Name: Taraneh (Tara) Eslami
Lives in: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
From: Tehran, Iran
Tell us your first three jobs (ever!): Baby sitting, Shoes Sales, AMEX Customer Service Rep
Zodiac sign: Pisces
Enneagram type: A recovered Type 2, Helper. I think.. 🙂
What do you love about Athens? I spent a brief time in Athens then off to Paros to Lynn Roulo’s retreat. Although my time brief I did stroll around town, enjoyed all the fresh juices I could get, visited historic sites and indulged in an amazing dinner. Definitely a warm colorful and friendly with so much culture and awe. And that Mediterranean air is awesome.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you: I dropped out of nursing school after I left Iran to go to Meunster, Germany. I blacked out at the sight of blood four times before I decided I am not a good fit for the career even with my best bedside manners.
Where we are most likely to find you in Lynn’s Kundalini Yoga? I was a regular when Lynn was teaching in San Francisco (where I used to live for almost 3 decades) and I’ve also been to her yoga retreat in Paros. And possibly I’ll come future ones. 🙂
The first time you tried Kundalini Yoga? Around 2011 when lived in San Francisco, CA living and working near union square. I am an “all sorts of yoga” lover, and one day there was a last minute cancellation for the class I planned to attend. I noticed some people walking upstairs with yoga mats to a Kundalini Yoga class being held once a week, so I followed specially since I’d carved out the time out of my busy schedule. I walked into Lynn Roulo’s class– my first Kundalini Yoga experience. Needless to say all my yoga practice is a spiritual practice, it was a dive into it all. I missed Lynn’s class when she moved to Athens, Greece. However, I’m also grateful for her teachings because they inspired me enough to become a teacher later on. 🙂
Tell us your top tip to combat climate change: Yoga, drink enough filtered water, eat fresh wholesome seasonal food, sleep well preferably sun up to sunset if one can and smile with an quite mind 🙂
Anything else you’d like us to know?: After I lost my brother in 2002, a therapist suggested I seek some kind of a spiritual anchor as I was raised in a secular family in Iran. I had already explored some amazing religious groups along the way– all beautiful in their purity and essence but none resonated enough to follow. So my yoga practice and all-inclusive groups became my sanctuary of sorts. Today my yoga practice is my spiritual practice. I am very grateful for this journey.