Tanaya is a Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher with over 25 years of experience in mind-body disciplines, research and philosophy.
Founder of Mind Body Collective Australia, Tanaya’s work is centred around the mind-body connection and the psyche’s key role in illness, wellness, and the healing process.
Alongside an extensive background in yoga, exercise physiology and mind-body conditioning, Tanaya trained as an actor and performer at Melbourne’s VCA and the Victorian University of Technology. It was amidst this intensive training in the 90’s that she first explored the body’s ability to express and indeed, repress its truth. Gaining insights into how the mediums of prose, movement and sound could combine with yoga as a powerful pathway to healing deep trauma, her work today seeks to bring yoga’s ancient science to light in the context of the modern world.
Tanaya’s philosophy is that the path of yoga can be transformational for everyone, regardless of physical capacity, age, or religion. A big part of her motivation as a Yoga therapist and teacher of yoga is the growing need for mental health care, and the ever-expanding evidence of yoga’s positive impact on mind-body wellness.
In 2015, Tanaya launched the Yamas, Niyamas, & the Correlating Chakras class series and course - an exploration into the eight-limbed path of aṣṭāṅgayoga, and more specifically, how the ten yogic precepts of yama and niyama express in the body today. Soon after, in 2018 came the publication of the accompanying yoga cards, the 'Rock Your Chakras, Roll Your Yamas' Yoga Card Deck, and Toolbox for Life, now available online, or if you are in Western Australia, at a variety of independent bookstores.
Away from the yoga mat, Tanaya is also a Civil Celebrant, membership secretary for the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT), and resides between Perth and Denmark, Western Australia, with her favourite humans, and her fur children… Florence the Dalmatian, and Turbo the cat.