You’ve probably noticed the many types of yoga: Hatha, Yin, Kundalini…etc. Coupled with the plethora of yoga instructions that teach these classes, a person inquiring about a class or even interested in becoming a yoga instructor has a multitude of options. It’s pretty awesome.
The growing consciousness is opening up minds and hearts. However, staying on the topic of Ashtanga yoga, there is one unique place to become a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor, and it resides in location of it’s origin; Mysore India: KPJAYI(K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.
If you find the name (Shr.) K.Pattabhi Jois familiar, well you correct in thinking so as it is the same gent from the first blog, also known as Guruji. He was one of the practitioners with whom the practice of Ashtanga was passed down to, and he has since passed down to his family and those interested in learning the practice through KPJAYI, an institute dedicated to the education of yoga practitioners. Those interested partake in it for the chance to study the tradition from the source. Students traveling to Mysore should not come with the expectation of obtaining authorized or even certified status at the end of a trip. To become Ashtanga practitioner from KPJAYI isn’t a simple task.
There are approximately 23 Mysore certified Ashtanga instructors in Canada, 6 based in British Columbia with only 3 in Victoria and 3 in Vancouver. It is safe to say that KPJAYI certified Ashtanga yoga instructors are harder to come by. The reason? In order to become a Mysore trained Ashtanga yoga instructor can take about 3-6, possibly even more trips to Mysore India to become certified/authorized.
The process can be daunting but certainly a rewarding adventure. As stated from KPJAYI website, students are expected to fill out an application form, that must be submitted at least 2-3 months before arrival date. “Student must stay for a minimum of one month and for no longer than three months of study per trip.
There must be a minimum 6 month gap between the conclusion of one trip of study and the commencement of the next, regardless of the duration of your stay (e.g., a stay 1 month or 3 months).” Those seeking to become Ashtanga certified can only be certified once they have been “okayed” by one of the teachers, and again this task doesn’t just happen in a few months or even a year. It can take many years to become level one certified and many more to become a level two certified Ashtanga teacher.
It is fair to say to becoming a yoga instructor, specializing in any type to be challenging, intriguing, and truly life altering, but certainly takes a special kind to be trained at KPJAYI. We are very lucky at Vayusha yoga to have the opportunity to have an Geoff Mackenzie an Ashtanga yoga certified instructor to teach us this month.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog, as it highlights Geoff’s personal journey with Ashtanga yoga. He is a pretty rad guy.
Want to learn more about Ashtanga yoga?
Join Geoff Mackenzie for a practical and comprehensive introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Over the course of one Workshop and four classes, students can learn and practice the essential foundations of Ashtanga Vinyasa, each progressing step-by-step according to their own capacity, receiving individual assistance as required.
All levels of practitioner, especially Beginners, are welcome to participate. Regular students of Vinyasa/Power/Flow classes will benefit from exploring the foundational elements of this method, which has inspired so many recently-evolved forms of yoga.
When: June 12th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd I 10.45am - 12.15pm
Cost: Workshop only: $45 + gst OR Full series + four 90 mins classes: $150+gst