Doug Taukobong-Olsen:

eka pada sirsasana I stumbled across the Ashtanga practice in late 1999 at Barbican Gym in London and was hooked. A few months later I discovered Kristina Karitinou taught much closer to home in Brighton. In 2004 Russell Case assumed stewardship bringing in daily morning Mysore classes. My "day job" led to occassional long stints in London where I was able to have steady periods of practice at Astanga Yoga London under the guidance of Hamish Hendry. Following conversations with long term Mysore resident Nick Evans, I made my first trip to the AYRI - Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore in May 2006 and in January 2014 Shri R. Sharath Jois entrusted me with Level 2 Authorisation to share the Primary and Intermediate Series of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. I continue to practice daily and (like many others who have tasted the sweet nectar of practice in Mysore) if I'm not currently in Mysore, then I'm busy planning my next trip there!