Joey Paz embarked upon his yoga journey in 2008 with Andrew Eppler and Jennifer Engleman at Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman, Oklahoma. He went into his first yoga class with Jennifer somewhat skeptical and not knowing what to expect, but by the end of the class, knew he had stumbled upon something profound and life-changing. From that day forward he has continued to pursue and deepen his studies, traveling to Mysore, India on numerous occasions for many months of extensive training and study with Sri BNS Iyengar, the world's foremost scholar of yoga and top living master in the Ashtanga Vinyasa lineage of yoga.
In addition to his RYT-500 certification from Andrew Eppler of Ashtanga Yoga Studio and the Himalayan Yoga Association of Rishikesh, India, Joey has studied yogasana, mudra, pranayama, and meditation in-depth with a wide array of yoga luminaries and elders including David Williams, Danny Paradise, Baptiste Marceau, Dominic & Stephanie Corigliano, and Bryce Delbridge; as well as Yogic chanting with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Narasimhan of Ananta Research Foundation, Kanchen Mala of Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala in Mysore; Yoga history & Sanskrit phonology/pronunciation with Seth Powell of Yogic Studies; and Yoga Darshana with Dr. M.A. Alwar of Maharaja Sanskrit College and his father Dr. Laxmi Tatacher, founder of the Samskrti Foundation in Melukote, India. In addition to his devoted practice, training, and studies, Joey is co-producer of the film "Mysore Yoga Traditions," a groundbreaking documentary that provides the most in-depth look at the fabric of Yoga culture in Mysore, India, to date; and currently co-hosts the annual Mysore Yoga Traditions Retreat and Conference held every year in Mysore, India- the birthplace of modern yoga.
Joey is dedicated to preserving and passing on the teachings of Sri BNS Iyengar, the last surviving link to the formative years of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore, the philosophical and postural foundation of the vast majority of yoga practiced around the globe today. He believes this practice has the potential for immense global benefit and should be made accessible to all.
Education, Certification, & Training:
2008: Initiated in-depth yogic practice and studies with Jennifer Engleman, Andrew Eppler, and Bryce Delbridge at Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman, Oklahoma.
April-May 2013: Initiated in-depth studies in the traditional method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Sri BNS Iyengar at Krishnamachar Yoga Shala in Mysore, India.
Dec. 2014 - May 2015: Completed 200-hour YTT with Andrew Eppler at Ashtanga Yoga Studio. Certification
April 2015: Completed an additional 200-hour training in asana, mudra, mantra, pranyama, and philosophy with Kanchen Mala, Sri BNS Iyengar, Ramesh Shetty, Dr. M.A. Jayashree and M.A. Narasimhan at Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala in Mysore, India. Certification received.
April-May 2016: Traveled to India with documentary team to co-direct and co-produce the documentary film "Mysore Yoga Traditions."
January 2019: Completed 500-hour certification in asana, anatomy, philosophy, mantra, yoga therapy, and meditation with the Himalayan Yoga Association in Rishikesh, India. Certification received.
February 8-22, 2019: Co-hosted and taught at the Mysore Yoga Traditions Retreat and Conference, assisting Andrew Eppler and Bryce Delbridge in addition to participating in the daily lectures by Mysore's top scholars and yogis. Certification received.
February 28-March 10, 2020: Co-hosted and taught at the second annual Mysore Yoga Traditions Retreat and Conference in Mysore, India featuring an array of scholars and leaders in the Yoga community of Mysore, India.