Spirit Bear Team
Well, hello! We're Emily and Tara -- the humans behind Spirit Bear Yoga.
If you want a more formal introduction, read on.
Raised on a farm in Kansas, Emily would have never imagined she would some day end up a yogi in Texas! Emily has personally benefited from yoga practice in managing her life with multiple sclerosis, and is grateful for the opportunity to share yoga's positive potential through the Spirit Bear approach. She brings her passion for anatomy and healthy living into her classes at Yoga Pod Waco and Baylor University. Emily strives to help others feel better through movement, and find strength in focused stillness.
Her past adventures include teaching English to middle school students and coaching volleyball. Besides tracking the Spirit Bear life, her current adventures include raising a sports-loving teenager and two treat-loving dogs. Keeping her grounded in the midst of it all is an amazingly patient husband and her faith in an awesome God.
Kansas State University: B.S. in Education
Kansas State University: M.S. in Curriculum & Development
RYT 500 through Camp Utopia Yoga
Tara’s journey to yoga came by way of the soccer field and rowing shell. Looking for a way to safely rehab after several hip surgeries, she discovered yoga. What she gained, however, reached far beyond the physical benefits of yoga. Yoga has also provided Tara with the foundation for combating the mental and emotional effects of chronic pain. From this experience, Tara has dedicated herself to helping others experience the benefits of yoga practice. Through Spirit Bear Yoga Tara aims to expand the perception of yoga, promoting a positive yoga lifestyle not just on the mat, but off the mat as well.
When Tara is not cycling to, practicing, or leading yoga classes, she enjoys solo hiking trips through the Rockies with her four-legged best bud, Shakti, and listening to her "partner in crime", Brad, shred some serious guitar licks. In addition to her passion for wilderness adventure, Tara is passionate about utilizing a holistic, mindful approach to graphic design and UX(user experience).
SUNY Buffalo: B.A. in Psychology
The animal inspiration behind this site, Spirit Bear spends his winter months hibernating, drawing upon his instinctual knowledge to know when it's time to take a long nap. It also means he instinctively senses when to wake back up. Spirit Bear hopes his example in trusting his instinct will inspire humans to do the same. As a resident of a remote area in Canada, he knows the value of having space and taking time to be alone, to reflect and contemplate, and examine emotions and our reactions. Native American folklore has described Bear as courageous, powerful, industrious, introspective, and having the ability to heal.
Self-taught though experience
Early Cub-hood education from Mamma Bear
Exemplifies the Spirit Bear Lifestyle