Tanya is the owner, founder and director of Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness in Minneapolis, MN, focusing on yoga teacher training, guest teachers, workshops and student mentorship.
She is also a traveling guest teacher offering workshops, trainings, and client sessions nationally, and guides retreats internationally. She enjoys running Lake Harriet near her home in Minneapolis, MN, cooking Thai curries, travel abroad, and quality time with friends and family! You might see Tanya and her son, River, at the baseball park or doing AcroYoga together, giggling and having fun. She wishes to thank her teachers – past and present – for their love, guidance and support, and aims to help connect students from all walks of life to living in light and reaching their full potential.
Tanya started practicing yoga since the early 90s and has been teaching since 1996. She has meditated since age 15, and has a long time daily practice. Tanya devotes her life to sharing the gifts of yoga, wellness and well-being with clarity, ease, and joy while keeping in mind the constant evolution of the soul.
Tanya was selected by Origin Magazine as one of the top 100 Yogis Changing the World in their “Powerful Leaders” issue. She is also a featured guest teacher on YogaInternational.com. You can take classes and tutorials online with her there. Use this code for a free month: YIAMB1028
Yoga Teacher Training & Background
For over 20 years, Tanya has traveled and worked in a variety of foreign places from London to Wyoming to Portland to San Francisco, and has studied yoga with many respected teachers. In 2005 she met her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and has been initiated into the 5000+ year old Himalayan tradition that includes the lineage of master teachers such as Swami Rama, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, and Bengali Baba. Yogarupa’s style of yoga, known as ParaYoga, blends the three rivers of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and the sacred texts such as the Yoga Sutras into one comprehensive study. Through this wisdom, Tanya specializes in helping students create a holistic practice based on their physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. She continues to study under Rod, Pandijit, Rolf Sovik, Indu Arora, and many other teachers channeling the sacred tradition of yoga, tantra and meditation.
She completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance teaching credentials through ParaYoga® and is one of the first ParaYoga Level III Certified Teachers in the world. Her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training was completed in 2001 through the It’s Yoga Ashtanga Teacher Training Program in San Francisco with Larry Schultz. Tanya also has several teacher training certificates in Prenatal Yoga, plus a wide variety of other teacher trainings from many other recognized teachers including Indu Arora, Dharma Mittra, Judith Lasater, Paul Grilley, Seane Corn, Tias Little, David Swenson, Doug Swenson and more.
As a Four Desires Certified Trainer, Tanya has been groovin’ on the Four Desires under her teacher, Yogarupa, since 2006. Deeply touched by the wealth of wisdom and clarity it brings, she offers this rich study in her Advanced 340hr Teacher Training as well as in weekend workshops, retreats, and individual private as well as small group sessions.
Tanya blends her studies of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow in each class. Focus is on aligning the physical with the subtle by using breath, awareness, alignment, and ancient yoga techniques including meditation, pranayama, kriya, bandha, chakra work, mudra, and mantra. She also strives to help students uncover their highest potential though tapas (purification & discipline), stiram (steadiness in body/mind) andsukham (maintaining a healthy sense of humor or ease during practice).
In her private yoga sessions, her focus with students is to help them find their Sva Dharma, or (individual destiny) through use of Yoga Therapy* and Ayurvedic principles, Vinyasa Krama (proper sequencing), tapas (discipline), smarana (rememberance of the self) as well as mantra and meditation practices.
She wishes to thank all of her teachers and mentors who have guided her on her path including Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ajahn Pichest Boonethame, Indu Arora, James Bailey, Julie Laurence, Bhagavan Das, Carol Schoenecker, Jonas Westring, Jennifer Gray and Sigal Kemnitz. She currently teaches her courses, trainings and workshop at her yoga, bodywork and wellness studio, Devanadi Yoga, located in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis, and offers trainings and workshops around the country and abroad.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.
Do not wait for a leader, do it alone, person to person.
– Mother Theresa
Thai Yoga Bodywork / Thai Massage
Thai Yoga Bodywork / Thai Massage Training & Background
Tanya holds Instructor status with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) and is honored to serve on their Executive Council. She is a senior student of Master Teacher (Ajahn) Pichest Boonethame of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and other respected teachers such as Ohm Rinraya, Bob Haddad, Homprang, in the field, at home and abroad. Tanya visits Thailand annually where she continues her study of Thai Massage, as well as Buddhist meditation, Thai Shamanic Healing techniques, traditional Thai herbal and medical practices, and other cultural delights. Her first certification in Thai Massage came from Jonas Westring of Shantaya Healing Arts.
Motivated to help expand the knowledge of the traditional practices of hands-on-healing through bodywork, Tanya has been teaching her Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner Certificate Program that merges Traditional Thai Massage with the subtler work of Energy Medicine since 2003 and is honored to have taught hundreds of students this ancient healing art.
Energy Work: Healing Touch / Reiki / Qi Gong Training Background
Tanya, a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, is also a certified Reiki & Seichem Practitioner (Seichem combines the energies of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether). Her training in Healing Touch is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses’ Association. For continuing study, Tanya has trained in Qi Gong with Master Chunyi Lin. She teachers her Reiki Master Program here at Devanadi and is accepting new students.
Ayurveda & Yoga Therapist
Ayurveda & Yoga Therapist Training & Background
Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda have been a long-time studies for Tanya who learned about it in her early days of yoga. Since then, she has connected not only with the Thai Ayurvedic ways of healing but has continued her study in the Sevanti Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP) as well as the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) Training. She has completed HI’s Torchbearer/Advanced AYS studies and has served as an Himalayan Institute Adjunct Faculty Teacher. Tanya completed her Advanced Yoga Therapy Program* through YogSadhana with Indu Arora, and focuses on women’s health, stress/anxiety/depression, and other conditions. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. When she’s not upside down in Pincha Mayurasana, she’s usually talking about vata-derangement with like-minded students and craving a homemade chai!
- Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT)
- ParaYoga© Level 3 Certified Teacher
- Four Desires Certified Trainer
- Certified Yoga Therapist* via YogSadhna with Indu Arora
- Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Level 1 through Sevanti Institute/James Bailey (in progress)
- Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) through the Himalayan Institute
- Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT 500) through Yoga Alliance
- Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP)
- Instructor Status through THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International)
- Registered Thai Therapist (RTT) through THAI
- Certified Practitioner of the Thai Yoga Method
- Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP)
- Reiki Master
- Qi Gong
- Member of International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)
- Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
- Member of AAPNA
- Member of MN Ayurveda Assocation (MAA)
- Member of Healing Touch International (HTI)
- Member of Yoga Alliance (YA)
- Executive Board Member for THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International – past)
- Columnist (Yogini-at-Large) for Twin Cities METRO Magazine (past)
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