Saturday, 14 September 2013

Tara Stiles cuts a controversial figure in the yoga world.  Some people love her, others… not so much.  Tara and her husband/studio co-owner Mike Taylor very publicly distance themselves from a more traditional style of yoga and embrace the commercial world of modern, westernised practice.  She’s certainly an odd-ball of contradictions and surprises – an ex-ballet dancer and fashion model, she became a yoga teacher and opened her own studio in New York.  She’s a vegan, knits her own hats and scarves, and seems to stay home every Friday night drinking fresh juice.  Tara rose to fame as the darling of Deepak Chopra and Jane Fonda, building her business by offering free yoga videos (just recorded at home on her flip-cam) first on Youtube and then on iTunes, before releasing a few very successful books and DVDs.  I like her because she makes yoga accessible to everyone and encourages all ages, sizes, shapes and physical abilities to practice yoga.  

Check out her channel on Youtube or her collaborations with Live Strong Woman -

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