A distinctive part of each yoga school is its lineage: the chain of people who have received, learnt and transmitted the knowledge onwards.

Ashtanga yoga has its roots in the teachings of the great yogi  T.K.V Krishnamacharya. Based on an ancient text known as Yoga Korunta, he developed the series of the Asthanga Vinyasa system. A loyal student of Krishnamacharya and later on a great yoga teacher was Shri Pattabhi Jois. Through Pattabhi Jois this yoga system became known to the western world in the early ‘70’s and started spreading worldwide thereafter.

Nowadays, the Ashtanga tradition is being spread from his descendants: his son Manju Jois, his daughter Saraswati, his grandson Sharath and distinctive students such as David Williams, Richard Freeman, David Swenson etc.

As for Europe, the dissemination of the system began in the early 80’s by Derek Ireland who opened the first Ashtanga yoga sala in Northern Crete, Greece. It was there that the great Greek teacher Kristina Karitinou was taught. She is still teaching today, primarily working to generate proficient teachers that will continue this tradition with love and enthusiasm.


Tirumalai Krishnamacharya 

pattabhi jois

K. Pattabhi Jois

derek ireland

Derek Ireland

Manju Pattabhi Jois

Manju Pattabhi Jois

Kristina Karitinou

Kristina Karitinou (Χρηστίνα Καριτινού)