Emma from the Joy of Yoga interviews Tamara on her work and campaign. check out the interview below!
Tamara is launching a Kickstarter campaign for her new book, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. More information about Tamara, her book, and what she has coming up next is in the interview below. Enjoy!
1. On your website, beginwithin.ca, you speak about your mission. Would you be able to summarize some key points for The Joy of Yoga readers?
In my own life, I’ve worked hard to deepen my own self-awareness and equanimity as a way to find peace in this roller coaster of a world that we live in. My intention in creating Begin Within was to create a space in which to share the tools, techniques, and teachings that have assisted and continue to assist me on own personal path.
I have been writing, illustrating and producing books in which to support others to find the calm within the chaos – at times, a difficult feat.
I’ve primarily been developing properties designed to nurture children’s growth, enhancing their emotional intelligence. Children today face daily challenges as they navigate a rapidly changing world. Begin Within offers the support and education to children and educators to inspire their inner transformation.
I’m excited to share that Begin Within will be expanding in the New Year! In addition to adult titles, I’ll be offering regular blogs, videos and interviews with thought leaders on themes relevant to finding the calm within the chaos.
2. I really appreciate your focus on working with children. What in your own path led you here?
My interest in educating children didn’t come from children themselves. It came from my own challenges, struggling as a child and then an adult.
As a child, I struggled with what felt like challenge after challenge. Growing up in a controlling environment lead to cultivating perfectionistic tendencies, where there is little room for self-acceptance or self-compassion. These were qualities I had to learn as an adult and continue to practice as best as I can.
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