I am grateful for the opportunity to share this digital space with you. My name is Tara (they/them); I am a Yoga philosophy teacher and the creator of From The Hearth.
My vision is an uprising of The One Person Revolution, where every human being has the freedom to choose to take effective self-responsibility. As such, my offerings center on empowering clients to take charge of, and be responsible for, their own life.
What sets my work apart is the integration of Yoga philosophy with core concepts from Jyotiṣa (Vedic Astrology).
Jyotiṣa provides you with a timing system – an understanding of what karmas might be activated within you based on the planetary positions in the sky. This informs all of my offerings as I work with the themes of the cosmic cycles to address what might be especially alive in you in the present moment.
Another important and unique aspect of my offerings is my emphasis on creating trauma-sensitive spaces; I want to create room for you to (re)connect with your body and yourSelf.
Expressions of Yoga philosophy that I share include a harmony of Nonviolent Communication, Somatic Movement, and Prāṇāyāma (yogic breathing).
I have completed 500 certified hours in Yoga studies, and am currently in the midst of completing 175 continuing education hours. I am also in the process of becoming a Certified trainer in Nonviolent Communication. You can find out more about my experience below.
I look forward to connecting with you!
HEARTH noun [pronounced ‘harth’]
1. the floor of a fireplace or area in front of a fireplace
2. this symbolizing the home
The One Person Revolution is a practice of coming home to yourSelf:
Embrace your transformative fire within, (re)discover your personal power, and embrace a life lived on your own terms!
I was born at the intersection of two rivers on Treaty 1 Territory – the land of the Michif Piyii (Métis), Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and Souix (endonym Očhéthi Šakówiŋ) First Nations, so called Winnipeg, MB Can.
I currently reside on the unceded territory of the Semiahmoo, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Kwantlen, and Á,LEṈENEȻ ȽTE (W̱SÁNEĆ) First Nations, so called Langley, BC Can.
To understand a bit more about my lived experience, you should know that I am in a white body which is non-disabled and neurotypical, which was assigned female at birth. I grew up in a middle class family with access to generational wealth, and was born as an uninvited settler on, and citizen of, so called Canada with English as my first language. I have a post secondary education. I identify as genderqueer. My ACEs score is 1.
Often times, I am upheld and affirmed by the system of western imperialism. I hold an incredible amount of unearned privilege at the intersection of my identities, and it took me 28 years to realize this. As I share this, I also acknowledge that there is no neutral; this current world is not a safe place for anyone to practice living life in, including people who hold large amounts of unearned privilege such as myself. I acknowledge that I am being consistently harmed by this system, even as it validates me. I also acknowledge and feel deep pain that the harm exerted by this system is much more severe and apparent for those who hold identities that are marginalized through oppression.
As the fourth limb of Yoga suggests, there is no magical boundary between you and I; we are interconnected and our well-being is bound. I have chosen to take responsibility for creating a world that (a) is safer for everyone to practice living life in, and (b) meets my needs for empowerment, self-responsibility and choice. From The Hearth as a business is one expression of this choice.
The more I learn about Yoga (moral philosophy), the more I see patterns of yogic thinking in my past, the first large flex of which was interrupting my harmful pattern of alcoholism in 2017.
I started my self-intimacy journey in 2018, one year into recovery when I was approaching relapse. Everything ‘should’ have been fine, but it wasn’t. I was entirely disconnected from mySelf and abstinence from alcohol hadn’t changed that.
Around this time, I started making and using synthetic-free soap. The experience of these pure elements on my body was subtle yet profound. It was from that moment that I initiated my Ritual Cleansing practice, though I didn’t have those words or the awareness at the time. Yet, I started to become more intimate with my body after years of dissociation.
This unintelligible yet powerful ‘coming home’ was a source of inspiration. I wanted to make more soaps and share them, so I started a business. I learned how to pour candles and I sold both at local markets while I continued full time employment. This business had my heart soaring. I loved the freedom, the interaction with clients, and the ability to share my art with others.
Practicing living life on my own terms, I decided to leave my full time position and jump into entrepreneurship (my second large flex of yogic thinking). I left behind one strategy for security – a full time job – and pursued another – anything that had my heart soaring.
I engaged in a business rebrand, shifting from sharing ‘soaps’ and ‘candles’ to sharing tools and practices for self-intimacy. And within 6 months we were in a global pandemic. Within 9 months I was introduced to whiteness and social justice. Within 12 months I was in a complete unlearning and unravelling journey of almost everything I thought I knew (my third large flex of yogic thinking and practice, one that I will be in for the rest of my life).
Today I continue to engage in my practices of self-intimacy (Yoga), which continues to bring me closer to mySelf, which continues to increase my capacity to practice. It is a cycle of self-connection that fuels itself with its outputs; it is truly sustainable. It is zero-waste.
It is my vision that you also tap into this cycle as you choose to. That instead of being fueled by the external, you could be fueled by the intrinsic good of the practice of coming home to yourSelf – the practice of living life on your own terms.
It is from the deep recesses of my heart(h) that the creations shared within this business are sourced, and I invite you to join me.
In the meantime, regardless of what you choose, my wish for you is that you continue to practice living life out of love for yourself, with a willingness to uncover the truth, for the benefit of all beings.
I honour you, I thank you,