Check out tara's story
Listen while my colleague and friend, Michelle Boss interviews ME. I share MY story in what lead me to move through so many changes, challenges, and triumphs.
If I were to tell you my best secret…I can honestly say that I always choose to celebrate my life and appreciate what I DO have. It’s not always easy, but I remind myself to focus on what is working, rather than what isn’t working.
Hope you enjoy my personal story. 🙂
Life is an adventure, not to be missed, even for a moment. Be a rebel and live life the way you truly want to live, according to your rules. Now, that’s freedom! – Tara Nolan
I had no plan to be a yoga teacher, ever. Yoga happened to me and possibly saved me. With the benefits, transformation and fulfillment yoga has brought to my life, I now feel compelled and honored to share it with others, only hoping they will receive even some of the numerous gifts yoga has given me.
I was working in the corporate world, eight years in one company, and had just moved up the ranks into a demanding management position, working out of Chicago but living half my life in Milwaukee. Needless to say my life was stressful. Even though the days were full, life was empty. Yoga asana classes were my one chance of relief to bring some calm, focus and personal strength to my day.
Eventually I left the management position to travel the world. The “spiritual” side of yoga that I had heard of but never really understood intrigued me. In addition, I wanted to practice yoga while I traveled but it was often difficult to find a class and all were never in English. I began to study yoga along my journey around the world, starting with a retreat on a Brazilian island, to classes in Buenos Aires, ending with an intensive one-month teacher training in Bali, Indonesia.
I enrolled in the teacher training planning to deepen my own practice and be able to take my yoga with me wherever I went. However, I received much more than I had ever anticipated. I studied with yoga experts from different schools of yoga from London, Australia, India and the U.S. I learned the history of yoga in India, the anatomy of the body, how to structure a class, but what I loved the most is that I learned how yoga is not a physical exercise, but a way of life. I found the inspiration to be a better person and to live my best life, to help me to find the healthiest life for my physical body as well as my mind and spirit. I learned the physical practice, or “asana” is only one of the eight limbs of yoga and I began to deeply explore and practice the other seven.
Since traveling, I continue to constantly attend Yoga Journal Conferences, retreats, and teacher training’s everywhere that I can. I continue to read and deepen my study of the practice of yoga, realizing there is an unending journey to its knowledge.
I continue the study to always improve my own life, but more so, my passion is now to share this gift with others. Life is short and I know I want to experience the most joy out of this beautiful gift of life that has been given to me.
RYT-500, Yoga One, Cedarburg, WI – Dec. 2012 to May 2013 (500hrs)
Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training, Bali, Indonesia – May/June 2008 (200hrs)
SUP Yoga Certification, May 2013
Seane Corn, Teacher Training
Baron Baptiste Level One, Tulum, Mexico December 2009
Yoga Life Coaching w/Debbie Williamson, Kohler, Wisconsin, USA – November/Dec 2009
Worldwide retreats held in Costa Rica, Mexico, Bali, Florida, & Wisconsin’s Beautiful Northwoods
Tulum, Mexico w/Deborah Williamson, November 2013
Workshops and weekends with Seane Corn, Rolf Gates, Forrest Yoga, Anusara Yoga
Yoga Journal Yoga Therapy Conference, Estes Park, CO, October 2009
Yoga Journal Conference, Lake Geneva, WI, March 2009
Yoga Retreat w/Trish Washburn, Pura Vida, Costa Rica, February 2009
Yoga Retreat w/David Romanelli, Mii Amo, Sedona, Arizona, November, 2008
Meditation Retreat, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, October, 2008
Health Oasis Yoga/Cleansing Retreat, Ko Samui, Thailand, February, 2008
Yoga Retreat, Iha Grande, Brazil, November, 2007