Tanja Bungardt-Price, CAP
Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center, Milwaukee
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Tanja Bungardt-Price is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner; Educator, Bliss Treatment technician; certified yoga teacher; member of the faculty for Ayurveda studies, Yoga Teacher Training, at Heaven Meets Earth in Evanston, Illinois; professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and artist.
When Tanja was seven years old, her mother, who had been struggling with mental illness, committed suicide. Tanja has thus always been keenly aware of the challenges that people dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, and mental illness face, as well as the limits of western medicine in addressing these problems. Looking for alternative solutions, she started out with yoga, eventually becoming a yoga teacher. While traveling to India to study Ashtanga yoga in Mysore, she took advantage of the opportunity and visited multiple Ayurvedic clinics and practitioners to learn more about this ancient, holistic Indian medical system. After learning about the amazing results of Ayurvedic treatments for not just physical diseases but also mind illness, she came back to the U.S. determined to become an Ayurvedic practitioner.
She attended the Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, and Panchakarma Technician.
Tanja's clients are an integral part of her journey along the path of Ayurveda and yoga—sharing her skills and knowledge with others is the natural fulfillment of that path. She offers natural, noninvasive solutions to support her clients' unique optimal health needs and address the underlying imbalances creating chronic health and pain conditions, including but not limited to digestive disorders, women’s issues, postpartum imbalances, musculo-skeletal discomfort, immune system conditions, allergies, anxiety, stress, sensory-integration challenges, insomnia, and memory difficulties. A thorough intake process helps identify key symptoms and potential causes of imbalance and determine suitable treatment options. Be prepared to talk about yourself. Because Ayurveda emphasizes balance in all areas of your life, she will not only examine your body and read your pulse and tongue according to the ancient Ayurvedic system, but will also take an extensive personal and medical history, including questions about daily diet, profession and working conditions, exercise routines, relationships, and mental health. In addition to consultations, she offers Abhyangas (Ayurvedic warm herbal oil treatment).
Tanja teaches yoga, not just poses with humor, compassion and love.
Influenced by her Iyengar Training she focuses on alignment and the therapeutic power of yoga and the influence of Ashtanga and Vinyasa links her poses together.
Tanja's knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda provides a tremendous support to her yoga teachings. She understands the unique needs of each student.
Her life long journey of yoga and Ayurveda is ongoing. She graduated from Kanyakumari, Yoga and Wellness Center in Milwaukee (http://www.kanyakumari.us/content/home), where she is studied to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Panchakarma Technician.
She trained and got certified at Moksha (Chicago, IL) under Daren Friesen (http://www.mokshayoga.com/), where she learned the Vinyasa style. She has assisted in 2 yoga teacher trainings under Daren Friesen.
Tanja apprenticed under Gabriel Halpern, owner of Yoga Circle and student of BKS Iyengar (http://www.yogacircle.com/gabriel.html), where she learned about Therapeutic Yoga in the Iyengar tradition and traveled to Mysore, India where she studied with Saraswathi (http://www.saraswathiashtanga.com/saraswati.html), Pattabhi Jois (http://kpjayi.org/) daughter, to study Asthanga.
She participates in many yoga classes and workshops with master teachers (Gabriel Halpern, Sean Corn, Tias Little, Micheline Berry, Bo Forbes, Jim Bennitt, Kino MacGregor, Jonny Kest, Dr Indu Arora and Cornell Colbert) and peer mentors to continue her growth.
Tanja went to Mysore, India for 7 weeks, to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute founded by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois http://kpjayi.org/ , under his daughter Saraswathi http://www.saraswathiashtanga.com/saraswati.html. Tanja also studied Ayurveda, which she had been interrested about since her yoga practice began.
Ashtanga and her trip to India opened a whole new inspiring experience into her life.
An illustrator with a degree from the Art Institute in Chicago, Tanja and her husband Bill, a Panchakarma therapist, left their home of 10 years in Highland Park, Illinois, for Tucson, which she describes as "the perfect place," fulfilling "all the criteria of warm weather, beautiful nature for hiking and open minded people who are interested in holistic health."
Saraswathi and Tanja in Mysore, India
Tanja and Kino MacGregor in Mysore, India
Sean Corn and Tanja at the Midwest Yoga conference
Tias Little and Tanja at Anatomy workshop
Graduation from Yoga teacher training with Daren Friesen,
director of Moksha, Chicago, IL
Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center, Milwaukee A Certified Panchakarma Therapist (2013) and Certified Surgical Assistant has been working in the Women’s Health Field and Surgery for the last 22 years. He is known today, for his stress relieving instructions with birthing mothers, anxious patients, and has proctored staff members in the ancient Indian art of Pranayama. These breathing techniques coupled with tapping into the energy centers (Marma Points) of the hands is a technique that is performed on most patients in his daily practice. The book “Perfect Health” by Dr. Deepak Chopra; stands as the inspiration to his blending of Western medical skills and Holistic Vedic knowledge. Bill’s advanced anatomy and physiology experience allows him to immediately connect to his client’s physical needs… His kind heart and open approach, allows him to connect to the client’s energy, which ultimately yields to balance their mind and spirit.