Timothy Burgin, Founder & Executive Director

Timothy BurginYogabasics.com is a blossom picked from the heart. Founder, designer and writer Timothy Burgin skillfully wove together several of his life’s passions – 19 years of yoga training, an education in studio arts and photography, and his love of computer programming and design – to bring the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern age of the internet.

As a young college student in California, Timothy was called to the path of yoga after he reluctantly signed up for a class at the local University. “The Qi Gong class’s pre-requisite was yoga,” he says with a sly grin, quickly adding, “I now see there were other plans for me”. While fearful that a yoga class would be too challenging for his very inflexible 19-year old body, Timothy immediately fell in love with the practice.

As his practice deepened over the years, he moved to Kripalu in 1997 where he received his yoga teacher training. The training and experience that followed deepened Timothy’s commitment to the healing arts, and in 2003 he received his acupuncture training from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine.

While attending grad school, the vision for YogaBasics.com was born. Timothy felt “called to create an online resource guide to yoga, for my yoga students, as well as for the whole world.” In the fall of 2000, YogaBasics.com was launched to fulfill a need for information on yoga with over 70 yoga poses, pose sequences, and information on chakras, pranayama and meditation. The website quickly outgrew its modest beginnings, requiring the launch of a new site design with a paid membership to premium content in the spring of 2002. Timothy’s commitment to creating and sharing the practice and teachings of yoga continues to grow and blossom with the launch of the current site re-design launched in the fall of 2007.

Now living in Asheville, NC, Timothy continues his path of devotion and selfless service – teaching yoga classes, leading Kirtan, and, of course, transmitting the ancient teaching of yoga through the modern power of the internet. In addition to YogaBasics.com, he is also the founder of JapaMalaBeads.com, a website dedicated to producing and importing quality mala beads.

It is said that what lives in our hearts, escapes in every breath, word and action. If this is true, then it is quite clear that a profound love of yoga and a deep commitment to humanity lives in the heart of Timothy Burgin.

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  1. I’ve only recently come across this site. Love it and thank you for this service for the benefit of Humanity and a more peaceful world!

    1. Hi Timonthy,
      In one of your replies to an articles about consumption of marijuana during yoga classes (article on this site), you mentioned that one can experience the same effect of an high if you are experienced enough in the practice. This is something I have come across before as well. Would love to know your views on this in as much detail as possible. My question emerges from my personal experience with Yoga which practically non-existent to say the least but whatever I have done I could relate it to my experience once when my soccer coach made us run for miles and miles. My body was on the verge of falling unconscious to the ground. But after the run, I felt blissful. There are certain other such experiences relating to swimming, reading, playing Badminton etc. I am completely serious here.
      Would love to know your views on this and discuss more.

  2. Timothy,
    I took a class from you in Goleta, Ca several years ago. I purchased a CD ( kripalu yoga flow 1). The CD NO LONGER WORKS AND I would like to replace it. MP3.com seems to no longer exist. Can I purchase from your site?

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  3. Hi Timothy,

    Good to see your website and its very attractive and you provided tons of articles which are highly knowledgeable.
    I like you and your plans. I keep in touch with you!!

    Thanks and Regards,

  4. Dear Felicia,

    Dear Timothy,

    Does Yogabasics review new yoga music albums?

    Thank you for your consideration.


    Mark Gustavson

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  5. Hello Tim,
    I would like to know which type of yoga you learnt and if possible your teacher or guru?

  6. Hi Tim,

    I’m a yoga teacher with a question you might be able to answer. What would by approach be to a backbend class so that it has a Rajasic/Sattva effect and what my approach be for a forward bend class so it has a Tamasic/Sattva effect?

    Thank you…OM, JOE

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