About

Michael Guiou, E-RYT 500, is a Level 2 Authorized teacher by KPJAYI.

Michael Guiou, E-RYT 500, is a Level 2 Authorized teacher by KPJAYI.

Sadhana, साधना is practice - disciplined, intense, systematic, and driven. The city is New York - big, wondrous, loud, and vibrant.  Where time is precious, space is limited, and life runs at hyper speed, NYC provides yoga studios like it provides coffee shops – on every corner, of every brand, some with mom and pop coziness, others streamlined corporate giants. They can be cheap and easy, expensive with all the bells and whistles, and everything in between. The amount of choice is liberating and limiting at the same time. Start your journey with me.

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I was trained to teach in the lineage of T Krishnamacharya known as the grandfather of modern day yoga practice.  More specifically I practice and am Authorized to teach the Ashtanga Vinyasa system set forth by the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. I've spent years assisting and teaching under the supervision of senior teachers, honing both my own practice technique and teaching skills.  Now I travel to India annually to study with R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore.  As constant student of philosophy, I study with MA Jayashree and MA Narasimha, scholars of Sanskrit, Ancient Indian Sciences, and Darshanam, while in India. I'm truly blessed to have close relationships with some of the world’s most knowledgeable yoga teachers. 

I teach how I was taught, taking a non-dogmatic approach to yoga practice, believing that the practice is molded to the student and not vice versa.  Yoga is meant to excel the evolution of the human being, each person possessing his or her own unique set of circumstances.  The use of proper posture, breath control, and consistent focus can catapult the human from a savage to a civilized state of mind.  Yoga is both process and product; the beginning of the journey and the final destination. 

WHAT IS ASHTANGA YOGA?

Ashtanga yoga is a classical system of breathing and movement from India. The system builds strength, flexibility, and focus through a set series of yoga postures (asanas) and linking movements (vinyasas). Ashtanga yoga is the inspiration for most vinyasa yoga and power yoga classes–modern yoga as we know it. The practice of Ashtanga integrates breath with movement following a progressive sequence of postures that detoxifies, balances, and strengthens both body and mind.

Ashtanga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style, named for the city of Mysore in South India. Mysore Ashtanga is a specialized and highly personalized approach to teaching. Each student is taught the sequence of postures individually: a one-on-one lesson within a group class. Every student is supported in an ongoing program that is appropriate for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Over time, through repetition and consistent practice, the student memorizes the sequence of breathing and movement while building flexibility, strength, and concentration. The student is guided in a systematic and thoughtful manner through postures of increasing difficulty. This method teaches the student a practice he or she can take anywhere in the world, regardless of whether or not a teacher is at hand to supervise.

ENG: A more in depth explanation of the Ashtanga Vinyasa can be found in my blog here.
ESP: Para una mayor explicación sobre Ashtanga Vinyasa puedes hacer click aquí.