About Zoë Slatoff, owner and principal teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side, New York City, a relaxing and welcoming yoga shala offering Mysore style classes in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois of Mysore India.


Zoë Slatoff discovered yoga at the age of 15 and has been devoted to a daily practice ever since. Since 2000, she has traveled to Mysore almost every year to study at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Śrī K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi. She is honored to have received Guruji's blessing to teach in 2002. In 2009 she received Authorization level 2.

Zoë has a Master's Degree in Asian Languages and Culture from Columbia University. Her master's thesis was a translation and exploration of a Sanskrit text on Yoga and Ayurveda. Zoë’s recent book Yogavataranam is a Sanskrit textbook for yoga students that integrates traditional and academic methods of learning, teaching grammar and reading through classical yoga texts.

Read an Interview with Zoë on Ashtanga Parampara

Website images by Ben Ponté
Practice photos by Bill Brundell and Robert Wilkins, Mysore 2004-5