Tara Kristof


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom ~Anais Nin

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About Tara

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In my early 20’s, studying consciousness, I came upon a book: Be Here Now by Ram Dass, which truly blew my mind wide open. This introduced me to yoga as a life path. Yoga has changed my life in so many ways. It has taught me to be healthier, happier, and take care of myself and others. After studying and practicing yoga for several years, I decided to follow my heart and become a teacher. I could not imagine my life without yoga. I am truly following my bliss.

I’m a giver. I love to give and share and teach. Yoga is the home of my soul, and my life-path. I believe what someone truly needs will come to them when they most need it, especially if they are open to it. I have found this to be most true in life with yoga. Whether a person is looking for a good workout, tension release, flexibility, an hour of peace and stillness in the mind, or a study of the self, yoga will provide. Yoga brings you back to your true-self, who you are at your core without labels or influence of society. Yoga opens you up and makes the heart shine.

Background: I worked my way through college and after many years in the full-time corporate world and teaching yoga on the side I decided to follow my bliss and take the leap into the unknown~quitting my excellent job with benefits to stay home with my daughter and create a homestead, live consciously, and teach yoga. I am a big believer in getting back to the earth and making the home a productive home rather than a consuming home (Radical Homemaking).

The question I am asked most often is “What kind of yoga do you teach?” My training has been eclectic over the years rather than in one school of thought. My biggest influence and passion is the Iyengar method. I am also a huge fan of Ashtanga, in it’s pure form as well as funky vinyasa offspring. I believe all paths are valid and that everyone is on their own path. Some would say my teaching is more therapeutic, but I would not call it therapeutic yoga. I teach to what the individual needs. I love yoga. Period. My current passion is kirtan and the path of the bhakti yogini.

A quote from Joseph Campbell has echoed in my head this entire journey~

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom~Anais Nin

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