“Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice ashtanga yoga.” -Sri. K. Pattabhi  Jois.


BIO: Kathleen has a master’s degreen in exercise physiology and has been teaching ashtanga and vinyasa yoga since 1997. She was introduced to yoga in 1993, while working as a personal trainer to Dr Deepak Chopra in San Diego. She completed Tim Miller’s Teacher Training in 2000 and practices daily with him in Carlsbad:  www.ashtangayogacenter.com. She also studied with Jorgen Christiansson for three years in Los Angeles www.omkar108.com and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa, India.  She practiced with Pattabhi Jois and Saraswati and Sharat Jois on their Kauai tour.

Kathleen was a yoga studio owner in Kansas City, MO for 16 years and is the Founder of Maya Yoga studio. She lives in Encinitas and is a Wellness Coach and a certified plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine. She loves combining the yogic teachings of ahimsa, non-harming, with veganism. She has traveled to India twice and is also an Ambassador with Yoga Gives Back, which provides micro-loans and educational funding to the women and children of India: http://www.yogagivesback.org.


“Ashtanga yoga is the best thing to ever happen to me! It has changed my life on every level, making me a healthier, happier and more conscious human being. I don’t know where I would be without it. I’m forever grateful to all my teachers and students for their love and support.”

Kathleen has an Intro to Ashtanga streaming video and Teen Yoga DVD, located on the SHOP page:click here

She also has a beginner’s iphone application with www.pretayoga.com.

For more yoga videos, see MEDIA page: http://www.kathleenkastner.com/media/




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