“Tara Tonini is a lover of nature, movement, color and creativity. Tara discovered yoga as a means of recovery from a relationship of domestic violence. Through her dedicated practice, yoga provided a way to reduce stress and regain strength and clarity in her daily life. Tara strives to build a community where survivors and teachers can connect and experience the healing art of yoga.”
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 646-620-6981 | Website: www.taratonini.com | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tara.tonini |Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taratonini/ | Location: New York City, NY
About Tara Tonini
I am the Program Director for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to reclaim their lives through the healing and grounding practice of yoga. My job as Program Director entails teaching in the shelter, facilitating teacher trainings, and management of weekly classes. I have over 200 hours of specialized training in working with trauma through yoga.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
I am a survivor of trauma and used the tools of yoga to heal. I am deeply invested in sharing these tools with others interested in healing.
Through the trauma-informed yoga practice I facilitate, students are invited to practice being in the present moment and use the tools of yoga as soothing, coping mechanisms before or when they feel hijacked by emotion or triggers. My intention is to create a safe environment for students to experience the sensations in their body. Based on those sensations, they are invited to make choices on what to do with their body. Over time, this choice making creates empowerment and a deeper healing of the mind-body connection.
My Approach to Trauma-Informed Care
Teaching trauma-informed yoga is not just my job, it is my calling.
I meet each student where they are at. I use invitational language, so students can choose what to do with their bodies at all times. I give students the opportunity to choose to practice with or without music. They are also in control of whether or not they choose to have hands-on appropriate touch/assists in their practice and have full permission to change their minds at any time during their practice.
I am able to offer clients a sliding-scale.