About Tanya & BlissYoga:

 

Tanya Botha teaches Vinyassa Flow Yoga at various locations in Johannesburg. She first started teaching yoga in 2006 and was one of the first teachers of this style of yoga in Johannesburg and South Africa. Tanya is not only committed to the physical practice, but is also deeply aligned with the Spiritual Purpose of Yoga. She loves to see the transformation that Yoga brings to the lives of her students on every level, from fitness and flexibility, to stress-release and deeper soul-shifts and personal awakening.

Tanya's physical yoga journey began in 2002 when she did her first Hatha and Bikram classes at a gym. At the time she was going through a particularly challenging life-experience and found that the yoga really helped to calm her emotions, focus her mind and uplift her spirit when she wasnt feeling so great.

By the end of 2004 Tanya was well immersed in her Hot and Vinyassa Flow practice when she turned to the rigorous and disciplined Ashtanga Vinyassa of Sri K Patthabi Jois. This was the style of yoga that convinced her that she wanted to become a yoga teacher so that she could share with others the immense benefits that the practice brought to her.

Shortly before going to India in 2005 Tanya had her first experience with Anusara Yoga and the fabulous Desiree Rumbaugh. This was a life-changing moment that ignited an entirely new love affair with yoga and its deeper aspects.

Anusara Yoga (www.anusara.com) is a particularly therapeutic physical style that has helped Tanya to release deeply ingrained mis-alignments and weaknesses in her spine, hips and knees. After many years spent crying in backbends from the pain, Anusara taught her how to work with precision in a way that would not cause pain in any way. As a result Tanya has a particularly good undersanding of working with students who suffer from knee, hip and back pain.

Tanya has always been deeply, spiritually intuitive and drawn towards the mystic nature of existence. She is particularly interested in the philosophies and ideologies of the Yogic Tradition. She was also a teacher of Pranayama, Yogic History, Philosophy, and Energetics on the Yoga Warrior Teacher Training for 5 years. She is awed by the depths of revelation to which this Yogic Path continually takes her and the joy that it brings to her life.

"To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach for another is to risk involvement.

To expose your ideas, your dreams, before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.  

To live is to risk dying.  

To believe is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The people who risk nothing, do nothing, have nothing, are nothing.

They avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.

Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free."

- William Arther Ward -

 

With sincerest thanks and greatest respect to my exceptional and inspirational teachers over the years:  

John Friend, Martin Kirk, Patrick Creelman, Laila Kuri Murad, Rinat Perlman, Desiree Rumbaugh, Jordan Bloom, Sri K Patthabi Jois, Sharath Rangaswamy, Ateeka, Bree Grieg and Marc, Paige Ellenson, Paul Dallaghan, Naichin Tang, Alex Medin, Seane Corn, Jeff & Harmony Licthy, Clara Woodburn, Carole Selvan, Kerry Weavind,  Sally Flannagan...