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. As a result, alternative pricing options are available, see Classes.
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.
I began practising yoga in my early teens, as a source of exercise while pursuing work related to social justice and languages. While living in Syria in 2010 I noticed that other than the physical benefits, yoga was helping me through tough times by developing my self-discipline, nourishment and sense of perspective.
In 2013 in rural Laos, I began teaching yoga to overworked bomb disposal NGO workers who would never normally wander into a yoga lesson. I particularly enjoyed making the practise approachable to individuals alienated by their perception of yoga (keywords of terror being ‘chakra’, ‘energy’ , ‘relax’ and ‘meditate’). I chose to become a teacher while watching the glimmers of quiet land with such initially wary students.
I came back to London to train in dynamic vinyasa flow under the expert eye of Katy Appleton, and have taught yoga classes across London since 2014. I went on to train with Tiffany Cruikshank’s Yogamedicine in combining yoga with myofascial release techniques, (lying on blocks & tennis balls under instruction, aka self-led massage techniques. See this post for more details) and completed an assistantship programme under Katy Appleton, focussing on hands-on-adjustments.
Outside the yoga world I hold a BA in Arabic & Anthropology from SOAS, a level 2 OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) qualification in asylum and immigration law, and I am currently undertaking an MSC in migration and mobility.
These days I divide my time into working as a refugee advocate and teaching yoga. Sometimes I teach yoga to refugee communities, which is a huge joy.
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. As a result, pricing on classes is listed but I am always open to instalments/adjustments in fees if needed for you. For more details of the Republic’s vibe and principles, see our Manifesto.
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.