|Tanya Boulton comes to NYC from teaching at PURE Yoga in Hong Kong for over 3 years. Tanya has studied extensively and assisted Ana Forrest and anatomy expert Ellen Heed. In addition, she holds a Master's of Science in Special Education and implemented yoga in schools for behaviorally challenged youth in Southern California. Tanya is passionate about the sacredness that yoga brings into our lives and teaches with the intention to guide others to become their own masters of staying present to their experiences both on and off the mat.|
*More about Tanya
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Hong Kong and raised in Southern California.
What classes do you teach at Pure?
Hot Power and Vinyasa
How long have you been practicing yoga?
What brought you to yoga?
I used to run so much that my body ached. I couldn't do races with out pain killers. I realized that I needed something that would help me heal and get more connected with my body rather than work against it. It changed my life when I started and I was hooked.
What brought you to teaching?
When I did my first teacher training with Ana Forrest, I only did it to further my knowledge of yoga. I didn't want to teach it. However, at the time I was Special Needs High School Teacher and it made sense to bring yoga in the classroom and high school I was at. I launched a program at my school and then started teaching at the Forrest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica. It just seemed to happen organically.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did she inspire you?
My first influential yoga teacher was Ana Forrest. She was the first teacher that proved how important it is to use the practice as a way to hear, grow, self discover and harmonize your spiritual body along with mental, physical and emotional bodies. It all made sense when I started working with her.
What motivates you to practice today?
It's the highlight of my day and I am ever so grateful for it. I think my practice has become so much a part of my life that it feels strange to not do it. I love that each time I show up to practice I learn something new. My practice only gets better and better each time and I am always so inspired by other teachers, and styles of yoga. I love the mystery behind it all and how much provides a platform for people to heal and grow and discover their truest nature.
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
I was a High School Special Needs teacher for inner city kids in LA.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
I have my business, tanya-b, which is a yoga inspired clothing line. It's a dream come true to have my own business that incorporates yoga and I feel very blessed to be living my passion.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
That's a tough question because yoga has brought me to my dream job which is tanya-b. BUT I would probably be an adult literacy teacher. When I was a high school teacher I found so many parents who couldn't read and it was such a huge eye opener for me. It would be amazing to create a safe space for learning with this population.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
I LOVE the community! I love that I started working in Asia, where Pure Yoga started, and now I teach for the same studio in NYC with people who I used to teach with in Hong Kong (like Kay Kay Clivio, Jon Witt and Jessica Caplan). It's pretty mind blowing how global and beautiful this community is.