Lineage Teachers


In the Yoga tradition, a tremendous emphasis is laid on what is called Guru Parampara -

the stream of blessings that flows down from one's teacher, and the lineage of those teachers who came before. 

Below are some of the teachers who have profoundly influenced and inspired us at Hamsa Yoga.


Shyamdas (1953-2013) was a pioneer in bringing Indian and yogic traditions to the West. He published more than 15 books on various aspects of yoga and 6 albums of devotional chants.  Alan was deeply graced to spend 5-years with Shyamdas studying Vedanta philosophy and bhakti yoga, including a 2-month pilgrimage in North India visiting various temples, ashrams, saints and yogis.

Sri Dharma Mittra

Known as the "Rock of Yoga," Sri Dharma Mittra has been teaching the complete path of Yoga for the last 50+ years.  He is the creator of the lengendary Asana chart found in almost every yoga center around the world.  Alan has taken the 200, 500 and 800-hour Life of a Yogi trainings with Sri Dharma Mittra, and in 2013 was deeply blessed to be initiated as a disciple in his yogic lineage.

Sharon Gannon
& David Life

Co-founders of the Jivamukti Yoga method, Sharon Gannon & David Life have been absolute trailblazers and innovators in bringing the fullness of Yoga to the modern practitioner.  Emphasizing Yoga as a means to enlightenment through compassion to all beings, the Jivamukti method weaves together Ahimsa, Bhakti, Nada, Scripture and Meditation into each class.  In 2005, Alan was fortunate to spend one-month studying with them at the Omega Insititute, receiving certifcation as a 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher.