Welcome to Atlanta Yoga!
We have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Atlanta’s historical West Midtown neighborhood since 1988. We specialize in small group classes, therapeutics, individual sessions and in-depth, individualized teacher training. Our approach to yoga is first and foremost as a practice of mindful movement capable of creating spaces in mind and body that allow for increased focus and refined awareness, increased capacity for movement, subjective exploration and transformation. We are a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the 200 and 500 hour levels through Yoga Alliance. Elizabeth Rogers is the director of Atlanta Yoga. Elizabeth has been involved professionally in the practice and study of contemplative movement/moving arts from a young age and has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga in group, individual and therapeutic sessions for over 15 years. Elizabeth is also currently engaged in clinical work in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy and is a professional member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).
If you are new to Atlanta Yoga, please contact us before your first class for directions, parking and door information.
Current Events and Updates:
The following sessions of our ongoing Yoga Therapy Training are open to practitioners and teachers not enrolled in the full training. Sessions are $45 each and pre-registration is required. Please contact Elizabeth to register. Suggested readings will be provided upon registration.
Saturday 3:00- 5:30 Surya Namaskara with Scott Schroeder — Scott will be breaking down the Surya Namaskara of the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, emphasizing precision, structure and technique. This is the first in a series of workshops that will work systematically through the asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, with detailed instruction on the alignment of both mind and body. This is a necessary and valuable tool for any yoga practitioner, teacher or therapist. Scott has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad.
Saturday 12:00 – 2:30 Philosophical Roots of Practice for
200 Hour Foundational Teacher Training : Open Technique Sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb 11 – May 29
These sessions comprise the technique and methodology components of our 200 Hour Teacher Training. We are pleased to open them to practitioners, teachers and therapists not currently enrolled in the full training who want to acquire a deeper understanding of the techniques of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice including:
- functional anatomy and physiology of the primary series asanas;
- the development and knotting together of breath, body, and gaze;
- Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga;
- the eight limbs of classical ashtanga yoga;
- the structure and function of the internal asanas (or bandhas);
- pranayama technique and function;
- the construction of a frame for mindful movement;
- the function of language and its impacts on the body;
The technique sessions follow our 7 pm Ashtanga Foundations class and MUST be taken in conjunction with this class. Fees for each technique session are $20. This is in addition to the regular class fee for the 7 pm. class. Class cards may not be used for these sessions. Pre-registration is required. We will not accept “drop-ins” for these sessions. Pre-requisites: You must have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice in an established tradition (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Integral,
Asana Technique Workshop with Scott Schroeder: Surya Namaskara, Saturday February 22nd 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
SCOTT SCHROEDER has been a dedicated classical yoga practitioner for over 15 years and has been teaching mixed level classes in the greater Atlanta area for over 11 years. He has trained extensively in the tradition of BKS Iyengar and continues to study regularly with many of his most advanced pupils in the US and abroad. Scott’s primary teacher is Kathleen Pringle at Stillwater Yoga.
Introducing Atlanta Midtown Counseling and Psychotherapy
We are pleased to announce that we are now sharing adjacent space with AMCP where Elizabeth is taking clients for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Please contact Elizabeth at 404.273.4388 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Todd McGahey, Ed.D, LPC is the director of AMCP and is currently accepting new clients. Todd specializes in Men’s Issues. For more information on AMCP, please visit our website.
Yoga Therapeutics and the One on One Session
Yoga is inherently therapeutic in various ways depending on the interpretation or the way in which it is taken up by the practitioner. Nevertheless, in broad strokes, we can distinguish between short-term application of yoga techniques and principles to specific complaints or sufferings (‘applied therapeutics’) and the further elaboration of a somatic-contemplative practice over a longer period of time. I have often found that those who engage yoga as support for specific issues ranging from generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression and PTSD to musculo-skeletal issues and auto-immune disorders often cultivate the desire in doing so to continue to practice in an extended more contemplative context. Read more…
We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. –Ohad Naharin
Breath moves. Body moves. Gaze moves. In movement, they grow dense, gather energy. There is a taste of stillness. And the impulse to move rises, again. We extend out. We grow light, fade. We feel the weight of bones and stretch of skin. We feel a weight in the pelvic floor and we remember, we recoil, we return, we pull in again…and we unfold, extend out. In a constructed space of emptiness we find form, and in form, emptiness. To repeat: In movement-the movement of the breath, the body, the gaze, we construct a certain density-within the body, within the psyche. We may call this density derived from movement, paradoxically, stillness; it functions like a weight, an anchor…and in this density, this stillness, we find, again, movement. –Elizabeth Rogers