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About Yoga East



Yoga East was founded in 1974 by Maja Trigg (1927-2016) and incorporated as a non-profit educational organization in 1978. Yoga East has expanded over the years to multiple locations and more classes and styles of yoga, but our corporate philosophy and mission has remained the same: To make the benefits of yoga available to all in the Greater Louisville community.

Yoga East is a traditional yoga school. We are not a gym or workout facility. We are committed to teaching the authentic yoga tradition, as it has been taught for centuries. 

Our Non-Profit Mission
To make the benefits of yoga available to everyone regardless of age, fitness level or ability to pay class fees.

We fulfill our non-profit mission by offering low-cost Yoga Classes, scholarships and work-study opportunities to many students. We make yoga available to people who might otherwise never have access to its benefits.  The feedback we get from participants in these programs is positive as they begin to experience the uplifting nature of yoga acting in their lives.

Our Board of Directors

Laura Spaulding, President and CEO
Susan Reid, Vice President
Victor Davenport, Treasurer
Kim Eisner, Secretary

Erin Cronin
Victor Davenport
Kim Eisner
Catherine Followell
Anne Kosko
Paul Long

Gail Minotti
Susan Rudy

Karen Strobel
Becky Thompson
Jamie Turner

St Matthews Studio mural Shiva and Shakti 
Painted by artist and Mysore Ashtanga student, Jean Distler, and assisted by Linda Erzinger.
Dedicated on December 13, 2014.

Sharath Jois Workshop - 2003


Sharath is Director of the K P Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. We were the first yoga shala in the U.S. to host Sharath for a full workshop, in June, 2003.  Sharath taught classes here at Yoga East for two weeks and showed us the correct form for Sanskrit-counted vinyasa for Primary Series. We took Sharath for a cruise on the Belle of Louisville.

Saraswathi Jois Workshop - 2015


Saraswathi Jois (Sharath's mother) is a pioneer in the field of yoga. She was the first woman to graduate from the Sanskrit College of Mysore and the first woman yoga teacher in India to teach men and women yoga students together.  She has been teaching Ashtanga for many decades.  We took Saraswathi and her daughter Sharmila to The Oaks.

Main Studio at Highlands

Ashtanga Workshop at East End

Sound Journey Workshop at St Matthews