Ashtanga Yoga New York is dedicated to the teachings and lineage of yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). AYNY opened with Pattabhi Jois’s blessings in 1995 as the New York City branch of his institute in Mysore. As in his school in India, traditional yoga is practiced on a daily basis as part of the yogic path – a path which includes personal and social ethical observances, meditation, and study of philosophy. Beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners are all welcome, and practice together in harmony in a welcoming environment. AYNY has taken part in bringing out some of the important teachings and writings of Pattabhi Jois, including Yoga Mala; Surya Namaskar; Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: A Tribute; and Guruji, A Portrait of the Ashtanga Yoga Master Through the Eyes of His Students.
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The teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois are being carried forth by his grandson R. Sharath Jois, the director of the Institute in Mysore, South India; his daughter, Saraswati Jois (also at the Institute), his son Manju Jois, in California, and granddaughter, Sharmila Mahesh, in Bangalore.
The directors of AYNY are Eddie and Jocelyne Stern, who began their training with Pattabhi Jois in India, in 1991. Our teaching staff include Yossi Zur, Aline Fernandes, Maria Margolies, Ali Seidenstein and Karri Jinkins. All of our teachers have trained in Mysore under Pattabhi Jois and in NY with Eddie.