From the likes of K. Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, and Krishnamacharya sprung the modern instructors that try to add flavor to every practice. In these modern times, yoga can’t be left behind. A modern Ashtanga yoga instructor will know that every student will look for a modern touch so are the Bikram, Hatha, Kundalini, and more practices.
So who are these yoga masters that will inspire you today? Here are 10 of the most prominent yogis today for a dose of “yogispiration”.
1. Elena Brower
Since 1999, Elena is engaged in the beautiful practice of Kundalini and Hatha yoga. Currently, she’s the executive producer of yoga films called On Meditation that documents the nature of mindful reflection. Elena is also the bestselling author of the book Art in of Attention she co-authored with another yogi.
Elena has the Elevate Yoga Program online where she personally teaches and talks about the practice and principles of yoga. If you want to know more about here, you can visit her site or Sounds True to listen to her audio lessons. She does public classes from time to time so watch out as she might just head to a studio near you.
2. Heidi Kristoffer
Famous as the “upside down girl” in Strala Yoga NYC, Heidi is fond of inverted asanas. She’s the brain behind the Microsoft Bing Fitness Yoga as well as MSN Yoga. Shape Magazine recognized her as one of the “Hottest Trainers in America” and by DoYouYoga as one of the “Most Inspiring Yoga Teachers in the World”. She’s definitely the best Ashtanga yoga instructor.
Heidi’s yoga journey is nothing but inspiring. Years ago, she encountered a major car accident that broke her two vertebrae, gave her herniated discs, and damaged her cervical spine. But after surgeries and dedication to Vinyasa flow and Hatha practices, she regained her health back.
She’s a small woman but has a very big personality once she’s leading a yoga class.
3. Noah Mazé
Noah started his yoga interest through Hatha when he was just 14 years old. And as his desire to pursue yoga continues, he trained under the watch of K. Pattabhi Jois, Manouso Manos, and many great gurus. He founded the YOGAMAZÉ Yoga School together with his wife. Right now, the school offers a variety of yoga services like the 500-hour and 200-hour teacher training as well as workshops and certifications.
He’s currently based in Los Angeles where he does regular classes in Wanderlust Hollywood. Noah is an Ashtanga yoga instructor and he teaches Hatha and Anusara too. He also considers MYOGA as a rare school. So if you’re interested, check it out here.
Also, watch out for Noah’s events this year!
4. Ashley Turner
A yoga teacher, speaker, writer, Marriage+Family therapist intern, priestess, Ashley is a Jill of all trades. She co-founded Yoga.Psyche.Soul and co-authored books like Aroma Yoga. She also produced ten top-selling DVDs about Power and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practices.
Ashley has an online conference called Meditation 101 that has more than 30 interviews about psychotherapy, neuroscience, meditation, and mindfulness. Aside from yoga, she also practices Jungian psychology Shamanism, Tantra, and Ayurveda. Ashley is currently based in Marina Del Rey, California.
She has toured with famous celebrities, rock stars, and held countless academic lectures. Ashley accepts Skype calls, so if you’re interested, you can contact her here.
5. Seane Corn
Seane is a renowned guru for the dynamic Vinyasa flow. But aside from her dedication to yoga, she’s also an activist and a champion of YouthAIDS advocacy. She created the organization called “Children of the Night” in 1998 that serves as a shelter and school for teen prostitutes in L.A. That’s when she started her firm support on spreading awareness about AIDS. In 2004, she launched the “Off the Mat, Into the World” program that reaches international yoga practitioners.
Seane is a decorated Ashtanga yoga instructor, having been featured in dozens of magazines and even gracing Oprah.com and the “The Today Show with Matt Lauer”. Currently, she offers video downloads on her site that you can also check out.
6. Kathryn Budig
You’ll never go wrong with Kathryn’s humor and “Aim True” message. She’s doing yoga for a decade now, currently focusing on Hatha and Vinyasa flow. Kathryn also serves as the in-house yoga editor of Women’s Health magazine while submitting regular contributions on The New Potato, Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, and more publications.
She has regular online classes at YogaGlo.com while juggling his love for animals, the Poses for Paws project. Like the successful gurus, Kathryn has authored the book Aim True. The book features recipes, routines, and pieces of advice from a true blue yogi.
Kathryn maintains an interesting blog that you can check here.
7. Baron Baptiste
What do you expect from a man born in a family of dedicated yogis? Baron is currently one of the most influential yoga instructors with his own practice called the Baptiste Yoga. This yoga is the blend of his experience as an Ashtanga yoga instructor and doing Power Yoga. Baron teaches this in his own studios in Boston. All of these are based on what’s known as the Baptiste Methodology.
Right now, Baron has about 40 yoga studios worldwide affiliates that are all teaching his modern style. His programs target to compress years of yoga progress in just a week. It really sounds intriguing so I suggest that you check it out here.
8. Tara Stiles
Tara is the founder of the famous Strala Yoga that has thousands of instructors spreading the practice worldwide. Aside from being an inspiring yogi, Vanity Fair and the Greatist named Tara as the “Coolest Yoga Instructor Ever”. How can you not be cool if you have 126,000 YouTube video results, 600,000+ followers on Twitter, and a widespread yoga discipline?
Strala Yoga had already reached more than 22,000 students across the U.S. It started with the advocacy to fight obesity in U.S. that now ranges up to one-third of the population.
Tara provides video lessons on her site, StralaYoga.com. You can also stay tuned to her activities and events.
9. Paul Grilley
As the founder of the Yin Yoga, Paul has taken on the world of meditation as he popularized the practice. He’s a prolific writer and instructor, having produced DVDs like Yin Yoga and Anatomy For Yoga. Paul also wrote the book Yin Yoga: Principles and Practice.
Paul practices yoga with strict observation to anatomy. Check his site and you’ll see bone images for reference on your sessions. He’s not much of an Ashtanga yoga instructor, but you’ll learn a lot from him.
In his site, you’ll find tons of video lessons from Paul and Suzee and access to his resources. You shouldn’t miss his comprehensive blog about yoga practices and tips. Paul is a bit of a private person so you can’t find any personal social media accounts. Still, you can mingle with other yogis in Yin Yoga Facebook pages.
10. Tiffany Cruikshank
Tiffany has 15 years of yoga practice that allows her to travel the world and spread the holistic way of teaching yoga. She’s dedicated to Vinyasa and has a background in sports medicine and acupuncture. Tiffany actually serves as the acupuncturist and yoga teacher at Nike World Headquarters.
She has a published book called Optimal Health for a Vibrant Life and she teaches in YogaGlo. On her site, YogaMedicine.com, you’ll see some of her teachings and blog entries. If you’d browsed for yoga articles, you might probably read one of her entries as she regularly contributes to major yoga sites.
As a yogi guru, all Tiffany wants is to share her ideas on how to live our lives to the fullest. She’ll actively tour in the following months, so better check her out. She might be having classes near your place.
Knowing yoga gurus from the roots up to the newly sprung instructors will help you get a stronger grasp of the practice. Like you, these master yogis also started with zero knowledge of yoga. If you keep on practicing and leveling up with your postures, who knows, you might be next Ashtanga yoga instructor the world will clamor for. What do you think?