About Me

I think that yoga has the potential to benefit everyone, no matter what their ability or beliefs.

My Yoga Teaching

I have been a yoga teacher for over 10 years and before that I practiced yoga in its many different styles for about 17 years; so in all I have either practiced or taught yoga for almost 3 decades. I was inspired by my wonderful Mum who used to teach me and my friends yoga whilst cooking our tea as kids. She was a yogi back in the days of the Green Goddess in the 1970’s  and she can still move well now even at the age of 92!

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Learn to use your body efficiently

At the beginning of my yoga career I knew little about the human body as believe it or not, most yoga teacher trainings have very little emphasis on how the body actually works . To rectify this  I have worked intensively for the last 5 years learning more about anatomy and how the body actually finds movement through its myofascial connections.    I now specialise in getting people moving well in either group classes or during one -to -one private tuition :  I specialise in helping with post operative healing such as getting  good movement back after knee or  hip replacements; helping after cancer treatment ,  helping with neurological problems and sometimes chronic lung conditions.   I also help individuals with dealing with stressful life events such as work or family related trauma. Sometimes all that is required of course  is  helping people to find a little calm and quietness during the working week…

All of my group classes are small so that I  can offer some one-to one assistance so that pupils can work at an individual level even within a group setting.   Classes are friendly, I get to learn each person’s name and we have some laughter too. We are social animals and thrive best in a social environment. I also respect that some people like to be quiet and that’s okay too.

Overall ,  I want to share my learning with others and I am passionate about what I do.

Contact me at Tanya@YogaWithTanya.co.uk or call 07796 895 942.

My Background

I am experienced both with teaching and as a proactive group leader after my time instructing undergraduates at the University of Surrey and as a Police Officer.

I  have a PhD in psychology, which I undertook at Surrey University between 2001 and 2006. My work there looked at there way we perceive emotions when  they are socially shared. I  presented my work there at an international level .

I am also a qualified therapist.

My Yoga  Qualifications and Practice

2014- present : In depth training for yoga teachers about human anatomy –  Gary Carter at Natural Bodies

2010: Yoga London teacher training programme
200 hours of Yoga Alliance approved tuition – Course Director Rebecca Ffrench

2006 – 2007: British Wheel of Yoga 500 hour teacher training programme with Michael Hutchinson (twobirdsyoga). 
Modules completed in anatomy and physiology.

2006: Private tuition 
With Michael Hutchinson, a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher’s Instructor, in lieu of a foundation teacher training course with British Wheel of Yoga.

Personal Practice

2014- present
As a former scientist I am very interested in a science based view of how things work . Therefore , I have been more than thrilled to have found Gary Carter from ‘Natural Bodies’, a Scaravelli inspired yoga teacher and an anatomy teacher combined, with a special understanding of myofascia connections. I have been working with him now for over 5 years and I am excited to be training myself to disseminate his anatomy knowledge on his  courses for yoga teachers.
I am interested in the connections between  neuroscience and the body and Stephen Braybrook is the man ahead of his field in this area.

1994 – 1999 and 2009 – 2010
At Yoga Seekers, Windlesham under the guidance of Swami Satyar Atnananda Saraswati.

1999 – 2010
With, and influenced by, a variety of teachers including Kundalini style yogi Kevin Shephard (SKY Yoga, Berkshire) and Rowan Cobelli (Integral Yoga, Dorset). I have attended numerous day and weekend courses with various yoga teachers since 1990.

There is always something new to learn with yoga, no matter your experience. I am humbly grateful to those that have taught me so much.