Dylan Bernstein

Yoga and meditation gracefully stormed Dylan’s young life in 1988. These essential tools then helped him negotiate the turbulent seas of his teens and twenties. Ashtanga Yoga later discovered Dylan at the end of his first year of roaming in India. He has maintained a daily practice ever since. A lifelong interest in Asian philosophy, culture and poetics brought him to reside throughout Asia, where he has maintained his home base since 2001. He has learned immensely both by traveling widely and by living in Vietnam, India, Bali and Hong Kong. Dylan began studying diligently with Prem and Radha Carlisi in Sri Lanka and continues to seek their uplifting perspectives on practice and life today. He has been honored to practice and teach at Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center since its first year of existence. In addition to time spent in Mysore with Guruji, Saraswati and Sharath Jois, Dylan has been blessed to connect with other dear senior teachers from the Ashtanga lineage. Time spent working and residing in the monastaries of Venerable Thích Huyền Diệu has also proven immensely insightful. Dylan has taught on four continents and continues to be influenced by many teachers and diverse traditions. Perhaps his primary inspiration has become his dynamic and inquisitive students. He is forever indebted to all the teachers, students and fellow practitioners who have helped him along the way. Dylan holds a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Studies, has been authorised to teach Ashtanga by the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and even has the highest certification available from Yoga Alliance stashed away in a drawer somewhere. A student of teaching techniques, Dylan has a background in pedagogy and cognitive development. His classes are designed to put students into direct contact with their own true internal teachers. Yoga has never been limited to āsana for Dylan and yet, he values the critical role that the physical practice can play in bringing light to one’s whole being. Essentially, Dylan remains a pluralist, believing in many kinds of truth and many manners of realization. Though entertainment is not his focus in teaching, there is always room for laughter in his classroom. As the land and conditions around him are often shifting, the practices keep him grounded internally, allowing for stability even when in the midst of change. Ashtanga Vinyasa coupled with pranayama and other sitting practices continue to be the foundations of his understanding and teachings. Dylan is the daily mysore class teacher at AYBRC from September 18 – January 18 2017. Check out the Schedule to see what special workshops he teach during this period.

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Testimonials about Dylan

“Dylan's teachings are based on almost a lifetime of practice, self-observation, study and a humble respect for the Ashtanga tradition. There was no better way for me to be introduced to and immersed in the practice in an integrated way than studying with Dylan. The Ashtanga practice by itself is transformational, but its takes a teacher of great integrity, skill, passion and humility like Dylan to pass it on in a way that brings out the best in each practitioner.”

- – Marcus Wong, Yoga Teacher, Hong Kong

“I met Dylan for the first time in Mysore, India studying Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. From the beginning, Dylan has approached the practice and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga in a spiritual way, combining his knowledge of yoga philosophy within his way of teaching. Dylan has gathered incredible knowledge of both theory and practice of Ashtanga Yoga and he will work respectfully with each student according to their needs. I highly recommend studying with Dylan!”

- – Miisa Salo, Yoga Teacher, Finland

“Dylan really embodies the principles he teaches: openness, focus and healthy lifestyle. His deep knowledge of asana practice and all the history of yoga is really inspiring“

- – Iker Etchevry, Hong Kong

“Dylan is an amazing inspiration both as a teacher and as a person. You can easily feel how much he cares for each of us, helping in such a personal way. He brings humour and lightness in just the right moments, while honouring the integrity of the practice as well as the space that his students need. I treasure all the guidance that I have received from Dylan over the time I've spent practicing in his presence.”

- – Charmelle Taute, Yoga Teacher, Dubai / South Africa

“Dylan is a very experienced and brilliant teacher of Ashtanga Yoga! I have complete trust in his ability to pass on the traditional teachings of the Ashtanga lineage in their purest form. With a warm open heart, immeasurable charisma and educated touch; Dylan has been an absolute honour to learn from, time and time again.“

- – Ethan Ward, Yoga Teacher, Dubai / South Africa

“I’ve studied twice with Dylan at the AYBRC, both for morning mysore and his five-day intensive course, and look forward to returning at the next opportunity. Dylan has a wonderful teaching style. As a person, he is very warm, very engaging and has a great sense of humour. His adjustments are gentle, precise and safe and always with an explanation of ‘why’ – he has an excellent knowledge of anatomy and picked up a couple of potentially damaging habits within my practice. He has a wealth of knowledge about yoga and I would definitely recommend his intensive course to anyone who is interested in exploring Ashtanga beyond the physical; he covers philosophy, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, meditation, mantras and anatomy. I found it really interesting and Dylan makes even the drier topics enjoyable!“

- – Ellen Morgan, UK

“Dylan is very inspiring and amazing teacher. Dylan teaches me the real meaning of yoga... not just asana. Throughout practice, I find my internal awareness and know myself much better. The feeling of balanced calm has led my yoga journey forward.“

- -- Grace Chow, Hong Kong

“I have been practising yoga for over 20 years now and have met many yoga teachers through the years. My practise has evolved as I age and gain a better understanding of my body and mind. Several teachers have helped with my journey but none as much as Dylan. It was always a joy to attend his classes, his dedication and sincerity never fails to shine through in his teachings. I was very fortunate to have a series of private lessons with such a knowledgeable teacher. He imparted so much knowledge and answered so many of my questions without judgement.”

- – Julie Lim, Hong Kong

“Dylan guides you where you need to be by sending his words and the heart. If you have a chance to study yoga with him, you are so lucky!”

- – Fumiko Shimada, Japan

“I have followed Dylan since 2011. I highly appreciated his care in the studio. When I needed it, he gave me exercises to strengthen my core – my back issue was then healed. Ashtanga became my life now and Dylan is always my teacher.”

- – Angela Wong, Hong Kong

“Dylan's teaching deepened my practice, raised my awareness and had a very profound effect on my life. Dylan has this great ability to be very profound and wise, yet extremely funny and down-to-earth even when he explains very profound concepts. I just can't wait to be his student again!“

- – Vera Levitskaya, Russia

“Dylan is not only an excellent Mysore teacher who give very precise instructions and adjustments, he is also very knowledgable in yoga history and philosophies. I especially enjoy the discussion sessions where students and teacher exchange and share their views.“

- – Jenny Wong, Hong Kong

“I will always remember his words especially when I feel despondent in my personal challenges sometimes, and honestly I am very much thankful for him and his teaching.”

- – Carmen Yeung, Hong Kong

“Dylan was my first yoga teacher. He is a dedicated practitioner and scholar of the Yoga and Buddhist traditions. Dylan encourages students to get deeper into practice, beyond the circus of asanas. Without him, I would not have developed a healthy personal practice and inquiry into the philosophy."

- – Balaji T, India

“Dylan has been a nurturing, guiding light on my inward journey through the medium of yoga. Yoga has changed my life in ways that I could never have imagined and has healed that which I didn't even realise was broken. Since we met in 2011, Dylan has been there every step of the way through so many incarnations of my practice. For want of a better phrase, Dylan is the 'real deal' when it comes to each and every facet of yoga, but not only the physical asana; his spiritual and philosophical knowledge is deep, his passion and dedication seemingly infinite and he is also wonderfully human so makes the whole experience very accessible and honest. Dylan will no doubt be one of those old bearded yogis who many (me included) continue to travel the world to study with - but for now the moustache will do!”

- - Rowena Hunt, Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, UK

“Both my practice and outlook on life have been forever changed from my experiences shared with Dylan. I am grateful that I have been able to practice and learn with Dylan. His caring and compassionate nature allowed me to truly explore what yoga really means to me and what role it has in my life. He openly and passionately shares his extent of yoga and life experiences, and for that I am deeply appreciative.”

- – Kristina Sharma, Canada

“Thank you so much for bringing me into the world of Ashtanga Yoga. Having more and more practices with Dylan, I can feel the difference - a wonderful feeling of ease, lightness and relaxation.“

- – Casablanca Lo, Hong Kong

“Practising with Dylan is equal parts informative and inspiring - he gently guides, deeply cares and thoughtfully encourages your own exploration of all elements of the Ashtanga practice, at your own pace - so you always feel safe. An incredible wealth of knowledge and wisdom - delivered in a unique package of levity, and just plain fun. If you ever have the chance to practice with Dylan - be sure you seize the opportunity. He is an exceptional teacher and all-around great human.“

- – Charlene Lo, Toronto

“Dylan is a breath of fresh air among the crazy yoga enterprise that exisis today. His practice and teachings are inseparable and pays great respect to authenticity. Having the pleasure to attend to his teachings a number of times, it made me feel curious about the wisdom of yoga philosophy; challenged by the intricacies of asana practice; refreshed by the practical techniques on meditation and pranayama; and above all, I was inspired by the kind and fun-loving soul that is Dylan.“

- – Melissa Lau, Hong Kong

“I am so grateful to meet Dylan. He has extensive experience and knowledge in Ashtanga Yoga and offers to share his thoughts and practice to all students. Dylan, my first Ashtanga Yoga teacher, is a humble, patient and inspiring teacher. Students love and enjoy his classes and courses. He has my highest recommendation.“

- – Carol Cheng, Hong Kong

Upcoming Events

all-day Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference 2017
Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference 2017
Apr 9 – Apr 14 all-day
More info here: Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference 2017

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