84 Bethlehem Pike (Rear)
Philadelphia, PA 19118

(610) 608-8095




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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.
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.
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!
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.

Douglas' love of human movement at an early age inspired him to pursue education and work in human evolutionary biology. After working in the field of anatomy research, Douglas felt compelled to explore alternative anatomy-centered philosophies in a systematic way, leading him to study under Dr. Lisa Mitchell at Dana Hot Yoga. Through his 200 Hour yoga teacher training at Dana Hot Yoga and with the support of the tAra Yoga community, Douglas has been awakened to the intricate and powerful connections between the body, breath, and mind that yoga creates. His understanding of human variation drives his belief that yoga practice should be highly personal with no concept of the "perfect pose". Driven by this belief, he works to create dynamic yet accessible classes for all those seeking strength and peace within their bodies.

Liza is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her training at the AmmaCenter and Yoga Studio in October of 2015. Liza found a love of yoga in August of 2012 while recovering from back surgery. The practice of yoga has taught Liza strength, confidence, power, patience, self-love, flexibility, and balance. Liza works to challenge her students both physically and mentally on their mats while incorporating the breath and proper alignment in each class she teaches. Liza believes the practice of yoga is accessible to all. When Liza is not teaching you can find her practicing on her mat, jumping out of planes, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Liza is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences.
I was introduced to yoga as a means of fitness and exercise by a close friend in 2010. Through experience and some self-exploration, I began to understand that there is far more to yoga than the superficial benefits of the Asana - there was something about the time on the mat that left me a better version of myself than when I entered the studio.
In April 2017, I decided to take the leap of faith and leave a very successful, but unfulfilling, career in order to pursue my love for teaching and wellness. I received my YRT200 in the jungles of Costa Rica, and returned home with a passion for creating moments of clarity and empowerment for others through yoga. We all deserve to live an amazingly abundant life, and it all starts with meeting yourself where you are, here and now!
Hallie Fischer, RYT 200, has been practicing yoga for many years but didn’t take her practice too seriously until a back injury introduced to her to a deeper and more meaningful practice a few years ago. Through this deeper practice, Hallie has taught herself the importance of the physical and mental practice both on and off the mat and she tries to be mindful in her day to day activity. In her teaching, she hopes to educate others in the importance of yoga and mindfulness but not lose site of the fun and playful aspect of yoga that she has been taught! Hallie became a certified teacher in 2016 at Moyo Yoga in Schwenksville, PA under the teaching and mentoring of Maureen Priest.
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.

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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