I have been a yoga student, practitioner, and teacher since 1998 (and retired from teaching yoga in 2016). My first extensive teacher training was in Ashtanga, followed by Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga.
There is no substitute for the inner Guru - not through religion, Yoga style, or outer Guru. If someone leads you against your own conscience, they are leading you away from your Soul.
A true Guru does not seek to gather a following, but rather leads you to your Inner Guru. Truth is Inclusive, and does not let rules and regulations trump the Heart and Essence of what Is. May we have compassion for ourselves and for All that Is. For it is in being led away from the Self that we also find the Self.
Those who have influenced me on the path are much more than I can list below, but here are a few:
Nita Rubio, Brenda Jack, Peter Weltevrede, Sarah Powers, Angela Farmer & Victor van Kooten, Julie Henderson, Guru Shabd, Guru Dev Singh, Guru Dharam Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Snatam Kaur, Tej. Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Krista Novakowski, Devinder Kaur, Anodea Judith,
Some Ashrams and Yoga Schools I've spent time with