Tara Rachel has studied yoga since the early 90's. She has completed 4 teacher training courses, most recently with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga. She is well known to the Boston yoga community. Tara Rachel was both a student and teacher under Boston master teachers Barbara Benagh and Arthur Kilmurray. She has studied Iyengar yoga with Zoe Stewart. Her profound interest in the mind body connection led her to The School for Body Mind Centering to study infant developmental movement, somatic anatomy and its relationship to yoga. Since 2001, Tara Rachel has enriched her studies with private courses and workshops in anatomy and physiology with Yaron Gal Carmel, Tom Myers, Andrea Olson, and others. She is also a certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist. Her classes for adults are unique, flowing and relaxed, yet grounded in attention to proper postural alignment. In addition, Tara Rachel has been a pioneer of children's yoga in the Boston area. She has worked professionally with children since 1989. She has developed her own approach to children's yoga, which is simply, yet uniquely, a synthesis of education, developmental movement, and yogic teachings.
Yoga is the cessation of the movements in the consciousness.”
-Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: Samadhi Pada: Sutra:2 as translated by BKS Inyengar-
“Yoga is defined as restraint of the fluctuations in the consciousness. It is art of studying the behavior of consciousness, which has three functions; cognition, conation or volition, and motion. Yoga shows ways of understanding the functions of the mind, and helps to quieten their movements, leading one towards an undisturbed state of silence of mental discipline through which the mind becomes cultured and matured.”
Tara Rachel is a student of the life practice of yoga. It has been her aim to align her life in the world with the inner life of yoga practice. YOGA means union; the joining of the physical, mental and spiritual elements of life. It is a process of integration of one’s entire being and an opportunity for an awakening of a deep awareness that, through practice, we return to the memory of our inborn wholeness. The practice of yoga is a vehicle for developing a deep and conscious relationship with one’s individual self and therefore the cosmic aspect of self.
Tara Rachel offers three styles of yoga practice for adults:
CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA: This class includes detailed attention to postural alignment and our connection to the internal rhythms of the body-mind experience. This practice inspires moving gracefully within a mindful attention to the breath. As a trained bodyworker, she supports her students to discover an appropriate approach to individual practice that brings harmony to the whole person.
QI FLOW YOGA: This class is sequenced in accordance with the Qi Flow Clock as taught in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The asanas nourish and promote the smooth flow of Qi through the meridian channels and restore inner balance.
SIVANANDA YOGA: Sivananda yoga is based on the teachings of Sri Swami Sivananda. Sivananda’s teachings were introduced to the west by his student, Swami Vishnu Devananda. The teachings were simply laid out, by Swami Vishnu, in 5 components: Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet, Positive Thinking and Meditation. This class consists of deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing practices), classical sun salutations, asanas (postures) for opening the hips and strengthening the abdominals, followed by a set series of postures to enhance spinal flexibility, mental focus, self-awareness and calm nervous tension. Some Sanskrit chanting will be practiced at the beginning and end of the session.
Tara Rachel is a gifted individual instructor for adults, teens and children.
Contact Tara to schedule a private yoga session, at The Arlington Center or your home!