Ashtanga Yoga Directory

Welcome to the Yoga Journal Ashtanga Yoga Directory page. In this section you will find yoga studios, retreat centers, and teachers who specialize or incorporate Ashtanga Yoga into their practice and philosophy.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga Yoga means "eight-limbed yoga" outlined in the Yoga Sutras written by the great sage Patanjali.This style of yoga is the inspiration for the majority of vinyasa style yoga classes around the world. Ashtanga is a vigorous athletic flowing practice. The practice produces intense internal heat that creates a strong body and a calm mind. Tradtionally it was taught Mysore style, meaning the student learned the series and practiced the sequence on their own. However, today students can take classes lead by a teacher. The practice is smooth and flowing allowing the practitioner to simply observe what arises in the mind/body with out analyzing or criticizing it. With continued practice the skill of non-attachment is applied to all aspects of a person’s life. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a set series of poses. The eight limbs of yoga are: Yama [moral codes], Niyama [self-purification and study], Asana [posture], Pranayama [breath control], Pratyahara [sense control], Dharana [concentration], Dhyana [meditation], and Samadhi [contemplation].

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300 Hour Advanced Residential Program


Expand Your Repertoire & Build Confidence and Knowledge Base as a Teacher.

Hosted at Ramashala - A sanctuary of Peace across from Black Sand Beach on the Big Island. Swim with the dolphins, study yoga and become certified at the 500 hour level.


What is special with our training.

When you enroll in an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with us you will also be part of a seva project (selfless service). We support the local school in El Ostional as well as assisting an environmental organisation, Paso Pasifico, in saving the sea turtles. The beach in Ostional is one of the few places on the planet where the Paslama Turtles come every year to nest and we need people like you to make it safe.


Fall in Love with Yoga and Hawaii during one of our 25 Day Immersion Training on Hawaii's Big Island. Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings take place in a fun and creative environment where you will have the time and space to dive deeper into your practice and learn to spread your Love of Yoga. Peak Beings Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and all graduating teachers will be qualified to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher.

2 part training, offered Spring and Fall

We are proud to share with any of you considering our training that Body Language has been voted best Yoga studio 9 years in a row in the metro Detroit area. Our students have voiced that their votes have been in large part due to the warm, friendly environment as well as the caliber of teachers who guide them through their practices and offer them individual attention and support. In fact our teacher training program includes many of our staff who are experts in a variety of fields including a physical therapist who offers our anatomy segments, a Ph.D in psychology who offers several segments on using yoga as a tool to deal with anxiety and depression and a Registered Dietitian who helps students understand the link between nutrition, weight management and yoga. Lastly our training is divided into two 100 hour segments...1/2 in the fall and 1/2 in the spring...allowing students more time to absorb the information. Would love to have you join our training!


This 200-hour program is offered over multiple weekends in the Los Angeles area beginning in late January. Inspired by the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya, an individualized approach to each student is at the heart of this training. During your time with us, you will learn how to teach or deepen your own practice in many different forms of hatha yoga. Rather than mold you into our style, we believe it is important to support you in discovering your own unique style and path in your yoga journey.

March 31, 2015 to April 23, 2015

Since 2010, our Ashtanga yoga teacher training program has trained yoga lovers from all around the world and certified hundreds of them to teach yoga classes with safety and confidence. Our Yoga training supports students in deepening their understanding and relationship to the practice by studying the magic ingredients of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Patthabi Joi: breath, bandhas and dristi. With comprehensive methods to make the practice accessible and appropriate, our approach is modern, therapeutic, challenging, supportive and stepped in tradition.


200, 500 Teacher Training, 200 hr Summer Immersion and 800 Therapeutic Yoga Program

At BelovedYoga, we deeply honor the path of the teacher and the path we share in carrying on the lineage of Yoga with intelligence and devotion. We recognize the adaptable nature of Yoga and have created a program that honors the individual and allows space to explore and question.

Our Mottos are:

Like Attracts Like

~Opposites Heal



Amba & Don Stapleton, Ph.D. originated the principals of “inquiry-based, experiential learning for the multi-dimensional self”, to describe their innovative teacher training methodology. Internationally acknowledged as a new standard in yoga education, their non-authoritarian methodology inspires all 200, 300, 500, and 1000-hour YA approved trainings.

January 01, 2015 to December 31, 2015
Retreat Yourself & Unite Your Mind, Body & Soul in Radiant Costa Rica!
Deepen your yoga practice in the jungle where the abundance of oxygen seeps through your pores giving you the ultimate re-energizing experience. Learn customized yoga asanas (poses) to enhance your surfing. Or conquer your fear and surf for the very first time. Explore other passions such as SUP, running, zip-lining, and/or
Just BE Awesome in Costa Rica!
All Inclusive Packages Starting at Only $1,899 per person

Asheville's premier yoga studio has been spreading the yoga love since 1997. Benefit from the brand new state-of-the-art green-built yoga studio. Three yoga rooms accommodate 90+ weekly classes, Yoga Alliance-registered teacher training certifications, donation-based yoga and amazing weekend workshops with world-renowned yogis.

Doug Swenson / Author / E-RYT-500 / 40 yrs exp.

Offering 200 / 500 YA certification programs. Highest quality, professional, updated programs representing a holistic influence, for a balanced approach.

All levels will benefit - from our diverse program of Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, Power and Sadhana. This is not - just another Yoga program, yet a profound recipe for a better life.

We believe in placing no limits, on our yoga philosophy and our whole life. All those who attend will leave with warmth in their heart and a smile on their face.

Meditation, Sanskrit, Satsang
North Bethesda, MD
September 02, 2016 to September 04, 2016
Gates open to the Public at noon on Thursday, October 1st, 2016

The FLOYD YOGA JAM is a 3Day, Outdoor Yoga and Music Festival, held every Labor Day Weekend.

Celebrating the beginning of National Yoga Month, the Yoga Jam brings together Nationally known Yoga Instructors and World Music together on a beautiful farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, VA.   Family friendly, Kids under 16 free!   Yoga All Day! Dance all Night!  Tickets start at $100

Included in your Weekend Pass:

October 09, 2015

Escape, relax & renew.  Experience on site farm to table cuisine with superfoods, yoga,massage, surfing,hiking and more.... Year round availability make this retreat accessible when you need it. NOW!


Haramara Retreat, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

"One of the 10 best yoga retreats in the world." (Yoga Journal)

Described as the place "where Robinson Crusoe meets Architectural Digest," Haramara Retreat is an exclusive, intimate, magical and idyllic place created and designed to provide a natural and supportive environment. Haramara offers serenity, seclusion and security to ensure relaxing and renewing retreats and vacations for groups, couples and individuals.


Harbin Hot Springs is simply a beautiful place to relax ... over 5000 acres of privacy, surrounded by many more acres of undeveloped woodland. Large soaking pools let you enjoy spring waters as they come from Mother Earth ... very hot, soothingly warm, or breathtakingly cold. Sprawling sun deck - like the entire pool area - welcome sunning, soaking and swimming - with or without swimsuits. And on cooler days, enjoy the warmth of our steam room or dry sauna.


Escape to Istmo Yoga and Adventure Retreat in Playa Grande, Panama, to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.  Rainforest and beach in one spectacular tropical location. Seven a/c bungalows accommodating groups up to 22 participants. Facilities include a yoga studio sorrounded by nature, a walking labyrinth, a beaturiful nature, and meditation areas.  Additional highlights include our gourmet cuisine,  SUP classes and excursions, massage, and much more!

"One of the most potent and nurturing retreat centers in the world." - Shiva Rea
"Amongst the most beautiful yoga studios on the planet." - Isabelle Du Soleil
"Magical . . . an amazing and energizing place.- Baron Baptiste
Allow Kalani to welcome you in the spirit of aloha!
Devotion to the practice of yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivate the teachings of Maya Yoga founders Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini. Maya Yoga is the "unsystem" of yoga; Maya means "illusion" in Sanskrit, so it is never what you think it will be!
Eddie and Nicki have developed an approach to yoga that is intent on serving the individual student. As Eddie and Nicki teach, they inspire people to recognize the profound connection between the self and spirit. In Maya Yoga, the practice is the teacher.
September 13, 2015 to September 20, 2015
Next 200 hour training starts in September. Check site for more dates.

At Mount Madonna Center we feel honored to teach a comprehensive system of yoga that has endured for thousands of years, yet remains vital and relevant in today's world. The aim of our 200-hour program is to assist each student in deepening their understanding of the methods and philosophy of yoga as a way to both strengthen their personal practice and to develop as yoga instructors.


For a life-changing experience in a learning vacation or retreat, travel to our newly opened, full-service yoga haven, overlooking the ocean and jungles of magnificent Costa Rica. Choose yoga classes, spa services and adventure excursions, or design your own R&R experience to suit your needs and interests. Our calendar of workshops ranges from full yoga teacher certification to Surfing, Yin and Restorative Yoga, Pranassage®, Yoga Therapeutics, Ayurveda, Meditation, Advanced Yoga Practices, Inner Transformation and more.


Imagine a yoga retreat that matches your values for sustainability, locally sourced and organic food, 100% off-grid solar, sitting in a natural environment on a private beach with a staff that caters to the needs of your guests. This is Playa Viva, located 30 minutes from Zihauatenejo-Ixtapa International Airport on 200 acres with close to a mile of private beach and surrounded by organically certified farm, coconut plantation, costal forest under restoration, mangrove and turtle sanctuary.  Playa Viva now has 12 rooms retrofitted so that most rooms are outfitted with only single beds fitting up to four, each with private bath and finished with local craftsmanship to the highest level of Eco-Luxury.  Healthy Mexican food with international flair included as well as ground transport.  New Yoga/Events pavilion recently completed that can hold groups up to 40 or more.  What more can you ask for? Let us know if we are aligned in values and the right place to host your next retreat.