We cannot wait for you to meet our wonderfully diverse group of teachers that help make Tara Yoga so very unique.  Within each teacher lies a wonderful story, a passion for teaching, and a drive for serving our community.  All of our yoga instructors have gone through extensive training, as well as one-on-one mentoring with Tara for completion of the Tara Yoga 200 hour training. Our yoga instructors are certified, and in compliance with the National Yoga Alliance standards. Other instructors are also certified in their specialty area of meditation and/or fitness. Your first class with us is FREE, but we encourage you to try out a number of different of instructors, and discover the ones that inspire you the most!

 

Tara Blumenthal
Owner, Lead Trainer, Boss Lady at Tara Yoga

Hometown: Pearl, MS

Years practicing yoga and meditation: 16 +

 

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology, Minor in English from Mississippi College
  • E-RYT-500, YACEP
  • Opened Tara Yoga and Founded Tara Yoga School RYS 200
  • Community: McClean Fletcher Center, Center for Violence Prevention, Stewpot, ARF of MS
  • She loves her family- Infinitely!
  • She also enjoys playing the drums, hula hooping, and cycling.
  • Favorite drummers: Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta, Stanton Moore
  • Little Known Fact: She is in a band with her husband Dave. She also had a brief appearance in the movie Get On Up, and in the Maroon 5 video, Daylight.

 

Dave Blumenthal

Co-owner, Tara Yoga Studio

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Years practicing yoga: 13 +

  • BA Business Administration Ole Miss
  • Business Consultant
  • Group fitness certified 2015
  • RYT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training (completion phase)
  • Community: Local cycling groups and events
  • Tara Yoga everything. We couldn’t do the studio without him!
  • Dave loves spending time with family, cycling, and teaching core classes at Tara Yoga.
  • He also enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and any outdoor activity.
  • Dave’s favorite band of all time is the Grateful Dead.
  • Little Known Fact: Dave plays the bass, guitar, an is a band with his wife called The Curves. He also made a brief appearance in the movie Get On Up.

 

Katie Taylor, MD

RYT 500, YACEP, Lead Trainer at Tara Yoga

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Years practicing yoga: 7+

  • Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Mississippi College
  • Doctor of Medicine from University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Family Medicine Residency Certificate from University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Family Medicine
  • E-RYT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training
  • RYT 500, YACEP
  • Community: Animal Rescue Fund of MS, Reformed University Fellowship, Center for Violence Prevention
  • Katie is the Deputy State Epidemiologist at the Mississippi State Department of Health.
  • She loves her family (including 3 precious nephews), her fur babies (2 dogs and 2 cats), riding her bike, and teaching yoga.
  • “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

 

Ann O’Connell

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Years practicing yoga: 7+

 

  • Attended Southern Methodist University from 2009-2012 before transferring to Millsaps College and receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014.
  • Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training, completed 2016
  • Tara Yoga Studio Operations Manager Extraordinaire
  • Community: Mississippi Kidney Foundation
  • Babysitter, model, yoga teacher… depends on what day it is!
  • Her favorite band is Coldplay.
  • She loves dogs, coffee, naps, Gwyneth Paltrow, and of course, yoga!
  • Little Known Fact: Ann is THE trivia queen for Charlie’s Angels, the original series! She was also an extra in Underground.

 

Angel Rohnke

Hometown: Clyde, NY

Years practicing yoga: 15 +

 

  • State University of New York- College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Bachelors of Science Degree; Master’s of Professional Studies Degree
  • RYT 200 since 2015, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training
  • Community: McClean Fletcher Center
  • In her day job she is the Assistant Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries Parks Museum of Natural Science.
  • Angel loves her husband, her new baby boy, traveling, yoga, and everything outdoors.
  • Angel takes her Tara Yoga teaching skills to the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton, as well as the Clinton Community Nature Center.
  • Favorite quote: “You can’t change how people act, you can only change how you react.
  • Little Know Fact: Angel was named Miss Congeniality of her town in 1998! Look out now Sandra Bullock!

 

Nicole Stowe

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Years practicing yoga: 16 +

 

  • BFA in Graphic Design and Photography from Delta State University
  • Nicole is the Creative Director at The Ramey Agency
  • RYT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training 2018
  • Nicole is an art maker, meditator, science nerd, and vintage camera collector.
  • As our resident meditation instructor, she offers a delightful perspective on everyday life.
  • She loves philosophy, contemplating and meditating
  • Little Known Fact: Nicole won the Creativity Award in the 2010 Jello Mold Competition in NYC! She also made a brief appearance in a Bobby Brown music video.

 

Mary Kathryn Evans

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Years practicing yoga: 5+

 

  • Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary and BA in Psychology from Mississippi College
  • Professional Counselor at Turning Point Counseling in Ridgeland, MS
  • RYT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training 2018
  • Mary Kathryn enjoys reading, traveling & a good craft beer. She and her husband are members at Redeemer Church in Jackson.
  • Proud Chef-wife, dog mom and Belhaven resident
  • LKF: Mary Kathryn worked as a barista in high school and her favorite treat was soy milk with a shot of caramel. Bizarre, yet oddly delicious.

 

Lisa Yazdani

Hometown: Terry, MS

Years practicing yoga: 5 +

 

  • B.S. in psychology, minor in biology from James Madison University
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Psychologist in independent practice for 20 years.
  • Group support facilitator, St. Dominic’s Ornish Reversing Heart Disease program
  • Trainer, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi
  • RT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 hour YT 2018
  • Loves:  Anything outdoors, travel, sitting by a fire, being with family, and quiet moments without electronics.
  • Little Known Fact:  Once while hiking off the beaten track as a teen, Lisa fell into quicksand and had to be pulled out by her younger sister- a fact which her sister has never let her forget!

 

Nick Langston

Hometown: Brandon, MS

Years practicing yoga: 3+

 

  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Mississippi State University
  • IT Director for Mid-South Medical Imaging , LLC
  • RYT 200, Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training 2018
  • Nick enjoys live music, gaming, and travel.
  • His favorite author: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Little Known Fact: He is a man of few words.

 

      Sadara Evans

                                   Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

                                   Years practicing yoga: 10

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Master’s in Learning, Teaching and Curriculum (Art Education) from the University of Missouri
  • Art Teacher at Mannsdale Elementary School in Madison, MS
  • RYT 200, One Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training 2017 at Yoga Sol in Columbia, Missouri
  • Community: Mississippi Animal Rescue League and Mississippi Kidney Foundation
  • When she’s not teaching yoga, Sadara can often be found using local ingredients to create magic in the kitchen
  • Sadara loves reading mysteries, painting with watercolor and meditating

                             

Clay Richmond

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

Years practicing yoga: 12 +

 

  • Studied Theatre and Information Technology
  • Community: While no longer teaching group classes, Clay is involved in many community offerings. Clay is Tara Yoga’s  Liaison serving in Women’s Prison and Men’s Recovery Groups.
  • Tara Yoga School 200 Hour Teacher Training, completed 2016
  • He enjoys the “active” retired life- surfing, stand up paddleboarding, playing guitar, and yoga.
  • Favorite artist: Leonard Cohen
  • Favorite quote: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki
  • Little Known Fact: He is one of the few surfers in Jackson, MS – keeping it real!

 

Kathy Woodliff, LPC

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course Facilitator

Hometown: Jackson, MS
Years practicing yoga: 8 +

 

  • Masters in English/Education
  • Masters in Counseling Psychology
  • Training in MBSR through UMass Medical School and Jon Kabat Zinn
  • Founder of the McClean Fletcher Grief Support Center
  • Community: McClean Fletcher Center, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Two Mississippi Museums
  • Kathy works as a Psychotherapist and Grief Facilitator
  • She loves her family, gentle yoga, golf, Moments of Joy Meditation Group, and dreamwork.
  • Kathy’s favorite band is Santana.

 

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