Please meet Tara Fiore. She is Mind Body Flow Yoga’s featured student for this month’s newsletter. Tara has a beautiful yoga practice and was generous in sharing it with us, as she demonstrates Triangle Pose (Trikonasana).
Mind Body Flow Yoga’s Very Own Tara Fiore
In my closed mind at the time, yoga wasn’t even a consideration, because I assumed I could get a better workout doing everything else. Spinning, boot camp, weights, & intense workouts with personal trainers were all part of my routine for years.
One of the trainers was really promoting a new yoga class and suggested I try it. Reluctantly, I played along and agreed to take the class.
Truthfully, I was not loving that first yoga class.
I’ll never forget the instructor saying downward facing dog was a great position for rest. I was dying in this pose. I was truly proven wrong; yoga was an intense workout!
I was dying in this pose.
I’m forever grateful for the random stranger in the locker room who started with small talk and then insisted I was going to fall in love with yoga.
Through her yoga campaign, she made me promise her that I would take another class. Something about her message resonated with me, and I made an effort to give yoga a try. Ironically, I never saw this stranger again.
Slowly, I started learning poses and began to feel comfortable with the flow of the class.
Yoga was quickly my new favorite choice for exercise, and the benefits far exceeded anything else I had tried. This gentle & effective movement was so beneficial as my body realigned itself.
Yoga was quickly my new favorite choice for exercise, and the benefits far exceeded anything else I had tried.
Never another visit to the chiropractor.
My initial goal from yoga was to become more physically fit. What a gift the practice is to the soul. Peace, comfort, and simply learning how to breathe, were surprising benefits.
I was beginning to learn how to quiet my mind on my mat. Any consuming thoughts would leave me during my practice.
This awareness spilled off the mat and into my everyday life. I would notice myself subconsciously taking big yoga breaths, as I read stressful emails at work. Amazingly, those breaths prevented stress from getting the best of me.
I soon changed my computer password to breathe because it was making such a difference and helped me to keep everything in perspective.
Timing is everything and finding MBFY came at the perfect time.
I was ready to return to the gym after having my second son; my time was more limited than ever and so were the number of yoga classes being offered.
Yoga was all I wanted to know for exercise, so I needed to make a change. I believe I googled, “yoga 14051,” and it was meant to be that MBFY was the next stop on my journey.
Coming back to exercise after pregnancy can be very humbling. I was sleep deprived and felt like I was practicing yoga in someone else’s body.
Coming back to exercise after pregnancy can be very humbling.
I wasn’t feeling so great the first day I came to MBFY, but I’ll always remember how great it felt to get Marina’s warm welcome, as I came through the door.
Even though I had practiced yoga before, I couldn’t believe how much I was learning (and continue to learn) in the foundation classes and workshops that were offered.
I loved one class after the next with each amazing teacher, admired the sense of community, and felt something more passionate about yoga than ever before.
Something clicked, not only with my practice, but in my mind, as I started practicing at MBFY. I now consider yoga to be a mindset and way of life.
I now consider yoga to be a mindset and way of life.
I’ve learned how prioritize my time and to be okay with it.
If I want to get to class, but have something important to do, I’d tell myself I have a lifetime to practice yoga. If I put something else second and made time to practice, I’d do so guilt-free and know I am better for it.
I’ve fully bought into making peace with balance in every part of my life. As mom and teacher, there’s not always a lot of me to go around, and it’s easy to feel as though I’m falling short in any role at any time.
…there’s not always a lot of me to go around, and it’s easy to feel as though you’re falling short in any role at any time.
I think we all know there is no “perfect,” but so many of us tell ourselves that and still strive for perfection.
I’ve noticed that stressing about shortcomings or what’s not done on the to-do list, really backfires. By choosing my positive yoga mindset, I’m able to give the best version of myself in all I do.
By choosing my positive yoga mindset, I’m able to give the best version of myself in all I do.
Luckily, the mat and yoga mindset are always there when I need reinforcement with my intentions.
Yoga at MBFY grounds me, as I mindfully appreciate every aspect of my life.
With gratitude, I can humbly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been!
At age 40, I am blessed with a loving, supportive husband, two beautiful stepdaughters, two healthy, active sons, all is well with our siblings and parents, and I have a job that I love.
I have so much to be thankful for.
I am able to live the balancing act of life with conviction and appreciation, and that makes all the difference in the journey.
MBFY, I’m thankful beyond words!
Leave a comment below. What stood out to you in the testimonial? What significant experience have you had in your yoga journey?
What is this Pose About?
This is a standing, grounding pose. The resulting shape is a deep opening through the hips, groins, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest and spine. Watch Tara enter into this asana from Mountain Pose (Tadasana). She will exit the pose and land back in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) as well.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you decide to try this pose, or if you have already started to experiment and play around with it.
Tips for Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
- From Mountain pose, step your feet approximately 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades on the back, and palms down.
- Turn your left foot in slightly to the right and your right foot out to the right, with your right foot facing 12 on a clock. Align the right heel with the left heel. Engage your thighs and turn your right thigh outward, so that the right knee is in line with the right ankle.
- Extend your torso to the right directly over the right leg, hinging from the hip joint, not the waist. Press the pinky edge side of your left foot firmly to the floor. Rotate the torso to the left, keeping the two sides equally long. Allow the left hip to come slightly forward and lengthen the tailbone down toward the floor.
- Rest your right hand on your ankle, shin, or the floor or a block, on the outside of your right foot. Whatever is possible, without coming out of integrity of the sides of the torso. Stretch your left arm toward the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position or turn it to the left, eyes gazing at the left thumb.
- Hold this pose for 3 – 5 breaths. Come out of the pose on an inhale, pressing the back heel firmly into the floor and reaching the top arm toward the ceiling. Reverse the feet and repeat for the same length of time on the left side.
- Stretches and strengthens the ankles, knees, and thighs
- Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
- Stimulates the abdominal organs
- Helps relieve stress
- Improves digestion
- Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
- Relieves backache, especially throughout pregnancy
- Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica
- Use caution if you have a headache, diarrhea, or low blood pressure
- If you have a heart condition: Practice against a wall. Keep the top arm on the hip.
- If you have high blood pressure: Turn the head to gaze downward in the final pose.
- If you have beck problems: Don’t turn your head to look upward; continue looking straight ahead and keep both sides of the neck evenly long.
Have you tried this pose before? What has been your experience?