Thomas Still - Personal Biography
Thomas learned the traditional Ashtanga yoga teaching method originally used in Mysore from Manju Pattabhi Jois, the most experienced practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga in the world, who began practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga under his father, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in the 1950s. Manju officially authorized Thomas to teach in 2009.
With this understanding of how Ashtanga yoga should be practiced and taught, Thomas also builds upon essential concepts learned from David Williams, the first Westerner to learn the complete Ashtanga yoga system of asana and pranayama directly from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the 1970s. Thomas completed the primary and intermediate series trainings given by David Swenson, who was among the early Western students of Ashtanga yoga in 1975.
Two main elements characterize Thomas's teaching style: his desire to transmit the practice as his teachers learned it in the 1950s to 1970s; and his commitment to respecting students' individual potential or limitations, being particularly careful never to injure his students.
Thomas continues regular studies with his senior teachers. In 2014, he published 1 Percent Theory: An Attempt to Reconstruct the Forgotten Lessons of Ashtanga Yoga as Taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.