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Philadelphia, PA 19118

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Yoga to me is my Freedom. It is a magic carpet inward and outward. It takes me to places away from the chaos that follows us in our daily lives like the traffic and petty interactions. Ironically, as I begin to move I become still inside. My calm returns as soon as the door shuts; I feel an exhale and I am free to guide myself into my own moving meditation. My Practice has become a Journey to reflect; not perfection, but a vision of the truth in the yoga process. Yoga has changed my life to become something so much more then I thought it would ever be. As a teacher I try to express to my students to see every moment; even if we didn’t get the pose today we are successful. The power of trying, re-trying, and continuing to try is more successful than if everything was easily attained. It is our will, our souls, that drive us to be successful. It gets us on our mats early in the morning when we can sleep in. It gets us in our cars after work and cooking dinner so we can come together and share with each other something that makes us better humans. Yoga to me is beautiful. It's breathtaking. It's empowering. It's my Freedom. It's my Magic.
My yoga journey began as I found myself questioning who I was and what I wanted to do with my life. I was a freshman in college at the time, feeling lost, confused and constantly found myself in a self inquiry about life. I would wonder, if I couldn't be happy and do whatever I wanted in life then what is the point of all this (life)? It was these kinds of questions that led me to the philosophy and practice of yoga. Once I started practicing yoga I knew it was going to be a big part of my life; and in the fall of 2014 I graduated from a 200 hour teacher training through the Amma Yanni Center. Practicing and teaching yoga has completely shifted my life and awakened me to the fact that we, as human beings, are powerful beyond measure and can do whatever we want in life! My classes aim to awaken students to their own source of personal power so that they can expand upon who they are and what they are capable of doing, on and off their mat. The practice of yoga has helped me create a life I love, and I am committed to helping people create a life they love. So if you want to bring peace and tranquility to your mind, strength and flexibility to your body, and an overall integration of mind, body and Spirit, please join me for class! See ya soon, Namaste
Robin Daniels is a yoga teacher whose dreams and goals are to bring the healing and therapeutic aspects of Hatha Yoga to everyone in her classes. She is licensed at the 500-hour level, and holds well over 1000 hours of training. She believes the power behind a Hatha Yoga practice is that it makes us all better and healthier people in our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the universe in which we live. Her classes combine clear instruction with uplifting tantric philosophy, and a quirky sense of humor. She is known for assisting her students through challenging and good times to achieve breakthroughs on and off the mat. Robin started practicing yoga with her identical twin sister at 16, as the result of an illness, from the perspective of using yoga as a body movement therapy. She is a true testament to the healing powers of yoga. In 2004, Robin took her first Vinyasa Teacher training at Midtown Yoga, now Charm City Yoga, in Baltimore. In September, 2004, she moved to Philadelphia and continued studying Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and Yin Yoga. In 2007, Robin began studying Anusara Yoga, and became Anusara-Inspired. While she no longer holds her license in Anusara, she believes in the power and beauty of proper alignment, and a heart centered practice. She is also certified in Unnata Aerial Yoga, Pilates Mat and Reformer, and Yoga For the Special Child, and values the work she does with children, and adults living with disabilities.
When Robin is not on her yoga mat, she enjoys playing with her daughter, Penelope, reading, spoiling her kitty cat, Belle, and swimming. As a former marine biologist, if she could grow gills, Robin would be found living in the ocean among the fishes.

Elise came to yoga in search of a complement to her existing fitness regimen, but what she found was so much more. In yoga, Elise has found a physical challenge as well as an unexpected sanctuary rooted in an ancient practice. Yoga has played a transformative role for her; contributing to a major weight loss, healthier overall life style and a rewarding career path that invites compassion, self-study, and continuing education into everyday life.

As a graduate of the 2014 Dana Hot Yoga 200-hr Teacher Training program, Elise believes in a fiery, Yang, Vinyasa practice that is challenging both physically and mentally. As a teacher, she will help you push yourself past your own mental limits, while respecting the anatomical uniqueness of your body. Inviting deeper inquiry into silence, anatomy and the physical and energetic benefits of a Yin practice, Elise completed a Yin Yoga Training at Wake Up Yoga in January 2016. She continues to strive for the delicate balance of Yin & Yang.

Carly entered into her own yoga journey nearly 10 years ago, as a way of accessing a means to exercise while living in the cold, snowy winters of New England. She soon realized that the lessons and benefits of the practice reach far beyond the physical body. What might be the most inspiring to Carly, is the profound revelation that much of her yoga path stems from a truly intrinsic place. In recognizing the interconnections of our universe through yoga philosophy and tradition, she has found a deeper ability to live more presently - and Carly hopes to cultivate a similar space of gratitude during her classes. Through a life-long love of learning, she also adheres to the idea that anyone who teaches must continue to remain a student. Carly completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Blue Banyan Yoga Studio of Mt. Airy. In addition to her yoga instruction, Carly works in the field of mental health and wellness as a family therapist.
Lisa started practicing yoga in 2000, and after several years of experiencing how powerful and life-changing yoga can be, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Blue Banyan Yoga in Philadelphia.
She loves practicing and teaching vinyasa yoga, as it can be a moving meditation, calming and strengthening the mind and the body. She loves to explore fun and creative sequencing in her classes, while always encouraging her students to cultivate awareness and honor their unique selves.
Yoga has helped Lisa navigate life's changes and challenges, and she continues to be inspired by what she learns on the mat everyday. She challenges herself and her students to stay present, be with the breath, and open up to possibility.
I am so grateful and honored to be a part of the community at tAra Yoga. I was introduced to yoga about 10 years ago at my local gym and decided to try it because I was looking to get more toned. I liked it but it only had a "purpose" for my body. As the years went by, I went in and out of trying yoga and my interest turned to increasing my flexibility...again, yoga served a new purpose. I let my yoga practice slip because I was only focused on fitness and wasn't connecting to the mindfulness aspect of the "sport". It wasn't until I started back again based on a referral from a friend to try out this new studio in Abington that I started to hear the words of the teachers in a different way. I was still challenging myself, but I connected to something new. I learned that yoga was becoming a place and space for me to connect with myself, close my eyes, go inside, which I never did before. I learned to expand my breath, calm my mind, and flex my belief system. I continued this journey and let yoga be my space for reflection, which is what lead me to taking Yin Yoga. Shortly after I became certified in teaching Yin and Restorative Yoga. I create a class that allows my students to rest, restore, and be still. I use music, poems, mindfulness statements, breath-work, and essential oils to nurture my students. Come join me on your mat... will feel lighter and more connected to you!
Michelle has always had an interest in yoga, but really dove in as part of her workout routine after having her son, Austin, four years ago. The more Michelle practiced, the more her love for yoga grew. She found it to be so much more than a workout routine. Diving deeper and deeper, Michelle knew she wanted to share her love and passion for yoga with others. Recently graduating from Dana Hot Yoga 200-hour teacher training program, Michelle is a RYT200 with the Yoga Alliance. Michelle currently teaches vinyasa flow and gentle vinyasa. Always looking to expand her practice and learn more, Michelle will be attending workshops to grow her knowledge, and working towards her RYT500. She lives in North Wales with her husband, son, and fur babies.
Sarena has always had a love of body movement practices, as she has been training to be a dancer since the age of 8. She is in love with the bliss that results upon the union of the body and mind. Naturally, yoga helped her to further her body-mind connection through meditation and an astute awareness of her physical and subtle bodies. She became addicted about 2 and a half years ago, establishing a daily practice that inspires her to fully wake up each day. It was soon after that she enrolled in Dana Hot Yoga’s teacher training, graduating in the fall of 2014.
Sarena offers a heated class, with creative sequencing, and a multitude of meditative imagery. She aspires to help her students cultivate an awareness of the sensations within their bodies. Focusing the attention on the body which cannot leave the present moment, helps the mind to not get caught in the traps of tomorrows and yesterdays. Her inspiration stems from the natural world, eastern religion, and the endless unfolding of her body’s own narrative. She encourages her students to practice with a deep-rooted intention, loosening the grip of the chaotic mind, and aligning with the thinking body. This opens the space to revel in the simple, but magnificent miracle of being alive.
I began my yoga journey in 2014 after years of struggling with a monotonous workout routine. After my very first yoga class, I remember feeling completely refreshed and ready to take on the world! I was immediately hooked, taking over 100 classes in a year, and experiencing my life drastically transform into a love I could have never imagined. Yoga has given me so much more than just the physical workout I initially searched for. I feel strong, happy and confident; something I have never been able to say before. One day at a time, I continue to incorporate all aspects of yoga into my life, on and off the mat. I completed my 200 hour certification through the Amma Center & Studio in October 2015. As a yoga instructor, I aim to encourage students to find their inner source of power and peace through unifying the body and breath to overcome the false limitations of the mind. When I am not on my mat, you can find me crafting, baking, reading, spending time with loved ones, or exploring the beautiful world around us.
Ann began her yoga practice when she was pregnant with her first daughter in Minnesota in 2006. Yoga was a means of staying connected to the breath during the transitional phase of becoming a mother and it has served her well during both her births and as a parent. Ann has always had an interest in health, mind/body connection and supporting others through her work in public health and as a birth and postpartum doula (CD(DONA)), breastfeeding counselor and childbirth educator. She earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification through Yogasphere and studied under Carrie Robb for pre-natal teacher training. Ann’s pre-natal yoga class provides an opportunity for connecting with one’s changing body, baby, breath, and other expecting mothers in a comfortable learning environment. Ann lives in Dresher with her husband and two young daughters. When she is not working, practicing yoga or at a birth, she enjoys gardening and cooking with her daughters!

Growing up an athlete, Patty was initially drawn to the physical aspect of yoga. As she continued to explore her practice, she began to realize how physical challenges can also lead to quieting the mind, slowing the breath and releasing tension. With a B.S. in Kinesiology and Certification in Holistic Health Counseling, becoming a yoga teacher was the perfect next step, complimenting her commitment to health and nutrition. In addition to RYT-250 certification, Patty completed a 50-hour Advanced Teacher Training with Alex Auder. Patty works for Big Brothers Big Sisters and blended her two passions, yoga and empowering youth, when she became certified to teach children’s yoga through Child Light in 2013.

Patty loves sharing her practice with students. She offers gentle assists while exploring the many benefits yoga has to offer. Her classes also include challenging asanas that are sure to encourage you to find your edge!

Tara is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga in Bala Cynwyd, PA and continues to further her education with world renowned teachers such as Seane Corn, Sri Dharma Mittra and Kathryn Budig whenever possible. Tara works to make her classes challenging, fun and inspiring; but her biggest goal is making yoga accessible to people of all experience levels and backgrounds. Yoga has helped Tara to find some serenity in her crazy life as a single mom of two small children and a business owner and she is passionate about sharing that with others. She has her BS in Accounting from Penn State and when she's not working or practicing yoga you can find her spending time with friends, cooking, or playing with her kids. Tara is also a Young Living essential oil educator. You can see more about that here: http://www.smiledrop.com/tararoulisyoga
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