Archive for April, 2007

Ashtanga Teacher Requirements Updated

For more than 10 years Ashtanga yoga has had a process for authorizing and certifying teachers (there is a difference between authorization and certification - the latter is a lot harder to achieve). As with the teaching of the practice itself, this process has also slowly evolved. The requirements to become an authorized or certified Ashtanga yoga teacher were updated this week. These are the requirements set forth by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.


from MMillerNH

We wondered what exact changes were made to the Ashtanga teacher requirements between this week and the last time they were updated in October 2006. Both (more detailed) and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute site list these requirements.





Fortunately, the Wizard of the Interweb (whiz kid sister to the Wizard of Oz) was able to help us. The two main changes are:

NOTE: A student should by no means visit AYRI in Mysore for the sole purpose of getting authorized. Their visit should primarily be for their own education of the lineage to further their own practice under correct guidance of Pattabhi Jois.


NOTE: AUTHORIZATION SHOULD NOT BE REQUESTED BUT GIVEN. The decision to give authorization or certification to teach is by no means solely dependent on the number of times a student has visited Mysore. It is based upon Guruji and Sharath’s evaluation of the person, his/her commitment and full respect of the lineage of the practice. Authorization is given with the trust that an AYRI student will teach as he/she has been taught in Mysore by Guruji and Sharath.

For an exact comparison between the October 2006 and April 2007 guidelines, here’s a PDF of the Ashtanga teacher requirements with revisions marked.






The information for how to register for class in Mysore is here: AYRI’s class information and’s class information. maintains a list of authorized and certified Ashtanga teachers along with workshops taught by these Ashtanga teachers. That information is not available on AYRI. The workshop list can be sorted by location, date, instructor and date added to the list. Handy!

Hope this helps! By the way, what is the theme of this post’s photos?


from KevinHoth

Comments (3)


  1. AshtangaNews » Happy Birthday Guruji: A Year of Change - Ashtanga Yoga Matters (as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois) said,

    July 28, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    [...] And while Philippe and Tracy have reported on the changes in teaching requirements, what was not mentioned is the addition of the 3 month yearly limit for studies in Mysore. Gone are the days when students could save money, give up their day jobs, and move to Mysore to be with the Guru. In its own way, this change makes sense, not unlike all the others, when one considers not just the students, but the well being of our guru and teachers. Not only is there the fact of the exponential growth, and the unsustainable demand for a limited teacher supply, but there’s also the fact of balance, unless one works in Mysore, there is a balance in going back and forth, between giving to one’s life at home, teaching, or what work one might do in the world, and then going to Mysore to practice and be a student and receive. This does insure that balance. [...]

  2. elena said,

    June 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I would like to go to Mysore next winter for practice. Can anybody describe the program of the day at the Ashtanga yoga research institut ?
    thank you in advance

  3. linda said,

    June 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

    you show up to register at the shala during registration hours (late afternoon) with a passport photo of yourself and registration payment, and Sharath will give you a registration card with a time printed on it. (you need to send in application ahead of time). Then the next day you show up at the time he gives you (though there is a “shala” time that you will understand when you are there – clock in shala is running differently) and wait in the foyer until he says, “one more!” then if it is your turn, you go in, set up your mat and start your practice. he will stop you where he thinks you should stop. and for led classes – they are at 430 and 630 am on led days. but sharath will tell you which one to go to. is that helpful?

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Guruji’s New Shala: Photos from Islamorada

We’re happy to present these photos of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ new shala in Islamorada, Florida courtesy of Erin and Govinda Kai (via Flickr).


Now you can find it. Sign to the Shala from Govinda Kai


Acres of free parking in Islamorada from ElkesMom


Clear signage from Govinda Kai

islamorada-shala-entrance-elkesmom-flickr.jpgThis is the entrance – from ElkesMom


The backyard – ElkesMom


Closeup of Nataraj – Govinda Kai


You’ll be in here someday, the waiting room – ElkesMom


All our best to Guruji. – Govinda Kai

All our good wishes to Guruji.

Thank you to Erin and Govinda Kai for sharing photos with us.

(Choose either link above to see more photos of Islamorada.)

If you have photos or thoughts about your visit to Islamorada, let us know with the Comments section or by emailing info(at) asthanganews (dot)com.

Comments (16)


  1. wendy spies said,

    April 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  2. yogimom said,

    April 14, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Anyone receive a refund yet?

  3. Erin said,

    April 17, 2007 at 4:15 pm


  4. Rose Sperling said,

    April 23, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Sent 2 e-mails no respond, no refund, website seems to be down.

  5. Dion said,

    April 25, 2007 at 11:51 am

    I’ve sent 4 email with no response. No refund and trying to be patient. They were quick on the emails before the cancelation. Now, no word.

  6. Jennifer Freaney said,

    April 30, 2007 at 9:57 am

    I have not received my refund for the cancelled workshop. I’m wondering if anyone else is having this problem and how I can resolve it. Thanks!

  7. Gaby Muñoz said,

    May 5, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    ok…I have not receive yet…but here in the city ,Saltillo Mexico ,a friend of mine receive her refund last thursday….so I think we are going to receive us soon,….I sent several mails too and Im in contact with a nice girl who works there and she told me they are doing their best………..We need wait….I think…regards Gaby

  8. yogafriend said,

    May 7, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Hi friends,

    Just wanted to post a note that I received a refund check in the mail today. Yours is probably on its way, if you havent already received it. :)

  9. Kingswood said,

    May 21, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Still no refund here. I have to say, I am VERY disappointed. This whole Islamorada thing was a total waste of time.

  10. Kingswood said,

    June 5, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Did receive refund, with an apology for the delay.

  11. Earle said,

    June 6, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    I am glad to hear people are receiving refunds. I have not and cant find an email or a phone number to inquire with. It seems some people have been able to do so (Gaby got a number of a nice girl we can talk to?). Any help would be appreciated.


  12. Kingswood said,

    June 8, 2007 at 4:22 pm


    the email i used is: ashtangaguru (at) yahoo (dot) com. her name is camille. she said i had an incomplete address so she had not been able to send the check. she was very apologetic. i received my check the following monday. good luck!

  13. Leslie said,

    June 24, 2007 at 9:50 am

    When this place opens, I have a 3 bedroom vacation home very nearby, MM 82, on the bay which I rent. I call it Paradise South. I can connect you to my rental agent and there are pictures on their website at When I was down there, the new yoga site looked lovely, although interestingly enough it is in the back of the Coral Bowl, bowling alley.

  14. Earle said,

    July 9, 2007 at 3:47 pm


    the ashtangaguru (at) yahoo (dot) com didn’t work for me. Any other suggestions?

  15. AshtangaNews » Guruji in Florida in March 2008 - Ashtanga Yoga Matters (as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois) said,

    October 29, 2007 at 11:41 am

    [...] Guruji’s New Shala: Photos from Islamorada [...]

  16. larry g hobbs said,

    October 31, 2007 at 9:09 am

    PLan on seeing Guruji in Mysore in Feb. For those of you who enjoy the true traditional practice see Annie Pace in Crestone CO, her Shala is beautiful and made from strawbales.Check it out at You will not regret thew trip there.

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