Steve Dwelley was personally authorized to teach the Ashtanga system by Pattabhi Jois in 1998 and he has cultivated the Ashtanga community full time in Santa Barbara ever since. He is co-director with his wife Michele of the Ashtanga Yoga Shala in downtown Santa Barbara. For the past 18 years he has risen 5 to 6 mornings a week at 4:30 am, opening his doors to the public at 5 am for the start of morning practice. He is an advanced student of the practice and has been to Mysore many times to study with the Jois family. He has taught and spoken throughout the country. He is the author of Steve's Blog on the website, where he accessibly and seriously engages the overall path of hatha yoga and spiritual development. In a long lineage of householder yogis, he is the father of twin sons born in 2003. He teaches from the heart.