Founder of Sangha Yoga Copenhagen

800+ Hour Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher

Tanja Ottesen Sangha Yoga Studio

For the past decade, Tanja has been part of the Copenhagen yoga scene and has taught Jivamukti Yoga around the city as well as international. For a long time, she has been dreaming of establishing a yoga community in the city centered around the values of the Jivamukti method. Tanja has lived in New York and Berlin, where she is educated by Jivamukti Yoga, and here she experienced a great sense of belonging, of being part of a yoga tribe, a warm family of like-minded spirits from near and far. Getting back to Copenhagen, Tanja felt the lack of a space like this, and with Sangha Yoga, it is her mission to give this sense of belonging to local yogis as well as yogis on the move.

In Spring 2016 Tanja opened Sangha Yoga Studio on Vesterbrogade, but decided to close the venue in November 2017 to get “back to basics” and focus on being freelance again while teaching at other locations in Copenhagen. Check out teaching schedule here.

Tanja completed her first 200-hours Yoga Alliance registered teacher training in 2010, and she also founded Yoga Bliss, her first yoga company, which she has worked to develop ever since. In 2016, the company was renamed Sangha Yoga. In April 2012, she graduated as a 300 Hour Certified Jivamukti Teacher, and the year after she completed another 500+ hours apprenticeship program in Berlin, mentored by Anja Kühnel. In 2016, Tanja passed her Board Exam in Munich to become Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, of which there exist only a few in Scandinavia. Tanja’s background as former elite gymnast and body worker is very visible in her dynamic, innovative and playful yoga sequences, as well as in her focus on understanding body structures, anatomy and physiology.

Tanja has always been curious about the human existence and different cultures, and over the years, this curiosity has brought her to places all over the world. The passion for yoga caught fire under a backpacking journey through India. A longer stay by the Ganga River in Rishikesh caused a number of radical changes and fundamental new insights for Tanja. Since then, she has several times lived in ashrams and spiritual communities to study yoga philosophy and psychology, self-development, meditation and the practice of Karma yoga. She has participated in volunteer programmes in children’s homes and educational projects outside New Delhi, and went on personal pilgrimages of spiritual growth on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Colourful experiences in jungles and full moon tribal ceremonies in Burma have added up to her life-changing adventures. However, Tanja’s most eye opening and sometimes fearful journey was and still is her daily practice on the yoga mat – here she meets herself and is confronted with her own limitations, responsibilities and human flaws in a way that furthers growth more than anything else.

Tanja speaks from the heart, and her teaching is filled with empathy, thoroughness and love. Her classes are spiced up with vibrant, bubbly music and friendly appeals to look inwards to find the answers. The aim of her teaching is to create a space for the students to feel nourished, inspired and elevated, and where the work with breathing techniques and asanas helps attaining a deep-felt calm and sense of wellbeing.

“Jivamukti Yoga helps me to keep my eyes open. It challenges me physically, intellectually and mentally and pushes me to a point where I make the most powerful realisations. Diving into this method I have learned to practice and have compassion for myself and all other living beings. Through discovering Jivamukti Yoga I reconnected to myself and started to feel a new sense of home within – a sense belonging. I fell in love with life again and am continuously reminded that I am part of something bigger. That we are all One. I am filled with gratitude to my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life, the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, and my beloved mentor Anja Kühnel in Berlin for always believing in me and giving me the strength to do the same, for having created a beautiful and safe method and place for self-development and growth as a yoga teacher and as a student.”  – Tanja Ottesen

For en overview of trainings, courses and other relevant background activity: Curriculum Vitae