Taylor Hunt, Level 2 Authorized Teacher

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.

To learn more about Taylor’s story and life’s work, please visit his personal website at www.taylorhuntyoga.com.

 Photo by Meghan powell photography

Photo by Meghan powell photography

Jessica Hunt, Level 1 Authorized teacher

Jessica is co-owner of Ashtanga Yoga Columbus, director of the Trini Foundation, and a Level 1 Authorized Ashtanga teacher. She makes yearly trips to study with her teacher Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. She is honored to have his blessing to teach the healing practice that has changed her life. Jessica has a unique approach to teaching informed by her Ayurvedic studies as well as having practiced through injury and the birth of two children. She enjoys working with beginners, helping other moms navigate the practice, and bringing Ashtanga yoga into underserved communities.

Dawn Blevins, Level 2 Authorized Teacher

Dawn is a Level 2 authorized teacher and writer who holds a Ph.D. in education. She began a daily Ashtanga practice after experiencing an immediate connection to the depth and richness of the system. Dawn knew she needed to travel to India and learn from her teacher, R. Sharath Jois at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore. As soon as she arrived, she felt like she was home. Dawn continues to make yearly trips to study at KPJAYI and has had the honor of assisting in the shala. At Ashtanga Yoga Columbus, Dawn is grateful for the opportunity to learn from Taylor Hunt each day. She loves being a part of such a supportive and inclusive community, and she strives to make everyone feels as welcome as she felt the first time she walked through the door of the Mysore room. Dawn believes that the practice truly is accessible to all, regardless of background, age, body type, and physical fitness.

Jesse Cook

Jesse began her yoga journey five years ago while taking her first class to help with the stresses of finishing a Masters in Occupational Therapy. After several years of trying different styles, she found her way to the Mysore style of Ashtanga yoga and her teacher, Taylor Hunt. After traveling to Trondheim, Norway to complete her 200hr teacher training in Ashtanga and Hatha yoga with Laurel Hodory, she has continued her weekly Ashtanga practice for the last year. Jesse believes that living yoga daily through meditation, breath work, and her Ashtanga asana practice has changed the way she handles the stress and personal challenges she faced in the past. Jesse is extremely honored to be assisting in the Mysore room, to learn from her teacher, and work with the students at AYC.

Matt Tirey

Matt began practicing yoga in April 2010 after needing a healthy way to deal with some personal hardships. After a year of trying many different styles of yoga, he found Ashtanga in late 2011. From the beginning, he sensed how powerful the practice was for healing his mind and body. He has been a dedicated student ever since. Matt became Taylor's student in early 2014 and makes weekly trips from Dayton to practice under his guidance. He is incredibly grateful for Taylor, the other teachers, and the community at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus. They have welcomed and encouraged him from the very first day. The practice itself constantly shows him how to tap into the quiet, calming strength within. His goal is to lead others to find this same strength within themselves. 

Sarah Nelson

Sarah started taking occasional yoga classes in high school and college, but struggled to find an internal connection with the styles she tried. In 2017, she serendipitously walked into an introduction class at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus and knew she had found her tribe. Sarah was immediately drawn to the routine, consistency, and community AYC provided. The Mysore room was life-changing for Sarah; she believes this practice has the power to heal holistically and applies to any person. Sarah loves working with beginners, folx from diverse backgrounds, and wants to help practitioners find the passion behind their practice. She is grateful to learn from Taylor Hunt, Dawn Blevins and every member of the AYC community.