WELCOME!

Tara standing in the forest with a backpack on, smiling.
Image Description: A picture of Tara – in a white body – wearing a red sweater, a black and white baseball cap with a light grey toque over top, and a large, green backpack. They are smiling.

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!

In practice,

Tara

THE HEARTH

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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!

VALUES

Choice: You are a sovereign being. Your ability to choose is respected and your personal boundaries are respected.
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Empowerment: You possess the strengths, resources and abilities required to resolve your challenges.
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Self-Responsibility: You have the opportunity to practice personal freedom: that is, being in charge of, and responsible for, your life.
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eXPERIENCE

Yoga Outreach: Volunteer

Yoga Outreach Volunteer

(Current)

 

Yoga Outreach is a Canadian Registered Charity, and every year, they deliver 1000+ trauma informed yoga classes to social service agencies and facility partners across British Columbia.

Classes are led by an incredible team of qualified, volunteer yoga teachers.

 

What is Trauma Informed Yoga?

After experiencing trauma or abuse, many people report feeling disconnected from their bodies. Some people even numb the connection intentionally, as a survival strategy.

A trauma informed yoga class can be a safe, welcoming environment where people can begin to reconnect with their bodies.

 

Teaching from a trauma informed place may create a healing space by:

  • offering choices,
  • guaranteeing no hands-on assists, and
  • providing opportunities to get curious about sensation.

 

Relationship building and personal agency is our top priority in this type of class.

Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Volunteer

Extinction Rebellion Volunteer

(Current)

 

Humanity finds itself embroiled in an event unprecedented in its history. One which, unless immediately addressed, will catapult us further into the destruction of all we hold dear: this land, its peoples, its ecosystems and the future of generations to come.

 

The science is clear: we are in the sixth mass extinction event and we will face catastrophe if we do not act swiftly and robustly.

 

At the core of Extinction Rebellion’s philosophy is nonviolent civil disobedience. We promote civil disobedience and rebellion because we think it’s necessary — we’re asking people to find their courage and to collectively do what is necessary to bring about change.

 

We aren’t focused on traditional systems like petitions or writing to our MPs, we’re more likely to take risks (e.g. arrest / jail time). We don’t want or need everyone to get arrested — for some this is not a good idea — but we do want everyone involved to support civil disobedience as a tool. We are promoting mass “above the ground” civil disobedience — in full public view. This means economic disruption to shake the current political system and civil disruption to raise awareness. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this causes.

 

We are about political change, not personal change (though we welcome the latter).

 

We are completely nonviolent, our actions are done in full public view and we take responsibility for them.

The Centre For Nonviolent Communication: Certified Trainer

Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication

(Currently in Training)

 

The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.

 

CNVC’s mission is to contribute to more sustainable, compassionate, and “life-serving” human relations in the realms of personal change, interpersonal relationship and in social systems and structures, such as business/economics, education, justice, healthcare, and peace-keeping.

 

By the time the Certification process is complete, participants will have:

  • A strong grounding in NVC consciousness, demonstrated by their views of social change and NVC spirituality, and by participating in an NVC community.
  • A deep understanding of the NVC process, and proficient teaching skills, as well as a willingness to continue to grow in all these areas.
  • At least one year of teaching NVC as a non-certified trainer, including leading workshops and practice groups; significant training experiences with at least three different CNVC Certified trainers for guidance; and at least 50 days of NVC training over the course of three to five years.
UBC: Fluent, American Sign Language (ASL)

Fluent, American Sign Language (ASL)

(Currently in Training)

 

American Sign Language (ASL), the predominant sign language used by half a million North Americans. Learning sign language can help you create connections, bridge cultures and foster inclusivity.

 

Students come to understand how to use their hands, face and body to communicate, and be immersed in Deaf culture. Instructors are native signers who use gestures, facial expressions and humour to help students learn to communicate confidently and comfortably.

 

 

Yoga Philosophy: 100 Hour Level 1 Certification

100 Hour Yoga Philosophy Certification

(Currently in Training)

 

This course is designed to be a one of a kind ethical theory review on a global scale.

 

It begins with a broad review of standard Western ethical theory (Plato, Aristotle, Stoicism, Hume, Kant, Bentham, Mill), moves to influential East Asian ethical theory (Taoism and Confucius) and culminates in South Asian moral philosophy (Jainism, Early Buddhism, Later Buddhism, three main versions of Vedānta, and the related Pūrva Mīmāṃsā ). At the end, Yoga is reviewed from sources such as the Vedas, Upaniṣads, Yoga Sūtra, and the Bhagavad Gītā.

 

Students will come to appreciate how many of the popular ideas associated with Yoga (scams) are actually derivable from famous Western options that are projected on to Yoga, and how Yoga constitutes a radical moral theory that, in practice, disrupts systemic discrimination and harm, and is a basis for prosperity. Students learn how Yoga disrupts mechanisms associated with the world’s current problems for humans, nonhuman animals and the environment.

Skill In Action: 75 Hour Continuing Education Program

75 Hour Skill In Action Continuing Education Program

(Currently in Training)

 

This program is designed for trained teachers looking to deepen their spiritual practice and teaching and learn more about the intersection of justice and yoga.

 

It offers a comprehensive, inspired approach to transformational social change work. Students will gain knowledge and skills to connect the transformation on the mat to the change that is possible off of the mat.

 

This continuing education program is unique in that it is centered around radicalizing wellness and spiritual spaces; it’s centered around what it takes to stay engaged in a movement for social change, how to build relationships across lines of difference, and how to take collective action.

Yoga Outreach: 200 Hour Yoga Outreach Certification

200 Hour Yoga Outreach Certification

(2021)

 

This program offers participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the practices and philosophies of yoga using a trauma-informed, student-centred approach. Taught through a social justice lens, students will explore how yoga supports equity, inclusion, and community care within a class, and out in the world.

 

Students experience a blend of theory and practice from a trauma-informed perspective and will leave with a practical understanding of strengths-based teaching, a foundation in trauma-informed principles, and the ability to assess accessibility for various communities.

Shamanic Yoga Institute: 300 Hour Certification and Medicine Wheel

300 Hour Shamanic Yoga Certification and Medicine Wheel

(2020)

 

This certification is a series of initiations that strengthens participant’s relationship yoga asana, the Earth and the realms of Spirit. Through this experiential training one build’s a Mesa – a personal alter to hold a vision of one’s healed state and the power of one’s work in this lifetime. The limbs of Yoga are explored with an emphasis on asana and alignment maps in order to observe and experience a common foundation of forms in the body, and how to build upon this foundation.

 

This methodology comes from Mountain Shamanism, and the topography of this course is landmarked by three main threads: expressive arts, Shamanism and yoga (Non Dual Shakta Tantra).

University of Manitoba: Bachelor of Environmental Studies

B.Env.St. – Honours, University of Manitoba

(2014)

 

Environmental Studies focuses on the social, institutional, political, and legal aspects surrounding environmental issues and concerns.

 

Through an interdisciplinary approach, environmental issues relating to human population, sustainable resource development, pollution conservation, environmental health, endangerment and preservation of species are explored. In conjunction with alternative conditions that have the potential to reverse current trends and contribute to ecological sustainability.

STORYTELLING

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).

Five Medicine Soaps scattered in a pile on rocky ground. They are different colours: green, brown, red, black and orange.
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A Hestia Double Dose consisting of a Hestia Medicine Soap and Hestia Invocation Candle.
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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,

Tara