Instructors > Tara Philipps
Yoga has been part of Tara’s life for close to 30 years. She grew up as a dancer, specializing in ballet throughout high school. She went on to get her BA in Dance Teaching at the University at Buffalo. That was where she first experienced yoga-like movement and meditation. Guided meditation was a regular part of her modern dance and acting classes. She was re-introduced to yoga again in the form of some of the physical therapy exercises she was given when she returned from performing at Tokyo Disneyland with a knee injury. When her two boys were young, she started taking formal yoga classes at a local gym and eventually at a number of local yoga studios. Around this time, she started incorporating guided meditations into her boy’s lives to help them relax and go to sleep at night.
Yoga was the form of exercise and therapy she returned to again and again whenever she experienced injuries as a dog trainer, as a practitioner of Karate, and after getting injured in a car accident.
When the opportunity arose to take a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in October 2016, the timing was optimal and it just seemed serendipitous. She had been incorporating aspects of yoga into her ballet and karate teachings for years. Tara’s goals in teaching yoga are to help others find peace, overcome physical obstacles, and find a method to heal their minds and bodies, as she has.
Tara is currently employed at the Williamsville Central School District business office. She teaches ballet at Karyn Kelly Dance Center and Isshin-Ryu Karate at WNY Karate Center. She is an RYT-200 trained yoga teacher with a BA in Dance Teaching from the University at Buffalo. She has taught ballet since she was a teenager, performed at Tokyo Disneyland, trained dogs for 12 years, and is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor in Isshin-Ryu Karate.