About The Teacher

Our master teacher, Tanya Witmond, is an athlete and Yogini by nature and practice. She discovered the benefits of Yoga over twenty years ago when she lived in Malaysia, where after years of practice, she took her first 3-month training as a Yoga Teacher. From there, she traveled seven times to India where she completed her Yoga Acharya certification in Sivananda Yoga. Tanya was personally recommended by her teachers in Malaysia for training with Yoga Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, where she sealed her lifelong love of Vinyasa and strengthened her personal daily practice of Ashtanga in person with the creators of this visionary and vigorous form of postural Yoga. Tanya has traveled all over the world trying out different Yoga styles, such as in Los Angeles where she completed a Yoga Masters training from Yogaworks; Ireland, where she did another advanced teacher’s training with the popular Bryce Yoga; as well as many other trainings and workshops in New York, London, and Mexico. Aside from her experience and achievements in Yoga, Tanya is also an accomplished marathon runner, long-distance cross-country walker, personal fitness trainer, wellness center manager, equestrian, and reiki master. Her personal spiritual practice is one of physical discipline and endurance as well as genuine self-work through Vipassana meditation and volunteering. Always grateful for how Yoga transformed her life, Tanya offers dynamic, strong and entertaining classes in both Hatha Vinyasa and Ashtanga Vinyasa, combining breathing with the flow of movement and the shape of postures. She guides her students to move with intention and attention each time they enter and leave a posture, creating heat in the body and awareness in the breathing, which helps to grow a sense of peace and clarity. Your classes with Tanya will help you to improve your posture, to have more strength overall, and to have more balance in mind and body. You will end up renewing your body and your soul in her challenging and joyful classes. Through her years of experience with Yoga and meditation, Tanya offers the perspective of a Yogini who has forged her practice through daily discipline and self-reflection, and all the wisdom that type of will-power and tapas manifests.

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