Taryn Weggelaar | Founder & Director of Loka Yoga School
"To do what you love, and feel that it matters, how can anything be more fun?"
Growing up by the pristine coastline in Western Australia, with loving parents who also enjoyed frequent camping adventures in the outback, Taryn was constantly surrounded by nature. She believes all these natural elements were her first teachers to broaden her awareness to the lasting wild beauty of life.
Taryn loves ‘all things yoga’. She embraces all yoga styles and enjoys learning about herself through practices that offer a challenging vinyasa format, where postures are linked together, as well as a gentle or yin approach where poses are held for a longer period.
Her teaching approach utilises a progressive format where postures are built step by step and grow in complexity towards a challenging or pinnacle posture (asana). She has an inclusive attitude and integrates the use of blocks, belts, straps and blankets to make the postures accessible and to invite challenge. Creative sequences and a fresh minded view of the world lead to classes that move students towards their full potential and inspire the desire to look for the good.
Layering alignment instructions with reminders to connect and move with the currents of the breath, Taryn uses themes emphasising yogic philosophies that celebrate individual expression and encourage reverence for life.
Skillful corrections and assists, amazing experiential adjustments and a vision for detail, accentuated by instructions that enhance her student's feeling of strength and grace, are hallmarks of Taryn's teaching style. Her strongest desire is to be of service and to remind each student to connect to the power of their own inner light.
Although she first experienced yoga when she was 16, Taryn devoted herself to the practice of yoga in 2008 and has been a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) since 2013. She completed her training in Australia and is currently an independent teacher at the E-RYT 500 level. She has specialised in teaching in various yoga studios, corporate yoga and sports teams (including both the Australian men's and women's Olympic hockey teams).
Teaching in Australia, India, Indonesia and internationally for 8 years, as well as running yoga teacher training courses in India and Bali, she has logged over 6500 hours of teaching experience with Yoga Alliance. As an avid practitioner she embraces all styles of yoga. Being an ardent student, Taryn participates in advanced Yoga studies to further her understanding and ability to serve others.
Realising and understanding the benefits of experiencing yoga in it's homeplace of India, and with wealth of knowledge and contacts with local Indian and Tibetan friends throughout North India, Taryn loves sharing her experiences through the annual 'Journey Through North India' retreats.