Taozi Tree Yoga

The seeds we water are the seeds that grow.



woods yoga pic

The Beginning- Boulder, Colorado

My first yoga class was my freshman year of college. A friend picked me up in the dark, 5 am, and took me to an hour and a half long hot yoga class. At the end of the class as I lay in Savasana, I felt a natural high, the likes of which I had never felt before. I walked home as the sun was coming up and my sweat began to dry on my skin. I felt alive and I was in love. This was the beginning.


My experience with yoga rooted deeper coinciding with my life in China. My Chinese name Taozi 桃子 is where Taozi Tree Yoga comes from. After moving to Tianjin in the fall of 2007, I found solace in an upstairs room of a local gym where a simple yoga class was taught a few times a week.

The impact of getting quiet and taking the time out for myself during a difficult time in my life, began watering the seeds of yoga that had already been planted in Boulder, Colorado a couple of years before. It was in Beijing that I discovered yoga as community.




yoga pic


Teacher: Uton Laoshi and Wang Ming Laoshi



At this yoga school I attended a yoga teacher training over a period of 3 years. I would frequently attend classes after work and put numerous hours into translating what I’d been taught during yoga class with my Chinese teacher.  Uton Laoshi, taught me the essence of yoga postures with a Chinese flare. Harnessing energy within each posture, feeling the flow of energy in one side, out the other… coming from the inside out and outside in… she was able to look at my standing posture with her eyes closed and sense where there were energy blocks, perhaps a bit heeby jeeby but I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anyone practice like her.

Humble beyond measure, light-hearted, and a physical practice like none I’ve ever seen. I’m honored to have practiced under her.

Denver, Colorado

Core Power Yoga

Teachers: Jess Kos Birnry

50 hr YTT

Colorado, USA


In the summer of 2009 I attended a weeklong intensive level 1 training with Core Power Yoga in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. This was a wonderful introduction to western yoga teaching styles. The training leader, Jessica, was wonderful. She taught me to be lighthearted and to smile. She taught us not to be afraid to ask the students to push themselves. Core Power has a consistent sequence and is really well-organized. The classes are always challenging and fun… there are different levels of difficulty that all follow a certain format. I find the core sequence in the middle of class incredible, the teacher will generally pair it with some upbeat music to encourage the students to push it. Every time I am back in Colorado I love going back to Core Power and I am so happy I got to do one of my first trainings with Jess and Core Power.


Bali, Indonesia

Santosha Yoga

Teachers: Peter Clifford and Sunny Richards-Glasser

250 hr YTT

Santosha Yoga Teacher Training

In the October of 2011 I attended a training that totally changed my life. During this transformative month we got up early every day, catching many sun rises on the beach, in order to make each day as full as possible. We ate the most yummy Ayurvedic food thanks to the wonderful staff at Villa Serenity. We sat together and listened to Peter teach us about hip circles, monkey mind, and BREATH. HE taught us to think happy thoughts before bedtime and to make our cells happy at an intrinsic level… we are what we think… We took private lessons with him as he critiqued our posture and the way we walked. He taught me to walk like a princess and he told me he wished I saw myself as others did.

Kelli's Heart Glow



Teachers: Mahesh and Ellie

225 hr YTT

Varkala Beach, India

Hatha Yoga Mysore

Ashtanga and Pre Natal/Post Natal Yoga teacher trainings were done here with Mahesh and Ellie. Their teaching style and total wealth of knowledge and books was inspiring beyond belief.

Mahesh and his magic assists....

Mahesh and his magic assists….

Beautiful teachers Ellie and Mahesh.

Beautiful teachers Ellie and Mahesh.


Teachers: Natwar, Bhaskar, Roshan.

300 hr YTT

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh Yog Peeth

Rishikesh. Land of cows and yoga. We spent 6 weeks here in Northern India. What an amazing and life changing experience. Long days. Full days. Ultimate lesson learned…. never stop learning 😉

300 hr YTT  Rishikesh Yog Peeth December 2012

300 hr YTT Rishikesh Yog Peeth December 2012

The World

Since leaving Beijing in the winter of 2011, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to take my practice all over the planet. Visiting nearly two dozen countries on five continents… the world has opened up in the most beautiful way. I believe with my core that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow”. ANYTHING is possible with action, love, and patience.



37 thoughts on “My Yoga HiSTORY

  1. Hi Theresa, and tyvm for stopping by my blog http://yoginigonepaleo.wordpress.com. What an amazing journey you’ve been on! And, if I may say so, your art is absolutely beautiful; I love how vibrantly colorful it is, and the way motion makes it come alive.

  2. You are such a shining light… loving your daily wisdom and just LOVE you Theresa P! Miss you lots, so happy we’re in touch so often… mwa!

  3. Hi Theresa,

    thanks for stopping by our blog! 🙂

    We are building a global yoga community and a global yoga directory to make yoga more easily available to everyone everywhere. If our mission resonates with you, we would be thankful if you reblogged one of our posts or shared our link http://globalyogahub.wordpress.com/about/.

    Also would you be interested in a guest post on the blog? We would love that!

    Have an inspiring day! 🙂

    • My pleasure 😉 It is a great site! I would love to guest post… Let me know what and when and I will do my best.

      • Cool! 🙂

        You can write about whatever you want, I personally would be very interested in your teacher training experience in China. Also I gather that you have been moving around – so maybe your experience about how to start teaching yoga in a new/foreign country. Choose what you feel you want to share, if it comes from the heart, than that’s it.

        You can also check a recent guest post http://globalyogahub.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/the-ocean-a-shrine-of-interconnection/, next Thursday’s will also be really cool!

        We currently have 4 posts scheduled, so we would post yours in a month or so, but we are flexible.

        You can send any photos you would add to the post, a short bio, your headshot and links you would like to be added.

        Oh, yes, our email: globalyogahub@gmail.com.

        Exciting! 🙂

  4. Hi Theresa
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I am especially excited to see you have so many experiences with a wide range of yoga schools as I am looking to take another TTC in India and Rishikesh Yog Peeth is one of the schools that are on my radar. Would love to be in touch with you via email to exchange some thoughts and how the course was for you. If it is ok – my email is n.sharil@gmail.com

    Look forward to hearing from you!

  5. Love your blog especially the colorful pictures. Blessings and best wishes.

  6. I have nominated you for a Liebster Award because I truly enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work! http://blondewithababy.com/2013/03/18/liebster-award/

  7. Hello and thanks for stopping by my blog. I found your site very inspirational. You have a bundle of information. I’ll be back!

  8. I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Check out my page for info on how to pass it on! http://backtothesutra.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/beautiful-blogger-award/

    • Hey Jeana! Thank you so much… sorry I just saw this… We have been traveling SO much and well… whoops! I love the way you set up the award and listed some pretty incredible bloggers… I am honored to be one of them! Thank you… 😉

  9. A very, very mesmerizing journey! I am at awe with your light.
    Namaste! =)

  10. Thanks for visiting my blog, Discover Santosha. I’m glad you liked it! I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures here.

  11. What’s lovely is that goodness we are able to build up within ourselves, so it overflows. It takes a lot to do that, to avoid getting sucked into the reactive emotions and will aggregate formed under the impact of our experience in the world out there.

    But I wish, those who succeed at that attain a station in life when they do not have to think of money anymore, when they have no need or urge to “sell” or make money from what they know … which is essentially spiritual.

    I wish such spiritually gifted individuals attain that station sooner in life than later. That blessedness, of channeling light and bliss for free, such as water and air is, to people who have it intensely in their quest, who are no longer held up by their material and sensual need, is the beatitude waiting for us to bestow on ourself.

    Normally, blogs do not carry such a substantial comment. You could take the call whether to allow this one or not. For, it might not really be pertinent to people’s concern, in general.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog, yogini! I enjoyed reading about your evolving journey and I look forward to keeping in touch! Sat Nam!!

  13. Happy to connect and follow! 🙂 aleya

  14. Hey there: thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 http://ayogiclifestyle.wordpress.com

    I lke your art too :-))

  15. Wow what an incredible adventure in the path of yoga.. I am deeply inspired by your zeal and dedication to live the life of yoga. Thank you for sharing wisdom and experiences via writing and the wonderful works of art. And yes, thank you for visiting my blog and the words of appreciation!

  16. Theresa,

    What a journey! You’re pictures are beautiful, they really help tell your story! Feeling inspired. – Faye

  17. Thanks for stopping by and reading my most recent post, Invoking Lakshmi! I was reading through your yoga history and we have Mahesh and Ellie in common in Varkala 🙂 I actually JUST got back from getting my 200hr Hatha there. Small world, namaste!

  18. Greetings Taozirae!
    What a beautiful site! I feel inspired to make some improvements on my blog. I’m new at this and not the most technically adept.
    Your training has been amazing. You are so fortunate to have had so many wonderful teachers.
    Thanks again for visiting my blog.
    May you be healthy, may you be happy, may you flourish to your potential!

    • Fantastic Tim! I am glad it has inspired you— we all just follow the paths of others right? I know that’s all I do. I heard one time that we are all just Frankenstiens of all the people we respect and admire, a bit of each teacher… so an important part of life is deciding who or what we want to emulate. 🙂

  19. Thank you, Taozirae! From looking at your site I can see that you are having a wonderful yoga journey.
    I look forward to keeping up with your work!

  20. Great Blog T. I have also been enjoying my yoga journey. I did Core Powers TT this last fall and loved it but have not started teaching yet. Take care!

  21. Thanks so much for liking one of my posts. And now I’m going to peruse yours, which looks so lovely. Namaste, 🙂 Jane

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