Taylor Hunt is a devoted student of Ashtanga; a system of yoga originally transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The method of practice taught in Ashtanga Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressively challenging series of postures. The combination of breath, asana (posture), and dristhi (gazing point) helps to stretch and strengthen the body, release impurities, and focus and calm the mind. The practice is a powerful discipline for cultivating physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Since 2006, Taylor has maintained a daily practice and committed himself to the study of classical yogic texts including the Sutras, Vedic chanting, philosophy, and Sanskrit. Wishing to share the transformative ability of yoga with others, he completed his 500hr teacher training through Yoga on High.
Throughout his journey, Taylor has seized every opportunity to study with authorized and certified teachers dedicated to the traditional lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He now makes yearly trips to Mysore, India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, after several extended trips, Taylor was granted Level II Authorization to teach from KPJAYI and had the honor of assisting in the shala for a month.
Taylor has a deep respect for the Ashtanga lineage and is dedicated to sharing the transformative and healing practice with others. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches the Morning Mysore program at Yoga on High. He continues to inspire others through his own dedication and devotion to the practice.
Taylor Hunt’s Yoga Philosophy
I believe this yoga is for everyone. Although Ashtanga is a set series of poses, it can be tailored to fit each individual’s needs. I encourage others to find a practice they can commit to and make it a part of their daily routine. Yoga is for transformation; it’s not just about the physical postures. It’s about acceptance and learning how to focus the mind. With dedication, change begins to occur ‐ physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s important to find a teacher, someone you can listen to that inspires you to work to your full potential. Each day I show up and leave it all on the mat; I don’t hold anything back. After years of practice, I am amazed how it continues to teach me so much about life. I feel empowered each day when I finish my practice and have come to realize that nothing is impossible. As my body became less rigid, so did my mind. I learned to stay present, not take myself so seriously, and to just enjoy life. I have found that happiness comes from within and is a choice I make every day.