There has been a great deal of discussion about the list of teachers being created by the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore but not much about the studios committed to the continuation of the Ashtanga yoga lineage. As of this time, there are only forty nine teachers in the United States named on the list as authorized or certified. Since I know a good number of them, I broke down list to analyze its makeup.
Among the fifteen teachers in the certified group, there are only five who currently maintain a yoga studio with regular ongoing Mysore style Ashtanga yoga classes. Of the five who do, only three actually teach more then one or two classes a week because of their other commitments such as travel, workshops, family, etc.
Among the thirty four who are on the authorized list, only twenty seven actually teach regularly scheduled Mysore style classes and they are teaching at only twenty studios in total. Since some of the teachers on the list teach at the same studio, there are really only twenty three places in the United States to learn Ashtanga yoga if you believe that only those teachers on the KPJAYI list can teach authentic Ashtanga yoga in the tradition of Pattabhi Jois. That is worth repeating…there would only be twenty three studios in the United States supporting the continuation of the Ashtanga yoga lineage. At twenty one of the twenty three studios, students can only be taught the primary series under the new teacher guidelines. That means that there are only two studios in the United States where you can regularly practice with a Certified teacher who can teach you beyond the first series according to the KPJAYI guidelines.
There are obviously more studios then currently in our count, since there are many qualified Ashtanga teachers with everyday Mysore style classes who are not on the KPJAYI list. Our goal is to compile a list of studios that students feel are truly passing on the Ashtanga yoga lineage. To help make this list a resource for the Ashtanga yoga community please write back with information you have about studios you think should be on the list and they will add to the studio section of this blog. The only requirement is that full and honest disclosure be made concerning teacher’s training, experience, and background as well as the studio’s ownership and policies.
Thanks for your help compiling this important resource for the community.