Andrew Tanner, BA NYU, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga and successfully running yoga businesses since 2003. Currently, he teaches out of his yoga studio, ELEMENTS3 YOGA in Framingham, MA and travels the world as the Chief Ambassador for Yoga Alliance, (the largest Yoga Association of teachers and schools in the world.) Over the last ten years Andrew has helped launch more than eight successful yoga studios, and is the author of So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio. Andrew feels blessed to be serving the yoga community through helping yoga teachers and potential studio owners attain “right livelihood” and make a proper living doing what they love.
Born in Boston Massachusetts, Andrew grew up in the loving home of a sign maker and a home maker. The youngest of three kids plus two “adopted” brothers, (exchange students who stayed for many years). His parents were his first gurus, teaching him generosity, self-sacrifice, humility, patience, the value of education, and most of all pure love. As a child whenever he got into trouble with his brother, Andrew’s dad would punish him with pushups and other physical exercises, so the practicing of physical austerities, or “tapasaya” has been ingrained into him as a way to burn away impurities of both a physical and mental/spiritual nature.
Andrew graduated from New York University with a degree in Religious Studies and Psychology in 2006 and stays connected to his alma mater by serving on the NYU School of Arts and Science Alumni board of directors. He began his serious study of yoga in 2003, living and studying with a Dahn Yoga master named Jae Lee (aka Dahn Woon or “Energy Cloud”), from whom he learned Yang Style Tai-Chi, and various healing and meditation techniques that have their origin in Sahm Je (3 Element) Taoism. This was a time of major transformation and learning for Andrew which changed the entire direction of his life from the desire for a career in entertainment, to the desire for spiritual liberation and a life of service. As part of his training he also spent time fasting and meditating with the masters at Mt. Moak in South Korea.
From 2005 to 2007, Andrew was the Regional Manager of the 3 Tao Yoga and Tai Chi Centers, (owned by Dahn Yoga) in New York City, where he taught Dahn Yoga and Tai-Chi Chuan as well as leading retreats and instructor trainings. During that time Andrew lived a spartan lifestyle with Master Dahn Woon and 7 other yoga aspirants in a house in Kew Gardens, Queens. It was also there where he met and worked with Ahreum Han, the woman that later became his wife.
In November of 2007 Andrew had learned all he could from master Dahn Woon, and they both left Dahn Yoga. Andrew then opened up Bamboomoves Yoga School in Forest HIlls Queens with the help of one of his students at the time, Kaity Moriera. Nine months later Andrew opened his second Bamboomoves Yoga School in Englewood NJ, with longtime friend and fellow yogi Scott Kleinfeld.
Around this time Andrew began studying at the Dharma Yoga Center with Sri Dharma Mittra and Andrei Ram. Andrew completed the 200 hour and 500 hour Dharma Yoga teacher trainings, and these trainings would take Andrew’s yoga practice and teaching to a new level. Andrew is eternally grateful to Sri Dharma Mittra for teaching him the classical but simple path of hatha/raja yoga and for being a living example of that pure tradition. He is also grateful to Andrei Ram for all the light and love which poured out from his teachings. www.dharmayogacenter.com. www.innerparadise.org.
At the end of 2009, after opening two more licensed Bamboomoves studios, Andrew sold his interests in Bamboomoves in order to focus more on study, teaching, and doing consulting work. Bamboomoves continues to grow and be successful under the leadership of Scott Kleinfeld, Stephanie Miller, and Suzanne Scholten. www.bamboomovesyoga.com
In 2010 Andrew worked as a consultant to help open two yoga schools in downtown NYC, Yoganesh Yoga (www.yoganesh.com) and the new 7,000 sq/ft Dharma Yoga Center (www.dharmayogacenter.com). In 2011 Andrew was hired to be the Director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, one of the largest Yoga teacher training programs in the country which graduates approximately 600 students a year. In January of 2013 Andrew left Kripalu to focus more on consulting, writing, tech start-ups, and more... Andrew continues to teach yoga workshops and business of yoga classes at yoga festivals around the world. He lives happily with his wife, Ahreum and daughter Gemma.