Tama Soble is one part of the power team that runs Esther Myers Yoga, which has been providing classes and yoga training in the Annex since 1979. They focus on a deeply reflective style of Hatha yoga that highlights the connection between the breath, gravity, and spinal elongation.
How did your athletic career begin?
I began dancing at a young age, and was introduced to yoga at 15 at a community centre. I had been attending a fencing class and was not enjoying the sparing. The instructor suggested that I try the yoga class down the hall, so I did and I loved the practice immediately.
How has working out impacted your life?
Practicing yoga has a tremendous impact on my life. It connects me to my body- supporting me to make healthy choices in many ways from balance of overall activity, to amount of sleep to healthy eating. Yoga also offers me a means to regulate my nervous system, having a positive impact on my psychological and emotional well being.
What roadblocks have you had to overcome?
I have always enjoyed my yoga practice. It is a pleasure to be a student and practice with others as well as to teach and to cultivate a home practice. At times, particularly when I was raising a family, finding time for home practice was challenging. I was motivated to overcome this challenge because I noticed that practicing helped me become more patient and energetic. This remains true.
What drew you to Yoga?
I was drawn to yoga immediately because it spoke to all of me, mind and body. It offered a practical way to cultivate a reflective self awareness and I felt strong and centred after each practice. During my years as a dancer and choreographer, yoga was a way to counter the physical and mental fatigue brought on by rehearsing and touring. I also deeply enjoy the creative elements of the approach to yoga that I practice and teach.
What is your #1 fitness tip?
Choose an activity that you enjoy and that leaves you feeling rejuvenated and light. An activity that moves you toward a sense of overall wellness and supports you in the other aspects of your life.