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.
My classes are alignment focused and emphasize the strength and hard work required to fully access poses. I began a dedicated practice and study of yoga in Chicago in 2006, first as a means to recover from a 10 year series of major leg injuries/surgeries but also as a means to reduce stress. I benefit from a strong foundation in alignment-oriented asana and studying with excellent teachers throughout my years of practice.
In 2013, I began studying with Stephani Lindsey, Sam Rice and Darren Rhodes, at Yoga Oasis in Tucson, AZ, where I was first introduced to YogaHour. Through Yoga Oasis, I discovered the power of community and how it can influence and grow a practice. I have since completed my yoga teacher training (RYT200) and YogaHour certification at Yoga Oasis with Sam and Darren and continue to return to Yoga Oasis to study and expand my practice.
Over the years, I have been immersed in Iyenger, Anusara, and Hatha yoga and have also practiced Ashtanga and Vinyasa. In addition to numerous teachers at Yoga Oasis, I have moved throughout the country and benefitted and been influenced by the teachings of Jen Mullholand, Sara Strother, Noah Powell, Britt Benson Steele, and Dr. Kendall Hassemer.
In addition to yoga, I can be found hiking or backpacking in the backcountry or torturing myself riding a gravel bike on a steep fire road.