“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, inclusive, alignment-infused, 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.
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.
Tamar is passionate about sustainability, as an expression of ahimsā, the yogic principle of non-harming. 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.
Tamar is a co-founder of 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.
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.
Tamar is a NYC Marriage Officiant and is delighted to officiate yogic weddings.
*Practicing yoga since 2001
*Teaching yoga since 2007
*Teacher Trainer, YogaWorks 300-hr Teacher Training
Certifications + Education:
*Iyengar Institute of New York teacher training 2015-2017
with Nagmeh Ahi, Tori Milner, James Murphy & Lara Warren
*Liberation Prison Yoga teacher training 2016, with Anneke Lucas
*YogaWorks 200-hr teacher training 2015, with Sarah Bell
*Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certification 2010
*Anusara 108-hr immersion 2009, with Tara Glazier
*Jivamukti Yoga 500-hr teacher apprenticeship 2008, with Nicole Nichols
*Jivamukti Yoga 300-hr teacher training 2007
*Ongoing studies: Sanskrit, Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy
*MFA Design & Technology, Parsons School of Design, 2002
*BFA Fashion Design, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design & Art, 1997