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I am hosting a 5-day around the house fitness challenge coming in March! The challenge videos will go out in my eNewsletter, so subscribe below to be included in the challenge.

Postnatal Workshop

Sign up now for my next Postpartum Yoga workshop!

You’re welcome whether you’re 6 weeks postpartum or 6 years postpartum, and whether you gave birth vaginally or via cesarean. Take some valuable time for yourself to connect with your new body and other new parents. Strengthen at your own pace. Feel connected and supported.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM at Cary Flow Yoga.

Schedule

February

Prenatal Yoga classes at Cary Flow Yoga | Wednesdays, 11 AM to 12 PM | Saturdays, 12 PM to 1:15 PM | No class on Saturday, February 15, 2020 | Reserve your spot in class

March

Prenatal Yoga classes at Cary Flow Yoga | Wednesdays, 11 AM to 12 PM | Saturdays, 12 PM to 1:15 PM | No class on Saturday, March 28, 2020 | Reserve your spot in class

Postnatal Yoga Workshop at Cary Flow Yoga | Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 1:30 PM to 3 PM | Reserve your spot in class

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Classes

In-person, I teach Prenatal Yoga classes weekly and Postnatal Yoga workshops a few times a year. My yoga teaching style is a holistic and empowering approach influenced by modern movement science and mindfulness.

Movement

I’m a lifelong learner, and my movement teachings are continually evolving. I study from other science-minded teachers the latest research in anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, and other mind-body sciences.

We start class with a check-in to get to know one another and discuss pregnancy-related questions. Often, these chats can end up being just as, if not more, beneficial than the movement practice! Next, we close the eyes and take a few moments to center the mind and breathe. Then as we move, you’ll practice strengthening and stretching while you’re encouraged to really connect with how the movement feels in your body to help increase body awareness. The goals of our movements are to build strength for labor and delivery, relieve pregnancy discomforts, and reinforce the mind-body connection.

Class will end with a sweet savasana, a resting pose to relax and feel the effects of practice. Props are encouraged to make this time more comfortable for the changing body of the expecting mama. A guided meditation while here helps calm and quiet the mind.

Mindfulness

A solid mindfulness practice can help the expecting mama during labor and delivery as well as the oftentimes overwhelming transition into parenthood. Mindfulness is about awareness of the body, senses, emotions, and thoughts. When you’re mindful, you notice what’s going on right now around you and within you. It is an intentional action to let go of the stories and chatter that can happen in your head. It is stepping away from right and wrong, good and bad, and other judgmental labels.

I guide my students into a more mindful way of living by teaching different outlooks and approaches to this practice. I share my personal stories and relate how mindfulness helps. I constantly ask my students for feedback about how a movement or pose felt, where they felt it, and to become aware of their own bodies’ movements.

Based on feedback I’ve received from prior students, a guided meditation during savasana was preferred over silence or just music. I listened and understood! Pregnancy and postpartum can be a very difficult time to stay focused mindfully, especially if new to the practice. I use this time at the end of class to introduce methods of concentration that I hope my students can take with them off the mat, too.

Atmosphere

I create an atmosphere in which my pregnant yoga students can feel empowered, peaceful, safe, and supported. All expecting mothers are welcome, whether you just discovered you’re pregnant or are nearing your due date and impatiently awaiting your new arrival(s). Even if you’re not pregnant, individuals identifying as women are still welcome in my prenatal yoga classes. We often share and discuss a lot about our bodies and the experience of being pregnant. For that reason, I ask that identifying men come only to designated Prenatal Partner Yoga classes. If you do not fit into the binary categories, use your best judgement or just ask!

Signing up for classes in advance can help save your spot, but when available, drop ins are certainly welcome! If you’re running a few minutes late or need to leave a few minutes early, please still come! Prenatal yoga classes are hard to come by and I’d much rather you miss a few minutes than not come at all.

My students are welcome to take any modifications that they need, and I am here to help you get more comfortable. Please don’t ever hesitate to talk to me about any questions, concerns, feedback, requests… anything!

About

Tara was a yoga student for over 8 years before quitting her job in the corporate world and deepening her yoga practice through teacher training at JOURNEYoga in Arlington, VA in 2017. Her family relocated to Raleigh in January 2018, and she enrolled in prenatal yoga training at Blue Point Yoga in Durham while pregnant herself. The training was a transformative experience for her, and she is excited to be a part of this special and powerful time in a woman’s life. Tara’s goal is to create a supportive community of mamas, where you might just meet lifelong friends. 

When not practicing yoga, you can find Tara traveling around the world every so often with her husband, enjoying the great outdoors with her daughter and friends, or relaxing at home with her family.

Blog

See my most recent posts below or visit https://taraanncarroll.wordpress.com.

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