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Taj Work

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Taj WorkHow did you get introduced to yoga?

I was first introduced to yoga during my high school years, where I had an experience that showed me the deep connections between the body and the mind.  It wasn’t until some years later, during my final year of college, that I began to develop a personal practice.  I happened to stumble upon a front desk job at Prana Yoga St. Louis, and this is where my journey with yoga truly began.  I started attending classes and workshops as much as possible.  My eager mind wanted to know more, and this led me to my first teacher training program.  

How long have you been practicing?

I attended classes here and there during high school, and have been practicing consistently for about three and a half years.

How long have you been teaching?

2 years

What’s your favorite part about teaching yoga?

Oh man, it’s hard to boil it down to only one thing.  I love sharing what I have learned over the years, and creating space for students to be present with themselves.  My teaching style has shifted in the past year where the focus has become self-inquiry into the inner experience of the poses and the breath.  When we turn the attention inward we feed awareness of the experience as it is happening.  Teaching has become a practice in itself for me, where I try to observe both the students and myself, inquiring into my own experience and presence as I am teaching.

What floats your boat about yoga? (What floats your boat pose? 😉

I love that there isn’t only one way to practice, but many ways and layers in which yoga comes to us as individuals.  From its origins in ancient India, to now, yoga is a tradition and practice that is continually evolving and growing, as do those who practice it (both on the mat and in our lives). Yoga opens the door for self-exploration and self-inquiry, for acceptance of ourselves as we are in the moment, and ultimately, for love.  

What’s your favorite yoga pose?Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 12.18.02 PM

Hmm, that’s hard to say.  I think rather than saying that there is one pose that is my favorite over the others, I can say that one of my favorite aspects of yoga is the breath; feeling the way that the breath moves through the body in different yoga postures, and experimenting with how different types of breath work can change the experience of the poses.  

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  • Wednesdays at 5 pm – Open Levels Form & Flow
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