Bryan Kest

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Bryan Kest
Bryan Kest

1964 (age 58–59)
OccupationYoga teacher
Years active1985–present

Bryan Kest (born 1964) is an American yoga teacher. Recognized as the creator of one form of Power Yoga,[1] he is the founder of Santa Monica Power Yoga, based in Santa Monica, California.[2] Kest has led yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide.[3] He is credited with pioneering the practice of donation-based yoga in the United States.[4]

Kest was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1964. He began practicing yoga in 1979, at the insistence of his father, a physician.[5] While still a teenager, Kest studied in Hawaii with David Williams, who brought Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from India to the United States.[6]

In 1983, Kest traveled to Mysore, India, to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.[7] Kest remained in Mysore for a year before he returned to the United States, moving to Los Angeles, California, where he studied holistic health and nutrition at Ryokan College. Additionally, Kest was a yoga therapist at Esteem, a Santa Monica treatment center for people with eating disorders.[8]

Kest began teaching in Los Angeles in 1985, and founded Santa Monica Power Yoga in 1995.

Kest incorporates meditation into his teaching and his teacher training, and has studied Vipassanā meditation with S.N. Goenka. Kest's philosophy regarding donation-based classes is based partially on the principles of Vipassana meditation.[9]


  1. ^ Pizer, Anne. "Power Yoga". Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Schott's Vocabulary, New York Times". The New York Times. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Bryan Kest Workshops and Retreats". Archived from the original on 23 January 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  4. ^ Katz, Dani. "Best Yogi For All, LA Weekly". Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Profile at LA Yoga Magazine". Archived from the original on 23 August 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  6. ^ "David Williams, Ashtanga Yogi". Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Ashtanga Yoga Institute". Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  8. ^ Self, Philip. "Interview With Bryan Kest at YogiSource". Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  9. ^ Schwartz, Doris. "Santa Monica Power Yoga at YogiTimes". Retrieved 7 February 2013.

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