My name is Eliza Miron and here is my long-winded bio to demonstrate my commitment to this practice as a student and a teacher. First and foremost, I am a student in the lineage of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and the living legacy Sharath and Saraswati in Mysore, India.
I have less than a decade of study: my interest in Yoga grew in 2009 and so I moved to Southern Florida to find Ashtanga yoga. There I met Stacey Lee and Gretchen Suarez who first taught me this practice.
The stats: I’ve spent over 9 months studying in India on five separate trips. My first trip to India was in 2011 to study Ayurveda (in Kerala). I traveled to Mysore, India to study Ashtanga Yoga from the source: KPJAYI in July 2012, January-March 2013, January-February 2014 and January 2016.
The asana of authorization: January 2016 I was given the blessing to teach this practice by Sharath Jois
Primarily I am a student: I continue my studies in the US taking practice at Ashtanga Yoga Ann Arbor, under mentor Angela Jamison, where I was a daily student in September through December of 2013 and where I assisted Angela directly in the shala Otober and November 2016.
I was first introduced to Ayurveda while attending initial Yoga education at Kripalu. I realized how important this science is to understanding Yoga and found an Ayurveda school in Miami to learn about this practice. In 2012 I graduated from Sai Ayurvedic College, Miami FL, and Anjali School of Ayurveda in Kannur, Kerala India. This was a two year certification degree in Ayurvedic studies to be a NAMA Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. I also hold an associate degree in Vedic studies.
I first attended yoga education at Kripalu School of Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA in July 2009, receiving my 200 hours of studying yoga. I have been teaching on and off in the Fort Wayne area since then. In the Ashtanga tradition, we do not believe in any sort of training to create yoga teachers in any sort of counted hours. It is important how to be a dedicated student, fostering a relationship with your teacher and your practice and learn how to make yoga your life rather than your living.
Teacher Training and Parampara
There does not exist a “teacher training” system in the lineage of Ashtanga yoga. Long term apprentices and a dedication to study at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Gokulam Mysore, India with the Jois family: R. Sharath Jois and Saraswati Jois, as well as a consistent and dedicated daily self-practice, is how an Ashtanga practitioner follows the tradition correctly.
Parampara is the core of the Ashtanga tradition. Parampara translates to mean a direct succession of knowledge passed down from teacher to student. Once the student spends many years under her guru, he decides when she is ready to teach. This transfer of knowledge, given no changes be made to the method, becomes parampara.
It is suggested to study the Ashtanga method only with authorized/certified teachers, ie those who have a direct relationship with the Jois family, have studied in Mysore and is committed to the practice themselves. To keep this tradition pure, I do not support any sort of “Ashtanga trainings” or any kind of teacher training in general.
If you have actually read this page in great detail, then namaste. Often times we do not fully do our research of a teacher before learning something from them. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, here are two photos of me. The first photo is the first time that I visited the shala in Mysore. This was in December 2011 where I had to cancel my planned three month study there, I was already in India and so I went to visit the shala anyway. I wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to make it back.
The second photo is me on my fourth study trip there receiving authorization from my teacher and holding my large son. It IS possible to travel to India, it’s not easy and your whole life may change, but that’s what happens when we start doing yoga.