Tias Little and Surya Little
Yoga Teachers, Author, Therapeutic Yoga
In 1985, Tias Little began practicing yoga in the Iyengar method. In 1989, he went to Mysore South India to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for six months with K. Pattabhi Jois. He returned to Mysore in 1995 completing primary, intermediate and half of the advanced series of Ashtanga Yoga.
Tias moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1990 and completed massage training in 1996 from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. In 1998, he earned a Masters in Eastern Philosophy from St. John’s College. Tias has trained extensively in manual therapy within cranial-sacral and somatics. He is influenced by the work of Ida Rolf (studying with Jan Sultan and Tom Myers), and he is also a student of Peter Levine’s work in trauma and healing.
Since 1992, Tias has been a long time student of Buddhist practice studying Vipassana meditation and Zen (Upaya Zen Center and Roshi Joan Halifax). He began studying Dzogchen and Mahamudra within Tibetan Buddhism in 2003 under the guidance of Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Tias currently is a student of koan study in the Rinzai school of Zen practice studying with Roshi Joan Sutherland. In 2000, Tias and his wife, Surya, founded and directed the Yoga Source studio in Santa Fe. They sold the studio in 2006, and currently they both continue to offer public classes there. Tias is author of two books: The Thread of Breath and Meditations on a Dewdrop.
Surya Little’s path includes parallel studies in yoga and nutrition. In 1987, she began her spiritual healing while living in Brienz, Switzerland at the Hairakhandi Babaji Ashram. Surya traveled to the foothills of the Himalayas of North India to practice bhakti and karma yoga within the community of her spiritual teacher, Hairakhand Babaji. Inspired to study food and healing and yoga as a way of life, in 1989 Surya studied with Dr. Vasant Ladd at the Ayurveda Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She then moved to New York City in 1990 where she studied macrobiotic healing and later taught cooking classes at Gulliver’s Living and Learning Center (currently called Integrative Nutrition) run by Joshua Rosenthal and Marcie Zaroff.
Surya began her practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Eddie Stern at the Yoga Shala for two years. In 1992 she worked in Ryaad, Saudi Arabia where she cooked macrobiotic food and taught yoga for members of the Royal Family. Surya lived in Kathmandu, Nepal from 1993-1998 and taught yoga. While living in Nepal, Surya continued her studies of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore, South India with Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Surya has been a long time student of Iyengar Yoga. She prepared macrobiotic food and studied Iyengar Yoga on retreat with Karin Stephan from 1990-1991. She continued her studies with Aadil Palkhivala from 2001.
In 2000, Surya co-founded the Yoga Source studio in Santa Fe with Tias Little. They sold Yoga Source in 2006, however she continues to teach public classes at Yoga Source. Currently she co-directs Prajna Yoga with Tias. Within the teacher trainings, retreats and workshops at Prajna Yoga, she teaches dynamic yoga, therapeutic yoga, cooking classes, and nutrition. Surya gives private yoga sessions and consults with students to improve their health and overall well-being.