I discovered yoga [in 2000] and at first had trouble sitting still, and being in silence. My back hurt, my mind wandered, and I wondered why I was there. [Years] later the quiet stillness is my favorite part. I still love the physical exercise, but life is crazy, and yoga helps me to slow down and find what’s really important. For me, its spending time with my family and friends. I love sharing yoga with others, which is what lead me to become an instructor, I have always loved physical fitness, but having a practice that balances body mind and spirit is too good to keep to myself. Namaste.
While she has always enjoyed taking classes and working out at the gym, it has become even more valuable to Virginia as it has helped lessen the symptoms of arthritis and chronic pain she experiences. In particular, for the past eight years, Pilates and Yoga have had the greatest impact in this area. They have made a positive difference in her mind, body and emotions.
For five years she has enjoyed teaching Pilates and being a personal trainer. In 2016 she completed Yoga teacher training and now considers teaching Yoga an additional privilege.
Cara is a registered yoga instructor and has been called the Mary Poppins of yoga, as she brings a cheery, positive, vibrant energy to her classes. Her initial study and practice of yoga began in 2003 with Annie Smith, in Tucson, Arizona. She has been teaching yoga since 2008.She received her Hatha Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training from Yoga Oasis, under Darren Rhodes, Sam Rice, Stephani Lindsey, and Bruce Bowditch and holds the designation of E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) certification from the Yoga Alliance, a professional association for yoga instructors. Her additional experience includes certification as an instructor of Les Mills BodyFlow and completion of training in Pilates, under Becca Franks, at the Animas studio, in Tucson.
Cara has been an educator for two decades. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education, from the University of Arizona, with a minor in dance; and her M.Ed., in Educational Leadership, from Northern Arizona University. Currently, she teaches yoga and dance at The Gregory School for grades 5-12, and she instructs classes at several yoga studios throughout Tucson.
My own yoga practice started 15 years ago in Los Angeles, CA with Yogafit. I have since practiced various styles: Power, Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Prenatal and Hatha. I practiced yoga thru 2 pregnancies and a knee injury and have had the opportunity to practice with dozens of wonderful teachers in gyms, studios, parks, beaches, homes, and rec.-centers throughout the country.
Inspired by the beauty of the desert, mountains and people of Tucson, I pursued my dream to teach yoga here by studying with Priscilla Potter at the Yoga Connection and Michelle Marks and Joe Barnett at Tucson Yoga.
I feel my yoga practice is well-informed, but also always growing and changing. I am humbled and amazed daily by what yoga does for me and indeed want to share this experience.
My teaching style is less austere - I like yoga to be stimulating, fun, and creative, as well as meditative and renewing. And while I’m concerned with good technique and proper alignment in poses, my approach is more functional than aesthetic, meaning I like to emphasize the “feel” over the look of the pose. Every body is different...., therefore, I like to encourage a student to be curious with his/her own practice.