About The Teacher

Tara has been exploring movement as medicine for as long as she can remember. For her, movement has always been the key to a feeling of personal freedom, empowerment, creativity and peace of mind. For over 20 years she has studied various components of movement: Using the Body as a Tool of Expression and Communication (BFA in Theater), Movement for Self-Empowerment & Breath-led Movement (Ashtanga Practioner) Movement as Therapy (Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy), for Physical Fitness and Wellbeing (Yoga Teacher, RYT 500) and Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Method). While based in New York City, Tara taught vinyasa and hatha yoga in boutique (Kula Yoga Project) and local studios (Shambhala Yoga & Dance) and brought it to the Hasidic Jewish community, inner city middle school, private high school and all kinds of private homes. After re-locating to Thailand, Tara produced her company, The Somatic Movement Project ((contact info blocked)) as a resource for movement and bodywork modalities that deepen awareness, provoke curiosity and promote presence of being. In 2010, her fascination with the body prompted Tara to delve into Thai Massage and extensive anatomy studies. Frustrated by anatomy classes that were boring, disjointed or based on a 2-dimensional, non-moving image of the body, she designed her own Embodied Anatomy course. Using one's own embodiment/body awareness as a guide, students learn to understand the complexities of the body in a way that is relevant, fun and memorable. Tara presents her course to various groups including YTT 200 & Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Programs Tara now practices Integrated Bodywork which helps the receiver illuminate their "blind spots" that create chronic tension (body & mind), facilitating deep relaxation, body awareness and more comfortable and efficient movement and/or breathing patterns. She is currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand where her company, Somatic Movement Project, constantly evolves. Tara continues to teach Integrated Movement, Awareness Through Movementâ„¢ and Somatic Yoga (a practice of building asana from sensory awareness and functional architecture rather than picture-perfect asana and universal alignment). She created and leads an immersion program, "Learning to Listen" which is an intensive introduction and exploration of Somatic Movement, broken into modules, held twice annually. She travels internationally teaching, hosting retreats, offering integrated bodywork and leading yoga teacher mentorship programs.

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