Nestled in the south of India, the city of Mysore has now become the source for many teachers and students worldwide to deepen their knowledge about the Ashtanga method. The Ashtanga practice is learned within a "Mysore-style" setting, named after its place of origin. The tradition and lineage of original teachings from Sri K Pattabhi Jois (student of Sri T Krishnamacharya) continues to be shared today by his entire family: his son Manju Jois , his daughter Saraswati Jois (Director of KPJAY Shala), his grandson Sharath Jois (Director of the Sharath Yoga Centre), and granddaughter Sharmila Jois.
Parampara is the the Sanskrit word referring to the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student. In our space, we honour not only the knowledge and tradition that has been shared and passed down from Sharath Jois in Mysore, India but also to Fiona Stang and all the incredible teachers who have been and are at Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver, Canada. These teachings are the seeds which make up the foundation of the Shala ethos.
Classes are taught by Maria Whittaker - a long time Ashtanga practitioner who is devoted to her family, time in nature, and sharing her passion for yoga. Her teaching experience is drawn from nearly a decade of time in the Mysore room at Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver and over twelve years dedicated to her own practice. She has had the privilege of studying in Mysore, India since 2014 under Paramaguru Sharath Jois and continues to be inspired by strong female role models in her life. She received KPJAYI / SYC Authorization Level 1 and continues to deepen her study in chanting and philosophy when she visits India. After living in Vancouver, BC for nearly 20 years, Maria has returned to her island roots and is now located in Victoria, BC. Maria can often be found smiling, drinking freshly brewed coffee, and chanting the Pandava Gita.
To read more about who Maria is both on and off the mat please visit our About page