Authorized Level 2 Guest Teacher – Timothy Lynch

Happy to announce guest teacher Authorized Level 2 teacher Timothy Lynch at Mysore SF

March 13 – April 1, 2019 
Mon – Fri 6 – 9am Mysore 
Sat 8 – 9:30 Primary Series Led classes
Wed, March 20 is moon day, no class

regular Mysore SF rates apply 
see you there! 

Tonya Ruddick – Authorized Level 2

Padmasana. Pic by Agathe Padovani


Tonya is a KPJAYI Level 2 authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. She has shared the practice with students in Seoul, Dubai, Beijing and across the US. She has taught regularly for Noah Williams at Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam in Los Angeles and has been a private yoga teacher to many celebrities, including Miley Cyrus.

In 2007 Tonya set off to travel around the world. It was during this time that she was first introduced to the Ashtanga Yoga method. She has been a dedicated student ever since.

She spent the next 7 years living in Asia and immersed herself in the study and practice of Ashtanga yoga, vipassana meditation and philosophy. She continues to travel to Mysore, India to study with her teacher, R. Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

She is grateful for the guidance of her own teachers along this path; Greg Steward, Noah Williams, Nea Ferrier, Sharath Jois and S.N. Goenka. It is an honor and a privilege to share these teachings of transformation, illuminating our true nature within. May all beings be free.

Eka Pada Sirsasana. Pic by Agathe Padovani


Magnolia’s updated personal statement regarding #metoo and sexual assault/harassment allegations against Pattabhi Jois, Swami Satyananda Saraswati and BSY disciples below.

Dec 13th, 2017 – The recent #metoo movement has sparked a necessary and long overdue discussion about the abuse of power, sexual misconduct, and sexual abuse worldwide. The yoga community is no exception. The allegations against my teachers Pattabhi Jois and Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his disciples are incredibly difficult and painful to reconcile. Some students confronted Pattabhi Jois about inappropriate touching in adjustments (myself included), but others did not, and were deeply hurt and/or traumatized. I continue to practice and teach both Ashtanga and Yoga Nidra systems because the benefits are incalculable. At the end of the day, however, I have neither explanation nor excuse for their behavior. I wish for healing and peace for all women and men negatively affected by their actions. Sincerely, Magnolia Zuniga

August 25, 2018 -Since the metoo movement began, I’ve been considering various ways in which I can put support into practice for victims of sexual assault & harassment, not only by Pattabhi Jois but also by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, and his disciples. Consequently, I will no longer support, enable, or host teachers that dismiss or minimize allegations or those that claim ignorance or justify PJ’s actions in any way.


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


Mulabandhasana, fourth series, by Magnolia Zuniga. Pic by Melisa Hall

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

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