Yoga Lineage


175px-Krishnamacharya_scorpionYoga lineage is like family lineage, it explains where a person comes from, only yogically rather than biologically. Sri Patanjali is at the root of my yogic lineage. Patanjali was an Indian sage who first mentioned Ashtanga Yoga in the Yoga Sutras approximately 2000 years ago. He is believed to have lived between 200B.C.E. and 450 C.E. Long after he lived his teachings lived on and were passed down from generation to generation.

In 1888, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was born in South India. From a very early age (before 10 years old) his father taught him yoga and Ashtanga as defined by Patanjali. After studying and practicing Ashtanga in Mysore, India for many years he developed the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, which is widely known now as Hatha Yoga. In 1927, at the age of 12, K. Pattabhi Jois began his yogic studies with Sri Krisnamacharya.  Pattabhi Jois popularized the Patanjali-style school of yoga known as Ashtanga and taught Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga for over 65 years.Pattabhi Joisdavid williams

David Williams was one of the first Pattabhi Jois students from the West. In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and became the first non-Indian to be taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians to be certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas and one of the very few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama. He went on to teach many influential yoga practitioners and instructors including, Jonny Kest.

Jonny Kest is the owner of Center for Yoga and the director of Life Power Yoga, at Lifetime-The Healthy Way of Life Company. Tommy Mack and Nicole Ferguson were both Jonny Kest students and took Center for Yoga 200-hour teacher training. In, 2012 I took the LifePower Yoga Teacher Training at Lifetime in Rochester Hills, MI taught by Tommy and Nicole. Therefore, everyone in our lineage teaches a self-empowering Ashtanga-based flow yoga that links breath and movement to enhance well-being and to maintain and restore health.jonny kest


Sri Patanjali

Sri Krisnamacharya

K. Pattabhi Jois

David Williams

Jonny Kest

Tommy Mack & Nicole Ferguson

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Majumdar, Sachindra Kumar. Introduction to Yoga Principles and Practice. Secaucus, N.J.: Citadel Press, 1976.

Patanjali. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Translation and Commentary. Edited by Georg Feuerstein. Folkstoone, UK: Dawson, 1979.

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