For over 27 years, Tara has experimented with all forms of movement flow, from dance to Tai Chi, to movement improvisation and ultimately yoga. An English degree from Barnard College, post-graduate studies in theater directing and a foray into film writing and directing brought her finally to the study of yoga and meditation. Certified in the Anusara method, Tara has taught yoga extensively, both nationally and internationally for 15 years. She has been inspired by the Body Mind Centering works of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and has studied and taught with Carlos Pomeda and Sally Kempton.
Embodied FlowTM is a homecoming. A practice that moves me from gross to ever-more-subtle layers of awareness; to an ever-deeper understanding of what very real yet completely magical stuff this body and this mind are made of. It is a practice of noticing processes, noticing patterns, noticing connections, and bringing all those into conscious awareness to facilitate flow, to facilitate vibrancy, to facilitate healing. It is a discovery of life. It is a practice of radical freedom. As I learn to unlock the matrix of my cells, the more I understand about myself, the more I can begin to understand others. It has shown me - not with detached concepts and unreachable ideals, but through the concrete experience of this vessel of my mind-body - that we are, that this world is, both inextricably bound and inexplicably free.
I feel like Im on a journey to the depths of where I physically and mentally bathe. Tara is a guide that feels and registers exactly where to go, where to turn, what to look at. She is at the same time allowing me the freedom to find and experience it for myself. She is opening the curtain in a way that awakens my curiosity like never before. I feel safe, guided, eager, happy, held, and also trusted. Its a beautiful feeling to find this peaceful and exciting vastness inside of me. The remembrance of purpose. The embodiment and registry of Me opens up a whole new awareness and makes me remember that there is no limits to what I am, where I can go and be me.
Claire United States
In classes with Tara there is an open space for anything to arise in a new way. It is as if the room expands; the sound of breathing and the light become a backdrop to incredible sensations that make themselves known within my body. I can be luminous, my skin supported by the expansive energy of the organs, or I can feel sturdy and safe, moving into the quiet support of my bones. My body greets me and I move with it and through it. Juicy, fluid, strong, slow, steady - all of these adjectives could describe it, but there is so much more beyond the words. Moving is like experiencing the wind that births being. We become creation. Attuning to the essence of movement opens channels to whole new ways of perceiving existence.
Being introduced to Embodied FlowTM is like being given a completely new dimension to yoga and movement. In my daily life it has also affected my proprioception and interactions with people and situations. The inner landscape of the body is such a wide field. To move from different body systems gives an astonishing variety of expression in the movement and the feeling of the body. Its also for me a powerful moving meditation, the mind relaxes and leans back completely and my whole being is feeling in an absolute state of presence.
Embodied FlowTM is a practice by which I can move with clarity and ease through a challenging situation and world.The practice of Embodied FlowTM radically shifted how I perceive my body / mind space. It shows me that I am an infinitely more than I can ever know, that there are no absolutes, no rights and wrongs. This is not to say that all is free and without rules. Rather, to prioritize looking at the situation, practitioner, pose, whatever is in front of me, with observation and questions rather than pressuring myself to know answers. The answers are here, in my body, and information can be found in curiosity and awareness. This practice is like learning a new language. I had to un-know movements like words I spoke with my body, words I can speak so quickly without thinking. I had to stop translating the new words into the words I understood. I had to communicate with my body the way you do when there are no words, by reading the expression in the eyes, listening to the tone of voice, pointing, smiling, nodding, happy, angry, this way, thank you.Until I experienced this practice, I did not realize that I knew only how to move from muscle, bone, breath, and mind. None of these were enough. I felt I always needed to be stronger and I was never strong enough. I could never really get it. I was never enough, because I never saw all the things that are there - countless layers and pathways. I learned how to move from a different mind. Many different minds. Tara once said to move with the mind that preferences ease, rather than the one that wants to get it. I discovered the different minds of the body. Namely the mind of the bones, the endocrine system, organs and the skin. At first, I didnt really understand the meaning of moving from different systems. This practice, namely using the lab of asana and movement as field to explore these systems, expanded my awareness in a very concrete, quantifiable way.Embodied FlowTM allows me more freedom in the yoga asana practice, as a place of discovery rather than achievement or measurement. Like having a 100 stacks of amazing sketchbooks, rather than 10 finished paintings. In asana, I felt that if I were stronger, I could go deeper. I had hit a wall, and no matter how much I practiced or how many workshops I attended, I was going nowhere, nor learning how to be where I was. Learning to move and be still from different layers, like twisting internally using the organs, using the skin to support me in plank, using the back body to open the front body in backbends, using the endocrine system to help me find lightness in arm balances, using the skin to hold me in inversion, moving through quick challenging flows from my marrow, these opened up a whole world for me. Sitting in meditation, I can feel my brain sitting in my skull, each cell of my skin move as I breathe. All these discoveries was like learning an Eskimo language and understanding all the ways to use the 22 different words for snow.
Embodied FlowTM is poetry for your body-mind system. You only have to soak in the verses and your body will respond in ease, flowing from a centered place, calming down the mind space. The awareness that it brings in your body and mind gives you the opportunity to bring yourself back to where you came from. It allows you to let every single cell of your body falls into place, which results in total ease of movement.
Embodied FlowTM gives me the experience that I first turned to yoga for; a deep connection and relationship to my whole self. I feel that I have been able to unravel long established holding patterns in my body that were preventing me from delving deeper into the creative realm of my own body/mind. This to me, this why I first stepped onto the mat. To heal, to play, to create, to unfold and to essentially know levels of myself that I felt remain hidden from my awareness. To express the asana that Id be doing for so long from this perspective, from deep within my body, whether it can be from the vertical core, organs, bones or glands, has given me a freedom and grace in movement that I had only hoped was possible.When I teach from the map of Embodied FlowTM, I feel I can see the whole student in the shapes rather than different parts pulled together through struggle and strain. There is a softness and a grace of movement that is both beautiful and fascinating to watch. I am more aware of seeing them in their wholeness rather than bodies that need fixing. Ive had feedback from students that express similar experiences. They have shared that it feels more like a dance, a creative expression rather than work, and that the practice goes deeper into theirs bodies than theyve ever felt before.Embodied FlowTM has enabled me to be more conscious of my bodies vocabulary; how it speaks to me, through temperature, sensation and feeling. The practice has helped me to grow into a more aware human and I am more likely to listen to my gut and heart (and any other part that speaks) than ever before. Embodied FlowTM has allowed me to honour every part of who I am and the deep wisdom and knowingness of my cells and tissues and bones. It has allowed me to open the doorway to an ongoing authentic relationship with my instrument of body/mind; this powerful vehicle in which to explore, discover and grow.
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