Tammy Bernard, M.Ed., C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist
A yoga practitioner for almost 20 years, Tammy began at UF Health in 2008 delivering a single staff lunchtime class. Today, UF Health’s yoga offerings have expanded into a variety of programs offered to patients, clinicians and the community.
Tammy has a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida, and previously enjoyed a 17-year career as an educator and a business owner, operating the Sylvan Learning Center of Gainesville. Her training includes yoga therapy, meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and relaxation therapy.
Tammy’s work with patients supports individuals living with chronic health conditions ranging from arthritis to cancer. Through breathing exercises, gentle movement and focused attention, she encourages individuals to explore the inner landscape of mind, body and heart as pathways to self-discovery and self-nurturance. She continues to be encouraged by all the recent empirical data from the NIH and other organizations supporting the efficacy of yoga and meditation for wellness, and has recently completed a pilot study with UF Health nurses of EnCARE – a self-healthcare curriculum for healthcare providers which she co-created.
Outside of work, Tammy enjoys time with family, being in nature, biking, walking and hiking the mountains of Colorado.