Dominic Corigliano is one of only a few instructors in the world who received certification to teach ashtanga primary to advanced series directly from Pattabhi Jois. He started practicing ashtanga yoga when Pattabhi Jois visited Encinitas on one of his first journeys to the United States. Dominic eventually made many trips to Mysore to continue to study with Pattabhi Jois and practiced the advanced series for more than twenty years. Dominic's experience as a practitioner and teacher for more than thirty-five years has shaped his nuanced view of the practice and has honed his ability to work with students from a wide range of backgrounds from beginner to advanced.
In 2002, Dominic joined Pattabhi Jois on his worldwide teaching tour—10 cities in 10 weeks—documenting the trip on video. He is also the producer of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Video featuring Sharath Jois, grandson of Pattabhi Jois and the director of KPJAYI. Dominic often screens his personal video footage from this trip and other video footage he has taken over the years of Pattabhi Jois. for more information on Dominic's videos, visit: http://ashtangaproductions.com
Dominic has personally used ashtanga yoga to overcome his own health issues. "I didn't come to yoga from being well. I am asthmatic and the focus on rhythmic breathing during practice and Pranayama changed my life. I have other health challenges to this day. Yoga is the therapy that has helped me to a greater understanding of my relationship with those challenges. I have empathy for all students, especially those working with physical limitations."
Dominic views the teacher-student relationship as an intimate one. He gives equal attention to all types of students and recognizes the importance of both the mental and physical aspects of the practice. He sees the goal of the practice as the successful integration of the practice into one's everyday life. Dominic has devoted his life to teaching ashtanga yoga and travels often to Japan, Northern and Souther California, Massachusetts, Copenhagen, and Ecuador to teach workshops. He lives in Fieldbrook, California with is wife and two youngest children. They hope to open a yoga farm on their property in the near future. So stay tuned!
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Stephanie Corigliano holds a PhD in Comparative Theology from Boston College. She specializes in the study of Yoga, inter-religious dialogue, and cross-cultural approaches to spiritual practice. Most recently she taught the course, “Texts and Traditions of Yoga” at Humboldt State University (2016) and will be leading an experiential weekend at HSU entitled, “What is Yoga?” (Spring 2017). Her essay, “Theologizing for the Yoga Community? Commitment and Hybridity in Comparative Theology,” is expected to be published early 2017. Another essay, “The Making and Unmaking of the Self: Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra and the Experience of Trauma,” is in process. Her academic writing seeks to bridge practitioner concerns with the study of traditional Yoga texts.
Stephanie first practiced with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2000 and was authorized to teach ashtanga by Jois in 2003. After seven years of steady practice and annual trips to Mysore, Stephanie entered graduate school. Pattabhi Jois himself authored one of the recommendation letters for her graduate school application! Her studies have become an intimate part of her daily practice, and she aims to share her love of practice and of the history of the yoga tradition in her teaching.