About Sherri: After 29 years of living someone else's life, Sherri Ta quit her job and opened a yoga and healing center. Her mission is to create a warm and inviting community where it is safe for people to spark their rebellious nature, be big dreamers, and risk takers all while having fun. Sherri lives her life in joyful truth with fierce confidence. Her belief around what's possible is contagious. She inspires others to trust in themselves and ignites their flame to create the life they always dreamed of. Numerous clients say, "Sherri kicks my ass with kindness."
Sherri was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Yogi series.
1. How did you begin practicing yoga?
I was married and had the American dream -- white picket fence, house, Mercedes, money. But, there was something deeply missing in my life and it lived right in the center of my chest, what I now know as my heart chakra. It was a burning desire to allow my heart to open and find myself. I had dabbled in different religions and also started exercising at the same time. This was the time before yoga studios were on every corner, so I bought a DVD and went from there. I was always being called to be on my spiritual journey. If you believe in past lives, then you might believe that I have been doing this work for many lifetimes.
2. Why is yoga important to you?
Because it has allowed me to realize my truth, speak my truth and as cliché as it sounds, be authentically me, which in turn allows me to be completely content regardless of whatever life throws at me.
3. What made you want to teach yoga?
I wanted to share all that I have received by the practice with others.
4. Do you have a preferred type of yoga to teach/practice?
Yes, I teach/practice Dharma Yoga mixed with a Sherri flair. I have always been a traditional girl in a sense and I knew that yoga was much more than exercise from the moment I started. I had been looking for a teacher who incorporated all eight limbs of yoga, not just the asana. Sri Dharma Mittra gave that to me. He may be the master of the asana, but his teachings incorporate all the limbs. I like to consider him my spiritual father. I also have a spiritual mother—she has helped me find my true self and has been mentoring me for sometime now.
Sherri leads a kid's yoga class
5. Describe a yoga class with Sherri. What makes the experience unique?
You will find a complete yoga practice with a teacher who allows you to be free and try things without judgment. The space will compassionately encourage you to push yourself to your limits, to fall and to learn to go beyond your fears.
6. Do you find that cross training makes you a better yogi? What other forms of exercise do you enjoy?
I actually do not do any other forms of exercise because yoga is a complete practice. It is one that can easily be done throughout my life to stay in shape. The yogic lifestyle involves more than just exercise, it is a way of living. It incorporates diet, breathing practices, ethical rules and a way of being.
7. What is your favorite article of yoga-related gear?
My Bagavad Gita. This is one of the greatest spiritual texts one can have. Each time I read it there is something new for me to learn and it always applies to my life.
8. Who is your favorite Washington D.C. area yoga teacher?
Aqeel Yassin and Hannah Allerdice - because they introduced me to Dharma, which has forever changed my life.
Be Here Now Yoga & Healing Center is a new yoga studio opening on February 15 in Washington, DC near Eastern Market.