Todd Norian

Legacy Faculty

Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, YACEP, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, author of Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness, A Memoir, and founder of Ashaya Yoga®, has practiced and taught yoga for over 42 years. Designated a Kripalu Legacy faculty member, Todd became a Kripalu resident in 1983, was a co-founder of the Kripalu Yoga teacher training who trained more than 1000 teachers and co-authored the original 200-hour manual. He was the director of Kripalu resident sadhana for 10 years, working closely with spiritual director Amrit Desai, became Kripalu Programs department head in 1996, and developed advanced teacher training curriculum. 

In 1995, Todd became a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (PRYT) and was one of PRYT’s leading program directors while also teaching several of their 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. In 1997, he began his studies of Anusara Yoga and became a senior certified Anusara teacher and teacher trainer. Todd has engaged in intensive study of the nondual Shaiva-Shakta Tantra tradition with several distinguished scholars such as Paul Muller-Ortega, Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton, William Mahony, and Constantina Rhodes.  

In 2012, Todd founded Ashaya Yoga®, an alignment-based, transformational system of yoga embodying tantric philosophy, the Five Great Elements, shadow and light work, and integration of body, mind, and heart. Todd brings a vast knowledge of therapeutic alignment, tantra philosophy, warmth, and an unapologetic sense of humor to his classes and trainings. He founded the online Pillars of Peace monthly membership and The Ashaya Path Teacher and Leadership Training. Trained in classical piano and jazz, Todd created several music albums for yoga and relaxation, including the world-renown Bija: Soothing Music and Mantras for Yoga and Meditation.  

“Today’s practices were next level! Todd is like a chiropractor for the soul! I woke up feeling out of alignment and just somehow “off.” By savasana I felt tears of gratitude for these practices, for Todd, and for all of you! Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a way to start the day!” —J. Ricard, yoga student
“A good teacher opens you up to new ideas and expands your mind with new learning. A great teacher opens windows to your soul so you can find your way home to your heart. Todd Norian is that kind of teacher.” —N. Deputter, yoga teacher
  “Todd had something bigger planned for us during this teacher training. I thought I was there to learn how to teach yoga, but what he taught me was how to open my heart. My whole world has changed.” —Jennifer Mosher, yoga student

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