David Garrigues is an internationally recognized yoga teacher and creator of the Asana Kitchen video instruction series that is one of leading online yoga learning resources. David is the founder/director of Ashtanga Yoga School (AYS) of Philadelphia and also travels extensively throughout the US, Europe, and India offering workshops, in depth studies and retreats.
David also writes passionately and eloquently on the subject of yoga. He has maintained a consistent blog for more than 6 years and is the author of numerous books on yoga that offer expert technical instruction and poetic inspiration.
For more than 20 years David has maintained an enthusiastic personal practice that is dedicated to asana and pranayama study in the Ashtanga tradition. His intense dedication to practice and to teaching inspire his students who form a diverse soulful, open hearted, and serious global learning community.
Study with K Pattabhi Jois
David is among a small group of Ashtanga yoga teachers who received teaching certificate directly from the late founding master of ashtanga yoga Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David met Pattabhi Jois in 1993 and over the next 16 years he traveled to Mysore India more than 12 times to study with the great yoga master. In 1996 Pattabhi Jois granted David a teaching certificate, David returned to Seattle and opened the first ever Ashtanga yoga studio in Seattle. In 2002 David hosted Sri K Pattabhi Jois (along with his daughter Saraswathi and his grandson Sharath) in Seattle.
The Asana Kitchen and Instructional Courses
David’s partner filmmaker Joy Marzec is also a devoted student of ashtanga yoga. Joy is David’s video producer and over the last 7 years they have created David’s renowned Asana Kitchen (AK) video instruction series as well as several exceptional instructional courses on Ashtanga yoga and pranayama. David’s AK You tube channel has an extensive library of more than 100 videos that serve as a generous learning resource for his global Ashtanga yoga learning community.
Music and Chanting
Also during his many trips to India David studied classical Indian vocal music and subsequently recorded two high-energy Kirtan CDs. David also has studied Sanskrit chanting with Vyas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute. David weaves Sanskrit chanting and singing into his teachings classes.
Early study history
David was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 when a friend taught him the classic set of postures known as Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations). David maintained a self-taught practice for more than a decade before everything changed when he met Marie Svoboda, Seattle’s “grand dame of yoga” in 1991. Attending her classes lit an everlasting fire for yoga in him and he immersed himself in a serious yoga study. During this time David also had the great fortune to study intensively with senior BKS Iyengar teacher Aadil Palkhivala attending weekly classes and participating in many intensives and teacher trainings.
David's mission is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of the circle of hatha yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promotes physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.