Many of us in the MindBodyGreen community live in big cities, where we're spoiled by an abundance of yoga studios and talented teachers. It's easy to forget than in other parts of America, yoga's still not so mainstream. Many towns don't have a studio, and many Americans have no idea what yoga is, or why it might benefit them.
Tara Stiles is trying to change that.
As part of her mission to make yoga more inclusive, Tara recently traveled to her hometown of Newton, Illinois (population: 3,100), to host a free class in the town square called "Yoga Day." She wanted to show people of all ages that the practice can be accessible and easy. Her journey is documented in a new video called Heartland Yogi, and Tara was kind enough to tell us about her inspiring experience.
What inspired you to do Yoga Day in Newton?
For a long time, I've had this idea to go back to Newton to try to get everyone excited and energized and doing yoga together. I can't believe it actually came together. Most of my family lives there and I've spent so much time playing and running around there as a kid, I really wanted to share not only the practice of yoga and all of its benefits physically, mentally, and spiritually, but I thought it would be a fun idea to see if the whole town could come together. I had no idea what would happen, but it was very special and a lot of fun!