What would you do if you knew you could not fail? How would you be if you knew you were already enough? Imagine this life free of those chains... and knowing those chains are really just an illusion.
We are each born with it…A seed, a gift that we are given in order to live a life of inspiration and fulfillment, inspiring others to do the same. It is up to us to cultivate, to create, to nurture…and then to wait and allow it to bloom.
Join Kathryn and Tara on a journey of rediscovery, finding that inner warrior rooted in your truest sense of self.
Embraced by Mother Nature, nurtured by the sand, and held by the mighty ocean, we will shed the unnecessary layers that we so insist on carrying with us on a daily basis that prevent us from the act of simply being. Prepare to take a journey to one of the most beautiful locations this planet has to offer as we explore our own internal landscapes. We will explore the ineffable beaches of Cabrera, Dominican Republic, with opportunities to flow freely on our mats while quieting our minds with stillness and meditation.
The waves will inspire us as we flow through asana. The songs of the palm trees will inspire our creative spirits as we journal and reflect. The power of the sun will remind us of the light that shines from within- illuminating the path as we continue to this journey. As we remember that we are human beings, not human doings, we will mindfully experience each and every day arriving one step closer to the ability of being... Fearlessly Free.
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The Hosts: Meet Tara and Kathryn
Tara (Becky) Eschenroeder: With some teachers, the lessons are planned. They are practiced. They are rehearsed. And they are perfected to a tee. But Tara Eschenroeder offers a different experience. Teaching was Tara’s dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson.. Having prepared her body and mind to become that bow - that vessel - that let’s her lesson go.. Weaving its way into the provided space and landing wherever it is intended.
Tara felt that call in 2007 when she first felt the spark of a tiny flame. And instead of approaching that flame fearing the heat, she chose to approach it with love, stoking the fire that was burning within for her passion of yoga. By the end of 2009, she received her 200 hour RYT under Arlene Bjork and Grace Yoga Training Systems. She continued to follow what she knew and trusted her path to be, and she obtained her 500 hour RYT through Om On Yoga under the guidance and wisdom of Jennifer Elliott.
Inside the studio, no two classes or workshops are ever the same. Students are not told what to do, they are empowered to listen to their own bodies. And while there are general cues throughout of “warrior” and “downward dog” (almost always accompanied by their sanskrit name), one is also just as likely to hear cues of “listen to the animal within,” “move through honey, “ride the wave of your breath,” or, simply, just an encouragement to “dance.” Her mentoring sessions follow a similar pattern. Mentees are not told what to do but instead empowered to listen within with offered guidance- never forced, and always an open-minded invitation to explore. Tara’s Psychology degree from James Madison University and Elementary Education License from Mary Baldwin College give her a studied foundation for helping others, but it’s her natural instincts and open heart that help students see the best in themselves.
Traveling is Tara’s home, as she spends much of her time around the country holding workshops, retreats, and classes. She has also received additional teaching credentials with Project Yoga Richmond and YoKid Stretch Your Limits, as well as serving as a proud Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. Yet, so much of her teaching is done off of the yoga mat. Tara openly and outwardly lives the teachings has been inspired to share. Just as she would encourage a student falling out of a pose to take themselves lightly, she does the same as she navigates through challenges. And just as she would encourage a student to trust themselves as they spread their wings into something new on the mat, she is a living example of trusting what she knew was her calling as she spread her own wings. She approaches life with that same love that she used to approach that initial flame, and she encourages each person with whom is comes in contact to do the same. And by doing so, she is living out her truth and her drishti of being a vessel of blessing.
Kathryn Jones: Kathryn is a 200-RYT yoga instructor based in Austin, TX. She found what she thought was “yoga” in 2015 when she was cross-training for a marathon, sitting in pigeon pose, and watching TV while stretching her sore legs. Little did she know this practice spanned far beyond the physical asana. She has spent the past few years diving deeper into the the practice’s other seven limbs, exploring mantra and pranayama and meditation, learning the importance of self study while sitting in stillness.
Kathryn grew up as a gymnast, and transitioning into a “yogi” in adulthood seemed an obvious next step given the background in balance and flexibility. Her innate drive was still programmed toward how far she could push herself and how much pain she could withstand. She found yoga at a time of complete loss of identity. And the day when it clicked that moving your body didn’t mean pushing it to the brink but instead performing at a level of celebration changed her life forever. Yoga was no longer a means of escape- through pain or through struggle. It was no longer a means of going outward, but instead of going inward. Kathryn’s time on the mat morphed into a time of self discovery- of looking straight into the mirror she had avoided for so long and meeting every feature face to face. It was through this time of stillness and acceptance that she began to grow.
Through her own self studies and eternal time as a student. Kathryn has come to cultivate an ambition not of “powering” but instead of “empowering” her students. She teaches from a place of listening within instead of being driven by external forces. And she recognizes and honors that strength comes in so many forms- from brute power to the strength to surrender. Wherever you are, there is benefit in pausing, letting the whirlpool settle, and truly finding what lies beneath.. and this is what helps uncover the path truly meant to be traveled.