Todd Norian, E-RYT 500, YACEP, internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, Acharya, author of Tantra Yoga: Journey to Unbreakable Wholeness, A Memoir, musician, and Founder of Ashaya Yoga®, has practiced and taught yoga for over 43 years. Designated a Kripalu Legacy Faculty member, Todd became a Kripalu Resident in 1983, was a co-founder of the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training who trained more than 1000 teachers and co-authored the original 200-Hour KYTT manual. He was the director of Kripalu Resident Sadhana for 10 years, working closely with spiritual director, Amrit Desai, became Kripalu Programs Department Head in 1996, and developed Advanced Teacher Training Curriculum.
In 1995, Todd became a Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and was one of PRYT’s leading Program Directors while also teaching several 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings for PRYT. In 1997, he began his studies of Anusara Yoga and became a Senior Certified Anusara Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and sat on several Anusara committees, including curriculum development and ethics. Todd has engaged in intensive study of the Nondual Shaiva-Shakta Tantra tradition with several distinguished scholars, such as Paul Muller-Ortega, Douglas Brooks, Sally Kempton, William Mahony, and Constantina Rhodes.
For more than 20 years, Todd taught numerous workshops, immersions, and teacher trainings throughout the U.S. and Canada. He also trained students and teachers extensively throughout Europe, Ireland, Sweden, Greece, the Middle East, and Asia, bringing the integration of body, mind, and heart to hundreds of practitioners. In the early 2000’s, Todd was a frequent presenter at the prestigious Yoga Journal and Omega Institute Conferences and Yoga Cruises. His band, Shakti Fusion, was chosen to be the house band for one of the Yoga Journal cruises, and he was a featured presenter for three years in a row at the International Yoga Germany Conference in Köln, Germany.
In 2011, Todd was initiated into Neelakantha Meditation, by Tantric scholar Paul Muller-Ortega, founder of Blue Throat Yoga, which is an extraordinary, esoteric path of deep meditation and spiritual practices. In 2019, Todd received initiation as an Acharya (distinguished teacher) and is authorized to initiate others and impart the teachings of this transformational practice.
In 2012, Todd founded Ashaya Yoga® (Abode of the Heart), an alignment-based, transformational system of yoga embodying Tantric philosophy, the Five Great Elements, Shadow and Light work, and integration of body, mind, and heart. Todd brings a vast knowledge of therapeutic alignment, Tantra philosophy, warmth, and an unapologetic sense of humor to his classes and trainings. He founded the online Pillars of Peace Monthly Membership and The Ashaya Path Teacher and Leadership Training.
Todd is a guest teacher at many renowned spiritual centers and conferences including Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Esalen, and the Toronto Yoga Show. Todd’s videos and articles are featured on Yoga International, as well as, articles in Elephant Journal. Practice with Todd online and on Facebook and YouTube.
Trained in classical piano and jazz, Todd created several music albums for yoga and relaxation, including the world-renown Bija: Soothing Music and Mantras for Yoga and Meditation.