Devanadi (day-vah • nah-dee. ) Yoga is a licenced private career school with MN, and offers a variety of workshops, trainings and traditional healing modalities based in eastern philosophy and medicine in the Minneapolis area with multi-certified teacher and therapist, Tanya Boigenzahn as well as other nationally recognized teachers. We are primarily a ParaYoga® teaching environment offering Hatha and Classical Yoga, Tantra, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Ayurveda (the healing science of India) and many offerings to help heal the body such as Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki, Healing Touch and Yoga Therapy*. Our aim is to serve our local community – students and yoga teachers – as well as operate with ethical, sustainable, and GREEN business practices. We invite you to join our great community of yogis and yoginis. Come experience a workshop or training today!
What does “Devanadi” mean?
Deva is often translated as “god” or “sacred” but it is more correctly understood as a free and shining being – as well as a being in whose presence you become shining and free. Deva is derived from the verbal root div, which connotes brightly shining and expansive light as well as a certain mood of playfulness. Nadi means “river,” “channel,” “nerves,” or “pathways.” In the body, the ancients described a system of nadis that conduct pranic energy or life force. For yogis, three main nadis are the most important: 1) ida – the left channel corresponding to lunar energy, intuition, cooling, healing, yin; 2) pingala– the right channel corresponding to solar energy, physical, active, yang; 3) sushumna – the center channel that when awakened leads to meditation and enlightenment. There are said to be 72,000 nadis in the body. Modern scientists have discerned that we have about 72,000 – 75,000 nerves in the physical body.
Tanya, our studio director, chose Devanadi as our studio name to help thread together all the mystical traditions that she’s been studying over the years – the Sacred Rivers of Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Ayurveda and Energy Medicine, which all use the understanding of the nadis. Her son is also named River, so the name was an “a-ha!” moment when it came to her. We hope that your experience here is a blend of all the Sacred Rivers in your life, too.
Our Studio & Location
Devanadi Yoga Studio is located inside the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community Building. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community is located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis on the corner of 44th Street and Upton Avenue South. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community is a vibrant, spiritually diverse community which honors and explores the unique connection to the Divine within each of us. Through our commitment to personal development we contribute to the expansion of global consciousness. We maintain a beautiful environment which is available for members and the greater community for meetings, workshops and wellness offerings.
Devanadi Yoga is a GREEN Yoga Studio, certified by the Green Yoga Association, and is the first yoga studio in Minnesota to belong! In our present space, we are living eco-smartly by using non-VOC paint, turning the thermostat down each night to 55 degrees (the space luckily heats up quickly), opening the windows as opposed to using A/C (don’t worry – we do have A/C if needed!), purchasing eco-friendly yoga props and paper products, encouraging students to use our website for info rather than print off paper-wasting flyers & schedules, purchasing from local vendors and walking to their establishments, recycling bottles and paper, donating money from our community events (our Holiday Kirtan racked in several hundred dollars a well as many cans of food for local food charities!) to local eco-friendly non-profits, and more to come. Contact us to learn more about how you can help.
Devanadi Yoga Studio aims to serve the local Linden Hills community in Minneapolis, as well as all lovers of traditional yoga from all parts of the Twin Cities and around. We encourage people from all walks of life to our studio and believe that yoga is for everybody. We encourage and honor sustainable practices of transportation to class such as public transportation, biking and walking. Although we are a yoga studio first, our mission is to help cultivate a sanctuary for like-minded individuals to gather for wellness, spirituality and community. Check out our Community Page to learn more about upcoming events, volunteer opportunites and more.
Devanadi In the Press
- SW Journal – July 2011
- Huffington Post – circulating article on Tanya’s Partner Yoga workshops from 2008 when she taught at YCM
*The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my YogSadhana Yoga Therapy certification, not derived from my status as an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.