About Alisa Wright Tanny

Alisa Wright-TannyAlisa Wright Tanny is the Founder and Director of The Embodiment Sanctuary. She brings over 30 years of dance movement somatic education as an Integrative Dance Movement Therapist, Embodiment Coach, Infant Developmental Movement Educator, movement intuitive and innovator. She holds a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Dance Movement Therapy, and is a certified teacher of the embodiment experience through the traditional practices of Yoga(Embodyoga®), Pilates(STOTTPilates®). She has also has an extensive background in Body-Mind Centering® and is certified in Embodied Anatomy™ & Embodied Developmental Movement™.

Alisa’s technique in supporting and balancing the body is delivered with a strong, compassionate and loving approach. She draws from her own personal journey and education synthesing CORE activation into the art of expressive embodied empowerment.

Alisa has created multiple EmbodiedED certification programs and teacher trainings: BodyDance EmpowerCORE Presence Practice for women and teen girls, BalanceCORE Therapeutics, YogaPlayKidz, and BabyMoves!. These programs are based in the foundation of activating and remembering embodied cellular and embryologic fluid consciousness, with primary emphasis on restoring and strengthening the natural alignment of the spine, activating the body’s fluid rhythms, balancing and restoring nervous system and glandular-chakra tone with muscular skeletal integrity.

Alisa’s presence provides the space and safety for inquiry and exploration, transformation and integration, and the reclaiming of joyful embodied trust and empowerment. Alisa’s private practice is in Western MA, where she specializes in working with women, teen girls, children, infants, and clients in rehabilitation and special needs population.

RYS 200 Yoga Alliance
RCYS Yoga Alliance
YACEP Yoga Alliance
RCYT Yoga Alliance
E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance

Alisa Wright Tanny, MA, R-DMT, IDME, ERYT500



  • E-RYT500 certified by Yoga Alliance, 2011
  • Embodyoga Teacher, RYT500, Yoga Center Amherst, MA, 2009
  • Infant Developmental Movement Educator, IDME, School for Body-Mind Centering, 2008
  • Body-Mind Centering Yoga Instructor, RYT500, School for Body-Mind Centering, 2007
  • Embodied Anatomy & Embodied Developmental Movement & Yoga Teacher, School for Body-Mind Centering, 2006
  • Yoga for the Special Child, basic level, 2005
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200, Amherst, MA, 2002
  • Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy/Dance Movement Therapy, R-DMT, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2000
  • STOTT Pilates Instructor, Toronto, Canada, 1996
  • Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and in Speech and Communications, University of Maryland, 1993
  • Reiki Level II Practitioner, 1992


  • Created, Developed and offer Embodied Education, Embodiment Coaching, Private Yoga/Pilates Sessions, Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education synthesizing all of the above education into a new paradigm of embodied health & wellness, 1999-Present
  • BodyDance Women’s’ Embodied Empowerment YOGA & Expressive Arts – 200hr Teacher Training, Accredited with Yoga Alliance, 2012
  • Bodydance Blossoming Circle – EmpowerCORE Expressive Arts Program for Girls & Teens, 2012 – Present
  • Children’s Yoga School, BabyMoves! & YogaPlayKidz Program, 2012. 95 hr. Certificate,
    Accredited with Yoga Alliance, 2012
  • BalanceCORE Spinal Health & Stabilization Program, worked in various Chiropractic Offices since 2000, 75 hr. CEU Program
  • Taught at various Pilates Studios: Toronto, Canada Boston, Newton, MA – programming for moms/daughters, a specialized pelvic empowerment for women, 1998-2003
  • Corporate Sponsorship & Marketing Assistant, ARTS & COMMUNICATIONS, Toronto, Canada, 1993-1998

Alisa has specialization in working with injuries, movement rehabilitation and special populations:

  • Staff at Whole Children Inc., a center for children with special needs. Created and developed YogaPlay™ curriculum and teaching manual; created and developed Hip Hop Creative Dance curriculum, Hadley, MA 2004-2011
  • Worked at Health South/New England Rehab, cardiopulmonary outpatient and inpatient rehab, spinal cord injury unit, fibromyalgia support group, and movement therapy, Boston, MA, 1999-2000
    Worked at Hebrew Rehab Geriatric Hospital, movement therapy, Boston, MA 1998-1999


  • Founder/Performer “Undress Your Breasts” Burlesque, April 2016
  • Daughters of Earth Gathering, Goddess LOVES: Embodying the LIGHT, Earthlands, MA, 2016
  • Belly & Womb Conference, Goddess LOVES: Embodying the LIGHT, MA 2013/2016
  • Sedona Yoga Conference, Bodydance Women’s Expressive Embodied Empowerment, AZ, 2015
  • Gypsy Layne Burlesque, Performer, MA, 2012-2015
  • Body-Mind Centering Association Conference, USA, 2014 – Bodydance Chakra Embodied Blossoming – Expressive Embodied Empowerment for Women
  • Body-Mind Centering Association Conference, USA, 2008 – YogaPlayKidz, Program Development & Manual
  • Spirit Fire Gathering, Embryology in YOGA, New Lebanon, NY, 2014
  • Sacred World Interdependence Day, Yoga Play Kidz Programming, 2013
  • Forest Dance Festival, BodyDance, 2013

School Programming:

  • Lesley University, Guest Teacher, Dance Therapy-LMHC, Summer Intensive, 2016
  • UMASS Bodydance Women’s Empowerment Circle, 2015/16
  • NorthStar Self-Directed Learning for Teens, 2015-2016
  • Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Bodydance for Teens, 2014
  • Charlemont Academy – Yoga for Teens, 2009
  • Greenfield Middle School – Yoga for Kids, 2008
  • Concord Academy, Dance Department – Yoga/Pilates, 2001