Tara Lee, Yoga Teacher
My morning routine varies from day to day depending on my mood, but I will get some sort of yoga in as soon as I wake up. It will range from 20 to 90 minutes and incorporates pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and a long savasana. I don’t view yoga as exercise, so I do other things to get that physical workout. That means that once I’ve made sure the children are ready and on their way to school, if I’m not off to teach a class, then I’ll be doing something fun like going to a dance class or for a swim.
For breakfast, I’ll make a big smoothie full of crazy superfood powders, nuts and seeds or I’ll have avocado on wheat-free bread. My diet is mostly vegan, but I do occasionally eat fish.
I first discovered yoga when I was studying sociology and psychology at the University of Bristol and a friend asked me if I wanted to go to a class. Straight away I loved it and kept up a regular practice. I found that when I was studying and sitting so much it was a really good way to balance and clear my mind.
I love the fact that my job as a yoga teacher is always changing and different; the energy is different every time, the people are different. I love that I feel like I’m able to help people feel better in themselves but really, it’s not me, it’s the yoga working its magic. By getting people to breathe and focus on their bodies, they will always leave feeling better than they did when they arrived.
Eventually I went and did a longer training, but it wasn’t really regulated back then like it is now. I started to become really interested in pregnancy yoga so did a specialist training and then started teaching a regular pregnancy class at the Life Centre in Notting Hill where I still teach pregnancy, mother and baby, and general yoga classes today. I've also created numerous yoga DVDs so that those who can't get to classes are able to practice with me at home.
Find out more and purchase Tara's latest yoga DVDs at www.taraleeyoga.com