Tamara Y. Jeffries
first encounter with yoga was as a child watching “Lilias, Yoga and You” on PBS
in the ‘70s. (She was so bendy! And that long braid!). But I didn't start practicing until the late 1980s. After many off-and-on years, I entered teacher training at Triad Yoga Institute—more to learn than to teach—and completed by certification in 2013.
Now I'm a registered
yoga teacher (RYT-200) with the Yoga Alliance, and a member of Yoga Service
Council, an organization dedicated to bringing yoga to underserved populations.
I've contributed to the editorial
team for the Journal of Yoga Service.
As a yoga
teacher, my intention is to help people gently increase their awareness of and
connection with their own bodies. I encourage a non-judgmental, non-competitive yoga practice, helping students reach toward their capacity, but avoid the physical harm or emotional stress
that can come from a "no pain, no gain" mindset. My approach has been informed
and inspired by Todd Walton’s Open Body:
Creating Your Own Yoga, which emphasizes honoring one’s own body, its
wisdom and capabilities.
working with people who are new to yoga and especially welcome people who are in bigger bodies or otherwise not your "typical" yoga types. I also teach the women at Bennett College, the first for-credit yoga course at a historically Black college. I've taught in summer camps and after-school programs, and work with private yoga
clients as well.
profession I am a professor and journalist who covers all aspects of health and wellness, and have a special interest in how yoga can encourage mental and emotional wellness. I've completed a 5-day workshop on "Yoga, Mindfulness and Neuroscience" with M. Mala Cunningham, Ph.D. at Satchidananda Ashram. I've also workshopped with Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga, and Bo Forbes, author of Yoga for Emotional Balance. As
part of my yoga teacher certification, I wrote a paper titled “The
Blues, The Worries and the Wiggles: Yoga For Children’s Mental Health.”