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.

 Danielle depompei


Danielle was introduced to yoga nine years ago by a friend. Since that time, she has dedicated herself to daily practice and study. It has been an incredible journey continuing to shape her in positive ways, bringing new learning experiences each day. Danielle eventually found her way to Ashtanga, completed teacher training, and has been practicing and apprenticing with, Authorized Level 2 teacher, Taylor Hunt since 2014. She is grateful to have such a wonderful mentor throughout the process. Danielle believes the Ashtanga practice is powerful medicine to heal the body, mind, and spirit, and felt the calling to share her love for the practice with others. She teaches the night program at Ashtanga Yoga Columbus (AYC) and subs for Taylor when he travels to India. She is honored to be a part of the community at AYC and looks forward to all the lessons it continues to offer. Danielle just returned from her first, extended trip to Mysore, India to study at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute under the guidance of Sharath Jois.

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. 

Cara Unrue

Cara Unrue, E-RYT 200, enjoys practicing and teaching yoga to all levels. She first sought out yoga for its physical fitness benefits, and quickly recognized the many other wonderful gifts that yoga has to offer. Her classes are taught in an easy to digest manner, bringing attention to form and detail, offering guidance so the practice is accessible to students of all levels. She truly enjoys watching her students grow and build strength through their yoga practice. She believes every one can benefit from yoga in some way.

Cara's others passions include photography, spending time with her family, and traveling.