With the ancient science of yoga at its core, Shri Gaia Institute focuses on conscious evolution, while increasing skills as professionals and practitioners.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Tanya Popovich is a senior teacher, teaching 200-hour and 500-hour training, yoga retreats, and workshops internationally. She is the founder of Swaha Yoga Center and Shri Gaia Institute. She is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and Yoga Acharya (master of yoga) in the Sivananda tradition, with a long background in alignment-based Anusara yoga. While keeping her base in Athens, Greece, Tanya is mostly on the road sharing the joy of yoga across the globe.
An avid interest in spiritual philosophy led Portia to study Eastern philosophies including the Vedas & the Bhagavad Gita in college. She began practicing yoga 10 years ago. Portia completed her 200 HR Hatha & Vinyasa YTT led by Tanya Popovich and went on to teach on the island of Koufonisia before returning to the states to teach in Florida & Los Angeles, California at Yogis of Hollywood. She’s also taught in Mexico, Bali & Sri Lanka. Soon after she completed another training with Shri Gaia Institute & Tanya Popivich in Bali and will assist Tanya on her next 200-HR Haha & Vinyasa YTT in Goa
Sissy is a founder of Social Yogis, a thriving yoga community in Athens, Greece. She studied with Lotus Yoga Academy, Swaha Yoga Center and Shri Gaia Institute. In addition, she is a graduate of Academy of Ancient Greek and Chinese Medicine, specializing in acupuncture, moxa therapy and lymphatic massage. This year Sissy will be assisting Tanya Popovich and Shri Gaia Institute in the 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in Goa, India.
Elienne De Vries
from Singapore, May 2018
"Best choice ever"
Phenomenal teachers, diversity of teachings and lectures, superb quality of methodology, lovely atmosphere amongst students, great location
from Germany, May 2018
This Yoga Teacher Training exceeded my expectations in many beautiful ways. The hotel and food was very good and clean, a little monotonous at times but we have alternatives for every meal.
The teachers are the reason, why the experience was this wonderful. Their openness, empathy, relativeness, knowledge and warmth made everyone feel welcome and integrated by day 1.
Being with a group of people on the same path, even if the stories were different, made it feel like a family.
The schedule was tough but very reasonable and fairly split up.
Katy Fernandez Pardal
from United States, January 2019
"Blissed out! "
This training truly exceeded my expectations. I feel a different person and so knowledgeable. Everything we studied in yoga philosophy was put to practice every day in our little international community. We studied ancient scriptures in depth and applied them every day. Our morning practice was absolutely amazing, such creative sequences that felt very good on the body. I was able to do asanas I never imagined, and my strength and flexibility has improved a lot. Breathing techniques gave me a lot of alertness and focus every day. Asana breakdown through anatomy, biomechanics and alignment was so interesting I never knew so much about the body! Also how important it is to sequence the class correctly. All other students and teachers on the course were extremely nice and helpful when schedule would get a little tough and when breakthroughs and transformations would happen. I have made some wonderful friends! Our main teacher Tanya and all other guest teachers were so inspiring, knowledgeable and wise. Tanya truly has so much experience and understands a student's psychology very well. I can not recommend this training enough and would also say that it is very deep work, necessary in order to become a genuine inspiring yoga teacher. Thank you!
from Germany, January 2019
The most magical experience!
I had done my 200-hr training few years ago with another school and while I got good skills to begin teaching I did not feel a profound transformation on a personal level. This training was recommended to me as a "training as comlplete as an advanced training." So grateful for this experience and a beautiful shift in my personal life. This training is based on tradition and lineage, and our main teacher Tanya Popovich preserves this tradition in the most sacred way while incorporating it for all of us in the contemporary world. Teaching methodology, biomechanics of the body, allignment, knowledge of sequencing, vinyasa krama, hands on assists, etc. were like no other I had experienced previously as a student and teacher of yoga. Philosophy, yogic lifestyle, and all theory behind our practices were extremly satisfying and decodified through Tanya's enormous knowledge and understanding. I feel that I have gained the skills from a master. The community of my fellow yogis was absolutely amazing, and I strongly feel that Tanya and rest of the teachers provided a wonderful safe and nurturing space to develop relationships amongst us that will last a life time. Forever grateful for this incredible personal and profesional transformation. I would not only recommend this training, but say is a must for any yogi today.
from Slovenia, September 2018
"A life changing experience!"
Yoga teacher training by Tanya Popovich and her assistants Maria and Melina was a fantastic and transformational experience.
It was very challenging physically, emotionally and mentally, but only through hard work I was able to grow and completely transform my mindset in so many ways.
Training was led in a very responsible and professional way, with a deep, passionate yogic knowledge and attitude from all three dedicated and experienced teachers, who had in such a short time ensured to all the students to get equal attention at learning and gained quality knowledge of the skills to be a competent yoga teacher in the future.
All three teachers were very genuine, understanding and helpful, opened to all the students, their wishes, needs and ideas. Also the location was wonderful, peaceful and relaxing, with the shala with the beautiful view of the ocean, placed above a pretty, tiny beach.
Because of the sense of love, gratitude and understanding, floating in the air during all of these four weeks of training, I can feel the real significance of yoga and believe in myself more than ever.
I am forever grateful to all three teachers for all their support during this incredible life transformation, and I recommend Swaha Yoga Teacher Training to everyone. Because of the help of all these beautiful souls I believe in better world and nicer future.
Thank you girls and I really hope to see you soon! Namaste.
from Great Britain, August 2018
"An amazing course where I met some wonderful people."
I've done yoga for a few years on and off but wanted to understand it more and the philosophies behind it. I chose this course for the content and the location and it didn't disappoint. The setting was beautiful and although I was staying in extra accommodation which was of less quality (which I had fully expected as this was communicated to me when booking), the accommodation did not hinder my experience.
The course was intense but interesting. It's been a long time since I've learnt this much material in the time allocated and due to the support of my fellow course attendees we got through it together.
I am so thankful and appreciative of the like-minded and kind-hearted people I met on this course. They made it all worth while and I continue my yoga journey with them.
from Czechia, August 2018
"Amazing transformational experience"
Amazing yoga shala and food, amazing and knowledgeable teachers
I loved the morning practises and very detailed methodology with a lot of modifications
from Denmark, August 2018
"I don't like being treated as an ill-mannered kid every day "
I liked the accommodation, the food, the surroundings, the staff, the schedule and the other students.
from Ireland, August 2017
I loved the balance between yoga asanas, and philosophy and yoga teachings. It felt really holistic, and I learned so much more than I expected. The teachers were amazing and the location is stunning.
from Switzerland, August 2018
"An overall wonderful Experience"
It was an overall beautiful experience with a lot of beautiful souls. The location was gorgeous and provided the perfect little space for yoga without any distractions. The training overall was very interesting and provided a good base. Philosophy was thought very in depth. I loved Methodology, which I think was the best part of the whole training. It was thought very detailed and I love that we learned how to sequence, cue and assist from the early beginning. Tanya has a lot of experience and knowledge to share and Malina and Maria were just the perfect addition to the training. Maria was such an inspiration and kept the training going strong.