Breath To Success Membership

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The benefits of yoga are continuously making headlines as new studies reveal the incredible benefits of alignment; body, mind and spirit. With surmounting scientific evidence, more and more people are realizing that they can avoid disease with a healthy lifestyle that includes yoga, meditation, breath and bodywork. To support this health boom, there is no better time to become a yoga teacher; gathering the experience and skill sets needed to provide a balanced, healthy, centered lifestyle for both yourself and others. 

I have been involved with Yoga most of my life. As a yoga teacher I have developed a nurturing hands-on approach, a comfortable style of teaching; rich with verbal cues regarding alignment of body, mind and spirit.

I have put together a team of experienced teachers who compliment this style of compassionate teaching, to be part of our 200 hour Healing Touch Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training.

I can’t believe I ever contemplated NOT starting this journey. It’s amazing and completely worthwhile! I didn’t really know what to expect and I was doing it to deepen my own practice and this training turn out to be one of the best moves I have ever made!
— Beni

Former students have shared that the teacher training was transformational and as one student reflects.

The journey you will be taken on during the Healing Touch Vinyasa Teacher Training is intense and invigorating. Over the course of three months, from the opening night ceremony (Puja) to the finals, you will be taken on a journey to solidify the practice of yoga within yourself and gradually, on the path of awakening.

As you dive deeper into all aspects of yoga,  you can expect to move through a powerful process that will bring you clarity and receptivity. Awakening, making friends with an aspect of yourself, that has always been with you, is the prize. It has the feeling of coming home, and once we find home, there is no turning back.

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The greatest teachers know and respect the differences apparent in their students and their peers, leading with compassion, integrity and humility. As such, I have designed a course to help soon to be yoga teachers obtain a sustainable yoga career they love, and the education they deserve.

The HTV course includes a curated collection of videos and articles (all viewable through members only access on tahgroen.com) and the program is proving to provide real life results. 

I am committed to creating a success path for all former and future yoga trainees and in the coming months, will be sharing the curriculum plans for the new Breath To Success membership site; a step by step clear course of progress that demonstrates each stage of development along the journey towards becoming a yoga teacher.

The Healing Touch Vinyasa Teacher Training is a perfect kick start. The "Breath To Success" membership though, will provide the portal, to keep the momentum of self empowerment and healing energy going.

Following this class will help you take the big leap from where you are, to where you want to be.

Stay tuned for more about my "success path" (a term developed by Stu Mclaren) that brings clarity and focus to learning online. Self care is the first of 5 steps that define “Breath to Success” membership, which we will be exploring in the next blog post.

Namaste,

Tah Groen


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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Pain Vr Pleasure in Yoga

Why does yoga hurt so much when you first start practicing?

How to practice Yoga with less pain.

Throughout my teaching career I have heard clients consistently say how painful yoga is. “Is this supposed to feel good?” Yoga does not feel good at first practice, especially if there has not been a consistent stretching routine. When students first start practicing, it may be difficult to find the pleasure in the asana (yoga poses), and it hurts.

The sensation of pain perceived is the uncomfortable feeling of overall muscle and joint pain when the body has tension and resistance. As humans, we all experience this in one form or another. There are multiple reasons that determine the amount of pain we feel. But it is important to be aware of the difference in good pain and bad pain.

Finding a safe yoga practice is an extremely hot topic in the yoga community due to the increase in yoga related injuries. Our society encourages a “no pain, no gain” attitude. This is exactly the opposite of what yoga is all about.

When teaching class, I am often heard repeating statements like:

  • find the pleasure in your Asana
  • soothe the body
  • do what feels good to you
  • if that felt good do it again
  • rest, recover and relax
  • this is your yoga practice 

A healthy yoga practice is one that moves gradually toward more advanced poses in a logical sequence.

If you don’t take the time to line up the energy, if you don’t fine the feeling place of what your looking for, not enough action in the world will make any difference.
— Abraham-Hicks

 It is quite common to experience students who are wholeheartedly embracing the philosophy of no pain, no gain. The face will say it all, full of strain and effort. After class, instead of being rejuvenated, it will have been exhausting.

When I first started to practice yoga I had a powerful Ashtanga practice (one of the most physically demanding styles). I felt this sense of competition with myself. Can I get to that full expression of the pose? When will I?  I did this with a lot of effort and pushing beyond my natural limits. And of course some of those sessions resulted in injury and back pain. Even recently I pushed myself into fatigue when straining through chaturangas (yoga push ups) repeatedly and injured my shoulder. That's a whole other blog topic.

There are a number of ways to assist in moving your yoga practice to one of more "effortlessness". Breath is definitely key. Check out  Breathe And Thrive post.

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One of the most significant and easy physical tasks is to relieve the habit of straining and effort-ing. We can do this by utilizing one of the first 5 steps to less pain in your practice which is to softening the facial muscles and the tension in the jaw.

The tone can be reset by focusing on softening the face. And like magic the body seems to respond mentally the relaxed jaw and face transcends to the body mechanics. It is amazing to watch this unfold

Besides being exhausting, if you find yourself in that intense place where you try and push beyond your limits, it will end with a problem, not benefits . As it did with me a number of times. It is best to error on the side of caution. To be willing to let go of the idea of the final pose, is to encourage Santosha contentment. Not passive, but eager for the inevitable growth that naturally occurs with a regular practice.

Remember to check the ego at the door. To practice yoga is to tap into healing energy, which takes no effort.

Yoga is supposed to feel good.

Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is reached.
— B.K.S. Iyengar

It is the body sensations that are being redirected into recognizing what is good pain versus bad pain. That is why it is so important to have an experienced yoga teacher who is aware of alignment and of ways to modify posture to get to that sweet spot of effortless effort. To truly enjoy your practice comes with softening, allowing and letting go of those habitual patterns within the body that are holding tension.

As you practice asana, those energy lines need first to soften and release. This action comes out as heat, and possibly perceived as pain. The sensation can be described as exhilarating and challenging when it's correct, or short and piercingly painful, when not. Iyengar would describe it as destructive and leading to suffering.

The challenge of yoga is to go beyond our limits – within reason. We continually expand the frame of the mind by using the canvas of the body. It is as if you were to stretch a canvas and create a larger surface for a painting. But we must respect the present form of our body. If we pull too fast or too much, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice.
— Iyengar

Good  pain is a deep sensation of elongation growth and expansion, both on a physical and nonphysical level.
 

I am working on an exciting project with Stu Mclaren's help as part of the first wave of students through his signature Tribe Course; I am learning the fundamentals on how to develop a kick ass "non-overwhelm" (stu's word) membership site to support Yoga Teachers.

I am working on an exciting project with Stu Mclaren's help as part of the first wave of students through his signature Tribe Course; I am learning the fundamentals on how to develop a kick ass "non-overwhelm" (stu's word) membership site to support Yoga Teachers.

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Why Try Creative Dance?

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“When you dance I can really love." Neil Young.

So you say you can't dance. I said the same thing. I'm absolutely uncoordinated when it comes to choreographed dance moves. But creative dance is something else entirely. Creative is the operative word, and then add dance. Creative dance is freedom and joy coming to full expression.

Creative dancing moves us emotionally in ways that other forms of exercise does not.

My son and I with some of his friends, decided to dance in our living room to a favorite music playlist. The amount of energy we spontaneous created with our playful movement and creativity was incredible.

The kids had so much fun coming up with crazy and sometimes ridiculous moves to share within our dance circle - (see how to instructions below). Their little seven year old faces were beaming with internal joy and lightheartedness as they fully expressed themselves.

To practice creative dance art is to naturally express ourselves with movement.

Creative expression through dance has incredible benefits;

  • Allows creative expression
  • Releases inhibitions
  • Builds confidence
  • Increases vitality
  • Builds coordination 
  • Is healing and transformative

Dancing is a natural way of expressing ourselves thatfeels so good! Feeling good is everything! We tap into our emotional guidance system this way. By celebrating the dance, we raise our vibration to that bright frequency of health and well-being.

Music fuels the fire, stimulating our intuition to flow freely. Getting lost in movement and the moment, is to be completely without thought, in a good way. This movementnaturally develops the imagination and soothes the emotional body.

As the music takes over, feelings of empowerment and self expression that may have been inhibited, come alive. Dance is the perfect creative vehicle for freeing yourimagination. As we stimulate the Imagination, we foster emotional stability.

It is now a big YES!   When I dance I'm confident in my body and my creative choices.

It is now a big YES!   When I dance I'm confident in my body and my creative choices.

The uplifting emotional response from dance activates new pathways in the brain, helping to form more positive thinking habits. These new pathways continue to fire in the brain after the dancing ends.  Thoughts of self confidence andesteem,  areessential to growth and development of kids and adults , .

The better you feel, the better it gets. When my son andfriends come together to dance the kids remember how much fun they had, and of course we do it again.

When we come together to play this way we are building relationships, encouraging a safe trusting environment to understand each other better. What a sweet way to interact with our community.

Next timefriends are over, try this dynamic creative dance experience. 

Turn on the music.

  1. Form a circle that fits everyone
  2. Pick someone to go first to create a unique dance movement
  3. The next person to the left adds on to the first persons dance move with their own .
  4. Each person around the circle gets a chance to add on
  5. Continue around the circle till everyone has contributed to the dance

It is fun to help each other out when memories fail, especially with a big circle. I know we are going to make a regular habit of turning on thetunes and shaking our booty from now on.

Join us Saturday in San Diego for a Yoga Dance Breath workshop. 

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Breath Our Most Precious Resource

What is the most precious resource in life?

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The air we breathe.The obvious choice,but how we take it for granted.

The perfect place to start is noticing life giving breath. Breathe deeply and we thrive. A simple formula for a vital life is to Breathe deeply and completely.

When I first started practicing yoga, I was guided into a ten count inhale and a ten count exhale. I thought to myself how is this possible?

I was completely out of breath, not able to fully complete the inhale for what seemed like an endless count. I was barely to the halfway mark when I was gasping for air.

I really felt like a fish out of water. Yet over time my capacity to hold breath grew tremendously. I can now breathe in this way seamlessly and easily. So be assured and know that deep breathing comes with practice. 

The easiest way to practice breathing is in Yoga class. To take in oxygen fully, as we breathe deeply in appropriately timed movements, is the first priority when practicing Asana (yoga postures). It is through this connection to our deep breathing that we encourage a quiet mind, the primary goal of Yoga Asana.

When we breathe deeply, it automatically stimulates a link between body, mind and spirit, developing a bridge between unconscious and conscious awareness. Breathing creates new energy pathways by stretching (energy prana) to those otherwise untouched places, allowing a deeper connection with ourself.

So how does yoga achieve such lofty heights? Conscious breathing has a cleansing effect, allowing release of resistant energy within the body’s systems; and naturally bringing vitality and wellbeing. This healing light and clarity helps fight illness and disease, 

Focused breathing is an essential foundation to awaken movement of energy Chi, Life Force, or Prana into the bodies energy centers. Once the clearing and processing of energy is ignited, the body becomes a vessel of self discovery on multiple levels both physical and physiological.

In yogic terms we are increasing Prana, the life force, as we breathe in deeply and releasing Apana resistance as we exhale fully. To be conscious of our breath is to be conscious of ourselves.

B.K.S. Iyengar, states in his book Light on Yoga. "Breath is the king of mind."

To breathe seamlessly requires discipline and focus and is the simple yet effective way to soothe a monkey mind.

It is "chitta vritti nirodhah!" ...stopping the chatter of the mind that facilitates this incredible power to heal ourselves and to become conscious of who we really are connected to all that is.

To again use the words of one of our greatest teachers from his book Light On Life Iyengar states, "Yoga is about stilling the turbulence of consciousness."

He goes on to say that through yoga we are cleansing the body's systems especially the nervous system. Thus breathing before acting slows our response mechanism, allowing for our intuitive, creative instincts to take precedence.

As we inhale divinity and surrender ego in our exhalation we begin the process of freedom.

The trained mind is powerful. To claim this skill one can simply practice any form of focused energetic breathe awareness with movement; be it Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, Martial Arts.

Breath awareness, empowers clarity, allowing the ease and flow of our natural state of wellbeing to grow. Conscious breathing has a profound impact on the ability to clear the mind of thought, or to significantly slow it down.

Breath awareness is being mindful. A focused mind can stay still in a precious moment where all of the energy culminates into a powerful point. That single point which catapults us into a high vibration. That high frequency is a direct connection to the all pervasive "Now". 

Breath is first and foremost and is the first stage in developing a yoga practice. To have consistency with the breath is the Yoga. 

Join Tah and Angela in awakening our breath and movement Saturday March 11th in San Diego.

One who is connected to the Energy Stream is more powerful than a million who are not. And two who are harmoniously focused and connected to the Energy Stream brings about a co-creative endeavor that cannot be matched by anything else in all of the Universe.
— Abraham Hicks
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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Transcendental Receptivity Via Yoga Teacher Training

I love to acknowledge synchronized moments when the layers that make up life become intertwined to deliver Transcendence. This happened for a group of complete strangers in a yoga Shala on top a roof in San Diego. In an epiphany of synchronicity, Healing Touch Vinyasa Yoga Trainees got to experience more, more than just yoga (yes they got all that too) but the more being the mind blowing experience of opening the bridge, the connection between man and universe.

"We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us." Neil deGrasse Tyson

 The feeling of effortless receptivity permeates the entire training not just for me but for everyone. The air surrounding our yoga circle is thick with spiritual support. A heavenly connection quite tangible empowers us. The magic begins. 

The atmosphere is highly charged a co-creative energy fully alive with possibilities. So we are not surprised when magic begins to happen, through out the training as beautiful synchronized  moments become the norm.

Like finding in Iyengar's Light On Yoga book the exact pose we wanted the Sanskrit name for. A simple choice to slid with enough force our Yoga Bible across the circle to a trainee, who effortlessly (as she herself is in the dedicated pose) opens the book right on to the desired page. Not a fumble of a search but an absolute perfectly timed discovery. Yes we celebrate that. 

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Silly but significant; by no planning on the part of myself end up wearing the exact same flowing purple shirts as Arati (our other lead teacher) and realize this has not been the first time. 

Or those morning sessions where we are gathered outside La Jolla Cove; an environment ripe for observing synchrony, as Mother Nature tends to amplify. The group basks in the sweetness of connection, circle time having become our go to - a comfort zone of sorts. It is here that we are fully engaged with each other, yet sense the comings and goings of a busy park. 

We are surrounded by gigantic waves crashing on all sides and realize the loudest blast of ocean and rocks coming together became in sync with the articulation of the words "crashing waves" as we were guided into meditation. Yes it was a big wave day and extremely high winter tides in late February. The echo of sacred timing undeniably heard by all. I take these moments and celebrate connectivity.

It is even amazing to see the birds reaction to us, each day flocks of doves and seagulls circled above us. Such a rush of wings, flying fast, swooping low to come closer to our energy, not once but multiple times. In unison we all look up to acknowledge their presence, subtle as a wave, or the right page of a yoga book. Seemingly mundane moments becoming extraordinary, waiting to be celebrated.

Our group dynamic empowers this level of transformation, such a positive experience of exponential growth. We are all in this together; yet include each individual Soulful expansion as a reflection of vibration. It's the inner work that become the specifics of life, the contribution to the whole.

A profound and powerful connection to divinely inspired manifestation, not only plays it's self out as a co creativeforce; but is realized individually as well.


Epilogue

Trainees share their personal stories of spiritual transformation, the clarity of inspired action becoming the new normal. Pleasantly surprised that our process of learning has touched all areas in their lives. As we focus on alignment of body, mind and spirit our vibration raises to manifest more of the desired life into reality.

Evident as material shifts become real, not with extreme effort but with the effortlessness of becoming the next logical step forward.

Simplified examples shared by our Trainees of their intentions made real, whether conscious or unconscious the minusiea of the experience is undoubtedly theirs...

We have....

• long needed to happen breakups

• work promotions

• work bonuses becoming reality

• new opportunity to teach yoga classes

• newly created workshops

• Ideal living spaces revealed

• supportive community bonds created

• career paths magically appear 

 

Graduates and Teachers

Graduates and Teachers

The very first night.  

The very first night.  

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Get set for Yoga Journal LIVE!

I  am really excited to have Yoga Journal Live happening in our back yard this weekend June 24-26! There are some amazing yoga teachers coming to the historic Hotel Del Coronado to share their expertise with us.

As founder of Shakti Yoga Co-op I continually build upon the curriculum for the Healing Touch Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. It is exciting to have an opportunity to assimilate and interpret the cutting edge yoga knowledge into practical ways for my students.  

Yoga Journal Live www.yjevents.com/sd has put together an incredible line up of Master Yoga Teachers to do just that. Participating in this conference is a great way to continue the evolution and expansion of my yoga education, which is a never ending exploration in learning.

Continued education helps keep Shakti Yoga Co-op's curriculum fresh and vibrant, fuel for creating workshops and Teacher Trainings, essentially building the toolbox to facilitate health and well being from the inside out.

I am planning to take Bo Forbes's Cultivating Happiness all day workshop on Friday. Here is the details of Bo's class below. I love that her teaching addresses the core issues that are a big part of Shakti Yoga's focus; how thoughts and emotions are intricately tied to health and wellbeing. 

I hope to see you in class!  

Tah Groen


Cultivating Happiness: Simple Practices to Balance Anxiety, Lift Depression, and Build Stress Resilience
Bo Forbes - Course ID: AFFORB

Friday, June 24 — 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday Full-Day Workshops
Mixed Levels

Come learn about emerging research in cognitive and emotional neuroscience that can help you create a powerful and practical toolkit for emotional well-being. Using tools from yoga, mindfulness, and movement traditions, you'll develop a series of emergency and two- to five-minute regulatory tools, as well as longer practices. Through simple embodiment tools, breathing exercises, postural adjustments, restorative postures, mindful asana practice, and connective tissue release work, you'll learn ways to balance the nervous system, promote resilience, regulate your expression of empathy, and develop greater self-compassion. 
 

Ready to bliss out beachside and sync up with your creative flow? Get set for Yoga Journal LIVE! San Diego, June 24-27. Code BLISS saves 15% on day, weekend, or full passes: www.yjevents.com/sd

Ready to bliss out beachside and sync up with your creative flow? Get set for Yoga Journal LIVE! San Diego, June 24-27. Code BLISS saves 15% on day, weekend, or full passes: www.yjevents.com/sd

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tah groen

Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Becoming A Teacher Of Teachers

It is such an honor to be able to teach others who really want to know what I know. As a teacher, experienced as I am, because there's nothing like time. Time has the privilege to showers upon you a deep knowledge based on repetition. There is nothing like being integrated within the work over a few decades, through all the possibilities as every Body is different. To experience life as a teacher through all my phases, then to add on the incredibly diverse students based on mood, body, location ...Wow! What a way to develop a skill set.

I am continually learning enjoying an attitude of eagerness, just the same as I see in my open to learn Healing Touch Vinyasa trainees. I too never stop growing. How can I not be enthusiastic, awake, alive and aware? This life journey we are on has multiple layers physically, emotionally and spiritually. The magic is always there, appreciation is only a matter of perspective. 

Do you see magic? Do you expect magic? Let us celebrate magic!

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I love to acknowledge the synchronized moments, when all the layers come together to realize, as in the incredible feeling of epiphany, that great aha moment. When somehow the universe delivered exactly, and better than expected, what I wanted, Healing Touch Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training is just that. 

The process of creating my first Yoga teacher training has been incredibly rewarding, the outcome better than imagined. These first yoga trainees to have gone through Healing Touch Vinyasa teacher training have had such a spark of enthusiasm, an electric wanting of more knowledge that it is palpable. This is quite evident in their very thick training binders full of inspired work put together specifically for them. 

I am getting a taste and feel for the beauty of this deeper wanting as I teach this training. All their (trainees) desire for more knowledge sparks such a burning flame to share what I know, igniting my nonphysical guides and gurus to come along on the journey to assist.

Receptivity is a word I share with the yoga trainees often. As we become more of who we really are, beings comfortable in our own bodies, the momentum of receptivity develops. Through this process of discovery or more specifically remembering our highest self, our energy frequency raises, we a-tune to that of our own inner guru, filling ourselves with light...enlightened we become.

Not to strive as in grasping for this state of connection always, but to know the natural flux in energy, contrast and expansion. To be content knowing we will find that place of lightness again and again. 

As we create community~a tribe, collectively our creativity thrives and magic happens. Without much effort the group dynamic becomes one of genius. Taking all of us to this sweet spot of deep connection fully realized with ease and flow of perfect timing. 

There is never a dull moment in this state of extreme receptivity as we embrace whole heartedly our never ending always learning journey of expansion.  

Thank you Arati Lane for your amazing contribution as Co-Teacher I could not do it without your beautiful energy! And Jon Foster for capturing our journey so perfectly.

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Why Are We Here?

Photo credit Jon Foster

Photo credit Jon Foster

We all know when we are feeling connected and centered that there is  deeper knowing, innately aware that there is something more than this physical time and space. And this translates to inquire into the big question what does it all mean? The big Why? 

The whole point of the physical experience is the expansion beyond that which is. That’s why eternity is eternal. That’s why there is something more than now, because the now will foster the desire that the Non-Physical Energy will answer. That’s why there is eternally more. Always has been, always will be.
— Abraham Hicks

As physical beings we have a tendency to forget this supreme connect, until we remember and then we forget again, until we remember. The constant state of flux that is our physical nature, flesh and blood melding with eternity. The part of ourselves that never dies. The biggest part of self that is calling us to create something new. To a leading edge place that is continually evolving our being into more.

As we grow this way expanding as spiritual beings in physical bodies. We are moving energy beyond what is current reality, in order to manifest what seems to be by magic, our powerful intentions. It's a matter of knowing what we want. An Inner awareness that is stable and clear to facilitates a more blissful experience. Ignorance is not bliss, it is discovering consciously on an emotional and cognative level our true intelligence, in regards to all things related to self.

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Antar-drishti is the practice of this inner vision. Internally gazing with heartfelt intention upon that quiet space of ultimate wisdom. To see clearly the truth and sense the freedom of our spirit or soul.

It's that sweet remembering of this sacred essence which is the zest, the heart and soul of life. And that discovery over and over is the Why. 

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Savasana A Reboot

Photo credit Jon Foster

Photo credit Jon Foster

In Corpse Pose we practice conscious dying, representing a symbolic state of death and the ultimate reconnect to our spiritual essence. In Savasana we surrender in body fully relaxed yet awake and aware. This receptive state is difficult to achieve, falling asleep is much easier and may be the next logical step; and for the average student this is most common. Yet if able to find that realm of nondoing it is not sleep but a conscious release, a sense of quiet repose that is powerful beyond measure. A reboot in a sense; imagine the bugs and ticks being clearer away to make room for a fresh new clean slate of well being and vitality.

To be fully present and relaxed while in Savasana is a powerful way to realign thought patterns. By simply resting we are naturally in synch with the Alpha brain waves. A High frequency electromagnetic wave pattern that is healing on multiple levels. 

A positively awake state of allowing that naturally realigns the rhythms of our physical body by releasing resistance. By embracing doing nothing we touch on what it must feel like to leave all resistance behind.

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As we lay in equanimity (balance of equal sides) we touch on the essence of nothingness and connect to our true self that eternal never ending, always present essence of spirituality, our Soul. In the ease of stillness, embracing repose, as in the pure bliss of neutrality we remember who we really are spirit inhabitanting a physical body. That soft surrender of our current form can temporarily lead our humanness into the vast void of single pointedness, that supreme connect to Source energy. No wonder why Corpse Pose becomes our favorite part of the Yoga practice.  

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tah groen

Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Let Go Of Doubt

 How do we clear out doubt?

We all have doubt and it serves us only briefly as questions inspires solution which translates into progress, growth and expansion. But we can get lost in pessimism as a few well seeded thoughts of possible failure with a creative imagination and the multitude of failing visions can run rapid. We are analyzing ourselves out of a successful outcome, and any hint of confidence shrivels. We are unintentionally squelching the muse of our creative intuition, self sabotage at it's finest.

"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile." - Plato.

Mastering the mind to soften doubtful self defeating thoughts is key. Trying this in the mists of self sabotage is futile for once doubt starts, it grabs ahold and the momentum is too strong. The key to quieting the mind and those less than positive thoughts is to be aware of them just as they are starting and then to stop the mind chatter before they take hold.

It's easier than we think to change the negativity to one of natural ease and flow. Remember we have the power of source energy right at our fingertips if we would allow it.  

It's easier than we think to change the negativity to one of natural ease and flow. Remember we have the power of source energy right at our fingertips if we would allow it.  

Emotions Are The Key

Emotions are the key for the better we feel the better our thoughts are, the worst we feel the more doubt, worry, anxiety provoking are our thoughts. The mind is habitual and has collected over time habits or patterns (synapses or our neurotransmission in the brain) that are not serving us. We have to want to feel good in order to allow doubt to dissipate and those transmissions to change. 

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tah groen

Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Banana Blueberry Oat Muffins

These muffins are extremely moist and flavorful. The rolled oats and flax seeds add additional fiber, which is always a good thing. I would say they are somewhat healthy. And if wanting to be more careful with diet try substituting sourgum, spelt flour, wholewheat or gluten free flour for the one and a half cup of all purpose white.  Notice the empty Maple Syrup in the background, I had exactly one cup for these delicious breakfast treats. I love it when that happens.

These muffins are extremely moist and flavorful. The rolled oats and flax seeds add additional fiber, which is always a good thing. I would say they are somewhat healthy. And if wanting to be more careful with diet try substituting sourgum, spelt flour, wholewheat or gluten free flour for the one and a half cup of all purpose white.  Notice the empty Maple Syrup in the background, I had exactly one cup for these delicious breakfast treats. I love it when that happens.

It was one of those creative mornings where experimenting with a muffin recipe was the most satisfying and easy project to soothe that familiar feeling of wanting to create something new. A delectable fiber filled blueberry maple experience  is what transpired bases on the ingredients in the house. 

Banana Blueberry Oat Muffins

Makes 12 standard muffins

1/2 cup coconut oil (emulsified at 76*)

1 cup whole Greek yogurt 

1 cup pure maple syrup 

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract   

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cups rolled oats

1/2 cups ground golden flaxseed  

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon  

3/4  cup (3 3/4 ounces or 105 grams) blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, don’t bother defrosting)

2 bananas mashed

Topping

1/3 cup finally shredded coconut  

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

1/3 cup brown sugar  

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 10 paper liners or spray each cup with a nonstick spray. Mix wet ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Put flour, rolled oats, flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a sifter and sift half of dry ingredients over wet ingredients. Mix until combined. Sift remaining dry ingredients into batter and mix just until the flour disappears. Gently fold in your blueberries and mashed bananas. The dough will be quite thick (and even thicker, if you used a full-fat Greek-style yogurt), closer to a cookie dough, which is why an ice cream scoop is a great tool to fill your muffin cups or wooden spoon and a clean finger. Fill muffin cups and top with a tablespoon of coconut, flax, brown sugar topping.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until tops are golden and a tester inserted into the center of muffins comes out clean (you know, except for blueberry goo). Let cool on rack (ha), or you know (See photo below), serve with butter or plain they are that good. 

The best part of baking muffins is eating the first one right out of the oven!  

The best part of baking muffins is eating the first one right out of the oven!  

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Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.

Welcome Letter to Healing Touch Vinyasa 200hr RYT Trainees

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Dear HTV Trainees,

We are so happy you have decided to embark on an amazing journey with us via Healing Touch Vinyasa 200 hour RYT Training. Whether you are a current teacher, planning to be a teacher or content as a student interested in deepening your practice this is the right place for you. 

This training is not only for teachers who want to learn the art of hands on Healing Touch teaching but for you to deepen and transform your practice on multiple levels. 

Once you delve deep into Yoga Asana, Pranayama and its philosophy it becomes a way of life. A lifestyle that transcends the physical practice and moves you into the outer layers of self awareness or Koshas. To allow your Yoga practice to naturally permeate into all areas of daily life takes focus and training. 

Not as a means to an end but because it feels like the next logical step for you. And for most of you this training is part of that journey. As it will be the next step to your incredible learning in order to establish your best life, you're most creative life, your most intuitive life. It is in this inner world where you will find your power so strongly that you will be able to empower others by just being you. Empowered to be an example of internal alignment body, mind and Spirit. This connection to your spiritual practice is what makes a teacher or student shine. 

There will be incredible emotional breakthroughs, there will be intellectual insights, there will be heart expansive openings that move you beyond where you thought you could go. And to know that all of it is of value and is in perfect alignment to your desire for transformation and growth.

This progression is coming directly from your asking. And it is your willingness to receive, being in the receptive mode is as easy as showing up, fully present to enjoy the process of learning. When we sit with receptivity and inquire within we are not only tapping into ourselves but we are also tapping into Guru energy, universal consciousness. Whatever you want to call the Divine or Source. 

We know that you're in the right place! So be easy and soft, this will be fun and we will all benefit on many levels. We are eternal beings, this time together is a little ripple in our never ending expansion. We are thrilled to have such amazing intention as yours and ours come together to co create. 

To co-creating is Grace (Prasāda) of the Divine Being which can flow in easily as we collectively attune our frequency toward this transmission (sameaāra) of sacred wisdom. 

We welcome your eagerness in learning and are honored that you have chosen our Training to continue your journey as a yogin or yogini. What an incredible gift to allow yourself the freedom to experience such a journey of self discovery, by igniting the fire of your inner Guru, you will be the dispeller of darkness and mover into light.

Namaste,

From all your 

Healing Touch Vinyasa Teachers

 

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tah groen

Tah has been involved with Yoga most of her life. She started practicing as a teenager. Inspired by a mentor to join a class at 16 sparked the yoga fire which has been burning ever since. After launching a sportswear line with her then husband in the late 80′s and becoming a mother of two daughters, it was time for a healing change. Trusting in the age old adage, “Do what you love”, was the consistent echo in her mind. A pivotal time of transition, a powerful period in her life as she realized the path that called her. Do what you love clearly meant that she become a teacher. In 1996 working simultaneously within the health food industry as a reliable source for nutritional council and support, Tah’s yoga business grew. She was able to open one of the first yoga studios in La Jolla. Shakti Yoga was born. After enjoying this prime location for a handful of years she realized the benefit of being a mobile instructor. This was the next logical step for her since the established client base was corporate and private. As she teaches she shares her healing touch of Reiki and Thai Yoga Therapy. Tah lives in San Diego with her partner of 15 years; and besides her two daughters who are in their 20s, has a rambunctious 5 year old son, who instead of a dog to follow him around has a loyal Bengal cat named Jagger.