Magnolia Zuniga – Certified

I’m among seventeen women worldwide to be a certified Ashtanga teacher as a direct student of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois of Mysore, India. I am currently learning 4th series with Sharath Jois. I have attended two teacher courses through KPJAYI. These courses are designed specifically for authorized/certified teachers to help them better understand the method of Ashtanga Yoga and how to teach appropriately.

I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 1997-98 by teachers Noah Williams and Kimberly ‘Kiki’ Flynn in Los Angeles, CA. In 2007 I received Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s blessing to teach Ashtanga Yoga and went on to teach in Hong Kong, Japan, France and am currently based in San Francisco, CA.

I met the Jois family; Sri K Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009), Sharath Jois and Saraswati Rangaswamy in Mysore, India in 2004. Since then, I have lived in India 2 to 12 months at a time each year. I consider these times to be of deep study and immersion into yogic practices, systems, and methodologies. I’ve been lucky to study with extraordinary masters; both the Jois family and the Bihar School of Yoga lineage (details below).

Ashtanga Institute in Mysore India
Noah Williams
Kimberly “Kiki” Flynn

Bihar School of Yoga

In 2001 I moved to San Francisco to study Ayurveda and classical yoga with a disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati from the Bihar School of Yoga (BSY). I began studying Tantra and aspects of Satyananda Yoga, however, In 2007 it was time to study with Swami Satyananda (1923-2009) and Swami Niranjanananda directly. I moved to the BSY in Bihar India and was a resident of the ashram for approximately one year. In 2007 I was initiated into the sannyasa order as Kriyashakti Saraswati. My emphasis in the Satyananda lineage is the practice of Yoga Nidra.

Bihar School of Yoga
Yoga Nidra


In 2001 I moved to San Francisco to study Ayurveda and the classical yoga teachings from BSY (Bihar School of Yoga, see above). I became interested in Ayurveda after years suffering from severe asthma, chronic sinusitis, and bronchitis. Ayurveda was my first glimpse into finding a way to manage symptoms and disease through diet and lifestyle.

In 2004 I met my current doctor and teacher of Ayurveda Dr. Anil Kumar of Dixit Health Clinic in Mysore, India. I continue my studies with him each year.

Dr. Anil Kumar

Teacher Training

I do not support or facilitate any form of Ashtanga Teacher Trainings. It is Guruji and Sharath’s instruction that practitioners must study at K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore before teaching this practice. The KPJAYI shala is the only authority to authorize or certify individuals to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method. I honor Guruji and Sharath’s request.

KPJAYI shala in Mysore, India

top image by Melisa Hall

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