About Maya Yoga
Maya Yoga specializes in the traditional practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in a welcoming and locally owned studio that nurtures a noncompetitive environment for people of all ages, body types, and cultures; this is not your corporate gym.
Maya Yoga was founded on April 28, 2002 by Kathleen Kastner. Its first home was on the top floor of the Arts Incubator, thanks to Jeff Becker, the owner. After two years, it moved across the street above YJ’s for another few years. Maya Yoga has resided in the FIlm Row Building since 2006, which is its permanent beautiful home.
Over the years, Maya Yoga has received many accolades and is repeatedly recognized as one of the best studios in Kansas City. Its teachers are some of the most experienced Ashtanga professionals in the region. It is through the dedication of Maya Yoga’s teachers and students that it has become a cornerstone in the Kansas City yoga community.
In 2008, Maya Yoga began to train teachers in the region. Its traditional approach to teaching and training has earned Maya Yoga a reputation for fostering a spiritual practice as it strives to develop a union of the body, mind, and spirit in its students. Maya Yoga became a registered Yoga Alliance school in 2016 offering 200, 300, and 500-hour RYT training.
Over the years, Maya Yoga has hosted Ashtanga workshops with several master teachers in the lineage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. They include: Jodi Blumstein, Jorgen Christiansson, David Garrigues, Govinda Kai, Tim Miller, Matthew Sweeney, David Swenson, and David Williams.
Today, our studio is known to be welcoming to new students, providing excellent customer service, and offering an authentic Ashtanga yoga practice.
Meet the Owner
I am honored to be the new owner of Maya Yoga and thrilled to celebrate our 17th year as a community. We will celebrate this anniversary the weekend of August 3rd. Kathleen Kastner, founder of Maya Yoga and beloved teacher, will join us for a weekend of teaching and celebration.
A bit about my yoga journey….
After my Dad’s passing from cancer in 2016, I began a consistent Ashtanga practice at Maya Yoga. In that first year, my practice brought me clarity of self, faith, and purpose. I soon knew that I wanted a career in service to others so leading Maya Yoga fits with my life mission.
I plan to maintain and build on the Ashtanga tradition that serves our community so well. It’s one of the main things that attracted me to Maya Yoga. You’ll find that I have many ideas and one of the them I am considering is ‘Off the Mat’ classes where we can practice pranayama, explore yoga philosophy, and take the 8 Limbs off the page and into the community.
Again, I am truly honored to be the new owner of Maya Yoga, and I look forward to practicing with you.
See you in class,