About Tara

Tara Lemerise teaches the time-honored philosophy and practice of yoga in an accessible and joyful way that makes students feel they are a unique and valuable part of a community.

She has been teaching yoga philosophy, movement, and meditation since 2005, holds an ERYT-200 with Yoga Alliance and has logged over 7,000 hours of teaching experience.

Tara believes that there is nothing to “fix” with yoga, only more opportunities to understand and be more fully and authentically present to our individual and collective experiences. She is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels which helps her students understand and appreciate themselves in new ways. Tara makes the ancient wisdom of yoga feel relevant and relatable to life today. 

Her classes include action-based instructions in asana (posture practice) that are informed by her study of anatomy, kinesiology, and creative movement. Deeply influenced by her study and practice of Restorative Yoga and its effects on the central nervous system, Tara also provides plenty of opportunities for stillness and introspection in her classes.

Tara lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband Drew, their three children, and a big grey cat named Gandalf.


B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Religion, American University (2005)

Willow Street Yoga Center 200-hour Teach Training with Suzie Hurley, Moses Brown, Jenny Otto, Joe Miller (2005)

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 & 2 with Jillian Pransky (2011)

Yogahour Teacher Training (2013)

Relax & Renew Level 1 with Judith Hanson Lasater (2013)

Experiential Anatomy with Judith Hanson Lasater (2015)

Om Yoga Restorative Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee (2017)

Lead Teacher Training Experience

Tara is currently the lead teacher training for the 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Lighthouse Yoga Center.

In 2015 and 2016 Tara was a lead teacher in the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Capitol Hill Yoga. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Tara lead the 200-hour​ ​Yoga​ Teacher​ ​Training program​ with Joe Miller at Willow Street Yoga Center in Silver Spring, MD.

Since 2014, Tara has lead her highly praised continuing education program for yoga teachers called Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.


“Tara has all of the traits and skills that make up an exceptional yoga instructor and educator. Tara has the ability to connect with all of her students. No matter what level, or how big or small a class may be, Tara makes everyone feel like they belong and comfortable doing yoga. She has a boundless amount of energy, a natural confidence and presence when teaching, and creates a calm, centered and joy filled space for every class. Tara’s love for what she does is obvious to anyone taking her classes, and her love of yoga is transferred into every student who takes a class with her. The joy I experience taking Tara’s classes stays with me as I go about my life and daily routine. Her ability to convey a profound joy for not just yoga but for living life to her students, is to me, the mark of an exceptional teacher. Which is why I enjoy taking her classes every week!”

Herman GoodyearTakoma Park, MD

“I went to a I/II yoga class at a studio [away from home] with a teacher that had no mention of accommodations we could do instead of the full expressed pose. I wasn’t the only person struggling but I was the largest body in the room. Thank goodness that I have an amazing yoga teacher in the DMV that has taught me how to modify poses for my body without shame. Thank you Tara for pushing in my body. Thank you for showing me how strong I am and to celebrate this body I live in. Those lessons helped me get through a difficult class without beating myself up. I ultimately moved away from DC and I’m so happy that I can now participate in live-streamed classes with Tara.”

Layla RiveraDurham, NC