Conscious Evolution through Movement and Stillness


Shri Gaia Institute celebrates the abundance of Earth Mother and aims at raising the awareness of its inhabitants through mind, body and spirit practices. With the ancient science of Yoga at its core, Shri Gaia focuses on conscious evolution through movement and stillness.

Exploring and observing the movement of thought patterns, breath, body, emotions, our planet, our universe, and the rhythm and creativity of it all, validates the interconnectedness and abundance of existence. Movement is the expression of life and creation indicates movement. Finding stillness while the whole cosmos is in continuous flux is a direct way to connect to our true nature and the only thing that is everlasting – the Spirit.

It is that which never changes, that which is everywhere and in everyone. The transformative learning experiences at Shri Gaia Institute are designed to develop and increase our students intuition, self-awareness and interconnectedness with the world around us. Our training programs are directed by Tanya Popovich, Shri Gaia Institute founder, and led by a team of passionate and skilled teachers that ensure the highest quality education. Spiritual Journeys are another way to find connection through movement – not just the literal movement of our physical practices, but movement through our beautiful planet and its peoples and cultures.

Are you ready to take on a deep inner journey, and through it make an impact on the world?


Tanya is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance ERYT-500, and Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) in classical Sivananda Yoga tradition. She started her meditation practice at the age of 14 through Transcendental Meditation. Her 20 years of experience practicing and 17 years of teaching Yoga includes numerable yoga trainings in classical and modern styles of yoga, and long stays at Yoga Ashrams across India. Tanya holds a B.A. in Fine Arts, M.A. in Indigenous Studies, and a degree in Sound Healing. For the past 14 years Tanya teaches yoga internationally including 200-hr and 500-hr Yoga Alliance certified educational programs, Yin Yoga and Aerial Yoga training programs, Breath work and Meditation trainings, Vedanta Philosophy, workshops, seminars and cultural retreats. A teacher’s teacher, Tanya founded Swaha Yoga Center in 2011, and Shri Gaia Institute in 2017. Tanya’s love for culture, arts and mysticism of our world continues to take her across the globe where she explores and trains in spiritual practices of various cultures of our Mother Earth. She has been initiated into the Rights of Passage practiced by the Inka Shamans and is trained in Shamanic Journeying through Dance and Breath. Most recently Tanya has experienced a practice in Sama (Sufi whirling) during a course on Conscious Death, and began studying Storytelling and Myth with Dr. Martin Shaw. Since 2018 Tanya offers “Uplift Another” – a scholarship program for people working with refugees, and an additional Trauma Informed training for yoga teachers that will work with such populations. All these practices unite at Shri Gaia Institute as a homage to our planet’s peoples and traditions long forgotten in the west. It is through sharing of knowledge, connection with nature, community with likeminded people, disciplined practice, cultivation of arts, and giving to those less fortunate then us, that we work together at Shri Gaia towards conscious evolution.

Portia Leigh

An avid interest in spiritual philosophy led Portia to study Eastern philosophies including the Vedas & the Bhagavad Gita in college. She began practicing yoga over a decade ago and she completed her 200 HR Hatha & Vinyasa YTT led by Tanya Popovich in 2016. She’s travelled the world teaching yoga in Greece, Florida, Los Angeles, Mexico, Bali, Sri Lanka and India. In 2018 she completed another 200hr training with Shri Gaia Institute in Bali. Since then she’s co-taught alongside Tanya on several 200hr teacher trainings. She is passionate about meditation, yin and the power of connecting the mind, body and spirit with the breath as a vehicle for achieving a balanced and harmonious state of living.

Eden Dalton-Thompson

A 200hr RYT, certified in both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She was trained by Shri Gaia’s Founder, an extremely well educated and passionate woman, Tanya Popovich. She has also worked as an assistant teacher alongside Tanya and Portia during a 200hr YTT on the beautiful island of Crete, during the summer of 2019. Eden is currently living in Miami FL, undertaking another 200hr YTT with Michael Schaeffer, owner of Yoga Lab Miami.

Being a dancer for almost 20 years, Eden finds her extensive dance training background extremely useful. It gives her a chance to incorporate more flow and connectivity of movement into her classes and sequences, leaving students feeling balanced, peaceful and hopefully a little sweaty!

Marina Koutiva

Studied contemporary and classical dance and graduated from Rallou Manou Professional Dance School in 2012(Greece); continued her studies in dance and choreography in Sicily and has participated in performances and video dance projects in Greece and Sicily. In 2015 she got her certification of 200hrs on Hatha, Vinyasa and Gentle Yoga (Swaha Yoga Center,Greece) and continued on Prenatal & Postnatal / Mom and Baby Yoga, also studied Thai Yoga Massage in Brussels and Chiang Mai. She has attended seminars of Yoga Therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, Dynamic Thai Yoga Massage, and Neuromascular massage.
Living in Athens for the last four years , teaching yoga at Swaha Yoga Center and Myrtmigi Yoga Studio, travelling to Greece, Sicily and Brussels, teaching hatha flow, gentle, prenatal yoga and giving Thai Yoga Massage therapies. She continues her journey in Yoga alongside with Tanya Popovich, assisting in Shri Gaia’s Institute Teacher Trainings, willing to explore the human body and mind furthermore and to embody the therapeutical aspect of yoga practice in everyday life.

Sissy Fragiadaki

Sissy had a successful marketing career after which she followed the path of teaching yoga. Practice in various styles of yoga such as Iyengar, Kundalini and Hatha Yoga led her to train as a teacher in Hatha, Vinyasa and Aerial Yoga with Tanya Popovich. Sissy has been teaching for 9 years now and she runs
The Social Yogis Project in the center of Athens. She has been teaching yoga trainings alongside Tanya in Greece and India.

Tiffany Kiriakoulis

Yoga Teacher Training Facilitator

Tiffany Kyriakoulis, MSc is a licensed Psychologist and a certified Hatha (RYT 200) and Aerial Yoga instructor. She has been a proud member of the Shri Gaia Institute since its founding in 2017 and has assisted its Founder Tanya Popovich (whom she received her Aerial Yoga training from) on numerous Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainings.
She has worked as a Psychologist with vulnerable populations and minority groups both in homeless shelters and for local councils in Athens, Greece.
She is particularly interested in working with people who have experienced traumatic life events. She employs a therapeutic approach which combines Yoga with Psychology, that is especially beneficial for those experiencing anxiety and depression or both.