“As my body became less rigid,
so did my mind.”
Taylor Hunt is a devoted practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga yoga. He makes yearly trips to Mysore, India to further his studies at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) under the guidance of his teacher, R. Sharath Jois. In 2013, Taylor was granted Level 2 Authorization to teach and has had the honor of assisting at KPJAYI on several occasions. Taylor is dedicated to sharing the healing practice with others and providing a community where practitioners can find support in their practice and daily lives. Seeking to preserve the traditional method, Taylor teaches daily Mysore classes at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and offers workshops around the world. He is also the author of A Way From Darkness and director of the Trini Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the life-changing practice of Ashtanga with those suffering from addiction. He continues to inspire others through his story of personal transformation and accessible approach to the practice.
I believe Ashtanga yoga is for everyone. Although Ashtanga is a set series of poses, it can be tailored to fit each individual’s needs. I encourage others to find a practice they can commit to and make it a part of their daily routine. Yoga is for transformation; it’s not just about the physical postures. It’s about acceptance and learning how to focus the mind. With dedication, change begins to occur ‐ physically, mentally, and spiritually. It’s important to find a teacher, someone you can listen to that inspires you to work to your full potential. Each day I show up and leave it all on the mat; I don’t hold anything back. After years of practice, I am amazed how it continues to teach me so much about life. I feel empowered each day when I finish my practice and have come to realize that nothing is impossible. As my body became less rigid, so did my mind. I learned to stay present, not take myself so seriously, and to just enjoy life. I have found that happiness comes from within and is a choice I make every day.