Tara headshot 2016Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. Tara has a deeply calming way of teaching restorative yoga and brings a strong understanding of anatomy to all of her classes, which helps her students understand and appreciate their bodies in new ways.

From restorative postures to arm balances and everything in between, Tara encourages her students tune in to their body’s messages and she helps them seek out the delight in each moment, even the challenging ones. Students leave feeling more joyful and more at ease after each class.

Tara especially enjoys introducing beginning yoga students to the wonders of yoga and surprising all yoga students with the power of restorative yoga practice.


I find it remarkable that Tara, who practices and teaches highly athletic versions of yoga, is also an advocate and teacher of restorative yoga. Her classes have helped me realize that both activity and deep rest are necessary. Inspired by what I’ve learned from Tara, I now begin my yoga practice with restorative poses. This really settles me into my body and helps me notice what areas are tight, etc. I find that after just 10 minutes of restorative yoga, my entire practice feels much more real and authentic.

-Margaret Cervarich


Tara took her first yoga class in college in 1999 and was immediately hooked. After several years of practicing Ashtanga yoga, she found her heart and yoga home in an Anusara class with Vivian Campagna. She went on to complete her 200-hour training at Willow Street Yoga in 2005 now has over 4,000 teaching hours logged. Tara teaches a full-time schedule of weekly classes, one-on-one lessons, workshops, retreats, and trainings, including her highly praised Rest for All: Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.

Noteworthy Trainings

  • 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)


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 amazing yoga teacher in the DMV that have 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.

-Layla Rivera