Saturday, August 07, 2010

10 Ashtanga yogis you must know.......

10 Ashtanga yogis you must know, because you will stumble upon their names in the community.

I start with the yogis, the men:

1. Krishnamacharya
He was the one who taught Pattthabi Jois the Ashtanga system. He was also the one who taught yoga B.K.S Iyengar. And he was one of the first yoga teacher who taught a non-Indian woman Indra Devi yoga. Krishnamacharya adjusted his teaching to his students. There is the rumour that he is the one who invented the Ashtanga series and passed it forward to Pattabhi Jois.

2. Pattabhi Jois
He dedicated his life teaching Ashtanga yoga. After decades of passionate teaching the shala in Mysore became famous. He taught a lot of Western students and finally Ashtanga yoga became a cult around the world.

3. Sharath Rangaswamy
He is the grandson of Pattabhi Jois and he will carry on the work of his grandfather. He is a passionate practitioner and it is said that he is one of the few people who is able to practice all the 6 series.

4. Manju Jois
He is the son of Pattabhi Jois and also an Ashtanga yoga teacher offering workshops around the globe.

5. Matthew Sweeney
He has written an excellent book about the Ashtanga vinyasa system. His book "Astanga yoga as it is"  describes in pictures four series.

6. Lino Miele (The Italian one)
He belongs to the first generation who learned Ashtanga yoga. Many pilgrimage to his workshops in India in January. He founded different yoga shalas around the world. Last but not least he has published the book "Ashtanga yoga" . Sharath was the model for the asana pictures. The first series and the second series is described in that book.

7. Eddie Stern
He has written the forword of the book "Yoga Mala" by Patthabi Jois. His shala in New York is known outside of NY as well. It is said that his teaching is very close to the tradition: one pose after the other and only when a pose is mastered then the next pose is given. He is also the one who  published the latest book on Sri K. Pattabhi Jois "Guruji".

8. The Swenson brothers - Doug and David
Doug was the first who discovered Ashtanga yoga and he taught his brother David the system. Both are passionate practitioner and well known in the community. Both have written books, Davids book "Ashtanga yoga" (first and second series) became a classic.

9. Tim Miller
He is supposed to be an excellent teacher what I've heard. He is also a long-term practitioner (first generation). His name is mentioned also because the new Jois shala is close to his shala.

10. David Williams
He discovered Ashtanga yoga in the 70s and was one of the first Westerners who learned it (first generation). He is still teaching and a passionate practitioner......

11. Here is room for the one you have missed: please feel free to comment.........:)

Picture: Krishnamacharya practicing yoga

PS: Of course a list of "10 Ashtanga yoginis you must know" is coming soon........

The son of Krishnamacharya T.K.V. Desikachar has written an excellent book about his father. It also contains old pictures of Krishnamacharya: Here it is:


Kaivalya said...

You didn't mention any women so I'll note two:

Saraswathi Jois is Sharath's mother. She was Guruji's student from a young age and a skilled practitioner. After receiving Guruji's blessing to teach, she defied local custom and taught men and women together. She's an intuitive and skilled teacher.

Nancy Gilgoff was one of the first women to study with Guruji in India. She's practiced Astanga for over 36 years and teaches on Maui and all over the world. I've heard her teaching described as intense, dynamic and 'life changing.'

Ursula said...

The list of women is coming, it's coming,...........:)

bindifry said...

govinda kai

Filipa said...

There is also Tomas Zorzo.

milos said...

John Scott is missing in first few westerners :)

milos said...

John Scott is missing along with other western teachers