Volunteer of the Month: Tara “Earth” Murphy

FullSizeRender-5Earth has been a part of our community for many years now. She started out attending classes, then started to help out by being one of our weekly cleaning volunteers, and now she’s enrolled in one of our Yoga Teacher Trainings! Earth is a vivacious lass with a true joie de vivre and contagious smile. Read on to learn more…
What inspires you to continue yoga?

I enjoy yoga for its many therapeutic benefits! My practice has increased my flexibility, strengthened my muscles, aided with balance, encouraged meditative focus, reminded me to breathe fully, and gracefully shown me the beauty and divinity within each pose. This awareness has been translated in my everyday life, which has guided me to become a better being and a brighter Light.
What is your favorite pose?

My favorite asanas include any hip openers such as pigeon pose or square pose, as well as binding into twists. Hot yoga and Yin yoga are two of my favorite types of classes to attend.
What is your most challenging pose?

All Inversions and Balance poses!
How has yoga changed your life?

I feel more grounded than ever as I comfortably move into each day with a more meditative pace and with more attentive awareness. As I become more flexible and stronger in my body, I am experiencing Bliss in every moment of my life.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?

One of my favorite yoga teachers is Shiva Rea who brings creativity and flow into her practice. I am honored to be pictured in a yoga book that she is featured in a number of times (including the front cover): “The Nature of Yoga Meditation on Love, Beauty & Truth – Bill Tipper”

I also enjoy the books “The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga Volume 1” by Ray Long, and of course “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”


What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

Intuitive, Determined, Giving (and Lovable!)
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?

My interest in becoming a teacher is to teach classes with the energetic themes, including the chakras.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?

I Love Trip-hop and ambient music, especially Lemongrass, Bonobo, Amon Tobin, and Thievery Corporation. I enjoy streaming “Groove Salad” on SomaFM and enjoy all artists with NinjaTune records. Desert Dwellers, MC Yogi, and David & Steve Gordon also are great musicians for my yoga practice!
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?

Besides Yoga, my other passions include Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Energy-Work. My interests mainly are about facilitating healing for the body and understanding how it works. I spend much of my time growing my new business the “Appalachia Guild of Healing Arts.”
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?

I felt it.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?

Orange kitty cats.
Earth is building up her own community in Asheville as part of the Appalachian Guild of Healing Arts. Feel free to book a massage with her- you will not be disappointed! Earth, thank you for all that you do to make this world a better place to be! If you see Earth, or a few orange kitties, around the studio be sure to introduce yourself. Me-yow!