Anthea Grimason is a yoga teacher and self professed foodie. Working independently and also for world renowned Samahita Yoga Retreat in Thailand, Anthea loves to shares her nutrition and wellness tips on everything from super foods, ayurvedic principles and raw food to simple water. She has her own magazine column here called Love Food & Yoga Titbits as well as posting longer articles.
Before she started yoga, Arielle was a competitive athlete and didn't have a good relationship with her body. After trying other styles, things really started to shift for her when she found ashtanga yoga and committed to a daily self practice. The practice became a mirror for Arielle's life. She started to realize that the things that were coming up for her, and how she was breathing, on the mat were a reflection of what was going on in her life, off the mat. She teaches what she have learned through her own direct experience in practice, what her teachers have taught her and also additional personal study. Arielle is grateful for the privilege to travel to Mysore, India each year to study with my primary teacher, R. Sharath Jois. My teaching is also heavily influenced by Paul Dallaghan and Richard Freeman. Even as a teenager she loved anatomy and movement, which lead her to a degree in human kinetics and a career training professional athletes. She is constantly amazed by the design and capabilities of the human body. She is fortunate to be able to combine her passion for yoga practices and knowledge in anatomy & physiology in her teaching.
Barry is a proud Manchester lad. Long time Yoga Manchester student and graduate of the Yoga Manchester 200h Teacher Training program. He is also the writer of the occasional blog, apparently. He is passionate about yoga and is a self-confessed nerd. When he isn’t doing yoga he can be found watching old horror films, playing video games and listening to Rush.
Bernie has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1998. He has a bachelor degree in Science from the University of Waterloo and combines his intense interest in yoga with an understanding of the scientific approach to investigating the nature of things. His ongoing studies have taken him deeply inside mythology, comparative religions and psychology. All of these avenues of exploration have clarified his understanding of the ancient Eastern practices of yoga and meditation. He is the author of several books on yoga including The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga. His teaching, workshops and books have helped many students broaden their own understanding of health, life and the source of true joy.
Chad Herst first became hooked on the “the practice” on a hot and humid Maui summer morning in 1993 when David Williams introduced him to his first Sun Salutation. One year later, he boarded a plane at the age of 20 to meet his primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He received Jois’ blessing to teach Ashtanga and has been doing so since 1998. In addition to teaching yoga, Chad is life coach and acupuncturist in San Francisco.
Practising yoga for the last 10 years, Charlene is becoming increasingly fascinated with merging various types of non-traditional movement into her yoga practice to create something that gives the space to express and be. Charlene's teaching is characterised by incorporating fluid strength and encouraging students to find their own expression on and off the mat.
Christine has been training, performing and teaching circus arts over 12 years. She specializes in Single Point Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Flying Trapeze, Double Aerial, and contortion/acrobatics. Christine has taught/performed at various resorts in the Caribbean and South East Asia, and has been teaching and performing in San Francisco over the past 7 years. She’s passionate about circus arts, always experimenting with new apparatuses, and loves sharing her passion for circus with students.
I was 17 when I saw my all time favourite musician, John Frusciante, doing splits and some other crazy movements as a warm up for a show. Although I had no name for it, something about what he was doing touched me deeply. Up to this point, in terms of free time activities, I was very much a runner, exploring the mountains around my hometown in Austria alone or with my dog, as well as having periods where I enjoyed climbing and mountain biking as well. In addition to this, I was and still am very much into music and learned some instruments over the course of the years of which the guitar still is my favourite. I did some research and found out that what my idol was doing is called Ashtanga Yoga, which prompted me to buy some books about this topic and imitate what I saw on the pictures. It was fun and felt great! For many years this was my style of yoga and I travelled to the originating place of this method, Mysore in India, as well as to other teachers around the world to learn as much about it as possible. As the human body always was a subject of interest, awe and inspiration for me, I studied medicine to delve deeper into the mechanics and functions of it. I deeply value what I am learning as a doctor, however, I now also wish to share what I know through the practice of Yoga. Inspired by the Ido Portal method, I am currently exploring different areas of movement, such as the rings, gymnastics and dancing to distill from it what can be of use in the context of Yoga. All that exists is continually changing and expanding, which includes my knowledge, awareness, practice and teaching. I will always continue to explore where there may be more fun, effective and beneficial movements of the body to express that state of Yoga. An Anatomy and Biomechanics teacher on various teacher trainings. I also hold ad hoc yoga workshops in Manchester.
David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by Yoga Master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that ‘Anyone can take practice.’ said by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. He is dedicated to sharing the beauty and soul of Ashtanga Yoga with everyone. David’s mission is to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are dedicated to exploring the living, contemporary, lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He wants to join with enthusiastic people who are open and committed to learning and applying the teachings in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others. He teaches workshops featuring Mysore intensives and in-depth studies around the US and abroad. He has written and recorded two Kirtan cd’s and has a two disc dvd on Ashtanga Yoga: A Primary Series Guide. David’s bimonthly blog, which is steadfastly committed to his mission, uses both video and written articles, to inspire both the beginner and the advanced practitioner to progress in practice. Soon he will be releasing a new Kirtan album and coming out with a book and two disc dvd set titled Vayu Siddhi: A Guide to Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama Sequence in 2013.
David Keil was introduced to yoga in 1989 by his Tai Chi Chuan teacher. Both the Tai Chi and Yoga practice at the ripe age of 17 began his research into his own mind-body connections. His search continued through massage therapy where he discovered many insights and affirmations of what he had been exploring and finding on his own through his practices. One of the most important elements was the specific understanding of the musculoskeletal system and how fascinating, beautiful, and amazing the body is on the scientific level and how that directly played into and off of his own understanding of the human body. He was given names and explanations for some of the things he had been experiencing and feeling. David was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1999. But it was in 2001 that he met John Scott in Penzance, UK, presenting his anatomy workshops for the first time overseas. Two weeks practicing with John was transformational and he realized that he had found his teacher. This began a relationship of both teacher/student as well as a collaborative colleague relationship that continues today. David still teaches anatomy for all of John’s Teacher Training courses.
David is one of the new guard of Ashtanga Yoga Teachers that considers his teacher to be Sharath Jois. As director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. I have filmed lots with David because although he is known for his rather strict approach to the way both the asanas and vinyasa should be performed he has a great sense of humour and a deep understanding of postures and the system within which they fit.
David specialises and teaches movement through calisthenics, hand balancing, martial arts and yoga. He also expresses ‘principle based learning’ via the use of; yoga asana, gymnastics, hand balancing, clubbells, kettlebells, general mobility sequencing and primal movement patterns. He has qualifications as a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Instructor and Yoga teacher (500hr RYT). As a keen martial artist he has also studied Filipino Kyusho under the guidance of Grand Master Angelo Baldissone since 2009, earning his first black belt in 2014.
Deepika is a Level II Authorized teacher from KPJAYI. She combines her love of dance, movement and yoga to give inspiration to her may students and followers. With respected qualifications is fitness, pilates and yoga Deepika has a wealth of knowledge that she shares readily and with great enthusiasm.
Doug came to teach hatha yoga by way of the yoga of meditation and years of academic study of philosophy, both eastern and western. As he completed his coursework for PhD and taught at several colleges, he was increasingly aware that he was looking for more than philosophical ideas and systems -- He was looking for the experience itself that the mystics were talking about. Influenced by Siddha yoga, Anusara and Iyengar yoga system and teaching the postural practice of hatha yoga as well as pranayama and meditation, he has chosen as his focus the realm of Yoga as Therapy.
Ekaterina Sokotova (aka Kat) is originally from the north of Russia. After graduating the University in Murmansk, Kat has moved to Thailand where she lives together with her husband. Practicing Yoga for more than 10 years, Kat is highly interested in nutrition and fruitarian lifestyle. She also believes in the power of fasting on juices only.
Greg Nardi has studied yoga and eastern healing arts extensively since 1996. Since 1999 he has studied at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, South India. In 2004, Greg was authorized to teach by his guru, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois. In 2009, at the age of 94, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois passed away leaving behind a legacy that has touched countless lives around the world. Shortly after Guruji’s passing, Greg attended an authorization level 2 training course in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Greg is committed to honoring his teachers by spreading the ashtanga method, which has been such a blessing in his life. He is an internationally renowned teacher of workshops in Yoga asana and philosophy. He and his husband Juan Carlos founded Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide a Yoga shala in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. in the United States. He is an autodidact who perpetually studies Sanskrit chanting and indian philosophy. He counts Georg Feuerstein, Dr. M.A. Jayashree, Narasimha, and Vyass Houston amongst his influences in this field. He teaches yoga philosophy and Sanskrit mantra chanting as a faculty member of John Scott Yoga. Greg’s view on yoga respects the indian roots of the Yoga tradition and the parampara method of transmission while making these traditions intelligible to the western practitioner. His style of teaching assists students in finding the approach to the practice that is most beneficial for them.
Gregor started his Yogic practices more than 30 years ago. In the mid-80’s he commenced yearly travels to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters and traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. Amongst others he studied 14 months with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and in 1997 was authorized by him to teach. Since then he has branched out into research of the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of Yoga. He obtained his anatomical knowledge through a German Health Practitioner degree and has also studied History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion at German universities. In India Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through BNS Iyengar, like K.P. Jois a student of T. Krishnamacharya. Additionally he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr. Chandrasekhar. Gregor lived several years as a recluse, spending his days studying Sanskrit, yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. Together with his wife he founded 8 Limbs in Perth in 1996. Today, along with maintaining a daily practice of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series of Ashtanga Yoga postures, Gregor’s main research focus is Pranayama, Kundalini and Meditation. Gregor published Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy in 2006 and Ashtanga Yoga The Intermediate Series in 2009, which have been translated into several foreign languages. In 2012 he published Pranayama The Breath of Yoga and in 2013 Yoga Meditation: Through Mantra, Chakras and Kundalini to Spiritual Freedom. Gregor lived many years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit, yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. He has published a series of textbooks on all major aspects of yoga. His mission is to re-integrate ashtanga vinyasa practice into the larger framework of Patanjali’s eight-limbed yoga in the spirit of T. Krishnamacharya. He offers teacher trainings and immersion in Perth and Bali.
Harmony has studied under both Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois and in 2015 received a certification from KPJAYI in Mysore which gives official permission to teach the Advanced A Series of Ashtanga Yoga. She has degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and maintains a keen interest in and practice of Vipasana style meditation.
Heather has studied both Ashtanga and Iyengar styles of yoga and combines this knowledge to lead students down a path of bodily respect and non harming. Although Heather enjoys both practicing and teaching postural yoga she is primarily on a spiritual path traveling to many sacred sites, sometimes alone and at others in the company of her students.
Helen Noakes has been practicing Hatha yoga for 20 years, and been teaching for 13 years. She began her journey in Australia with the Iyengar system and finally found her way into her body with the magical teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. She trained to be a teacher with Gary Carter in the UK. Currently she travels globally giving seminars, retreats throughout the year, alongside her other passion which is offering training programmes in body work techniques such as Chavutti Thirumal (massage by foot pressure). She brings this energy into her teaching. Her approach is to use the asanas and breathwork to release the spine from tension, allowing our bodies to “come home” and surrender to gravity. This gives space to experience what occurs naturally from the ground up! – the spirals, waves and curves eminating from the spine. This response enables us to find relaxation and joy in our practice. Helen is strongly influenced by the explorations of the five rhythm dance system and brings this lightness into the experience of yoga! Anyone is welcome to join this unique approach. This tool gives you a deep understanding how yoga is an easy pathway into self awareness.
Iain Grysak is a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the Ashtanga system of yoga. He is a student of Sharath Jois and has been granted KPJAYI Level 2 Authorization. He also was a long term student of Rolf Naujokat and completed the 4th (Advanced B) series with Rolf in 2014. Iain has been teaching yoga since 2000 and teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga since 2005. He ran his own Ashtanga school, Ashtanga Yoga Yukon, in his native Canada from 2005-2013. He is currently based in Ubud, Bali. Iain emphasizes meditative awareness and attention to detail in his teaching and has a lot of experience in helping practitioners with injuries and chronic pains. He is also a longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.
Often assisting David Robson on workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world, Jelena is fast becoming a popular teacher in her own right. Her background is in ballet with and now she brings that grace and strength into her physical Ashtanga practice. She has a fun approach but at the same time serious enough to give clear and useful instruction.
Jenni Crowther has been practicing Ashtanga Primary series since 2009, after attending her first class and becoming instantly hooked. Practice was initially with Joey Miles in Leeds, where she had a corporate office life, and it gradually took over her life (early nights, no booze etc) until eventually she quit it all to go to France, then Crete, then India as a yoga student and now qualified teacher, after recently completing her 200+ YTT with Heather Elton et al in Goa.
Joanne is author of the super book ‘Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement’. She is what I would describe as a mega brain on everything to do with fascia and biotensegrity. Joanne is is an international teacher of applied structural anatomy and a member of the BioTensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.).
My passion is teaching how the body works. I currently teach yoga classes in New York City, offer individual private sessions, and teach anatomy and physiology for yogis and yoga teachers around the country and worldwide. I also write extensively about yoga, anatomy, physiology and health on my blog and for popular websites and publications. I discovered yoga in my mid-twenties. I had spent my teenage and college years living in a way that was cerebral and disembodied. Yoga re-awakened a lost sense of pleasure in movement and physicality. I practiced other physical disciplines – running, weight training, martial arts and more – but always returned to yoga. In 2000, I completed teacher training at New York City’s OM Yoga Center. I taught there for 12 years until OM’s closing, including ten years as a teacher trainer. A lifelong interest in biology and anatomy led me to study with anatomy teachers including Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews, Tom Myers and Gil Hedley, and eventually to a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University. I’ve practiced yoga with numerous teachers, including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, and more recently, Glenn Black. I also studied Sanskrit for several years with Swami Prabuddhananda Saraswati. Prompted by Glenn Black’s insistence that asana alone is not enough to ensure robust health, I’ve become interested in incorporating other types of movement, as well as nutrition and hands-on work, into my practice. I’m a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner. The Feldenkrais method is a powerful system for re-learning integrated, pain-free movement. I offer both group Feldenkrais classes and one-on-one table sessions. I’m also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. Yoga helped to restore my health and brought me to a place of greater embodiment and vitality. I love sharing what I’ve learned with students and helping aspiring teachers develop their knowledge and skills. Understanding the way your body works can profoundly affect your life, allowing you to move with greater awareness and freedom so that you can more clearly put your intentions into action.
John has been a student of Yoga, of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 1987. John questions when does one start with yoga and believes that once you start to question where are you, where have you come from, what are you, what are you doing and where are you going? When these questions percolate and bubble to the surface, you become aware you are already on the Journey of enquiry, the enquiry into your true nature and purpose for being here on this physical plan. John’s teaching is therefore very metaphorical, analytical, technical and often humorous, his teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities, teaching workshops throughout the world. John remains an avid student of yoga and relationship fascinated by the linking of different traditions and cultures through symbols, language and the Counted Method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Josefin is using yoga as a tool for social change and is teaching in the prison system in Sweden and in the schools for children of all age groups. She is working with children who have been the victims of abuse in Mumbai and is seeing the healing effects of yoga and dance therapy. She is also a part of Sumeet Nagdev dance arts in Mumbai as a yoga teacher for the diploma students.
Josephine is founder of the popular Virya Yoga and author of way too many books to keep track of. Fun but extremely knowledgeable she bring precision and compassion to all her teaching. Based in Sweden but internationally traveling Josephine is sure to make learning and filming super fun.
Julie Martin, Directory of Brahmani Yoga in Goa and international teacher, is passionate about seeing the practice as a whole, physical, mental and spiritual. Particularly interested in the evolution of asana and exploring the practice in the true Trantric tradition, she loves sharing her findings with students and teachers all over the world.
American by birth and now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she founded Meadowlark Yoga in 2010. Karen and her husband, Simon, love the outdoors, yoga, massage, and South Indian food. Karen started practicing yoga while at university in Florida, in 1999. Having first studied Yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003, Karen continues taking yearly trips to Mysore to study there as a long-term student of Ashtanga yoga. Through the intuitive adaptation of her Yoga practice over the years under the guidance of her teachers, Karen has healed from from a wide variety of injuries and is fascinated with the transformative powers of daily yoga practice within the body's microenvironment. Her art practice and passion for all things anatomical are the foundation for her further study of biotensegrity. After moving to Edinburgh from Florida to complete a master’s degree from the edinburgh college of art, Karen founded Meadowlark Yoga as her home studio where she works with close friends to maintain a thriving morning Mysore program in Edinburgh. After over 15 years of Yoga practice, Karen spent a year in the dissection lab learning about human anatomy at the University of Edinburgh as part of her second master's degree in Human Anatomy. Karen’s fascination with anatomy and subtle body concepts come together with her love of art to make her body painting workshops fun, informative, and inspiring. She keeps a blog at karenkirkness.com and welcomes correspondence.
Co-founder of the Miami Life Center and Omstars, Kino travels the world inspiring and educating yoga practitioners of all styles. Although probably best know for her books and videos on Ashtanga, she has connected with students across the globe with her emphasis on spiritual strength and her evident physical ability.Born in Miami Florida, the outdoor beach life and healthy living is evident in everything she does.
Since a young age, Laruga has been fascinated with mind/body connections and spiritual philosophy which later attracted her to the practice of yoga in early 1996 after a sincere connection and study of yoga philosophy. It wasnʼt until she stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga when she fully immersed herself into a devoted practice a few years later in 1998.
Everybody that comes in contact with Louisa can feel that she is living yoga not just teaching it. Compassion and knowledge flow from her, grounded in decades of practice and study. She has been holding Yoga Teacher Trainings for more than 30 years with her own practice reaching back even further. She has a great interest Yoga’s sister science Ayurveda and shares her love of both internationally.
Author of the book “Serenity Yinyoga – Rest yourself to healthy body and a calm mind”Magdalena has over 20 years of meditative practice. She has certificates in Hatha Yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative and Ashtanga Yoga and interweaves her interest in mindfulness into all of her teaching. Known for her warm approach she endeavors to make all her classes rewarding on both a physical and mental level.
Maria has been practicing and teaching yoga for over thirty years and was one of the first people to open a studio in Sweden. Having a solid grounding in both Ashtanga and Iyengar as well as Philosophy, Ayurveda and Pranayama, Maria shares this wealth of knowledge with a warmth that comes from deep understanding.
Called just Darby by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, he was there at the beginning when the first westerners started making their way to India to study for extended periods of time.Part of the bedrock of western Ashtanga teachers he has taught many workshops internationally and for many years had his own studio in Canada.
I went to my first Yoga class in 1997 (it was a mix of Ashtanga and Iyengar) and was hooked from the first day. In 1998 I started to learn Iyengar Yoga from Nicky Knoff (at the time one of Australia’s most distinguished Iyengar teachers)and James Bryant, and this is where I committed to living the Yoga way of life. Later that year I started Mysore style classes with Eileen Hall and Peter Sanson in Sydney. In 1999 I traveled in north India for two months before going to Mysore to learn from Pattabhi Jois for three months. As fate would have it later that year I ended up back in Sydney and started my teaching apprenticeship with Mathew Sweeney, and then Eileen Hall until 2005. During that time I took courses in anatomy and physiology, practiced extensively with Simon Borg-Olivier, made yearly trips to Mysore, and learned from other teachers like Shandor Remete and Dena Kingsberg. At this time I was teaching the biggest Mysore program in Australia, as well as beginners courses, corporate classes, and privates. In 2005 I turned down an offer to manage the Yoga studio and decided that in order to truly understand Yoga and to reach my full potential in life I needed more life experiences. I sold all my possessions and took to the road, first to Vipassana in Thailand and then to practice with Rolf Naujokat. Over the next eight years, I taught Mysore programs in Singapore, NYC, Sydney, and Tokyo, before moving on to teach retreats and workshops all over the world. I continued to make annual trips to Mysore to study with R.Sharath and was Certified by him in 2010. I was also doing yearly three-week silent retreats with my teacher, Hatha Yogi, Clive Sheridan in India. In 2013 I attended Richard Freeman’s teacher training in Boulder, Colorado. In that year I decided that it was time to focus more on teaching workshops so that I could reach and help more people and spent the next four years traveling extensively while continuing with the yearly trips to Mysore to practice and also to study Yoga philosophy with Prof. Nagaraj Rao. I In 2015 I began to explore other movement practices – first gymnastics and handstands and then as a student of Ido Portal. In 2016 I began learning hand-balancing from Yuval Ayalon and Miguel Santana. I now integrate the movement approach into my teaching. In 2017, my wife and I taught our first one-month immersion in Bali and in 2018 made Bali home. Now, the one-month immersions are the main focus and traveling is limited. In the future, my vision is to start working with select groups in both internships and mentorship programs.
Matthew Remski is an author, yoga teacher, and ayurvedic consultant living in Toronto with his partner and young son. He teaches Yoga Philosophy and Ayurveda for training programmes around the world. Mark Singleton says of his Threads of Yoga, “This is a Patanjali for postmoderns, less a translation than a startlingly relevant report on our current condition, through the prism of this ancient text.” He blogs prolifically at www.matthewremski.com, and he’s currently immersed in qualitative research for a report on the experience of pain, injury, and healing through the practice of yoga asana.
When I was young I was entranced by Star Wars and wanted to be a Jedi Knight and have a teacher like Obiwan Kenobi or Master Yoda. I began studying martial arts, which included different styles over a fourteen year period, accumulating two black-belts and one brown-belt. As a teenager I was introduced to Yoga by my martial arts teacher and continued to practice Satyananda Yoga a little each week to improve my flexibility. In 1990 I began a Zen Shiatsu course which took 3 years to complete. At the end of the latter course I completed an Oki-do Yoga Teacher Training that was being offered by the same organisation. During this course I learned anatomy and physiology, Corrective Physical Therapy, Transcendental Meditation and Meridian Theory as applied to Yoga postures. I completed my first teacher training in 1993. During this course I began to explore both Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga and was somewhat torn between deciding to do an Iyengar Teacher Training in Poona, India, or going to Mysore and studying with Sri K. P. Jois. I chose the latter. In 1994 I went to Mysore for the first time and for the following three years stayed for 6 months each time. I returned there regularly up until 2006. Since 1998 my personal practice has included “Advanced B”, or 4th Series, and I have also explored much of Advanced C on my own. Part of my reason for staying in Mysore rather than going to Poona to study with Iyengar was the connection I had with Pattabhi Jois. On the day of my arrival he met me at his door, by chance, and told the rickshaw driver who dropped me off where I was to stay at the local Yoga student hotel. He was so kind and friendly to me (if a bit fierce, going by the thudding of my beating heart) that I loved him instantly. The Mysore method contributed greatly to my focus; it helped to define my strengths and weaknesses. After going to Mysore I felt I had absorbed an aspect of the tradition – call it living history – that I had not really grasped before. I began teaching Ashtanga Yoga in 1996 and have continued to do so for more than 15 years. Over the last decade however my teaching style has shifted somewhat from a standard orthodox approach to something that is more holistic. Although I have a great love for the Ashtanga series and its tradition, my interest is in practicing and teaching any aspect of Yoga that works. Rather than adhering to one single viewpoint I do my best to connect to every student as authentically as I can. After many years of Yoga practice I have developed my own Vinyàsa sequences that I promote and teach as suitable alternatives to the standard series. These unique Vinyàsa classes are conducted to encourage students to apply a therapeutic approach to their personal practice and to encourage an adventurous heart. These sequences are useful for students who may not be able to regularly practice Ashtanga Yoga, and also to help bring balance to the overall system. For this reason I now recommend the starting Vinyasa Krama sequences to all Ashtanga Yoga practitioners. Vinyasa Krama will add to your well being with the prospect of continuing to practice decades into the future with real harmony and joy. I have also spent the last 20 years in self inquiry, including different styles of Meditation, a number of Vipassana 10 day courses, Tantra workshops, Gestalt Therapy, Transpersonal Therapy and Transforming Cellular Memory. All of these have contributed greatly to my understanding of Yoga and the connection between the body, Self, and the Divine. I travel and teach Yoga workshops in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe and conduct 1 Month Programs in beautiful retreat locations each year.
Discovering yoga in her 20s Maty has studied both Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga in depth. Teaching internationally she continues to inspire students with her passion, enthusiasm and joyful approach. Based on the foundation a holistic approach Maty has a kindness and respect for the body that enlightens those exposed to her teachings.
Melanie Cooper has been teaching yoga for 16 years, and training yoga teachers for eight years. She divides her time between London and Goa, practicing and teaching yoga and sometimes dancing on the beach. She currently runs the morning ashtanga self practice at The Life Centre in Islington and runs an annual teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa and at Zolder Studio in North London, She has practiced at Ashtanga Yoga London for many years, and has also studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Melanie lives in North London.
Michael is well known for his energetic and somewhat renegade characteristics. After practicing Ashtanga to a high level for many years he has now created his own style building on his experience and natural evolution. Music, high energy vinyasa and sweat are all part of The Gannon Power Vinyasa Yoga.
Monica has studied and practiced Yoga for 35 years and is an authentic example of a life-long commitment to Yoga. Monica is one of the few registered Yoga Therapists with the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a full member with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Monica is registered at the highest level with both Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and Yoga Australia (Level 3 Membership). Since the age of 24 years, Monica has studied many disciplines of the Healing Arts, including Reiki, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Applied Kinesiology, Lomi Lomi massage and emotional release techniques. In 2008 Monica graduated with 1st class honour as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Additionally, she received numerous awards for Academic Excellence. She currently practises as a Chiropractor in Perth, Australia. Monica has published ‘Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course Manual for Teachers‘ which is a step-by-step guide on how to teach Ashtanga Yoga safely and effectively to beginners (www.lulu.com). She is also a contributing author to Ashtanga Yoga, Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga, The Intermediate Series in the areas of asana, anatomy, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Dr. Neelesh Korde has been teaching and practicing Ayurveda for the last 25 years. Over his long and successful practice of Ayurveda, Dr. Korde is renowned for his easy and practical approach to implementing the principles of Ayurveda. In his capacity, as Professor and Head of Dept. of Rachna Shareera, Dr. Korde has trained & mentored numerous students enabling them to successfully practice Ayurveda.
Niki Vetten is an artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa with a strong interest in human anatomy from an early age, as she comes from a medical family. She has practiced Aikido (Japanese martial art) and Qi Gong for a number of years. She took up yoga a few years ago, mainly Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow, although has tried a few other styles as well. When practicing yoga, she came to appreciate the importance of balanced practice, and felt the effects of sequences that did not work for her. Speaking to fellow-yogis and teachers made her aware that many of these injuries are common side-effects of yoga, and suffering from her own yoga-related problems led to consultations with Chiropractors, Biokineticists and Movement Specialists. She teaches movement anatomy and injury prevention workshops for yoga teachers and students in Johannesburg.
Norman began practising yoga in the early 1990s and he has been teaching since 2001. His practice and teaching embrace both ashtanga yoga and Yin yoga as well as mindfulness meditation. Through significant periods of training with teachers such as Alaric Newcombe, Judith Lasater, Richard Freeman and Sarah Powers, he has gained the Yoga Alliance 500 hour accreditation. He believes that yoga is accessible to all of us and through regular practice we can experience profound changes in our mind and body. His own experience has taught him that yoga is an enjoyable way to release and make available energetic potential to enhance our lives. Yoga can help us to become more flexible, physically stronger and improve our stamina, focus and awareness. Norman teaches yin yoga classes, workshops throughout London. He also offers widely respected Yin yoga training for teachers and as supervision for yoga teachers.
Paul is one of those teachers with a wealth and depth of experience and knowledge. He has a great interest in Pranayama and Meditation and lists Sri O.P. Tiwari as one of his greatest influences. Paul has very much been drawn to the spiritual path that yoga offers and has embarked on many personal pilgrimages. Such is Paul’s thirst for knowledge he embarked on a PhD in the field of Biological Anthropology.
Paul Grilley has been teaching Yoga since 1980 and his special interest is the teaching of anatomy. He practices yoga postures in the style of Paulie Zink and patterns his philosophy on the writings and researches of Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama —a yogi and scientist from Tokyo, Japan. This philosophy integrates the Taoist meridian and acupuncture theories of China with the yogic and tantric theories of India. Paul’s interest in yoga was sparked by reading the “Autobiography of a Yogi” in summer 1979. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1982 where he studied kinesiology at UCLA and taught hatha yoga until 1994. Paul earned a Master of Arts degree from St. John’s College, Santa Fe in summer 2000 and in 2005 was awarded an Honorary Ph.D. from the California Institute for Human Science for his efforts to clarify the latest theories on fascia and its relevance to the practice of hatha yoga. Paul and his wife Suzee now spend their time administrating and teaching the Yin Yoga Teacher’s Training program both in the USA and abroad.
With a master’s degree in psychology and more hours of training than she’d care to add up, Peg Mulqueen has been leading yoga classes and workshops for over a decade. Though she has practiced various styles of yoga, it is within the traditional method of Ashtanga where Peg has made her home. Peg’s primary teacher is certified Ashtanga teacher, David Garrigues, but is grateful for the guiding influence of her Anatomy and Physiology teacher, David Keil and meditation teacher, John Churchill. When not on her mat or leading Mysore at Flow, Peg is a contributing writer for Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal and other publications as well as a more personal blog to inspire others along the path. Peg has a gentle warmth and contagious sense of humor – and shares her passion of life and love with all those she meets.
Petri Räisänen is internationally known and respected Ashtanga Yoga teacher. He is director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s largest Astanga Yoga Shalas. Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga. He is well known for his yoga pose adjustments that are gentle, effective, therapeutic and, according to some, almost magical, and originate.
Prem started practicing Ashtanga yoga when the system was first brought to the west. Traveling to India he studied under the guidance of Sri K Pattabhi Jois for many years. Later he added in depth studies into Ayurveda to compliment his practice and to help inform others. After writing the popular book “The Only Way Out Is In” he now resides and teaches in Bali, where he has his own shala (AYBRC).
Ray Long MD FRCSC is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Bandha Yoga. Ray graduated from The University of Michigan Medical School with post-graduate training at Cornell University, McGill University, The University of Montreal and Florida Orthopedic Institute. He has studied hatha yoga for over twenty years, training extensively with B.K.S. Iyengar and other leading yoga masters.
Sabina is a strength and conditioning coach that works with both pro and amateur athletes. She has been featured in many magazines and health related publications and often speaks at conferences. Vegan herself she has contributed to a vegan recipe book and actively informs on how you can still compete at the highest level whilst maintaining a vegan diet.
Sari discovered yoga in 2012 following a snowboarding accident that resulted in a concussion. The accident was the catalyst that needed to happen to put an end to an unconscious and harmful way of being. Ashtanga Yoga immediately became the most powerful aspect of her rehabilitation: physically, psychologically and spiritually. A gradual process of unraveling began and she followed the call to go to India. A 200-hour teacher training at the Sivananda ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala nourished and deepened her love of philosophy and the yogic way of life. Ill health in 2016 resulted in no longer being able sustain a physical practice, which opened up a deeper understanding of the root cause of dis-ease being a disconnection from Atman, the Divine Self. In 2017, Sari embarked on a 6 month, 200-hour certification with Earth Ways Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. This experience brought her healing journey together with her evolving devotion to yoga to reveal her authentic voice as a student and teacher. Sari is Special Editor of one of our most important pages Yoga Research and Projects.
Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) is a Co-Director of Yoga Synergy, one of Australia’s oldest and most respected yoga schools. The Yoga Synergy style is based on a deep understanding of yoga anatomy, yoga physiology and traditional Hatha Yoga. Simon has been teaching since 1982. He is a registered physiotherapist, a research scientist and a university lecturer. Simon has been regularly invited to teach at special workshops and conferences interstate and overseas since 1990. Suffice to say, Simon has led an extraordinary life. At the age of six, he was introduced to yogic breathing (pranayama) by his father George who taught him to swim underwater, and the main bandhas (internal locks) through a family friendship with Rhodesian Olympian Basil Brown. At the age of 17, he met a Tibetan Lama who introduced him to the philosophy and practice of Tantric Yoga. In 1985, Simon met his primary teacher Natanaga Zhander (Shandor Remete) with whom he studied for almost two decades. He has also studied with such internationally revered Indian teachers as BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois and TKV Desikachar. Since 2007, Simon has been developing his yoga practice and understanding by studying with Master Zhen Hua Yang. During the past 20 years, as well as running a successful yoga school, Simon has continued to both study and teach at the University of Sydney. Simon has completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, a research-based Master of Science in Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. As well as teaching both group and individual classes through Yoga Synergy, Simon also teaches regularly at workshops and conferences both nationally and internationally. He lives in Sydney with his wife and fellow-yoga teacher Vitoria and their children Amaliah and Eric
Steve Bracken was born in 1965 and has been interested in health and Healing since his early teens. He studied martial arts for 15 years before moving onto personal training, yoga and bodywork. He has been practising bodywork since the year 1999. He studied soft tissue manipulation with KRI Jagadish in Mysore, India. Also sports therapy, kinesiology, deep tissue massage, structural bodywork, energy healing plus other related therapies. He runs workshops and courses on bodywork, health and healing around the world. He says “I am always learning. I love my work”.
I run marketing at Reforge, a company that helps ambitious growth professionals level up their game. I’m also an investor and startup growth coach at 500 Startups, where we help early stage founders get connected with the funding and support they need. I’ve lived in 8 different countries — mostly while working for Silicon Valley businesses — and I practice Ashtanga yoga every day. Over the years, I’ve learned that our lives aren’t lived in compartments, and borders are imagined.
Tim Feldmann is authorized to teach directly by both the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson, Sharath Rangaswami. He is co-founder of the Miami Life Center. Tim’s teaching integrates his extensive study of Alexander Technique and sitting meditation with 20 years of experience as a professional dancer and an internationally acclaimed choreographer. His in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment as well as the idiosyncratic body and mind in stillness and in motion creates the platform upon which his solid understanding of the Ashtanga method rests. Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga’s traditional method and is currently practicing the Advanced A series.
Tracey Mansell is a practitioner and Teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, certified at 500hr level by her Teacher John Scott. For the last 16 years, Tracey has honed her skills as a teacher and developed a thriving community of practitioners. Her other disciplines are Strength Training and teaching Handstands and runs workshops in London.
Wambui has a background in dance and martial arts and started practicing hatha yoga in 1995, moving onto Ashtanga Yoga in 2008. She has assisted Petri Räisänen for many years and is now a sought after teacher in her own right. Mother of two children herself Wambui has taken a great interest in pregnancy yoga. Students that practice with her feel nurtured by her kindness and gentle approach.