Timothy Burgin, Founder & Executive Director
Yogabasics.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.