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If you asked the thousands of people whose lives she’s enhanced what Tara Atwood does, you might hear thousands of answers. That’s because Tara has created a unique program of sound baths* and meditation to help each client find their own path to mental, emotional and physical well-being. Tara also has developed an international reputation as an invited speaker, storyteller and writer. (*A sound bath is a 2,500 year old form of meditation that uses sound to heal a person’s mind, body and soul.)
Tara’s training and continuing education enable her to help people achieve well-being by applying ancient techniques with a modern point of view. It’s how Tara helps clients achieve greater self-awareness as she guides them to find their own passion and purpose.
How did you decide to pursue this path?
I once lived a stressful and fast-paced life in NYC. I worked in a high-stress career in finance, found myself in a toxic relationship and environment, and socially I would say YES to everything.
I was not living in balance. When you’re not in balance, you start to experience dis-ease which translates to physical and mental breakdown like stress, anxiety, weakened immune, etc. When you do not listen to these cues, dis-ease turns to disease. For me that was being diagnosed with a brain tumor. My neurologist told me I need to learn to breathe and find outlets to release stress. I changed my life by leaving the corporate world, ending a relationship, leaving New York and moving to India. I focused on my well-being. I moved to India and Italy to study and work in eastern medicine and wellness. During my time living abroad, I would visit America and host pop-up meditation and sound bath classes. I knew Americans needed it the most. So I decided to move to Boston in Fall 2019 to focus on building a meditation community on the East Coast.
I’m really surprised at the enormous following I’ve developed. I knew people needed it. I just never realized the reception would come so quickly and be so much!
Do you find women in their 60s and 70s who were part of the flower child generation are more open to your practice?
I’m going to put on my MBA hat for this one! In business school we learned about the Diffusion of Innovation, which is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas spread. Within the rate of adoption, there are always the innovators which are about 2% of people who will try this new “thing” before anyone else. Then there is a point at which an innovation reaches critical mass and everyone ends up trying it. The “flower child” generation I’ll put into the 2% innovators. This group are absolutely open to the practice of meditation and sound therapy and are the first set of people who came to my classes and are those that are repeatedly coming to my classes week after week.
However, people have caught on to this practice and I believe we’re just reaching mainstream as everyone is beginning to realize the benefits of meditation and sound therapy. People from children, to teens, to young adults, middle age and 55+ are coming to classes and large corporations like Vertex, PWC and others are booking classes. This is going to be a trend. People are looking for new ways to reduce chronic pain, decrease anxiety, stress and depression, increase their immune system and optimize their mental-health and well-being outside of just standard medical treatments.
What benefits can older women experience from your practice?
While traveling through Asia in locations like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Vietnam where generally first world benefits aren’t as readily available, I was surprised to see how healthy, mobile, active and in shape many of these women were.
While in a remote village in Cambodia, these older women were climbing very high ladders to get to their stilt homes. They carried food and water on their heads and backs coming from walking miles to get their necessities. They squatted while chatting with me or others, ate while sitting on the floor with their legs crossed and in general were very mobile and active.
I realized then how important simple movements are in everyday life. These women, every day, are moving in some way. Whether it’s dancing through their cultural traditions, practicing yoga, meditating or walking, these simple daily acts have allowed them to remain mobile, flexible and healthy despite their lack of modern medical access.
The first benefit from practicing with me is simply becoming more aware of new ways to treat your mind and body. Simple things like incorporating mediation and yoga allow you to create space for your body to move in new ways. These are not practices that are grueling; these are practices that are simple but have profound physical effects that allow you to remain mobile, flexible and active.
In addition, you benefit from the ancient wellness practice of Sound Therapy in my classes. My Tibetan Singing Bowls and Crystal Alchemy Bowls emit rich audible tones and invisible frequencies that are heard and felt, and our bodies naturally resonate with the frequencies. These frequencies restore normal vibratory frequencies from out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul, while encouraging a deep state of relaxation and healing. The frequencies of sound and audible tones have deep effects on our breath, blood flow, cellular movement, biorhythms, thoughts, and our brain waves. Sound waves are said to calm the nervous system and balance the “subtle body,” energy that vibrates throughout the innermost layers of the body. In addition to balancing the subtle body, this holistic practice of sound bathing has also been known to work wonders for stress relief, insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, and even depression.
Tara’s clients experience benefits including…
- Support for healing for various health and emotional issues
- Relief of chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
- Balance and Harmonize energy fields/chakras
- Relaxation, deep sleep
- Reduces anxiety
- Increases rejuvenation
- Increases mental clarity
- Increases creativity
- Improves sleep
- Feelings of joy and happiness
And, to learn more about Tara’s practice and how a sound bath with yoga, meditation or reiki might help you or someone you care about, visit www taraatwood.com