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Referral Teacher Listings on

To obtain a teacher directory listing on, you must be referred by a senior Ashtanga yoga teacher who is listed on

The determination of whether a person may be considered a "senior Ashtanga yoga teacher," for the limited purpose of referring junior teachers to the teacher list, is based on multiple factors, including: the number of years of consistent Ashtanga yoga practice and study with a teacher; which teacher (e.g., Sri K. Pattabhi Jois); special certifications within the lineage; number of years teaching Ashtanga yoga; works created (e.g., articles, books, videos, CDs and other instructional aids, yoga schools); and general standing within the yoga community.

The referral requirements are external to any certification requirements put forth by individual senior teachers. Many senior teachers within the Ashtanga yoga lineage refer their students to the teacher list. The site's requirements are designed to address the primary concerns of senior teachers as a whole regarding practice, transmission and teaching experience. Thus, a personalized referral letter from one's senior teacher is an essential component of this process.

The senior Ashtanga yoga teacher shall make a request of to refer his or her long-term junior teacher. Senior teachers should consider carefully when referring any student for a listing on Not only will the teacher's choice reflect on the quality of his or her own teaching, but also the Ashtanga yoga community relies on for accurate information about teachers.

Senior Ashtanga yoga teachers who are ready to make a request for referral should email to obtain instructions for submitting a detailed referral letter. Please note that students may not make this request on behalf of their teachers; nor should senior teachers feel pressured by their students to refer them.

A referral listing on does not constitute an official certificate to teach by a particular certifying body. A referral is merely an endorsement by a senior Ashtanga yoga teacher for his or her junior teacher to obtain a listing on








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