Tara Lemerise, E-RYT-200, is a yoga teacher in the Washington, DC area with over 4,000 teaching hours logged. She took her first yoga class in college and was immediately hooked. She knew right after that first class that yoga would become an essential part of her life and she rushed home to research how to become a yoga teacher.
After several years of practicing Ashtanga, Tara found her heart and her yoga home after taking an Anusara-inspired class with Vivian Campagna in 2003. She went on to complete hatha yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, Maryland in 2005, and was profoundly influenced by the teachers Joe Miller and Moses Brown. Tara is deeply committed to continuing education and has completed restorative yoga trainings with Jillian Pransky and with Judith Hanson Lasater. She is also certified to teach Yogahour.
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.
Tara is known for offering clear, light-hearted, and encouraging instruction to students of all levels. She 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. 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 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.