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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An Introduction to Prenatal Yoga for Yoga Teachers and Teachers-in-Training

prenatalMarch 21-22, 2015 (Sat 11:30 AM-6:30 PM; Sun 12 PM-5 PM)
Location: Om Prana Yoga (Parkville, MO)

September 26-27, 2015 (Sat 1:30 – 9 PM; Sun 9:30 AM – 1 PM)
Location: Yoga From the Heart (Coppell, TX)

Please contact the studio directly to sign up

In this workshop, we will use the 7 chakras as a guide to explore the world of Prenatal Yoga. Participants will gain confidence in modifying and teaching asana for prenatal students in a regular class, as well as being able to step in and sub a prenatal class if needed. In this workshop we will learn about the stages of pregnancy, prenatal anatomy, benefits of asana in pregnancy, contraindications, modifications with props including using a chair, chakra basics and psychology, sequencing classes, and the controversy over the place of inversions and core work in pregnant women. This workshop will be largely educational/lecture based with ample take-home information/handouts, and we will also be doing a great deal of asana to embody this practice.

Cost: $195 for entire weekend

Restorative Level II Teacher Training: Using Props to Support Asana Prerequisite: Restorative Level 1

restorate-propsMay 1-3, 2015 (Fri, 6:00-9:00pm; Sat, 8 am-6 pm; Sun, 8 am-6 pm)
Location: The Mat Studio (Dallas, TX)

Please contact the studio directly to sign up

This workshop/training builds on Restorative Level 1 weekend. We will take a deeper look into Restorative Yoga with more discussion on propping to support the body, variations and more complex/prop intensive poses. We will then explore how to use props to support various asana within a regular class: how props (including chairs) can enhance, deepen and/or make accessible asana for students of all levels and abilities. All hours are eligible for CEUs for existing RYTs.

Props you will learn how to use: straps, blocks, blankets, sandbags, eye pillows, bolsters, chairs.  Please bring your own set of each prop to the training.

Cost: $150 for entire weekend

Restorative Yoga + Nidra

restorativeNext date: TBD If you are a yoga studio and would like to host this workshop, please contact me.
Location: Body Synergie, Rockwall, TX
Investment: $25 (contact me at tarakristof@gmail.com to sign up)

This workshop is accessible to everyone–even those who have never done yoga before.
Honor and nurture your body and mind. This workshop will include a short lecture about Restorative Yoga, luxurious prop-supported poses held 3-20 minutes each, and will end with an extended guided meditation.

Restorative yoga is a necessary part of a healthy yoga practice. The antidote to stress is relaxation, deep rest. This rest is different from sleep. Deep states of sleep include periods of dreaming which increase muscular tension, as well as other physiological signs of tension. In relaxation there is no movement, no effort, and the brain is quiet. All stress-reduction techniques include putting the body in a comfortable position, with gentle attention directed toward the breath to cultivate the relaxation response- “a physiological state characterized by a slower heart rate, metabolism, rate of breathing, lower blood pressure, and slower brain wave patterns.” By supporting the body with props, we alternately stimulate and relax it to move toward balance. Some poses have an overall benefit. Others target an individual part, such as the lungs or heart. All create specific physiological responses which are beneficial to health and can reduce the effects of stress-related disease.

Restorative poses help relieve the effects of chronic stress in several ways:
Props provide a completely supportive environment for total relaxation.
Each restorative sequence is designed to move the spine in all directions. These movements illustrate the age-old wisdom of yoga that teaches well-being is enhanced by a healthy spine. Restorative poses include backbends and forward bends. Additional poses gently twist the column both left and right. A well-sequenced restorative practice also includes inverted poses, which reverse the effects of gravity. This can be as simple as putting the legs on a bolster or pillow, but the effects are quite dramatic. Because we stand or sit most of the day, blood and lymph fluid accumulate in the lower extremities. By changing the relationship of the legs to gravity, fluids are returned to the upper body and heart function is enhanced.
Restorative yoga alternately stimulates and soothes the organs. For example, by closing the abdomen with a forward bend and then opening it with a backbend, the abdominal organs are squeezed, forcing the blood out, and then opened, so that fresh blood returns to the organs. With this movement of blood comes the enhanced exchange of oxygen and waste products across the cell membrane.

8 Week Beginner Meditation Series

meditationNext session: TBD Please contact tarakristof@gmail.com if you are interested or if you are a studio and would like to host this series at your location.
Location: Uptown Yoga-Lakewood
Investment: $108

In this series we will learn seven meditation styles using the chakra system as our guide, as well as how to establish and sustain a daily meditation practice. We will use breathwork and simple, gentle asana to prepare our bodies to sit, and learn how to find a comfortable seat. This series will be very educational and will include discussion and handouts. Suitable for all ages and levels. No previous yoga or meditation experience necessary.

Benefits of a meditation practice include:

  • A focused and clear mind
  • Emotional balance
  • Reduced stress
  • A sense of well-being
  • Increased mindfulness and awareness
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • A host of medical benefits including increased immunity, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and decreasing inflammation