“Flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture…The purpose of the flow is to keep on flowing, not looking for a peak or utopia but staying in the flow. It is not a moving up but a continuous flowing.”
Tamar’s class centers on an immersive, flowing practice that is meditative and uplifting. Tamar sets the tone for the class with an ambient, atmospheric soundscape that aims to take you deep inside. Tamar is known for her calming voice and clear instructions.
Tamar aims to create a safe and considerate space for students. She gives hands-on assists only with affirmative consent from students. She uses yoga flip chips to empower students to consider their needs every time they practice.
Born in Michigan, Tamar grew up in Israel, in the unique confluence of a Scottish mum and an Israeli dad. She moved to NYC to follow her passion for design. While working as a designer, she began to practice yoga and felt its profound effect. Thanks to yoga teacher training, she came to study the elegant yogic code of ethics called yama, a universal code beyond time and space. The first step in the code is ahimsā, non-harming; a beautiful, creative, and fulfilling way to live. Tamar was inspired to become vegan and an environmental activist. The philosophy of compassion and non-harming continues to inspire and shape her teaching.
In association with The No Impact Project, Tamar lead No Impact Weeks, weeklong ‘carbon cleanses’ that empowered citizens to make choices which bettered their lives and lowered environmental impact. In 2011, Tamar was a presenter at the Yoga Journal Conference in NYC on ethical & environmental practices for yoga businesses.
In NYC, Tamar teaches at YogaWorks. When not in NYC, Tamar travels and teaches nationally and internationally, often collaborating with her wife, Nora Heilmann, on yoga retreats. Nora and Tamar share a mission to teach retreats that focus on creating deep inner quiet and an experience of simple, compassionate living, in harmony with nature.
In response to multiple revelations of abuse in the yoga community, Tamar co-founded From Darkness to Light, a movement that calls on yoga teachers and leaders of spiritual communities to create ethical, safe environments in which all practitioners can investigate their unique life circumstances with care and support. To learn more, visit the website fromdarknesstolight.live. There you’ll find a pledge that encourages all practitioners and teachers to create and uphold nurturing and welcoming environments, based on respect and free from manipulation.
Certifications + Education:
* Ongoing studies: Sanskrit, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy
* Iyengar Institute of New York teacher training 2015-2017
* Liberation Prison Yoga teacher training 2016
* YogaWorks 200-hr teacher training 2015
* Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certification 2010
* Anusara 108-hr immersion 2009
* Jivamukti Yoga 500-hr teacher apprenticeship 2008
* Jivamukti Yoga 300-hr teacher training 2007