Tamara has a background in ballet. She discovered yoga when she took her first class at Whitetop Yoga. At the time, she could not have known the amazing difference that yoga would make in her life. What she did know was that she instantly felt drawn to yoga because of the deeply personal way that it connected the mind, body, and the spirit. She continues to be amazed and inspired by all of the ways that yoga brings peace, love, and acceptance into her life. When an opportunity to become a certified yoga teacher presented itself, Tamara jumped at the opportunity to further her understanding of yoga. She began teaching in June 2015 at Whitetop Yoga.
Tamara graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in human service and a minor in psychology. She chose to further her education by pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling. Tamara is employed by Wellmont Health System and is a mental health therapist at Ridgeview Pavilion in Bristol, VA.
Tamara seeks to combine traditional psychotherapy with yoga practices and meditation in order to serve her clients using a holistic approach to wellness. She aspires to bring the healing powers of yoga to all of her classes.
Tamara lives in Abingdon VA with her husband Brandon and two cats, Cooper and Peyton.
She believes that yoga is a journey inward and homeward. Yoga provides
an opportunity to connect to the divine that resides in all of us,
underneath the layers of "stuff" from our everyday lives. It is a
practice that connects mind, body and soul.
When she's not in the yoga studio, you can find her walking her corgi
and pitbull through town or on the Creeper Trail with her husband,
Tim. Lauren also plays the violin in the Heart of Appalachia Community
Orchestra in Lebanon. An avid reader, she's always looking for book