Tanya's Story & How It All Began
My father first introduced me to alternative approaches to health and well-being at a very young age; this has influenced my life in significant, positive ways since then. I will be forever indebted to him for helping me understand overall health as the foundation of success in all areas of life.
As a kid I studied Karate and “yoga stretches” were incorporated into our training. I remember working out/training with my father and him making sure we included some yoga before and after all of his classes. When I started high school I made the decision to take a break from karate and put all my efforts into gymnastics, which landed me on my high school gymnastics team. High school was a blur for me, my home life was falling apart and I felt I was just going through the motions to get through high school. I remember calming my panic attacks by using the breathing techniques by father had taught me in his classes.
My fathers gym began offering yoga classes, it was during the mid 80’s thats I took my first yoga class. Yoga was just emerging in the US, and all that was available then were traditional posture class, which included lots of meditation. I found myself attracted to the feeling I was experiencing after the practice.
In 1992 I took a job in the local district court. After sitting a a desk all day I knew I needed to do something that got me moving so I went back to the gym and immediately was hooked into body building. I began eating clean, and living all things body building. I started putting together “yoga classes” for myself.
In 1996 I welcomed my first child. This completely changed my life, my way of thinking, and my reason for existing in this world, and working a 9-5 job just wasn’t fitting in anymore. So I decided I would set a goal and it was by time I was 30 I would open my own yoga studio, which would allow me to spend more time with my daughter, and give her the same foundation my father gave me.
In 1998, a friend of mine opened a Martial Arts School, and I found myself there taking classes and teaching yoga. Upon the suggestion of a close friend , I tried a hot yoga class in Boston. This was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Hot yoga combined the mental and spiritual elements of meditation with the endurance of sustained physical exercise. This was the balance that I had been looking for and I was immediately hooked. Suddenly my dream was to open a hot yoga studio. I began taking trainings in Yoga, Reiki, Aromatherapy, to give me the credentials to open my studio. During this time I was teaching yoga to friends and family in their living rooms or any space we could find.
In early 2001/2002 the State of Massachusetts needed to cut costs. A letter came through my office asking if anyone would like voluntary lay off. I remember sitting in my chair thinking is this a sign, could this really be my time to leave and open my yoga studio? I put it out to the universe and here it was right in front of me, I couldn’t let this opportunity slip by me without trying. I remember going into my boss’ office and letting her know I wanted to take the voluntary lay off. She wasn’t a normal “boss” she was like a mother to me. I was already working for her for about 9 years, I was 20 when I got that job, and so she tried to talk me out of it. We made an agreement that I would put in the paperwork and if it was meant to be I would be granted the voluntary lay off and would be able to take my retirement with me, and open a yoga studio.
One month later I received a letter stating my request was granted, and in 2003 Divine Yoga opened its doors to the public. I am inspired deeply by Baron Baptiste’s teachings, and my father who planted the seed at a very young age. It is my hope that Divine Yoga will offer everyone an opportunity to find a path of health and well being in life, and provide a style of yoga that is accessible to everyone.