Y Yoga – Ormond, FL

January 16th, 2014

The Ormond Beach YMCA asked me to teach an intermediate yoga class so, starting January 2014, we meet Thursdays at 4 pm. In this Intermediate Yoga class there will be emphasis on alignment, more advanced poses and deeper stretch asanas. That means can expect me for me to walk around and be more attentive to your alignment when you are holding yoga poses and even some hands on guidance to help you find the challenge. The more advanced yoga poses means variations that will test your strength and balance. The deeper asanas will help you reach new limits on flexibility and what your body can do.

 If this sounds overwhelming to you, no worries! Even if you are not able to execute every pose you will still advance as a yogi from trying. That’s the point of going to a yoga class anyways, it’s to push yourself to grow with yoga. And with the 2014 Mayor’s Health and Fitness Challenge that runs from January 4, 2014 to March 27, 2014 there is no better time then now to take that advancement on the yoga track of your wellness journey. When you sign up for the Mayor’s Challenge you receive 3 months access to YMCA and my 4pm Thursday “Intermediate Yoga” class.

The next question that came up for teaching Yoga at the YMCA was about style. Hatha yoga describes any of the physical practices of yoga. (Remember that yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses.) I will also incorporate Vinyasa Yoga which means creating flow with the breath and stretching together in sequences of movements to help get your heart pumping. Then we’ll wrap up with a few Yin Yoga asanas where we focus on deep stretching and holding postures for a longer period of time to stretch connective tissue. Finally ending with a relaxing shavasana that will assist in relaxing your mind and body to aid in leaving with that feeling of peace.

So, if we were to categorize this class (as much as labeling and putting concepts in a box makes me uneasy) we’d describe it as an Intermediate VinYin Yoga Class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Hope to see you on your mat!




Susan Miller, July 1, 2014

Tara,I just want to thank you for making a difference in my students’ lives through yoga. When my teenage girls ( ages 14-17) first arrive in class they are often stressed and emotional due to peer or family issues. After our weekly yoga session, the girls are visibly more relaxed, calm and able to focus on their schoolwork. Your calm voice and words of wisdom teach them to take care of themselves. You let them know there are healthy ways to cope with life.What you are teaching them is a practice that they can participate in the rest of their lives… which will enhance their quality of life.
I also want to thank you for taking the initiative to ask for donated yoga clothes. Our girls cannot afford these outfits but because they have been provided, they are now able to move more freely during their yoga practice. We appreciate all that you do and look forward to seeing you again this week.

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