Craig Perkins, E-RYT 5000
Craig is registered with Yoga Alliance with over 45 years and 15,000 hours of yoga teaching and yoga teacher training.
In 1968 Craig trained under Yogi Ananda Bhavanani (a follower of Swami Sivananda) in Vancouver, Canada, and became a certified Sivananda-style yoga instructor. At this same time, he began his 30-year meditation study with both Sant Kirpal Singh, and later with his successor Sant Darshan Singh, he also studied, and became initiated in, Tibetan Buddhism, and furthered his Hatha Yoga studies with Yogi Shaym Acharia.
After several years of teaching classes in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Craig began running his own yoga studio “The Yoga Center”.
In 1972 Craig started a “live-in” yoga school in Miami, Florida, and two years later he moved to Sawan Kirpal Meditation Center in Virginia, where he lived for 20 years with his wife, and two sons. He also lived with his family at a Sivananda Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. for one year in 1980.
Craig has made several trips to India, studying. For 5 years he was studying Chinese yoga, T’ai Chi and Qi gong with a master/student of Robert Smith.
He has studied Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative and Yoga Flow style. He has also compiled the booklet, “An Introduction to Yoga Life”, based on 30 years of yoga experience. Craig also has written the book with Aimee Hughes “A Philosophy and Guide for the Intuitive Yoga Teacher”. Craig has been a lead teacher trainer at Yandara for more than 20 years.
Craig is co-director of Yandara Yoga Institute.
"You’ll never meet someone quite like Craig. As a teacher, he is a mix of a wise professor, a scientist of the body, mind and heart. Craig’s lessons and workshops were invaluable to my experience mainly because he focuses on the simple goal of all yoga teachers; to inspire students to become present within their own bodies, to influence them to live with purpose and to offer space for them to reconnect with their true nature. His humble approach and humor creates such a comfortable learning environment, and he is a true life example of how yoga influences who we are as people in such incredible ways." - Doug Leff, May 2021