A conversation with Tara.
When asking Tara why she is a Yoga Teacher, she said simply "I love it, I'm passionate about it and want to share it with the world".
That's all good and well but I think there is more to it - so I delved a bit deeper...
"The over commercialisation of the world freaks me out. I really feel that Yoga gives me, and others, a space to step into the quiet, to put you in touch with your feeling body. It rips away all the bullshit and layers that we put over ourselves to get through the day to day challenges of life"
Okay, so now she is on a roll... "Yoga leaves you with who you really are - the raw and vulnerable version of yourself which is truly beautiful"
So with after having practiced yoga for 10 years, she decided to become a teacher and started her own studio in 2011. She became dismayed in the merchandising of Yoga happening all around her. It was time to cut and run. Tara landed in Morocco where she lead yoga surf retreats and was rewarded by seeing individuals and yoga teachers from EU, UK and the US open up about their own experiences at the hand of in-authentic yogis.
The need for authenticity in all forms has now inspired her to create Retreats that are "like a constant cuddle, with a little kick in the pants" and Yoga Teacher Training that is "like a rebirth, a ripping off the layers and the evolution into the INDIVIDUAL teacher you really are".
She gets all excited, stands up and runs over to her notebook to read me her favourite quote "It's from Buddah!" she says "your work is to discover your world and with all your heart give yourself to it".
Then in a flash of wild blonde hair and bright blue eyes she has bolted off to assist someone on a mat somewhere...
About Our Yoga Teacher Training
Whether you're just starting your yoga teaching journey, perhaps craving substance in your personal practice or looking to develop your current teaching skills, we know how hard it is to decide where to go for your Yoga Teacher Training or to find a course to take your practice to that much deeper place.
Mandala YMR offers an authentic training experience designed to develop your own personal style of teaching. We believe in giving you an immersive experience that will shift your perceived limitations physically, mentally and spiritually.
Our experienced and accredited teachers will guide you through each energetic day. Your training will be taught in Sanskrit and English as we are dedicated to upholding the custom and culture of Yoga as a practical life aid - not a religion.
We give you the tools and attention for you to expand into the best version of you in the here and now! Grasp what it means to be a teacher in servitude to your students. You will be provided with the comforts of rest in our single or shared accommodation and restoration through nourishing meals to fuel your body.
What a general day can look like on Mandala YMR Teacher Training:
6.00am - 6.30am - Meditation
6.30am - 8.30am - Practice
8.30am - 9.30am - Mantra’s and Sutra’s
9.30am - 10.30am - Breakfast
10.30am - 1.30pm - Theory/Pose Clinic/Teaching Assessments
1.30pm - 3.30pm - Lunch Break
3.30pm - 5.00pm - Theory, Anatomy, Philosophy
5.00pm - 6.30pm - Meditation and Evening Practice
About Our Yoga Retreats
Our Yoga Retreats are founded in creating space for our participants. Space to recover, regroup and re-ignite.
Mandala YMR Retreats are theme-based all the way throughout our time together complete with Meditation, Pranayama, Asana, healthy refuelling (yummy food), and private session time.
Each retreat will have it's own additional activities dependent on the location. In Morocco we Surf, in Europe we hike, in Wales we wander! In Jordan we swim in the Dead Sea, in Thailand we are nurtured and in Australia we re-set!
Retreats run for 3, 5 or 7 days, depending on the location and purpose behind the retreat itself.
Mandala YMR encourages people to make our retreats their own, if you want to use the retreat to cleanse and purify you can - if you want to bring a bottle of red to celebrate with - you can do that too :) There is no judgement here!
Words from our Mandala YMR Participants
I remember the first time I met Tara. Hahahaha ... yes, it was Rocket Yoga! And yes, I had no idea what I had myself into. There was something about the energy I felt with Tara and so I kept me coming back to her classes. I call it the "Jing" to myself journey.
I kept coming to practice, and each practice Tara will guide me through a journey to myself. I felt that she was tailoring each asana practice depending on my energy level. You noticed I am saying "my energy level" although it was a class. That's the beauty of practicing with Tara .
One day after class I took some photography shots of Tara while she was practicing Vinyasa. It was the first time in my life I've experienced waves of beautiful energy coming out of someone. It was breathtaking.
The energy I experienced invited me to do Yoga Teacher Training with Tara. The journey was my rebirth. It didn't stop there. Tara's love and care carried out after the training through one on one session to make sure the transition to my routine life is done with love and balance.
Thank you for being in my life Tara.
Sarah - Kuwait