Our Story

Zoë started Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side in 2009, after many years of teaching in other studios. She is deeply grateful to all of the wonderful dedicated students that make it such a special place and community.

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Zoë at Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side

Zoë at Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side

Zoë discovered yoga at the age of 15 and has been devoted to a daily practice ever since. She first traveled to Mysore in 2000 to study with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath and has returned almost annually. She is honored to have received Guruji's blessing to teach in 2002, and level 2 Authorization in 2009.

Zoë has a Master's Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. She is the author of Yogāvatāraṇam, a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students, which uses extracts from classical yoga texts to integrate traditional and academic methods of learning the language. Zoë is also the Sanskrit editor for Pushpam, and has done Sanskrit editing for Nāmarūpa and Robert Svoboda's book Vāstu.

She is now at work on a PhD about the Aparokṣānubhūti, an Advaita Vedantic text attributed to Ādi Śaṅkarācarya, which is particularly relevant to yoga practitioners. It explains how we get caught up in illusions about our bodies and the world and how we could instead use practice to help us discover and be more connected to our essential nature.

Zoë currently teaches morning and afternoon classes.

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Michael Guiou

Michael Guiou

Michael is a Level 2 KPJAYI-Authorized teacher, with a non-dogmatic approach. He teaches the way he was taught, believing that the practice is molded to the student and not vice versa.

He has spent years assisting and apprenticing with senior teachers, and travels annually to Mysore to study with R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. Michael is also a teacher and constant student of philosophy, offering a variety of yoga courses internationally.

For more information, see his website.

Michael will be teaching afternoon classes, beginning October 16th.