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Root to Rise provides mindfulness practices that bring awareness to one’s life - in the here and now - using movement, art, and nature-based activities. Through these practices, we support the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of the individual by developing a complete internal toolbox of life skills and resources for greater self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-empowerment anytime, anywhere.


What Is Mindfulness?

Poppy Wall

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to one's life in the here and now with compassion and curiosity. From an ABA therapy model, mindfulness is the space between stimulus and reaction:    





What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

There are many benefits to having a regular mindfulness practice:

  • Increased awareness of one's personal strengths, challenges, and needs

  • Greater recognition of emotional experiences and how these experiences impact behavior

  • Greater coping, self-discipline, and self-regulation

  • Greater ability to repair relationships when problems arise

  • Increased resilience and adaptability to change


What Is the Root to Rise Approach to Mindfulness?

At Root to Rise, we explore various life topics using a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on the Five Elements of Mindfulness:

  • Connect Element - creating awareness of self, others, and the environment and how each impact one another.

  • Breathe Element - supporting the nervous system through intentional breathing, helping to create equilibrium within the body.

  • Move Element - creating awareness of how the body signals feelings of safety and security (or not) and using movement to create equilibrium within the body.  

  • Focus Element - noticing where the mind wanders and developing skills to call it back to the here and now, feeling safe and secure in the present moment (even if the present moment doesn't feel okay).

  • Relax Element - supporting the decompression of the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic body so that deep relaxation and rest can occur.

By exploring the Five Elements of Mindfulness, individuals not only bring attention to one's life in the here and now but also begin building an internal toolbox to self-regulate and navigate life's challenges from a place of empowerment.



Tara holds many degrees, certifications, and credentials in the following areas:

  • B.S. in Psychology

  • M.S. in English Education

  • Certification of Innovation and Creativity

  • Certification in Points of You Life Coaching

  • 200 Hour Certification in Shambhavanda Yoga

  • 85 Hour Certification in Pregnancy Yoga

  • 95 Hour Certification in Kids Mindfulness & Yoga

  • Credentials in Trauma-Informed Yoga

  • Credentials in Yoga for People with Special Needs 

  • Credentials in Chair Yoga

  • Credentials in Art as Therapy

Tara Grainger

After an extensive career in education and a life in Florida, Tara left everything in 2019 to pursue a more awakened existence. She eventually landed in Colorado, and like many, instantly fell in love with the mountains. Soon after moving, COVID struck her small mountain community, shutting down opportunities for social connection. Taking this as a sign from nature, Tara cocooned in her new environment, studying multiple disciplines of yoga, playing with art as therapy and healing, and regularly hiking and practicing biomimicry in the forests surrounding her home.  Little did she realize that these activities would not only support her own personal healing journey but soon would support others' healing journeys in the form of mindfulness practices.


Mindfulness - this is the foundation of Root to Rise, allowing one to safely explore the inner landscape, discovering all the richness and light buried within, waiting to be remembered and embodied once more. 

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