Tara is a registered charity dedicated to teaching authentic spirituality and to bringing the principles of yoga and tantra to as many people as possible who are open to receive it. We offer many free activities, including yoga classes, meditations, talks and workshops. We aim to keep the cost of our other events, courses and retreats as low as possible and all income is redirected back into the charity.
All of our teachers and many of our staff are volunteers. Those who work in our core team view their role not as a ‘job’, but as a form of spiritual practice (known as Karma Yoga), through which we always aim to act unselfishly and from the heart. Teachers and staff alike are in a conscious process of transformation and development together with our students.
Who is Tara?
Tara is one of the ten ‘Maha Vidyas’ or goddesses of the Tantric pantheon. She is the embodiment of knowledge, grace and compassion. Tara is the guiding star of all spiritual seekers, helping aspirants at any moment as they navigate ‘samsara’, the ocean of illusion, on the path to self-knowledge. Our centres are dedicated to Maha Vidya Tara, as hubs of knowledge and spiritual evolution.
The University of Life
At Tara we believe that life is for living, so we need to learn to truly live. And like life, learning never stops. That is why we teach our flagship courses in Yoga, Tantra, Kashmir Shaivism and Astrology a little differently to most. The core courses are structured like university courses with knowledge and practice delivered on a weekly basis, in modules where each class builds on previous lessons.
People often ask us, ‘How long is the course?’ Well, we see personal evolution as a continuous process, so our courses literally continue as long as you wish to keep learning! Some of our students find what they came for after a few months, while many attend classes for years – just ask a Tara student, ‘What year are you in?’ and you might hear ‘2nd year’, ‘4th year’, ‘7th year’ or even more. Every week a brand-new lesson is offered, together with tools and practices that allow this ever-expanding knowledge to be integrated into daily life.
Alongside our courses, we run regular workshops, talks and other events. These can be treated as stand-alone experiences, or as ways to enrich the knowledge already offered on the courses. We also run two retreats a year, where we immerse ourselves in yoga and tantra for a full week away from the bustle of the city.