Ashtanga Yoga is the system of hatha yoga taught by the late and legendary Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Today his grandson, R. Sharath Jois, and his daughter, Saraswati Jois, continue the Ashtanga lineage, teaching at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
This method is a powerful, flowing practice that involces synchronizing breath and movement thorugh a progressive series of postures. This process produces intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs.
Ashtanga yoga is a powerful meditation-in-motion that while vigorous and physically demanding, produces a deep inner focus. When this method is practiced with patience, diligence and faith, the result is a light and strong body, increased vitality, greater inner peace and a calmer mind.
I took my first yoga classes in 1995 and became a dedicated practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga after a short period of experimenting.
From 1998 to 2001, I studied with Noah Williams and Kimberly Flynn and taught at their yoga school in Los Angeles. I also learned a great deal from Jorgen Christiansson, an early teacher and good friend, who first taught me to trust this practice.
In 2001, Rachelle and I made our first trip to Mysore, India. Since, we have returned annually to continue our studies with Guruji and Sharath.
I received authorization to teach the Ashtanga method in 2004 and was a member of the first group to receive Level 2 Authorization in July 2009.
It is with deepest respect for the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga that I teach in the most undiluted manner that I know…that is, just as my teachers have taught me.
Ashtanga Yoga is a rewarding, contemplative practice. I encourage my students to develop the virtues of patience, faith, diligence, compassion and non-attachment using the integrity and genius of the traditional Ashtanga system. As these virtues are cultivated over time, students are well on the way to living fuller, happier and more balanced lives.
My immersion into yoga began in 1996 with Bikram Yoga. I traveled to Los Angeles six short months after my first class to train with Bikram Chowdury and taught Bikram Yoga for three years in Toronto and in LA (when Paul and I moved there in 1998).
Shortly after our arrival in LA, I took my first Mysore class with Noah Williams at the former Ahimsa Yoga studio and thus began my deep love for the Ashtanga yoga method.
I took daily practice under the guidance of Noah Williams and Kimberly Flynn for two and a half years. My studies with them led me to Mysore, India to deepen my studies with K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, R. Sharath Jois.
Since that first visit in 2001, Paul and I return to Mysore annually to practice at the feet of our teachers. I feel blessed to have learned from Guruji and am grateful to Sharath and Saraswati for their continued dedication to share this lineage.
I received authorization in 2004 to teach the Ashtanga method and was a member of the first group to receive Level 2 Authorization in July 2009.