In my early 20s, I started my soul-searching journey. I attended Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts where I studied Massage therapy, body work, and energy healing modalities. Eventually that led me into studying yoga. I attended my first 200 hour yoga training in Scottsdale Arizona, where I learned Ashtanga and Yin yoga. A few years later, I wanted to study how to help students modify poses due to limitation‘s in their physical bodies. Next, I studied Iyengar Yoga to help students adapt poses to fit their bodies and meet themselves where they are at. After 20+ years of practice, I wanted more information and I started searching. I came across Anand Mehrotta, Sattva Yoga Academy, a master from the Himalayas. I made my pilgrimage to study with him to learn the integrative approach of yoga. He shares the Integrative approach of yoga with his students to help us grow, expand, and raise our consciousness in the direction of love. My life has forever changed because of these teachings. I hope to share these practices with you to expand your heart and consciousness into the deepest knowing of yourself. I am a forever a student looking to expand and be playful while I’m living in this human form.
Courtney has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and through her travels has had the experience of practicing both here and abroad. Her first yoga class was with Dariel Woltz of Studio Panterra in Westfield, NY, and from there the seed had been planted. When studying at the University of Hawaii she practiced at an Iyengar studio in the Manoa Valley. When her studies and work brought her to Japan, she continued to develop her practice and love of Yoga. In 2012 she completed her first 200hr YTT at the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, and began teaching at Eight Limbs. She recently participated in another 200hr YTT with her first teacher, Dariel, at Panterra and hopes to continue her lifelong yogic journey.
I discovered yoga in 2005 when my son went to college. I was no longer going with him to wrestling practice every night and tournaments every weekend. It was time for a new chapter. I knew nothing about yoga. For the longest time when the teacher would say Namaste I thought they where saying have a nice day. Yoga started out as a physical asana practice. I was there for a work out, going to Bikram class 7 times a week multiple times a day. My first teacher training was Baron Baptiste Hot Power Yoga teacher training level one in 2007. I loved yoga, the teachers, the students. I wanted to learn more. A friend told me to take class at a studio close to my home with a Jivamukti teacher. I said what is Jivamukti? The rest is history. I fell in Love with the Jivamukti method and my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life! In 2008 I completed the month long 300 hour teacher training. In 2010 I completed Jivamukti 800 hour apprenticeship program. I was honored to teach at Jivamukti in NYC and NJ where I meet many great students, friends, teachers, including my spiritual teacher/adviser/friend Joshua M. Greene who opened up the world of Bhakti. My chanting,cooking, ayurvedic teacher/friend Divya Alter, who has opened the world of ayurvedic teachings, family and friends. The yoga teacher is always a student. Some studies include Jivamukti, The Bhakti Center NYC, Omega NY, Satchidanananda Ashram Yogaville, Prana Center Ca., The Himalayan Institute Pa. My husband and I moved to Lakewood this summer to be closer to our son and daughter-in-law. We look forward to becoming part of and contributing to the community. I look forward to being part of the Eight Limbs family, teaching students, sharing knowledge and making friends. Loka Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
Tara Graham, 500hr EYT
Throughout her life, Tara has been fascinated by the MindBody connection. She discovered yoga over twenty years ago and was drawn to teaching it because in spite of its complexity, it is accessible to all. Over the years, she has learned to incorporate the concepts and practice of yoga as part of a holistic living experience and embodies a yoga-inspired lifestyle. Her dedication to her daily practice enables her to speak from the wisdom of the tradition and provide students with practical guidance to enhance their lifestyle and cultivate well-being in modern life. Her background as a Wellness Educator and Holistic Nutritionist informs her understanding of the MindBody relationship and the empowerment of yoga to invite an awareness of steadiness, strength, and acceptance which results in improving emotional, mental and physical balance. She has been a student for over 20 years and has studied asana, meditation, philosophy, and Sanskrit with many respected teachers. She has been teaching since 2010 and was initiated in the Himalayan tradition in 2016. Inspired to delve deeper into the tantra tradition as well as broaden her knowledge, Tara pursued additional certifications in Ayurveda, YinYoga, Restorative Yoga, and meditation. A life-long learner, Tara continues to delve into and apply the philosophy of yoga and the development of yoga practices on and off the mat. She recently completed a yearlong MindBody Therapy certification and is currently taking courses in Yoga Therapy. Tara’s unique style integrates somatic awareness, postural alignment, and philosophy to draw the student into an inner experience of self-inquiry. She incorporates asanas, pranayama and meditation with awareness and anatomical guidance to draw the student into the connection of yoga and the self. Her creative approach uses yoga as a vital, powerful, and compassionate component in supporting the body, mind, heart and soul. Tara believes yoga is the ultimate tool for personal and spiritual growth. Her goal is to share and inspire others to integrate yoga into the realities of daily life and trust the true teacher within their own hearts. “It is the infinitely deep layers of yoga relating to union of mind, breath, body, and spirit that fascinate and inspire me to practice and teach.".