2011-01-25

“Tara Stiles has got to be the coolest yoga teacher ever.”


Really, I thought I was. No, just kidding. As the Yoga World continues to spiral out of control this is the latest news...

Actually, I do recall hearing about this gal a few years ago who is now referred to as the YOGA REBEL....It is a whole bunch of hoopla about a former model doing yoga in her bedroom, in her socks and telling students, "it's no big deal if you stretch a little or not."

You can read the New York Times article here entitled, Yoga Rebels. A friend of mine in the US sent it over (good to have informed friends)!

The quote above is what people are saying about her. But that's only on one side of the fence. On the other, the purits are scolding her. I personally find it best not to get too involved in any of these conversations, which are basically going no where. I mean, if she were my daughter I’d probably be cheering her on. If, however, she were my competition I’d probably be envious. If she was my friend or teacher I’d be wanting to get on her good side and if I were a man...well, you get the picture.

In today’s yoga map world being a yoga teacher is also on the 'cool' list! No wonder Eddie Stern, a long time practitioner of Ashtanga-yoga, once wrote it was embarrassing to be a yoga teacher or rather to say you teach yoga.

Nothing against being cool....but has it missed the point (a bit)?

I feel like shouting from a mountain top...

WILL THE REAL YOGA AND ITS TEACHERS PLEASE STAND UP....

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Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

What I can say so far is that I truly believe that it is necessary in life to let go of one dream in order for another to be born. This might be painful to do so but it is the only way to move forward. We often believe that if our original plan does not succeed it is the recipe for failure. But what if it is the door to something new and great? The horizon is wide and life is not a straight line. This is the way I see it and my journey so far. Having also recently given birth to my first child and at 43, it is another new beginning.


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is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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