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Stan Woodman - Personal Biography

Stan Woodman

Stan Woodman is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher from the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India and the co-owner of Kaia Yoga, the largest integrative wellness center in Connecticut.

He took his first yoga class in 1991 and began a dedicated Ashtanga practice in 1997. He completed his 1000-hour certification with Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute in 2001, and over the years has taught and assisted in Beryl's national and international workshops, retreats and conferences. Having found his calling, Stan sought advanced studies with numerous top Ashtanga yoga teachers including Aliya Weise, David Swenson, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern, Dominic Corigliano, David Williams, John Campbell and Richard Freeman.

Having first met Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in New York City in 2001, Stan eventually went to the source in Mysore, India in 2003 to study with Guruji. Since then, he has made several trips to the KPJAYI, studying with its founder until his death in 2009 and eventually with Jois's heir and grandson, Sharath Jois. Today, Stan continues his yearly pilgrimage to Mysore to study at the KPJAYI with Sharath. He also heads the Ashtanga Mysore program at Kaia Yoga in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is also often found offering workshops at Wanderlust, Kripalu, Omega Institute and international retreats.

In addition to his work as a yoga teacher, Stan's education includes intensive coursework with special needs children. Formerly licensed as a massage therapist, he has extensive knowledge in Eastern and Western philosophies and practices in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, myology and neurology. Stan serves on the board of directors of several nonprofits including Odanadi and Operation Shanti, dedicated to improving the lives of children in need, and The Give Back Yoga Foundation, for empowering individuals through the gift of yoga. Stan has been featured in numerous magazines including Fitness, More, Organic Spa and Mantra Yoga & Health Magazine.

An avid extreme sports enthusiast, Stan loves a good challenge, especially when snowboarding or skateboarding. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, partner and yoga teacher, Gina Norman, and their two children.

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