Health Guru Q and A: Tahira Haroon

I am delighted to introduce to you Tahira Haroon, a yoga and Zero Balancer instructor as well as practitioner of both forms of bodywork.  She is located in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia where she conducts her regular yoga classes and sees her clients.  (In case you have not heard of Zero Balancing, because I sure hadn't, go here for a bit about it.  Scroll towards the bottom of the post.)

Tahira emanates warmth and has such a soothing voice and believes in these forms of bodywork whole-heartedly.  Tahira loves both practices as she finds they "inform each other and are wonderful complements to each other."  Read on with this Q and A with Tahira to get to know her and what she does a bit better.  And, better yet, if you are in or near the Charlottesville area, look her up and get to feel "the bliss."

Q and A

Please tell us what you do and where you are located.

I teach Svaroopa yoga and Zero Balancing in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I also give Embodyment Yoga therapy and Zero Balancing sessions.  Svaroopa yoga is a very gentle form of yoga that focuses on releasing spinal tension as well as core release.  Those with back issues can really benefit.  Meditation is also greatly emphasized.  The word, "svaroopa" derives from the Sanskrit language and means a state of consciousness that develops through the quieting of our minds, which is called "bliss." For even more information, I invite you to visit my website,!

Could you share with us your background, including your education, special training and where, experience, etc.?

I have a Master's degree in Public Policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  I have also received extensive teacher training in Svaroopa yoga and Zero Balancing.  I am a certified Svaroopa Yoga Teacher (CSYT) and a certified faculty member of Zero Balancing.

What led you to this career path?

A friend of mine once said that God brings one to yoga . . . And I discovered Zero Balancing through yoga.  While doing my instructor training for yoga, I was exposed to Zero Balancing.  And, that was it. I was hooked immediately and wanted to get certified in that as well.

What should one look for when seeking someone in your profession?

First, look at their credentials and experience.  But, perhaps a more important questions to ask yourself is, "Do you want to be in relationship with that person?"  You should be comfortable with the therapy and practitioner.  Trust is vital.

Please elaborate on the benefits to the patient of your particular therapy or field.

Self-awareness and bliss, or the quietening of our minds that I spoke about earlier. Another huge benefit is reduced stress, which is crucial to good health.  But, I invite you to experience these modalities to learn about and feel the benefits personally.  I had suffered from great knee pain before practicing Svaroopa yoga and was taught the "magic four poses" and the pain was gone.

Tell us a success story with a patient or share an interesting case.

I had a Zero Balancing client who was convinced she had Parkinson's Disease.  She had not been officially diagnosed as such, but definitely had some of the symptoms.  She loved receiving Zero Balancing weekly sessions from me.  Nevertheless, I felt that we were always starting from the beginning, so I asked her to start coming twice a week.  When she started coming twice a week, I noticed a real difference and so did she.  She said that she was symptom-free.  Please understand, though, that zero balancing is not a substitute for medical treatment.  We do not diagnose or treat people in Zero Balancing.  We have clients rather than patients.

Name some of the biggest misconceptions regarding your field.

When I tell people I have just met that I do bodywork, they think at first that I work on cars!

List 5 to 10 practices we should be doing to lead a healthier life.

Some practices to incorporate into your life could include:
  • Think positive, elevated thoughts.
  • Drink plenty of pure water.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a varied, balanced diet and avoid processed foods.
  • Engage in spiritual practices.
  • Be in and enjoy healthy relationships.
  • Serve others.
  • Do yoga and/or meditate.

Are there any particular books, websites, or other references you can suggest for further study?

Start by checking out these two websites on the topics:

Anything else you would like to tell The Health-Minded?

Please come to visit me in Charlottesville for a yoga class or Embodyment or Zero Balancing session.