Art to Healing & Yoga for Freedom Founder & CEO

Senior Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Expressive Art Therapist (MA), Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Trauma Specialist in Sexual Abuse Recovery, Feminine Leadership Coach

Women’s Health Therapist, Author, Public Speaker, Activist

Atira Tan is an inspired woman practitioner and powerful agent of transformation and change. She has touched the lives of thousands of women, men and children internationally, supporting them in their trauma recovery and embodying their authentic heart-felt purpose in life.

A deep devotion to the divine, alongside the rigours of her feminine spiritual practice of yoga and service, and extensive experience in somatic trauma recovery, inform a deep desire to pass on this wisdom and knowledge, so that humanity can live in freedom, love and power on this beautiful planet.

“Every morning my prayer is to open to love and to the divine, and to let that flow through my speech, my thoughts and my actions in the world.”

– Atira Tan, Elephant Journal interview.

Hailing from Asia, Atira is a global citizen, a world traveler and seeker of truth, and deeply curious about the cross-cultural themes of feminine sexuality and empowerment.

She has worked for over a decade internationally in community organisations and international development as a consultant, clinician and supervisor, as well as an educator in community settings.

Her women’s health & trauma informed programs in the rural communities, brothels and slums of Asia, have changed the lives of many women and children who have experienced sexual abuse and exploitation.

“In our culture, connection to our feeling body has been so suppressed. Reclaiming the feminine gives voice to our emotional self, to the body’s intelligence, and using that as the fuel for our social change.”

– Atira Tan, MINDFOOD interview

Atira is a model of embodied feminine leadership, and is passionate about supporting humanity to heal, and thus, empowering them to follow their authentic calling in the world. A trauma survivor of child abuse, she is informed by her own journey of recovery to support others to thrive and grow.

Based in Melbourne, and now teaching globally in workshops, retreats and teacher trainings in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Atira weaves together the arenas of spirituality, activism, yoga, women’s transformation and healing into a holistic life of Inspired Action from the Heart.

She specialises in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Facilitation Training Programs, Women’s Health and Leadership,  Spiritual Activism and Recovery from Sexual Abuse.

“Atira holds a beautiful space that feels incredibly safe to explore and uncover the many layers of experienced trauma. Her intuitive way of working and the practices she guides with have helped me to rewire my entire nervous sytem.
I now have a strong template for how to identify, track, and clear associated trauma behaviours. Her sessions have guided me back home to my body, heart and spirit. I am eternally grateful.”

– Adelina Vaughn, Bodyworker and Energy Healer, USA.

“If  you are ready to engage in serious trauma healing work, Atira  is the practitioner to go for.
Her own genuine humanness, consistently lived and embodied, and her outstandingly compassionate nature create a strong and safe therapeutic container that cannot be surpassed. After a search for decades for the right trauma therapist, all thumbs up for her, as the healing and transformation I’ve been looking for has finally become real!”

– Jessica Bertram, Eco-Tour Guide, Germany.


Atira’s 20 years of yoga study and practice shine through in her distinct style of teaching, both through the Anusara, Embodied Flow, Hatha Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Sacred Feminine Yoga traditions. A senior yoga teacher of 10 years (1000 YTT hrs), her classes support students to discover their own innate wisdom of their bodies through a full spectrum practice, combining asanas, meditations, pranayama, tantric philosophy and self-discovery.


For the past fifteen years, Atira has been guiding people on their life path through her powerful blend of Expressive Art Therapy, transpersonal counseling, Somatic Experiencing, yoga and empowered feminine life and leadership coaching. Passionate about creating safer spaces for every body, she has supported over thousands of women and children in recovering from child sexual abuse, exploitation and slavery in her work as a Trauma Specialist in mental health and modern slavery.


Atira has presented her inspiring journey as Founder and Executive Director with Art to Healing at the 2013 TED X Byron Bay Conference: Agents of Change. An advocate for ending child sex slavery and gender-based violence, Atira speaks and teaches frequently at international festivals and conferences, such as Byron Spirit, Uplift & Off the Mat into the World. She also speaks in the corporate sector for NAB Australia on topics such as social innovation and change.


Following her mantra of Inspired Action from the Heart, Atira has taken her insights off the yoga mat and into the world, fusing spirituality and social action together, In 2005, she initiated Art to Healing, a non-profit organisation empowering and assisting women from trauma and sex trafficking in over eight countries in Asia and the Pacific. In addition, Atira is the founder of Yoga for Freedom, raising over $65,000 for the trauma recovery of child sex slaves. In 2010, Atira was voted by Asian Spa Magazine in 2010 as one of the Top Ten Philanthropists in Asia.

Upcoming Events…

100 Hr Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher Training, Nepal

1st – 15th Dec 2019

200 Hr Foundations Yoga Teacher Training, Thailand

16th Feb – 16th Mar 2020

Bali Bellydance Retreat
Contemporary Bellydance & Women’s Yoga Retreat, Bali

24th – 30th May 2020

Individual Sessions….

Trauma Healing & Recovery

Somatic Experiencing™ & Therapy

Women’s Reproductive Health

Somatic Wellness Embodied Sessions

Feminine Leadership Coaching

Leadership & Transformational Coaching

Interested in working with me?

Contact me to book in a FREE 20 min introductory session!
I provide individual somatic trauma sessions, transformational coaching, integration work and clinical supervision/ mentorship.

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