Born and raised in Hong Kong and Indian by origin, Tiana (Amari) started practicing yoga from a young age following the spiritual teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda with whom her family has been affiliated with since the 1950’s. A significant part of her development into adulthood has been influenced by his teachings. Prior to teaching yoga, Tiana worked in the corporate world for 11 years. She has worked with global companies such as the LVMH Group and The Financial Times.
She has also spent time in Mysore practicing at the source with the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. She continues to go back to Mysore under Sharath's teaching and guidance. She is extremely grateful to Sharath for his teachings, patience, inspiration and friendship.
In 2005, she received her Teacher Training from Centered Yoga and it was during this time, where she was introduced by Paul to Sri O. P. Tiwari, a pranayama master in the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda, the honored teacher, and founder of the Kaivalyadhama Institute, Lonavla, India. She has also taken advanced training with Tiwariji in pranayama and study of the ancient texts of Hatha yoga. She believes that by committing and surrendering to her teachers she has found solid grounding and growth develop in her own practice and teaching.
She has taught all over the world - Hong Kong, Thailand, London, India, Portugal and China. She continues to travel and teach but remains based in Portugal where she runs her retreat and wellness centre together with her husband Shivam, at "Martinheiras" www.martinheiras.com
Tiana teaches Mysore, Ashtanga Led Classes, Pre - Natal Classes and Yoga for Kids, all following the Asthanga system, She also teaches Pranayama as taught by Sri O.P Tiwari-ji.
She is AUTHORIZED to teach by The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (KPJAYI). She is also an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance International.
" Something feels to remain in silence. There is no great need to post images of this body in asana, to boast about classes, but rather to present what I have learned from the heart in the most simple way. Life is precious in these deeply silent moments especially in this great age of social media."