the magic of Tara Judelle

In January, I had the privilege of attending a week-long yoga retreat in Goa, taught by Tara Judelle (along with the equally wonderful Ally Bogard). Previously, I’d only taken a couple of workshops in London with Tara, and they’d been some years back – but what she’d taught had really stayed with me. So when Tara’s email arrived, describing a retreat entitled Building Dimension, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And of course, the architect in me loved its name!

Tara’s teaching reaches deep, wide and high – deep into our interior, as we’re invited to sense into and move from our inner body; wide into the expanse of the world, as we remember we are not just an isolated entity, but rather one vibration that’s part of the greater whole. The birdsong and the devotional chanting we hear from the nearby temple in Goa are beautiful vibrations of that same pulsating whole. Her teaching also orients us high – Tara reminds us that we are the only four-legged creatures who made it to stand on two feet, giving us this unique vertical axis through our body, which connects us to both earth as well as the infinite expanse of sky above.

Being guided by Tara, you truly sense into the connectivity of everything. Our body, itself, is experienced as an integrated landscape rather than a series of disparate parts. As I take upward facing dog, I can really feel the spaciousness of my heart ascend into my mouth, eyes, crown and beyond. As my arms open wide in Warrior II, they are indeed experienced as the ‘tendrils of the heart’ that Tara so beautifully describes. Phrases such as this, or ‘the lungs are the wings of the heart’ are key to Tara’s teaching, which is full of these gems. However, they aren’t coined from mere fancy, but rather from Tara’s in-depth understanding of the human anatomy.

This was a slow, sensuous yoga, where each experience and asana flows seamlessly into the next, all of it held within the continuum of this great dance of life. It is teaching that arises from profound study of and fascination for both the human form and Tantric philosophy. The weaving together of the two by a teacher with such a refined sensibility and such a potent use of language really does takes you somewhere quite magical. You will learn a lot and also laugh a lot, and it’s an experience I would highly recommend. After a week with Tara, I felt as soft as ghee and as deep as the ocean.

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Annabel brings an architect’s creativity, precision and love of spaciousness to her teaching. She offers elegantly-crafted sequences, designed to nourish and brighten body and soul. Her classes are characterised by clear instructions and a balance of intelligent alignment with fluid movement. Annabel’s teaching is informed by her trainings in hatha yoga with triyoga, Anusara yoga with Bridget Woods Kramer, restorative yoga with Anna Ashby and meditation with Sally Kempton. She also recently completed an advanced teacher training with Sianna Sherman.

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