Joel Patterson studied and practiced yoga and ayurveda at Sri Santosh Puri ashram in Haridwar, India. Narmada Devi Puri Ma, Ganga Puri, Mandakini Puri, Alaknanda Puri and Dhyananda were his primary teachers at this time. Later he traveled to Thailand, studied Ashtanga yoga with William Holtby, and feels a powerful inspiration from Ashtanga. He taught Ashtanga inspired lessons, Hatha yoga lessons, Sukshma Vyayama pranayama, kriya yoga, mantra, bandha, mudra, and ayurveda in Italy for one year, where he studied with Silvana Bugli. Joel currently studies Ashtanga with Jennifer Morrison in Portland, Maine.