Keen on Yoga was created by Adam and Theresa Keen as a platform for online yoga classes, workshops and courses. It has developed into an Ashtanga hub, providing background information, hosting special events and providing access to some of the most well-renowned and respected yoga teachers.
We met in 2006 at Purple Valley, Goa, India and have since run retreats, yoga studios and numerous other ventures, such as opening an organic foods shop together. In 2020, we moved from London to the South of France. More recently we have been travelling around Asia and Europe looking for somewhere to put down roots while continuing to run our online services.
We aim to present Ashtanga yoga in a non-dogmatic way and make it accessible to anyone interested in the method.
Adam has been practising yoga since 1999 and teaching Ashtanga since 2004. He ran a busy Mysore programme in the City of London for over 10 years and has taught extensively internationally.
He is one of the very few practitioners anywhere to have completed the Advanced A series in Mysore under the guidance of Sharathji and received level 2 authorisation in 2012.
As a manager at Purple Valley Goa from 2007, he met and practised with many of the original Mysore teachers and gained a wide view of the history of the practice. His main influences were Chuck & Maty and Mark Darby, who he considers his teacher.
Adam's teaching style is framed in inclusivity, compassion, and lucid, explicit, practical instruction. Alongside this, he shares his interest in deeper inquiry about the fundamental questions of life – what we’re doing and why we’re here.
If you want to listen to Adam being a podcast guest, the links below are below.
Theresa found Ashtanga Yoga in 1999. In 2004, at the age of 40 and while on a break from her career in corporate event management, she discovered Purple Valley Goa. It was for sale and she introduced the project to her friend, the current owner, Hernan. She then became the Director for three years, during which time she transformed the retreat into the Ashtanga-only centre it is now renowned for.
During these three years, she had the honour of inviting, hosting and attending workshops with Chuck & Maty, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson, Rolf, Darby, Tim Miller, John Scott, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor and above all, three 2-week sessions with Sharath Jois.
In the years following Theresa spent her time in India alongside Adam, practising with Sharathji in Mysore, with her first trip in 2008. In 2012 she received level 1 authorisation to teach, however, feels her dharma is to facilitate and bring yoga to others and prefers to work behind the scenes. She continues her daily practice and may yet find the call to teach one day.