The vision of the Yoga Alliance is to support yoga teachers and the diversity and integrity of yoga. Its mission is to lead the Yoga Community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources and uphold the teachings of yoga. It registers both individual Yoga teachers and Yoga teacher training programs that have successfully demonstrated compliance with the minimum educational standards established by the organization. Jonas is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) and Shantaya Yoga School’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program is registered and approved by the Yoga Alliance.
The mission of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is to foster high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a recognized program that assures the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork. Jonas Westring is registered with NCBTMB as a Continuing Education Provider under Category A.
The Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association (KYTA) is a professional association of certified Kripalu Yoga teachers and yoga teachers certified by schools recognized by the Yoga Alliance. KYTA’s mission is to foster an active network of teachers living and teaching the full depth of yoga. Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health is the largest Yoga Center in the USA and is dedicated to help produce thriving in the individual, the family, the institution, the business, the community, and society at large. Jonas has been a KYTA member and program director at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health since 1998 .
Anusara Yoga was established in ’97 and its Universal Principles of Alignment offer a highly therapeutic and transformational approach to yoga. Jonas was a Certified Anusara Yoga instructor who had studied with master teacher John Friend since ’99 and began teaching Anusara in ’03 . He shared his passion for this path around the world for about ten years. This style have had great impact on Jonas’s approach over many years and so is still the backbone for his informed, systematic and artful asana practice and delivery.
The Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School was founded by Swami Janakananda Saraswati in 1970. Its teachings come directly from Swami Satyananda Saraswati, a most extraordinary Indian teacher and yogi, who founded the International Yoga Fellowship Movement in 1962 and the Bihar School of Yoga on 1964. Numerous important yoga teachings and books have been published and spread by the Bihar School of Yoga. Jonas began his first yoga studies here in 1981 and has completed numerous retreats at their retreat center in southern Sweden. In the sumer of 2006 Jonas had a 25th year reunion with this school by participating in their 29-day Kriya yoga course.
Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) is a yoga school with a wide and inclusive approach that trains yoga instructors to bring the practices and insights of yoga into mainstream wellness programs. As yoga is now taking on a wider role in modern life, it expands beyond the classroom into all areas of the community as a vehicle for wellness, healing and personal transformation. Between ’99-’04 Jonas was core faculty for the Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher training program and co-directed fifteen therapeutic yoga teacher trainings in the USA, Europe and Brazil, together with other faculty and Joseph Le Page, the founder of Integrative Yoga Therapy.
The Yoga Workshop is Richard Freeman’s yoga studio in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches a unique and profound style within the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition, and beautifully exemplifies how to live a yogic lifestyle in this modern age. Jonas began studies with Richard Freeman in 1999, took the teacher training in 2001, and had the privilege to be a teacher’s assistant in many of Richard’s yoga workshops at Kripalu Center and Omega Institute.