Tara 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 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 and has now logged over 6,000 teaching hours.

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 Goodyear, Takoma Park, MD

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 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.

-Layla Rivera