About Our Founder: Jhon Tamayo
Jhon Tamayo was born in 1967 in the south of Colombia. At the young age of 13, he left home in search of his true self. Jhon began traveling throughout South America, where he had the opportunity to meet and embrace countless people, with whom his experiences would later prove to be pivotal in his journey to discover a deeper understanding of life in a raw, organic form. Jhon created the Atmananda Yoga Sequence in 1994 after he saw many yoga students in New York City injuring themselves, and realized that this was a result of other various yoga styles paying little attention to alignment in their teachings. He created the sequence in such a way that equips yoga practitioners with the tools they need to become more conscious about which movements may be the source of their aches and pains, and learn how to adjust their practice in order to prevent future injuries.
The Atmananda Yoga Sequence is a modern vinyasa style practice that is rooted in traditional disciplines. The sequence was created with the intention for students to better connect to their body and breath, allowing individuals to own their personal practice, reaching a moment of inner stillness any place, any time. The Atmananda Yoga mission is dedicated to inspiring individual growth, embracing our unique qualities and building self-empowerment towards knowing our inner teacher within.
The word Atma means ‘self’, and the word Ananda means ‘bliss’. No one has the power to give you bliss, only you can elevate yourself to total self bliss.
With the desire to help his students further maintain a safe and consistent practice, Jhon T. became inspired to design the revolutionary Atmananda Yoga Mat ™, with mathematically placed lines that keeps the body in correct alignment, transforming how yogis around the world achieve their perfect pose.
The Atmananda Yoga Sequence is recognized world wide and has been taught internationally from Japan, Dubai, China, Germany, Sweden, Colombia, and the United States, graduating over 2,000 students. Jhon T. with his enigmatic presence and dynamic teaching style offers a once in a lifetime experience for each individual to awaken towards their inner truth.
Atmananda Yoga Mat Creator
The Atmananda Yoga Mat was produced out of love! Jhon Tamayo, who is a prominent yoga teacher in New York City, originally created the mat to help his girlfriend with correct foot placement when he was teaching her yoga poses. Initially he drew the lines on the mat with a magic marker and ruler. But then he aspired to help people all over the world by manufacturing and producing the mat.
Jhon Tamayo is founder and owner of the Atmananda Yoga Sequence studio in NYC. JhonT, as he’s affectionately known, used his passion for teaching yoga and his over 20 years of experience as a practicing yogi, to design the Atmananda Yoga Mat™.
JhonT is dedicated to helping his students learn yoga poses with precise form and alignment, in order to protect their joints and ligaments. And he is very committed to helping his students grow mentally, physically, and spiritually, both on and off the yoga mat. The Atmananda Yoga Mat ™ is a patented (#USD699980) and trademarked design