many years and has been teaching yoga full time since in 2001.


Tara consciously keeps Yogaroots as a small studio focused on the local community. This allows her to focus on teaching and connecting to students. 

Senior Yoga Teacher

Tara is the owner of Yogaroots and leads international yoga retreats. She has deveolped and led numerous workshops and in-depth Yoga Alliance registered 500+ hr Yoga Teacher Training Programs, all inspired by Vanda Scaravelli and Esther Myers.

BA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Yogaroots Values

Commitment

& safety

Consistency, dedication, and commitment to you and to yoga. Quiet and reliable. We show up without judgement and  welcome everyone equally. We focus on clear expectations and instruction and you are invited to practice in a way that feels safe for you. We teach mindful awareness of ourselves and our physical and mental limitations. 

You are responsible for your own body and we respect that completely.  

Gravity

 

Working with the science of our body and the laws of physics yoga becomes natural. We are not fighting against our own nature, we are celebrating and finding strength in what we already are. Working this way, our body begins to crave movement and it is no longer work. Vanda Scaravelli taught yoga as a direct experience of gravity and the laws of the universe that we can discover through practice. 

Breath

 

Using breath as a focus point we learn to read the signals from our body more clearly. We pay attention and we learn about ourselves and our dynamic way of being. 
Our breath also provides the  rhythm and pace of our practice. We work with naturally arising movement of breath, amplified in asana. Vanda Scaravelli  spoke about breath as a wave we can ride into every pose. 

Movement

& Asana 

Instead of using your body to achieve a pose, use the tradition of yoga to free your body. In the end, we want to live without feeling limitations in our daily movement. We can use yoga to achieve that freedom.

Discipline and dedication are required in your practice but the reward is worth it. We intentionally do not use strict alignment 'cues' but encourage you to take responsibility for discovering the poses through consistent practice. 

I really enjoy the variety within the routine, pace, challenge of Tara's class. And of course I <3 savasana, Tara's guided relaxation is pure magic

-Yogaroots Client

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