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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Transform Your Life - Immerse Yourself in Yoga



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.

February 05, 2016
Initiation Ceremony is on February 5th at 5.00 PM

200 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course in Cambodia with Samyak Yoga is an intensive Yoga Teacher Training Course. The Yoga Certification is accredited with Yoga Alliance US and Yoga Alliance UK.

The morning practice will be based on the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. The Mysore style will be practiced during the third week of the course. Students will learn how to teach the Ashtanga Yoga and will led their own class during the last week of the course.


Fall in Love with Yoga and Brazil during one of our 25 Day Immersion Training on Brazil's Santa Catarina Island near the city of Florianopolis.


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.  We also offer this same training in Brazil.

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!

June 19, 2016 to June 30, 2016

Our popular 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive will be held again this June at the Four Seasons Resort in Westlake Village, California (just northwest of Los Angeles).  Our program is inspired by the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his focus on an individualized approach to yoga for each student.  We value the individual in you and through our program students learn how to teach and practice many different forms of hatha yoga, and to discover their own unique voice and yogic path.

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
May 01, 2015
This yoga adventure varies in length yearly please check website for details

Bali Yoga Adventure in depth spiritual/cultural immersion and teacher training

Nature, Seva, Bhakti, Bliss, Grounding, Giving, Embracing, Receiving

May 2016 immersion; Yoga Adventure teacher training, Yoga Alliance-registered 200-/300-hour level

Bali embodies a spiritual and cultural existence like nowhere else on earth.

The deep reverence with which the Balinese live in harmony with nature and each other is reflective of their deep roots and the honoring of all life. We go to Bali to join in that honoring.


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.

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.


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 beautiful nature trail, and meditation areas.  Additional highlights include our gourmet cuisine,  SUP classes and excursions, massage, and much more!

February 01, 2015 to February 28, 2015
Month-long Residential 300+hr Certified Jivamukti Teacher Training

The Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training is a month-long residential program held at different locations around the world. This rigorous program taught by Sharon Gannon, David Life and other senior Jivamukti Yoga teachers is considered by many to be the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available. It attracts students from around the world and produces empowered, knowledgeable and confident yoga teachers.

This rigorous, four weeks (300 Plus-hour) of extraordinary and intense study, held in one of our 4 hand picked locations around the world is a residential teacher training certification program for intermediate and advanced students and is considered by many to be the Gold Standard: the most comprehensive yoga teacher training available in the world today.

June 16, 2016 to July 15, 2016
Modular 200 hour training starts in September. View website for more dates.

In a beatiful mountaintop setting amid the redwoods, overlooking Monterey Bay, learn from more than 20 different instructors trained by master yogi Baba Hari Dass.


May: high Andean trek open to avid Trekkers and adventurers

October/ November: teacher training immersion

Yoga Immersion adventures for lovers of yoga, travel, nature, culture and service. We are celebrating 34 years sharing yoga the power, beauty and wisdom of the Andes and her indigenous people.  Join us as we gather earth knowledge, exploring the ancient Vedic Teachings of the Rishis in the Forests of India strengthening our bodies though hiking and yoga, calming our minds in nature.


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.


Prana del Mar is a stunning beachfront yoga and wellness center specializing in yoga retreats and yoga holidays, and featuring many acclaimed international teachers.

It features luxurious accommodations in wonderfully-appointed rooms and suites, two elegant yoga studios, a community building with reading library and rooftop deck, delicious and healthful cuisine, a swimming pool and hot tub, a desert garden and stone labyrinth, environmental awareness (including being fully-powered 24/7 by an extensive solar electric system), magnificent views, and warm Mexican hospitality.

March 10, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Opens Thursday PM. Join us for pre and post conferences, too! SYF Gives Back training for yoga teachers, March 8-10: "Traumatic Stress: Healing and Resiliency with Yoga", Introduction to Yoga full day with Mark Whitwell Thursday, Yin, Chair Yoga and more!

SYF provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days and three nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West.