About

Thank you for reading. If we haven't met yet, I look forward to meeting you on the mat or out in the world!

Mission: 

I enthusiastically, open-heartedly, and patiently guide breath in sync with well-aligned, powerful movement. My intention is to inspire students to access the most free, joyful and fearless version of themselves as a result of an on-going mindful practice.

I challenge students to thrive beyond their perceived limits encouraging new levels of strength, flexibility and balance to help with focus, clarity and presence. I facilitate practice through moving mediation to achieve new levels of mindfulness, resilience, and overall JOY.

My classes are fun, spirited, and sweaty – with guided breath, clear cues, and intelligent, safe sequencing.  I support all levels, including beginners and those with injuries or physical concerns. In my teaching journey thus far, I’ve taught groups from Teens to NHL teams, to Broadway casts, Olympic Athletes…to Seniors, to many a fashion company, data company, start-up, and hedge fund group.

 

Experience and Training:

Teaching Styles:

Vinyasa Flow, Classic Vinyasa, Tantra Vinyasa, Hatha, Power Vinyasa, Core Flow, Moksha/ Modo Yoga, Moksha/ Modo Flow, Yin Yoga, Teen Yoga, Corporate Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yang Yin, & Private Yoga of styles listed

Certifications:

2017  YIN Yoga with Carly Forest, Victoria BC

2016 Moksha Yoga Vinyasa Flow Training under Dina Tsouluhas. Sequencing (Krama), Pranayama, Alignment 100 + Hours

2014 Modo/ Moksha Yoga Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Ted Grand, Jess Robertson, Yumee Chung, Pierre Desjardins D.O., Frank Jude Boccio, and Dina Tsouluhas. 500+ hours

2008 Yoga One: Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training NYC with Johnna Smith & Mary Bruce- Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga Training. 200+ hours

Immersions/Workshops & Continued Study between 2008 – Present 2018:

Janet Stone, Yumee Chung, Natalie Rousseau, Natalie Nikki Costello & Scuyler of KULA Yoga NYC, Christine Price Clarke, Clara Robert-Oss, Grant Jason Lambrynth Mediation Course through Sonic Yoga NYC, Iyengar Institute Inversions with Marcela Clavijo, Karina An Mirsky Sankalpa Workshop and many more.

Additional Influential Teachers:

Elena Brower, Tzahi Moskowitz, Maria Philippone, Pam Reece, Witold Fitz-Simon, Karina Ayn Myrsky, Mary-Dana Abott, Johanna Bell, Ezmeralda Stavroff, Robert McKenna, Ali Cramer, Christine Chen, my Mom, and so many more!

University:

University of Michigan, BFA in Music/Theatre, (Emphasis in Kinesiology and Dance)

Related Teaching:

Core Fusion, Personal Training, Dance, Gymnastics, Children’s Theatre

 

Beginnings:

I realize more and more everyday how important yoga is in my life and on it’s own. I feel grateful to have found it while studying abroad in England in 2001. It was during a very hard time for America during the time I was away and the practice gave me some hope, calm and perspective. I initially approached the practice very physically. Realizing that I enjoyed building this shapes with my body. I also knew that I immediately felt more focused and connected to the work and people in my immediate circle and beyond. I found more self confidence. Little did I know, Yoga would be a life-long practice for me that would lead to transformation over and over again.

It wasn’t until I moved to NYC several years later that I started to deepen my practice with a variety of disciplines and teachers. Many of the fine people I gleaned yoga inspiration and knowledge from, were a part of the teaching staff of what was then called “Practice Yoga.”  I mopped the floors, I worked the desk, practiced singing and chanting, cleaned mats, tagged merchandise and cleaned windows, helped with payroll…all to soak it in and get free unlimited class. I practiced asanas in classes and through finding my own practice before and after studio hours. I poured over yoga texts and made detailed notes after my favorite teacher’s classes. I was hooked.  You could say that I breathed, slept and ate “Yoga” because it was actually the truth. It was during early 2008 that I took the leap to my first teacher training with the guidance of Jennifer Walker, Johnna Smith and Mary Bruce with Rod Stryker’s Para Yoga/ Yoga One Training. These fabulous teachers and humans inspire me to this day!

I was delighted (and terrified) to be given some teaching opportunities immediately, and I found that I absolutely loved sharing and guiding the practice. I haven’t stopped learning or sharing to date, and am excited to see what the future unfolds. I have a daily personal practice which is often my best “food” for teaching, and I’ve soaked in many more trainings and immersions since. I will certainly be a life-long student. I’ve found life is far more interesting with a “beginner’s mind.”

I am enjoying life’s adventures, being present, being me, and on most days, feeling pretty radiant. I have learned that the practice is slowly shaping me into a more mindful human and makes life more enjoyable. It continues to help me be more resilient, more curious, and more creative. As a performing artist, these traits are essential to happiness and stamina. I’m infinitely grateful to my students and my teachers for being constant sources of inspiration.

~Namaste~

 

Testimonials:

“Tara is my favorite teacher. I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and it has been hard to find a teacher who can continue to challenge me and keep it interesting. Tara has a unique style that makes the fun and go by quickly. Her practice flows and is like a dance to your favorite music. She always finds ways to incorporate new positions in ways that you would not think of in order to keep you engaged and on your toes.  Unlike most classes, she can appeal to the advanced but is also nurturing enough not to intimidate beginners and encourage them to follow along and get hooked into yoga as well. I could not express how happy Tara makes me. I hope you have a chance to experience yoga through her. I guarantee  you will be hooked!”

-Bea (Student)

“Being in the fashion/garment industry is extremely stressful. 2 years ago we decided to try to release some stress with twice weekly( in house) Lunch time Yoga classes.
Tara’s practices balanced our minds and bodies and made a huge difference in all of our lives. She infused her knowledge of Yoga with Positivity and Tranquility, which is exactly what we needed to improve our performances.
Our company is indebted to Tara for this wonderful experience and a continued journey of all around improvement. We just function so much better with her teachings. Namaste.”

-Mahesh (Student)

“Tara Heal approaches each one of her yoga classes with her amazing, gracious energy. She infuses her calming presence, beautiful voice, and incredible strength into a challenging and supportive class, pushing you gently past any boundaries you think you might have. Particularly if you are pre- or post-natal or recovering from any injuries, Tara will take your needs into consideration and give you an amazing practice despite any limitations you may have”

-Stephanie (Student)

Cut/ pasted from a facebook post: “Had the pleasure of taking Tara Heal’s yoga class at NY LOVES yoga. I have to say it was one of the BEST classes I’ve ever taken in NYC. Great sequencing, very true to the spiritual side of yoga and very accessible. They have a 10$ first time for class- very nice studio at 83rd and Amsterdam.  Can’t get over the fact that every time I go to Tara Heal‘s class at NY Loves Yoga, I’m filled with love, focus, and a superior practice to anywhere I’ve trained in NYC. Check this class out! ‪#‎rundontwalk‬

-Freddie (Student) Wellness Coach and founder of: www.freddiesetgo.com