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Anusara Dara hits Caz

Anusara Dara hits Caz

New yoga instructor to coordinate programming at Caz Fitness

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

How do you feel about yoga?

"When your yoga poses feel difficult, you are probably doing something wrong," said Dara Harper, the new yoga instructor at Caz Family Fitness. "I help my students feel amazing in their poses."

At one point, Harper owned her own yoga business called Infinite Bliss in Louisville, KY.

"A lot of my students feel like a light bulb went off when they take my classes," she said.

Having just moved to Cazenovia, Harper applied for a teaching position at the fitness club and wound up with something more. Caz Fitness proprietor De Ann Steinhorst was so impressed with her enthusiasm and business skills that she offered her the position of director of programming.

"I'm so impressed with this woman that I have decided to offer her a job running our entire programming at the club," Steinhorst said. "She is so full of life and energy. I know she will do very well."

"I can bring teachers together and create more of a community," Harper said.

Harper is married with two young children. Her husband is a professor at S.U. in the Newhouse School. They bought a house in Caz over the summer.

"I can feel the wonder of Cazenovia upon us as the leaves start to change and softly blow through the air," Harper said. "When I first arrived, all I could think of was the imminent snow and now I feel like I can enjoy autumn."

Harper has been teaching yoga for 11 years focusing on body alignment and physiology. She practices Anusara yoga, meaning flowing with grace, but has incorporated many other methods.

"I've created my own style based on Anusara yoga, " she said.

Founded by John Friend in 1997, Anusara Yoga has an uplifting philosophy, epitomized by a "celebration of the heart," that looks for the good in all people and all things. Consequently, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations and talents, thus exulting the community.

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