the lineage

Jonny KesT  //  Detroit, Mi

For over three decades Jonny Kest has been living and teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  In 1993, the Center for Yoga was born as one of the first standing yoga studios in the Midwest. In 1997, he held his first teacher training program. He can be found today practicing and teaching daily at the Center For Yoga studio in Downtown Birmingham, MI.

David WilliamS  //  Maui, Hi

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. David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois to America and is directly responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to Jonny Kest at the age of 12 in Maui, HI.

K. Pattabhi Jois // mysore, INDIA

An Indian Yoga Teacher and Sanskrit scholar, Pattabhi Jois, developed and popularized the vinyasa ( meaning to link breath with movement ) style of yoga referred to as Ashtanga Yoga. In 1948 he established the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India ~ coining the early morning disciplined daily 'mysore' practice. 

Tirumalai Krishnamacharya // mysore, india

The Inventor of Modern Yoga, his influence can be most clearly seen in the emphasis on asana practice that has become the signature of yoga today.  He began his teaching career by perfecting a strict, idealized version of Hatha Yoga.  History impelled him to adapt and he became one of yoga's great reformers.


anyone who can breathe can do yoga.

t.k.v desikachar