I am grateful for the opportunity to share this digital space with you. My name is Tara (she/her); I am a Yoga philosophy teacher, medicine weaver 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. This is expressed through the various products and offerings that I create, all of which I call practices of Self-Intimacy.
The conceptual underpinnings of these Self-Intimacy practices include Yoga (as moral philosophy), Nonviolent Communication, anti-oppression work, trauma theory, Jyotiṣa (Vedic Astrology), Āyurveda and aromatherapy.
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.
My work is grounded at the intersection of my identities as a Yoga practitioner and teacher, activist, survivor and person in a white body with privilege.
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 facilitated by a practice of coming home to yourSelf:
Choose to feed your transformative fire within, discover your personal power, and embrace your personal freedom to live life on your own terms.
The vast majority of the experience from which I teach and share is based on my personal practices. At this time, in this culture, we often place more weight on certifications because we can understand them intellectually; if this resonates as true in your experience, I invite you to interrupt this habit, instead turning to your body for guidance. If a message that someone shares resonates in your body, you might choose to lend weight to that experience. This is part of a self-intimacy practice that I refer to as ‘being in alliance with your body.’
For your intellectual side (it is still valid!), I offer the following information that may be of interest to you.
I was born at the intersection of two rivers on Treaty 1 Territory – the land of the Michif Piyii (Métis), Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ and 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.
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 and pansexual. I hold an incredible amount of unearned privilege at the intersection of my identities, which in turn leads to an incredible amount of ignorance of other people’s experience of reality.
I have also experienced sexual assault, alcoholism, self-harm, anxiety and depression. I share this as a way of acknowledging that I believe there is no neutral; this current world is not a safe place for anyone to practice living life. 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 is safer and that meets my needs. From The Hearth as a business is one expression of this.
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, which continue to bring me closer to mySelf, which continue 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,