Cara Gilman is a yoga teacher, run coach, and mom. First runner, then yogi, Cara found yoga like how most of us do, through countless injuries and the need for a consistent stretching practice. Little did she know that yoga would forever change her life personally, and professionally.
After 6 months of teaching, she left her corporate job to start her own business and now after teaching for more than 12 years, she has had the honor of teaching at the best studios in Boston, being an ambassador to lululemon, Fitbit, Essentia Water and Sweetgreen to name a few, a guest faculty teacher at Kripalu, to teach yoga for runners classes for Runners World and at the Boston Marathon expo, to be featured in top publications like Self, Runners World, Competitor and Boston Magazines, and to found RUNYOGA, a running community, run coaching program, and kids movement class, that blends the practices of running and yoga together.
Cara also more than 20 years of running experience with completing 9 marathons, has completed countless yoga teacher trainings; including traveling to India to complete her advanced yoga teacher training certification, has led yoga teacher training workshops and modules for YogaWorks, Radiant Yoga, and Back Bay Yoga, and is a mom to 6 year old daughter, Madelyn, three year old son, Ethan, and a 5 year old pup, Rudy.
Dara was born and raised in Marblehead in a household full of music and singing. She started piano lessons at age 7, in the house where she now lives (fun fact: she teaches young beginners on the same piano on which she took lessons!). She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in elementary education, specializing in music, and has taken many early childhood courses.
For almost 30 years, Dara has been presenting music programs at preschools, libraries, birthday parties, and more on the greater North Shore. She has also facilitated teacher workshops on music in the early childhood classroom.
Dara strives to present music programs that are joyful and educational, packed with singing familiar and new songs, rhythmic activities, creative expression, and simple instrument playing. Through these songs and activities, children are introduced to basic elements of music such as beat, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, and pitch.
Dara lives in Marblehead with her husband Chris, and has two grown daughters. She considers herself very fortunate to have found a career she loves so passionately!