Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley is committed to the authentic and traditional 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 Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore India to study with the lineage holder, R. Sharath Jois.
Kory Sheffer - Director
Kory Sheffer is the founder and director of Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley. She oversees all teaching with the support of her Senior Assistant, Assistant and Apprentice staff. Kory is a devoted student of Ashtanga Yoga and credits the practice for completely transforming her life. She studies predominately with her teacher 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. Kory also studies with Taylor Hunt periodically throughout the year and considers him a teacher, role model and mentor in the practice and in life. She is currently learning the Third Series, Sthira Bhaga under the careful guidance of her teachers. Kory made her first trip to study in Mysore India at KPJAYI in November and December of 2016 and is returning for two months of study with Paramaraguru, Sharath Jois in June and July of 2018.
Kory honors the traditional teachings of Ashtanga Yoga and does not deviate from how the teachings have been passed down to her. She is committed to serving the community of Napa by providing a healthy and supportive environment to cultivate and receive the many benefits of Yoga.
Kassie Pagaling - Senior Assistant
Kassie took her first yoga class in 2004, but it wouldn’t be until 2012 that she would find Ashtanga Yoga, and begin a serious Mysore practice with Tim Miller. After moving to Northern California, she continued under the supervision of Johnny Smith. In 2016, she found Kory, and feels so happy and fortunate to have her overseeing her current practice, along with Taylor Hunt.
Ashtanga Yoga drew her in initially because she has always been a spiritually focused person, looking to increase her connection and awareness. Due to its rich lineage and tradition steeped in the 8-limbs, it allows her a daily devotional practice for the spirit, while also keeping her healthy, physically and mentally. Also, having been an athlete most of her life, she appreciates the discipline of consistent practice, and how it adds value to her everyday routine. She feels a great reverence for this method, as Ashtanga is not a “feel good” or “check out of life” style of yoga. Stepping on to the mat everyday is hard, but it is also easy. She can never predict which it will be, but it gives her the opportunity to witness the multitude of fluctuations we face just by virtue of living. It teaches her how to weather these from a seat of composure and equanimity, while finding the joy of simplicity in an ever-complicated world.
"Assisting Kory in the Mysore room affords me the opportunity to aid in others’ journeys, as they learn to break through habitual self-destructive behavior and reductive social conditioning. I enjoy getting to participate with, and observe others, as they find a more authentic and clear sense of self, transcending the muddling provided by the very loud and distracting (at times) external world." ~ Kassie
Eddie Eisiminger - Assistant
“I took my first yoga class in the summer of 2011. It was about three years of dabbling before meeting Kory and being introduced to Ashtanga Yoga. I still describe it as I did when I first tried it, “swimming in the deep end.”
This method is something that is tough to describe, only the experience of it can speak to it. We’ve got lifeguards on duty, see you soon. ~ Eddie
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.
Tatiana Hall - 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.