Founder Tara Lee TARA LEE YOGA
I first went to a yoga class with a friend while I was at university over 20 years ago! Over time yoga has become more and more a part of my life. Nowadays I work at the Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate. It’s a lovely large white studio, I love playing music in my classes. I’m either surrounded by pregnant women, mothers and babies or regular yoga students!
I’ve been really lucky as I’ve just followed my passion and put my energy into things that inspire me. I think if you’re on the right path, everything seems to flow much more easily.
Yoga is more than just a physical activity, it’s a philosophy and a way of life and as such there are so many dimensions to it. In the West many people see yoga as a physical practice but this is in fact just one of its branches known as ‘asana’. Meditation and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are key elements of Yoga, which have a profound affect on the nervous system and our energy, shaping our minds, our perception and our whole state of being. Meditation is a way to sit quietly with the breath and to connect mind, body and spirit to become more self-aware. It improves clarity of mind and a deep feeling of union.
Yoga postures work on a physical muscular level but once you become more experienced with the breathing and practice regularly, you begin to sense and feel the effects on a much deeper level. Yoga doesn’t just have to be practiced on the mat, there are principles of Yoga that you can bring into all that you do, in the way you live your life every day and in every moment. As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “Yoga is not just exercise and asanas. It is the emotional integration and spiritual elevation with a touch of mystic element, which gives you a glimpse of something beyond all imagination.”
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