Michael Gannon on Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and How to start Yoga


"I think the reason that most people get discouraged and want to give up is because they’re paying attention to too much outside. They’re more interested in what other people are doing in their yoga practice than what in their own. They’re looking in Instagram and Facebook and seeing what everybody else is doing, and it becomes this comparison about what they are not doing."

"If you can't do this today, maybe you’ll be able to do it tomorrow or next week or in 6 months. And the people that are in there beside you that can do it, they’re not doing it for the first time. They’ve been learning it slowly-slowly. They came from the same place."


Michael Gannon is the founder of Yogaloft school in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. He’s spent over 10 years studying ashtanga vinyasa yoga in India with the guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 

He trained over 500 teachers in over 40 countries.

Michael is an author of the book Ashtanga Yoga Made Simple.

Michael has refined his experience with Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa in very unique way, and developed his own yoga style Gannon Power Vinyasa.

BUT, even if you have zero interest in Ashtanga, Michael shares amazing tips on how to start your yoga journey and advance your practice.

Watch the video and let us know your favourite part in the comments.


[01.35] How did you start a yoga journey?

[03.51] After over 20 years of practicing, do you feel yoga changed you or shaped your life in a certain way?

[05.38] After practicing so many years do you still have any poses that you struggle with, or any kind of practices you feel that it’s still super challenging for you?

[07.14] How did you end up with Ashtanga, why Ashtanga in the first place?

[13.00] Ashtanga and power vinyasa, is it more physical for you or it’s a true connection between mind, soul and divine? How would you describe it?

[15.17] As a yoga teacher, what advice would you give to people who are just considering starting their yoga journey but not ready to go to a yoga studio yet?

[18.30] There are so many different ways of how you can start practicing yoga, like video apps and all kinds of books, channels, Instagram accounts. But for people who never practiced it might feel a little bit overwhelming- What do you think would be the best way to go in terms of how to start, where to start?

[23.36] Is there any specific set of poses you would recommend?

[26.07] Teacher’s training with Sri K. Patthabi Jois

[29.04] We all know that yoga can bring awesome benefits for our body, mind and spirit. But the question is how not to give up?

Connect with Michael Gannon on the website: http://michaelgannonyoga.com/

Follow Michael Gannon on Instagram: @michaelgannonyoga

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