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Teacher of the Month: Anne Finstad

Anne is teaching morning mysore ashtanga classes 6:30am – 8:30am, Monday through Thursday and Sunday morning.

She started practicing yoga in 1996, unable to touch her toes. After five years of practice she set off to India where she had the honor to study with Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath in the intimacy of the original shala. After four additional trips to India over nine years, and many years of daily practice, she had the honor of receiving the authorization to teach this method from Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath, an honor currently granted to less than 100 people in the United States. She has been teaching mysore style ashtanga classes in the manner she was taught in India for over ten years, and she has witnessed first hand the powerful transformation and healing available to practioners of ashtanga yoga with patience, practice, and time.

In her desire to further bring a sense of the depth and beauty of this practice to south bay practioners she has  brought many amazing senior teachers to Yoga is Youth for special workshops, including Dominic Corigliano and Saisha Peterson, David Roche, David Garrigues and Nancy Gilgoff. She has further helped to bring Lino Miele, Tim Miller, and Peter Sanson. She is thrilled to have seen so many folks return again and again to the special ashtanga community that exists at this studio. You can find her own website at, and most days you can find her at Yoga is Youth.

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