Tamar is a mission-driven teacher, social justice advocate, and ethical leader in the yoga community.
Tamar’s class centers on an immersive, flowing practice that encourages students to enter a meditative inner space. She sets the tone for the class with an ambient, atmospheric soundscape to take you deep inside. Tamar is known for her calm voice and clear, concise instruction.
Tamar has been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2007. She has completed over 1500 hours of teacher training in a variety of teaching styles, including: YogaWorks, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Liberation Prison Yoga (trauma-informed). In her classes, Tamar draws insights and inspiration from these different methods to create a safe, intelligent, and challenging vinyasa. Tamar is a Teacher Trainer in the YogaWorks 300-hr Teacher Training, focused on teaching yoga philosophy and ethics. Tamar is a longtime designer and design educator at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC. She is a registered NYC wedding officiant and enjoys leading yogic wedding ceremonies.
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 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.
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.
* Practicing yoga since 2001
* Teaching yoga since 2007
* Teacher Trainer, YogaWorks 300-hr Teacher Training
Certifications + Education:
* Ongoing study: Sanskrit, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy
* Iyengar Institute | 280-hr teacher training | 2015-2017
* Liberation Prison Yoga | 20-hr 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