Ashtanga Yoga Teacher – Approved by KPJAYI

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher – Approved by KPJAYI

 

An Ashtanga Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) has studied for many years directly with Guruji and Sharath (Guruji’s Grandson) in Mysore, India.

In this lineage the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher holds “Authorization” or “Certification” from the
Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI).

The KPJAYI was formerly known as the AYRI. (Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute)

It is the KPJAYI that currently maintains the only official record of individuals approved or blessed by the KPJAYI to teach.

ashtanga yoga teacher criteria

You will find [on KPJAYI site] a list of teachers who are Authorized and Certified by the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. This list constitutes the only official record of teachers approved by the KPJAYI.

Please note that the KPJAYI is the only authority able to authorize or certify individuals to teach the ashtanga yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath.

There are no ashtanga teacher training programs approved by this Institute under any name (e.g., Ashtanga Teacher Intensive); teachers that are listed here are experienced practitioners and dedicated students who have shown a considerable degree of proficiency and appreciation of ashtanga yoga in its traditional form and who continue to study regularly at the KPJAYI.

Teachers listed here are required to teach the method as it is taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India. They should maintain a yoga room or shala to allow for daily, preferably morning, Mysore-style practice and should honor Saturdays and the full/new moon days as rest days.

KPJAYI

In order to become a teacher of ashtanga yoga the aspirant should demonstrate an appropriate attitude, devotion towards the practice, and a respect for the tradition of parampara, the succession of teacher and disciple. These qualities can only be determined on an individual basis by the directors of the Institute.

The K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute is dedicated to the education of yoga practitioners. Practitioners should come with the sole purpose of studying the tradition from its source.

Students traveling to Mysore should not come with the expectation of obtaining Authorized or Certified status, nor should they claim such as soon as they meet the minimum requirements.

Teaching authorizations and certifications are only offered by the directors of the Institute, they cannot be requested.

General criteria for Authorized status:
• At least four extended trips to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute
• Proficiency in the primary series

General criteria for Certified status:
• More than eight annual trips to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute
• Over ten years of experience with daily ashtanga yoga practice
• Proficiency in at least the first three series

Authorized teachers are generally limited to teach the primary series, while Certified teachers are qualified to teach as they have been guided by the directors of the KPJAYI.

(Article source: ashtanga-yoga-canada.com)

 

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