Tara Crystal J.D., RYT 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor

Tara is motivated and driven in everything she does by both her loves of learning and of helping other people feel more happy. Her insatiable desires to learn and grow have lead her down many paths all of which she is forever grateful for having experienced.


Tara’s Journey

Tara began practicing and studying yoga in 2001 while majoring in philosophy at New York University.  She is particularly fond of the philosophical aspects of yoga and brings it into her practice and her classes. After graduating college, Tara developed and funded her own four-month volunteer mission to the mountains of rural Mexico where she worked with underprivileged children teaching English and helping to build a school. Since then she

has devoted time to and fundraised money for several non-profit volunteer organizations including Momma’s Kitchen in San Diego, California where she formerly lived and spent a few hours each week hand delivering hot meals to San Diegans immobilized by AIDS. Tara also fundraised just under eight thousand dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of her father who passed away after complications with these illnesses in 2009.


In 2010, Tara was awarded her law degree from the Hofstra School of Law. Having specialized in refugee and asylum law she was afforded a new opportunity to assist people in need. In 2011 and 2012 Tara completed two yoga alliance registered certifications for her 200 hour and 500 hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher certifications, respectively. She also formed and co-founded the holistic wellness events company Bonifate, LLC along with three fellow yoga teachers. Bonifate Beach, the company’s first event, was held on July 29, 2012 on the roof deck at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, NY.  Sponsored by Lululemon, Vita Coco, Dr. Bronners and many more, it was a wonderful evening.  Our event featured Kirtan and drumming musicians, Swami and Dharma talks, multiple local yoga instructors and the Bliss Bar which offered Thai Yoga Massage, Singing Bowl Meditation and Sound Therapy, Reiki therapy, Spacial Serenity Mind Mapping, fresh fruit juice creations, local vegetarian food and much more. Most recently, in 2013, inspired by the incredible blessings of her first pregnancy, Tara completed the 25-Hour Yoga for Two: Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Mary Barnes at Pure Yoga in New York City.


Tara has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching yoga since 2011. She consistently attends trainings, conferences, workshops and other events learning new perspectives on the practice of yoga from new people. She thinks that yoga, like life, is a continuous labor of love and a work in progress where appreciation of the journey, rather than arrival at a destination, is what truly matters the most.