Tanggao Tan


Tanggao is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.  He has completed two separate 500-hour yoga teacher training and has received almost 2000 hours of yoga-related learning.

A former dancer and a specialist in 18th-century Baroque dance, Tanggao holds a BA degree on Dance Pedagogy and for many years trained in Jerzy Grotowski’s movement-based acting techniques.  The variety of his experiences has creatively enriched his understanding of body movements.


Tanggao started teaching Yoga in 2010, he had taught yoga teacher training courses at Shanghai Yoga Center and Darshna Yoga Center in China. 


In 2015 Tanggao moved to California for the third time and two years later opened his own yoga studio "Morning Star Yoga" and he began to share his practice based on the Yoga Synergy method developed by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss.

Since 2019 Tanggao has partnered with Mount Rainbow Retreat in Taiwan to host yoga and movement workshops and retreats as well as planning for his first yoga teacher training.


As a dancer and dance teacher, Tanggao is fluent in ballet technique. From experience, he is aware of the way harmony in body movement influences a person’s internal state. With this new-found understanding inspired by Simon Borg-Olivier’s remarkable teaching, Tanggao has begun to incorporate his early acting training—based on the Polish theatre legend Jerzy Grotowski who aimed to create an ideal actor’s body that is free, organic and ready to take any form(role)— into his yoga practice.


The synthesis of his years of experience in dance, acting, and yoga has led to a practice that is kind and respectful to the body while placing the mind and soul at the creative heart of healing and harmonious movement.  

As the new year 2019 began, Tanggao renamed his yoga school “ArtAnvaya” to better represent his new vision.