About Yehoshua Shy Sayar

Specializing In

  • Couples
  • Adolescents
  • PTSD
  • Anger & Rage
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Addiction
  • OCD
  • Physical Pain
  • Avoidance & Procrastination
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Dysmorphia
  • Non-Violent Communication

Modalities & Areas of Expertise

  • Anger Management
  • Ayurveda
  • Breathwork
  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Chi Gong
  • Dance Therapy
  • EFT
  • Embodiment
  • Gratitude & Wonderment Technique
  • Loving Kindness & Compassion Training
  • Mantra & Sound Therapy
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Neurological Reprogramming
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • Non-duality
  • Positive Psychology
  • Posture & Movement Therapy
  • Self Massage
  • Somatic Trauma Release
  • Vipassana Meditation
  • Yoga Therapy


After a childhood defined by war, bullying and domestic violence, Yehoshua Shy Sayar found profound relief and refuge in Somatic Therapy, and has since devoted his life to helping others find peace and happiness as well.

In his doctoral work at UC Berkeley, he studied psychology, analysis and symptomatic reading, but it was even more through his decades of studying and teaching yoga, Chi Gong, meditation and the teachings of Buddhist psychology, as well as his work as director of tantravayayoga.com, that he developed his uniquely powerful & effective approach to somatic therapy. Yehoshua specializes in helping adults & adolescentes address all forms of mental suffering, chronic pain and self-destructive patterns, as well as working with couples on developing the skills to nourish healthy relationships. His sessions integrate mindfulness and breathing techniques, movement practices and Ayurvedic methods into the therapeutic dialogue, as well as the greater perspective of lifestyle guidance – from nutrition and sleep habits to self-care and relationship skills. He prides himself most on being a loving partner and father, and an active, compassionate listener.


Things that felt so heavy,
now feel lighter.

Yehoshua’s methods invite a kind sense of awareness, that granted space for my anxious mental patterns, and guidance towards recognition of the true roots of my pain and confusion. He taught me to be aware of my heart’s vulnerability and my mind’s logistical nature, and to notice them as helpful resources. With his help, I gained skills and useful tools that bring a sense of recurring contentment, despite the circumstances. Things that felt so heavy, now feel lighter.
James Mason
Portland, OR

He makes me feel truly heard and understood.

When communicating with Yehoshua Shy, he makes me feel truly heard and understood. There is a special warmth and sincerity that he exudes. I am grateful that I have found someone who is well versed on the body, but more importantly, allows space for feelings and emotions.
Megan Countey
Philadelphia, PA

profoundly grateful for the incredible impact

I am profoundly grateful for the incredible impact of Yehoshua Shy’s gentle and sensitive guidance and his somatic work.
I have battled anxiety for much of my life, exacerbated by the challenges of a long-term emotionally abusive relationship. I have explored various healing modalities, including traditional psychotherapy, but struggled to find lasting relief. However, after just one session with Shy, I began to experience an emotional shift, followed by a cascade of revealing insights.
Despite the geographical and time-zone difference separating us, Shy has consistently made himself available to offer emotional support and guidance along my healing journey.

Thank you, Shy, from the bottom of my heart!
Allisone Love
Capetown, South Africa

like drinking from a rich well of knowledge, understanding, and profound insights

Working with Yehoshua Shy is like drinking from a rich well of knowledge, understanding, and profound insights. His decades of experience as a student and teacher across a wide range of healing modalities, coupled with his vast life experiences, come together to create a rich healing container for quite literally any issue someone is trying to tackle or questions with which they are grappling. I felt at ease opening up to Shy the moment I met him, because his entire being is one of compassion, kindness, and deep understanding. His skills as a deep listener, free of judgement, along with his knowledge of holistic wellness, make him one of the most skilled therapists this world has to offer.
Julie Warech,
Honolulu, HI

humbly walking his talk—wise, trustworthy, reliable

What sets Yehoshua Shy Sayar apart is his remarkable ability to strike a perfect balance between compassion and directness. He approaches his work with a deep understanding of a bigger and unified picture, always striving to empower his clients to recognise, accept, and transform limiting patterns of thought and behaviour. Shy’s guidance isn’t just about offering solutions; it’s about helping individuals take charge of their lives and establish a robust self-care and spiritual practice.

Shy leads by example whilst remaining human and relatable, humbly walking his talk—wise, trustworthy, reliable, and unwavering in his commitment to helping others find their path to happiness, freedom, expression, and fulfilment. His vast knowledge and understanding of yoga, anatomy, mind-body arts, nutrition, and Ayurveda make him a beacon of wisdom in the field of Somatics.

I wholeheartedly recommend Yehoshua Shy Sayar and Lifeline Somatics to anyone seeking guidance and support on their journey to personal growth and well-being – a dedicated and compassionate lifeline to guide you through life’s challenges.
Phillípa Glazer
Pulau Bawah, Indonesia