In the People’s Republic of Yoga we’ve abolished border structures and are open to all.
In this space we contemplate, move, rest and transform in community. We practise a remembering of what your body already knows. We choose rest and connection in rebellious response to a modern world that undermines these necessary and sacred practises.
Yoga is taught in reference to its liberation roots, as a practise to nurture and feed your transformative impact on your world, in whatever realm you are pursuing social justice.
“Tamara’s speaking voice alone should be enough to bring anyone’s soul, body, and spirit into alignment. But as it happens, the contents of Tamara’s lessons hit the perfect and elusive sweet spot that perfectly combines physical and mental practice. I always leave Tamara’s classes having reached a state of relaxation in very few other places.”– Imran,
“Why do we practice yoga? One reason would have to be to affect positive change in ourselves, to regain the space we so easily loose in the urban jungles we choose to live in. Tamara is a conscious, caring and talented teacher but equally, what I find most engaging, is how she gently reminds us during classes that she’s also a learner herself – renewing, shifting and testing techniques to enhance her practice. This has a great, positive impact in the room. It creates trust and complicity, for as we’re guided through new ways of moving we are also being nudged into being more tolerant, more accepting of our own limitations – and to keep the energy flowing – to keep breathing, no matter the difficulty – like water bathing sharp stones. As a Latin American living in London, I particularly welcome her playlist! Funky, obscure Latin rhythms mingle and overlap with folk and urban minimalist music. If I were to choose one word to sum up Tamara’s teaching it would be have to be, ‘transformative’.”– Anon,
“TPRYoga classes are unique and authentic. Tam plans out each class to target specific areas of the body and guides you seamlessly from the strenuous parts to the relaxation. She moves slow but in a way that is even more challenging than a fast paced power class, and I find it more beneficial. She has a tender heart that welcomes you and makes you feel important in her classes. Her queuing is descriptive and alignment focused which shows her knowledge, and guarantees you are practicing safely. On top of all these lovely characteristics of TPRYoga classes, you will find Tam is a bubble of joy and a pleasure to be around. I hope you get to attend her classes, as I would if I weren’t in America.” –– Diala,
“As time goes by I realise more and more that Tam’s teaching style and yoga class are incredibly rare and special. When I do a class with Tamara my mind is totally engaged as the class runs seamlessly, building up to a challenging pose before a calming lunar section and the most delicious savasana which includes her handmade organic linseed & lavender eye pillows. She never misses a beat – ever. She plays funky music, urban music, touching music. She puts this wonderfully tingly feeling menthol “china gel” on your shoulders. She reads us poetry!!! She makes me feel that I’ve both had a proper full on work out, but also done something good for my soul too. Perhaps feeling “held in the palm of her hand” is the best way to describe how I feel in her class – you can totally let go and fully trust in this amazing teacher to take you on a 90 minute journey that is just the right amounts of peaceful, challenging and rewarding. In a nutshell – I cannot recommend TPRYoga enough! Do a class!”– April,
“Tamara is an inspiring teacher. Each class is wonderfully thought out, well presented, and (importantly) well focused. Her classes are all that yoga should be – full of joy, self love, and sweaty poses. The lengthy and beautifully scented savasanas also add a wonderful quality to the class (and let’s not forget that heavenly China gel!) Everyone feels welcome and relaxed in Tamara’s classes, where she not only teaches amazingly choreographed yoga but helps you center yourself and relieve all stress. I’ve ranted and raved about her course to all my friends and genuinely could not recommend it more. I would give her more stars if I could!”– Lara,
“Tam’s yoga instruction has a brilliant way of balancing technique and alignment with meditation and mental health, without compromising either. Her classes are well thought out and always consider that different people have different bodies that can do different things, making sure there’s always a variation for everyone. She gently challenges you and every week you work on new things that taken together to improve your practice in an incremental and balanced way. I leave feeling lighter and healthier every time! Take this class!!!!”– Dana,
“Tamara has the ability to make her classes welcoming and accessible for total beginners (me on my first time) and seasoned yogis without either of us falling short of an excellent class. Tamara’s classes are intimate, personal, emotional and challenging. I can feel fragile and strong at the same time. She brings poetry to classes and tells us about how she’s taught yoga to refugee teenagers that week – doing yoga with Tamara is a joy.”– Kate,
I’m Tam (or Tamara).
I am interested in supporting you in reclaiming your inherent connection to your body and inner world through a movement and meditation practise.
Often, modern life moves us away from this, but I argue this connection is our natural state. Through meditation and movement, we practise remembering, re-claiming. In this work I draw on, acknowledge and thank the Indian tradition of yoga, that I am blessed and privileged to access in this lifetime.
I chose to found The People’s Republic of Yoga as an inclusive, accessible space welcoming anyone into yoga. I believe that this practise is not a luxury, but a revolutionary, healing approach I want everyone to access who wishes for it. For more details of the Republic’s vibe and principles, see our Manifesto.
These days I divide my time between working as a migrant advocate and teaching yoga. Sometimes I teach yoga to refugee communities, which is a huge joy. You can find details on my history and training here.
After a year teaching in in Berlin I’ve relocated to Bristol, the UK to pursue a Masters on migration. Online classes are live during this pandemic, with in-person sessions planned for the future.