Tony Sanchez trained with Bikram Choudhury from 1976 until 1980, when he was certified by Ghosh’s College of Physical Education.
He was director of Bikram’s San Francisco Yoga College of India from 1980 to 1984. In 1985, Tony founded the United States Yoga Association and the San Francisco Yoga Studio and created the Yoga Challenge system of four progressive series. The systems enable practitioners of all levels to reap the health and fitness benefits of the 84 asanas of the Ghosh lineage.
Tony holds the 1994 (Argentina) and 1996 (Brazil) World Cup Yoga Sport title from the International Yoga Federation, based in India and Argentina. He participated to support their efforts to qualify postural yoga as an Olympic exhibition sport. He was also hoping to motivate more men to practice.
In 1996, Tony and Sandy Sanchez created the Yoga Science Box, a multi-disciplined curriculum program for the San Francisco Unified School District(SFUSD). The curriculum includes “Desk Potato Yoga” and“Yogasthma: Seven steps to asthma control”.
From 1996 to 2004, Tony trained elementary grade classroom teachers, and middle and high school physical education teachers in the public and private sectors in San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. With volunteers from the US Yoga Association he established after-school programs in schools throughout the district.
In 2005 Tony went on sabbatical in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He taught at One&Only Palmilla and Esperanza in Los Cabos before launching the Yogic Physical Culture Academy. Tony and the academy are registered with the national sports institute of Mexico (Nacional Instituto del Deporte).
Tony is featured in Yoga, published by Yoga Journal. He demonstrates the 84 asanas from the Ghosh lineage in Eighty-four Āsanas in Yoga: A Survey of Traditions, an academic research book by Professor Gudrun Bühnemann.
Although Tony and Bikram teach postural yoga from the same Ghosh lineage, Tony does not teach ‘hot yoga’ of any kind, nor does he advocate it.
Read Tony’s recent interview in Asana: International Yoga Journal: