As yoga continues to grow in the West, there are many women yoga teachers leading the way. These yoginis are beautiful, inspiring and full of insights. They act as guides, teachers and mentors we can all look up to. Let’s take a look at the 10 most fascinating women in yoga today.
Ashley is a Los Angeles based mind-body psychotherapist and certified yoga teacher as well as a yoga teacher trainer. She is co-founder of the Urban Priestess mystery school---along with her dear friend and celebrated yogini, Sianna Sherman. Ashley has a private coaching and therapy practice to boot. She’s well schooled in all things yoga and yoga psychology, which sets her apart from her peers. You can find her classes online at Gaia.com. (Read more in 7 Inspiring Yogis You Need to Follow on Instagram Now.)
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Sianna is Ashley’s yoga partner in crime. Together they lead advanced yoga teacher trainings and run the empowered feminine urban priestess mystery school. Sianna was one of John Friend’s (the founder of Anusara yoga) original students. She’s also a talented storyteller, teaching yoga while weaving Hindu myths of the gods and goddesses throughout her classes. She leads retreats in exotic places around the world and teaches online, primarily on Yogaglo.
Kathryn made a name for herself in Los Angeles while teaching Vinyasa yoga after training at Yogaworks. Originally from the Midwest, she eventually became a Yoga Journal cover model and has posed for various photographers in the yoga world. She advocates for animals, and even has her own charity for doggies. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie and has even authored a yoga book for Women’s Health. You can find her living in Florida now, or online teaching regular classes on Yogaglo. (Read on in The Power of Vinyasa)
Kia’s a renowned Kundalini yoga teacher who resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Tommy Rosen, another kundalini yoga teacher. She teaches regular kundalini yoga classes on Yogaglo.com, while also running her own Radiant Body Yoga Teacher Training programs. Kia is passionate about healthy food and coaches her clients through cleanses and detox programs as well. Originally from the Falkland Islands, Kia brings an international flair to the Western yoga scene. Learn more in Kriyas, Kundalini and You.)
Kino is the superstar yogini of Ashtanga yoga. She’s certified by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from Mysore, India, and is one of the few people in the entire world to have his blessing to practice through the 4th series of the challenging Ashtanga yoga system. Kino co-founded the ashtanga yoga center in Miami, known as the Miami Life Center, and teaches classes there as well as online. Her most recent venture is called Om Stars, what she likes to call, “Netflix for yogis.” Kino has written three books and produced six yoga DVDs. If you’re into Ashtanga, she’s the gal for you. (Read more in The Founder of Ashtanga Yoga.)
Sally’s one of the most beloved meditation teachers in the yoga world. She’s also the author of two books and teaches regular meditation classes on Yogaglo. Sally’s teachings are grounded within the goddess tradition of the Divine feminine. So, if you’re looking to drop into your female power, you’ll want to read Sally’s second book, “Awakening Shakti.” (Learn about Invoking the Divine Feminine.)
Elena is a New York City-based yoga teacher. She travels regularly to Los Angeles to teach her Hatha yoga classes for Yogaglo.com. Elena is the author of "The Art of Attention," a kind of yoga workbook with beautiful illustrations. She’s also a mother and speaker. Elena originally trained under John Friend in the style of Anusara yoga. She’s also a life coach, with an interest in psychology and therapy as taught by The Handel Group. Find her online at Yogaglo.com
Ana founded her own yoga style known as Forrest yoga. She’s a fascinating woman who’s worked through a lot of trauma. Her classes are built for people who want to go deep to heal past trauma and break through to live a fiercely empowered life. Her teachings are steeped in Native American wisdom and she offers teacher training programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. She’s also the author of the book "Fierce Medicine," in which she teaches how to "stalk your fear" to live full life.
Another yogini who was originally certified in Anusara Yoga under John Friend, Tara now leads teacher trainings and retreats from her adopted home on the island of Bali. She’s created her own school, which she calls "Embodied Flow," and teaches a practice that combines Hatha, Tantra and various somatic movement systems. An avid learner and lover of science, Tara’s classes are always deeply moving and highly transformative.
If you’re into Iyengar yoga, Marla is your girl. She’s a senior intermediate Iyengar certified yoga teacher based in L.A. Marla teaches classes online for Yogaglo, and leads teacher training programs in the Iyengar style in Silicon Valley. Marla was noted in Yoga Journal magazine as one of the “top 21 young yoga teachers shaping the future of yoga.". (Learn more in Who Was B.K.S Iyengar?)