A little introduction
My name is Tara Sutthoff ( Crist) and I have been teaching yoga for over 16 years and yoga-ing since I was 18, my background has always been in health, sport and wellness. I started off as a massage & reflexologist ( I still give massages after 30 years) and continued my education in dietary therapy and stress management and became a Breathwork practitioner where I was lucky enough to work all over the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium. I eventually settled in Brussels and set up a stress management centre just behind the European Parliament. This gave me a real insight into some of the different cultures and nationalities and I love that Maidenhead has become a really international town, I feel really at home. This work also took me to Aruba but after having children I decided that was stressful enough and took the delightful ‘stressy’ career as a yoga teacher. I feel yoga embraces all of my work over the years. When I returned to the UK in 2008 I became particularly interested in the therapeutic aspect of yoga and took the 4 year teacher training with Dru yoga school. I continue to take monthly master classes at Harmony for Yoga studio in Windsor so I am forever the ‘student’!
Many people ask me about my style of yoga it is a blend of all the training I have done over the years; Hatha, Dru and more recently I am very much inspired by the work of the late Vanda Scarvelli and every month I attend the workshops of Gary Carter who embodies her teachings and takes me deeper into my own yoga practice.
I returned to Brussels for my Family AcroYoga teacher training in 1917 which was fantastic in many ways as I lived in Brussels for 9 years, had my children there and started my yoga teacher training.The training was fantastic with a great network of yoga teachers from all over Europe for inspiration and support. Every hour in Brussels was a real treat and I was delighted it has been turned into a cycle city which was a real bonus. It was the first time being able to cycle anywhere and everywhere, every turn of the corner was a new and old experience, ( If Brussels can turn cycle friendly Maidenhead can too). So if you have a child you would like to grow your yoga with then do check out my classes. The training was fantastic with a great network of yoga teachers from all over Europe for inspiration and support.
I especially love water based sports and last summer I introduced friends and family to Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) and now I have a small fleet and looking forward to a summer of SUP Yoga on the Paddleboards. It is a super way to challenge balance and abdominal strength. I realise that my yoga balances have not been put to the test, until now! So look out for us at various locations on the Thames; teaching one to one sessions or in small groups.
I am excited to be teaching with Louise who is a meditation and NLP practitioner monthly ‘Relax & Restore‘ retreat combining different styles of yoga, meditation, relaxation and reflexology into 3 hours.
I find in all the sports I practice the fundamentals of yoga apply; concentration, co-ordination, balance, stamina, breathing, strength, freedom of movement. The restorative nature of yoga is such that it rejuvenates the body and gives energy not expends it. Yoga is my precious ‘space and time’ to relax and listen to myself.
There is so much written about Yoga and its benefits and everyone who makes time for some yoga practice be it on their own or in a class will receive a wide range of health attributes and the ‘feel good factor’. Combine the breath and some yoga moves and you have a powerful duo. Ten to twenty minutes set a side each day for home yoga practice has the potential to energise and avoid ‘burn out’.
For many, it is easier to practice away from home and all the distractions (& electronics,) in a group setting . Focusing the mind on one move and one breath at a time can untangle many knotty muscles (and tangled brains) and my style of yoga can also sorts out acute back issues and posture.
It’s why I love to share this ancient art of movement, it is a moving meditation which strengthens the mind, body and heart (literally). It’s yoga’s versatility that attracts so many different types of people and of all ages. I am totally inspired by my more mature students who never give up wanting to try something different. These are the people who have kept active and inquisitive their whole life and that does not stop in their nineties!
I think there is nothing more effective than taking some extra deep breathes and stretches as a way to de-stress and re-balance your life. I ‘weave’ yoga into my day, it is my way of slowing down and nurturing my body and mind, and I love to share this others. All my classes can be booked online now which makes it easier for all. Please go the page on the website to find the link to the class you would like more information on.
I look forward to meeting you and seeing you on the ‘mat’ or river.
With love, Tara
Text me or email if you want to discuss yoga with me. Tel: 07505 147957 Email firstname.lastname@example.org