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"Ryyst is where wellness is cultivated"

Once I learned better I began to live better.  The "not so secret secret", rest.

Since 2010 I have been working with women to help them simply learn to rest.

While many were touting the mantra "I'll sleep when I'm dead", I cringed, clearly understanding that the fastest way to the grave was a lack of rest and sleep.

I created my Ryyst & Dwell program to provide my clients with science backed tools, techniques and practical strategies to implement a relaxation and sleep protocol that works best for them.  By applying techniques using Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Mindfulness and Christ centered meditation my clients are able to achieve deeper, more restful sleep with the added benefit of better overall wellness.

The consequences of lack of proper rest and sleep.

The undo and unhealthful attitudes toward rest have long been disproven. We now understand that not only do you need rest, it's a matter of life and death. Women of color in particular have been over burdened with the title "strong black woman"which often means "overworked, overstressed, underserved, neglected 

and overlooked" all of which is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of WOC.

The cumulative long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke, not to mention a shortened life span.  A Harvard study determined that insufficient sleep can ultimately affect life expectancy and day-to-day well-being. An analysis of data from three separate studies suggests that sleeping five or fewer hours per night may increase mortality risk by as much as 15 percent.

I created Ryyst to help women improve sleep.  Ryyst clients have had improvements in stress reduction, sleep enhancement and deeper sleep; improvement in achieving healthy weight goals; lower anxiety and improvement in overall wellbeing.  

I'm not a doctor, I'm a holistic wellbeing practitioner that creates healing, calming, relaxing sessions that are designed to help you deeply rest and get restful sleep. I take great pride in the progress and success my clients have had over the past decade.  It's hard work on the clients part, but extremely restful work, which for many women is the hard part. Each client has been committed to themselves by being committed to the process. You can not be well without proper rest and I'm honored to help you do just that.

About Tanya

Tanya has been a holistic health advocate and served as a federal women's health lobbyist for over 20 years. After overcoming debilitating anxiety, panic, depression and years of iffy sleep, she decided to follow her passion and show others how to reclaim their health and mental wellbeing holistically.  


Tanya is committed to bringing awareness to the importance of addressing mental health and wellness, particularly in communities of color and feels blessed to have a forum to help others utilize the tools and techniques needed to live mentally and emotionally well which opens the door for physical wellness. Sleep deficits are often symptoms of unresolved emotional, mental, physical or even spiritual issues. A holistic approach addresses the entirety of the person for better sleep outcomes.


Tanya is the owner and curator of Ryyst Wellness Studios, boutique Wellness Studios for holistic wellness practitioners in the Washington, DC metro area.


Tanya's passion for holistic wellbeing has led her to become a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practitioner; Christian Meditation Facilitator; Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Anxiety Life Coach; Certified EFT Practitioner, Brain Health Coach; Certified Aromatherapist with over 25 years of experience in essential oil science and usage specializing in Nootropics and Aromachology; BrainTap Practitioner, Member of the Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Christian Mentor.  Tanya is the creator of Cultivating Wellbeing, a podcast about daily holistic living, and she is a teacher on the Insight Timer meditation app. Tanya is a former natural hair culturist and owner of Byond Natural Hair Studio where she trained natural hair stylists with a focus on trichology and scarring alopecia (a scalp condition she lives with that causing permanent hair loss) and provided services to private natural hair clientele for over 15 years. When Byond Natural opened in 2008 it was one of the first natural haircare studios in Gwinnett County, GA.

Work with Tanya

Tanya is not currently taking new clients. If you would like to join her waitlist you will be notified via email and text when her schedule opens for new client appointments.

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