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Tanya (Boigenzahn) Sowards, RYT 500, RTT, CHTP
Tanya started practicing yoga since the early 90s and has been teaching since 1996. She has meditated since age 15, and has a 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.

Yoga Teacher Training & Background
For over 17 years, Tanya has travelled 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, 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. Rod's style of yoga, known as ParaYoga, blends the three rivers of Tantra Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and the Yoga Sutras into one comprehensive study. Through this wisdom, Tanya specializes in helping students create a therapeutic practice based on their physical, energetic, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. She continues to study under Rod, and is close to completing her ParaYoga certification which takes many years of dilligent study and practice.

She completed her 500 hour Yoga Alliance teaching credentials through ParaYoga® and is one of the only Level 2 Certified Teachers in the world, and the only one in MN. 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 teacher training certificates in Prenatal Yoga through Jennifer Gray's JAI Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program as well as with Janice Clarfield's Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program of Vancouver, BC, plus a wide variety of other teacher trainings from many other recognized teachers including Dharma Mittra, Judith Lasater, Paul Grilley, Seane Corn, Tias Little, David Swenson, Doug Swenson and more...

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) and sukham (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 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 Rod Stryker, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ajahn Pichest Boonethame, Julie Laurence, Bhagavan Das, Carol Schoenecker, Jonas Westring, Jennifer Gray and Sigal Kemnitz. She currently teaches her classes, trainings and workshop at her yoga, bodywork and wellness studio, Devanadi Yoga, located in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis.

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 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 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 Thai Yoga Healing Arts in Bennington, VT. She practices her healing arts and teaches yoga classes at her yoga studio, Devanadi Yoga, located in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis.

Motivated to help expand the knowledge of the traditional practices of hands-on-healing through bodywork, Tanya has been teaching her Thai Yoga Bodywork 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.
Thai Yoga Certificate Program info | Thai Massage appointment info

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 is training in Qi Gong with Master Chunyi Lin.
Energy Work appointment info

• Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) through Yoga Alliance
• 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
• Seichem
• Qi Gong

• Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
• Member of Healing Touch International (HTI)
• Member of Yoga Alliance (YA)
• Executive Board Member for THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International)
• Columnist (Yogini-at-Large) for Twin Cities METRO Magazine

More About Tanya
Tanya also runs Devanadi Yoga, focusing on yoga teacher training, guest teachers, workshops and student mentorship. She travels more and more offering workshops, trainings and client sessions nationally, and guides retreats internationally. She also enjoys the lakes, cooking, rock climbing, quality time with friends and family, and of course, chocolate! You might see her and her son, River, at her husband's Tap Room, Harriet Brewing, listening to music, trying to avoid the beer (she's allergic to it!!! Ah-choo! I guess the sages are telling her something...) and playing foos ball from time to time. 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 at Pichest's in Thailand

rod stryker
With Rod Stryker and friends

Tree Pose with the Redwoods
Muir Woods, Marin County, CA

Hangin' in Fish Pose while 22 weeks pregnant.

Partner Yoga with Jason, Chicago

Wedding Day: July 28, 2007