Tara Johnston


Tara Johnston, Bodies for Birth Instructor

I am a wife, mama of two, and life long athlete…even though my definition of athlete has changed a bit.  My fitness journey began early in life with team sports and continued to collegiate soccer, marathons, cycling, climbing and triathlon.  A few months after my 2nd Ironman, I became pregnant with my first child.  I was set on maintaining my fitness throughout pregnancy even before I knew all the benefits it provided.  When I asked my midwife about safe exercise during pregnancy she said “just keep doing what you are doing”.  She didn’t understand.  Thankfully I found Maura and Bodies for Birth.

In 2015 I became a Certified Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Specialist and have fused this knowledge with my career as a physical therapist.  I work at University of Washington with a variety of patient populations, but have recently collaborated with our OB GYN team to develop safe movement and exercise classes for woman experiencing high risk pregnancy.

I am excited to join Bodies for Birth to share my passion for wellness and to stifle the prejudice that pregnancy is a disability.  I believe all women are strong mentally and physically and I am on a mission to create a culture that inspires women into a confident balanced life throughout pregnancy and beyond.