Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley is committed to the authentic and transformational teaching of Ashtanga Yoga. Each of our teachers is a devoted student to the method and upholds the sacred commitment to Parampara - teaching as they have been taught by their teachers. Our teachers all study with Certified and Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teachers as well as travel to the source, the Sharath Jois Yoga Center in Mysore India to study with the lineage holder, R. Sharath Jois.
Kory Sheffer - Founder & Director
Kory is a devoted student of Ashtanga Yoga and credits the practice for completely transforming her life. She began her formal studies with Vance Selover of Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley before committing to a long distance practice and study with Tim Miller in Encinitas. With Tim she has spent over 200 hours of formal training in his Primary and Intermediate Series Intensives as well as frequent visits to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Center for a week or more at a time. Tim has made a significant impact on Kory and she holds him in the highest regard as her teacher and mentor.
In June of 2019 Kory studied for one month in Bali under the guidance of Mark Robberds. She has been profoundly inspired by Mark’s experience and approach to integrating alternative movement modalities such as FRC and Kinstretch into the practice while maintaining the integrity of the Ashtanga Yoga method. Kory plans to make yearly (or more frequent) trips to continue her studies with Mark.
Kory made her first trip to study in Mysore India with Sharath Jois in November and December of 2016 and returned for an additional two month study in June and July of 2018. She looks forward to continuing her studies with Sharathji once again in 2019/2020 at the Sharath Yoga Center.
In the Mysore room Kory is a supportive and encouraging teacher. She recognizes that all students are different and will require a unique and individual approach. While Kory adheres to the “traditional” framework of the Ashtanga Yoga sequencing and methodology, she will provide supportive and at times alternative suggestions - which may include deeper anatomical research or conditioning to ensure that each posture is appropriate for students to incorporate into their practice. When learning with Kory students can expect to be challenged and inspired by the practice, engaged in deep self-study, discovery & reflection, and enlightened by the awareness of limitless potential.
Tatiana Hall - Senior Assistant
Tatiana began practicing yoga in 2013 when she was looking for change in her life, and yoga was the answer. In 2015 she traveled to India to complete her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, and then the following year returning again to the motherland for a Viniyoga teacher training. In 2017 upon returning to Napa Valley she recommitted to Ashtanga Yoga and has been a dedicated practitioner since.
For her, having the asana practice is the tip of the iceberg. It is her spiritual practice that is an important element in having a healthy and happy life. There is so much more to yoga than asanas and it has been a teacher that keeps her coming back day after day.
Anne Seveska - Assistant
For Anne, yoga is a family affair. She first learned Hatha and Yoda Nidra from her father. On Saturday mornings, he and Anne would follow along with To Life! Yoga with Priscilla Patrick on the local PBS station. Anne practiced yoga on and off for years, but in 2015 Anne’s sister urged her to try the Mysore program at AYNV. After dedicating herself to the practice, Anne discovered its transformational power. Ashtanga isn’t just physically challenging; it also fosters introspection and mental clarity. Anne credits the practice with helping her uncover her true purpose and cultivating the bravery to accomplish her goals.
Anne believes that Ashtanga is for everybody. As a graduate of Ekam Yoga and Wellness 200 RYT Training, Anne now assists for the AYNV family, and these are her favorite hours of the week. In her free time, Anne teaches Ashtanga yoga through the Trini foundation, works as a social-emotional advisor, lectures on the therapeutic benefits of yoga, and studies somatic psychology. Anne loves living in Napa with her family, spending warm evenings sitting by the fire in her backyard, cooking, laughing, and playing fetch with her dogs.