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5 Soul Faves: Yoginis To Summon Your Spirit

Today I want to introduce you to five incredible yoginis local to this area; women who I have had the utmost pleasure of studying under, being guided by, and practicing alongside. They have transformed and inspired my own personal practice to no end.

Not just making pretty shapes, these beauties are absolute lighthouses carrying amazing messages worth sharing. Stunning imagery. Powerful prose. The stuff worthy of a adding to your instagram feed.

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Tahl Rinsky

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Man, don’t those photos just do something to you? 

I have to be honest – Tahl’s instagram feed is my all time favourite. I barely go a day without checking in with it, mostly because I love how alive the pictures of her and kids make me feel. Here we have a free-spirited, pixie-like Ashtangi who isn’t afraid to strike a pose in a leotard and gum boots alongside her little ones. I don’t know about you – but I think that’s art. I think that’s living. I think that that’s such a modern and powerful take on the practice of the yoga. We all need reminding sometimes that time on our mats doesn’t always have to be about deep discovery. We can release a bit of the seriousness and instead find a giggle or two. That’s what Tahl teaches me. She guides me through my relatively new Ashtanga practice, and although it’s known for it’s discipline and rigidity, with Tahl, Ashtanga is a dream. It’s a playground.

I mean, come on! Look at that smile!

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LINE Darci @ Dyoga

Inversions literally turn our world upside down. A few felt this following my inversion Masterclass last week. Know that this is normal.  When we first start practicing inversions, it takes us so far out of our comfort zone that life can start to feel unstable and we can feel unsupported.  It's challenging to feel grounded when your feet are off the ground. Know that these feelings pass and as we practice, we start to feel stronger. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally too.  Its important to make it to your mat during these times. Without these times of darkness it would be impossible to see the light.

Inversions literally turn our world upside down. A few felt this following my inversion Masterclass last week. Know that this is normal.
When we first start practicing inversions, it takes us so far out of our comfort zone that life can start to feel unstable and we can feel unsupported.
It’s challenging to feel grounded when your feet are off the ground. Know that these feelings pass and as we practice, we start to feel stronger. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally too.
Its important to make it to your mat during these times. Without these times of darkness it would be impossible to see the light.

Awww. Darci.

She’s like caramel. A very wise, insightful and grounded caramello koala.

Darci’s gift is that she so seemlessly weaves vulnerability into what is already an incredible teaching style; meeting her students exactly where they are. She is the real deal, the whole deal. Light and dark. Bouyant and contemplative. There is something so very honest about this amazing creature. Simply being in her presence makes you want to tear off your shoes and go running into the forest doing cartwheels and climbing trees, and I think that’s very special, in a world that’s so sweeping. Thank you for taking me under your wing, miss Darci. 🙂

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LINE Michelle Merrifield

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Find the beauty in the unexpected... Life isn't always warm & sunny, it's sometimes cold & cloudy... Wherever you are, whatever the season, whatever the circumstance find the beauty that is all around you. At first it may not be obvious to the untrained eye but go a little deeper & find the richness that the experience has to offer. Soften your preferences & make space for a more expansive existence... Everything is perspective... Non attached to the senses you will discover the grace in everything. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogainspo #inspo #inspiration #fitspo #fitness #health #essenceofliving #essenceoflivingtv

Find the beauty in the unexpected… Life isn’t always warm & sunny, it’s sometimes cold & cloudy… Wherever you are, whatever the season, whatever the circumstance find the beauty that is all around you. At first it may not be obvious to the untrained eye but go a little deeper & find the richness that the experience has to offer. Soften your preferences & make space for a more expansive existence… Everything is perspective… Non attached to the senses you will discover the grace in everything. #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogainspo #inspo #inspiration #fitspo #fitness #health #essenceofliving #essenceoflivingtv

I’ve already shared Michelle in this space before, as one of our Such Different Vixens, but her devotion to this practice, her message, her unwavering presence of positivity on social media (and let’s not forget, these photos!) make it impossible for me not to include her here, as well. 🙂

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Claire Merrifield

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B I G sister.....  Forever one step ahead.  Waiting patiently while I day dream.  Standing up for me when I feel small.  Whispering support when im on my knee's.  Teaching me how to share, fight, forgive and LOVE, unconditionally, consistently, with courage and compassion.  That real relationship is not interchangeable, to throw away or upgrade. To live forever with your friendship.  The thread of siblings, woven delicately or highly strung, remind us how very different we all are, yet essentially the same. To co-exisit.....eternally connected..... in harmony.....in gratitude. To my sister, I humbly bow xxx

B I G sister…..
Forever one step ahead.
Waiting patiently while I day dream.
Standing up for me when I feel small.
Whispering support when im on my knee’s.
Teaching me how to share, fight, forgive and LOVE, unconditionally, consistently, with courage and compassion.
That real relationship is not interchangeable, to throw away or upgrade. To live forever with your friendship.
The thread of siblings, woven delicately or highly strung, remind us how very different we all are, yet essentially the same. To co-exisit…..eternally connected….. in harmony…..in gratitude.
To my sister, I humbly bow xxx

There’s no doubt about it, not only does this angel have a way with words (just check out her awesome ode to big sister, Michelle), but her classes are like poetry in motion, also. They’re like a dance. And you only have to rise out of savasana after a sweet ninety minutes with this babe as your guide, and gaze around the room to see the looks on everyone’s faces… and you’ll notice, yep, Clare just rocked our world. Time explodes when I roll out my mat in her presence.

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Ourania Karydys

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So ethereal and of this earth. So present and gob-smackingly gorgeous. There’s this thing that happens to Ourania when she starts teaching yoga – it’s as though she starts channeling words that can’t come from anywhere but the divine. Her voice drips in and out of song, and reverberates through your cells, not disimiliar to tibetan bowls that have just copped a gong. I adore this babe who’s on a mission to spread a message of authenticity and acceptance of the Self. I feel so priveleged to have been taught the teachings of yoga through you, lovely. Thank you.

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Please excuse my french, by geez, I am fucking obsessed with sharing the amazing community I’m blessed to live in, with you all. Obsessed and blessed and blissed. This corner of the globe is so rife with love and talent and soul… the absolute least I can do is share as many folks as I can with you.

I really hope you loved this round of Five Soul Faves. If you’d like to give some of your favourite yogis a shout out in the comments, please do! I’d love for you to share this post with your friends, too.

Bowing my head to these women, and to the teachings of yoga. Always.

Namaste.

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15 Responses to 5 Soul Faves: Yoginis To Summon Your Spirit

  1. Rach // In Spaces Between July 4, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    What a beautiful ode to 5 powerful women! YAY yoga. x

  2. Katie - Conquering Fear Spiritually July 4, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous post my darling- what a pleasure it must be to work with them!

    Things will definitely feel a bit lighter and more inspired when I hit the mat this afternoon! xx

  3. Erin / the rogue ginger July 4, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Such a divine selection of strong women! Dévashi Shakti is one of my faves teachers.

  4. Meg July 4, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    Ourania!!!!
    She is something special!

  5. SB July 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Tara! Love watching you practice! Was that your own sequence? I practice ashtanga & vinyasa. I loved how you combined the two…thank you for continuing to inspire us & spreading the positive energy!! You have touched so many souls. Peace.

  6. Jasmine Matthews July 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    YOGA <3 YOGA <3 YOGA <3

    Great post Tara XO

    • Jasmine Matthews July 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Obviously those are hearts and not me exclaiming that the number 3 is better than yoga …

  7. Tahl July 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Humbled and inspired xxx

  8. Amy July 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    AMAZING! All of it. xx

  9. Ainslie July 4, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Oh, the little synchonicities of life. Timely, fitting, perfectly now. Of course I needed this, and felt the pull to go back to my neglected love. Thank you for showing it.

    Also, around minute 2.08, heart love for the little person imitating you in the background. x

  10. Fran July 4, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

    Woooow your video at the top is amazing. So inspiring. I felt all those stretches and poses as I watched, how magical is that! It shows how much work you’ve put in and you have totally inspired me to continue to do the same. i love yoga! R.E.S.P.E.C.T. 😀 xx

  11. Fiona July 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Beautiful and inspiring – could NOT stop watching! Loved it. I have a lot of improvement to make but am loving my yoga journey and loved watching thisxx

  12. Michelle Merrifield July 5, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    What you see in us is simply a reflection of your own greatness. We are birds of a feather & we will always flock together.

    May our spirits fly through eternity, may our wings be forever free, may we rise to new heights of personal discovery & mastery.

    We are one & together we can lift the collective consciousness of our community xxx we are all soul sisters, lifetime after lifetime

  13. Rachel July 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Hey Tara, just wanted to let you know that this post inspired me so much that I am back on the mat after a looong hiatus (we’re talking years here), with the goal of cultivating a home practice. Thank you, thank you.
    Love Rachel

    • Tara July 22, 2014 at 2:00 am #

      hat’s absolutely fantastic honey. Well done xo

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