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 and therapist 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:
I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching two Introduction to Ashtanga series courses at Atlanta Yoga beginning this January. The first Intro series course will be held on Monday evenings, 6:40-7:40, and will begin on January 5th. The second Intro series course will be held on Sundays 11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon and will begin on Sunday January 11th. I hope you will join us to explore the foundations of this elegant system of moving and breathing.
An Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga is a six-week series course designed for those completely new to yoga as well as those experienced beginners or intermediate practitioners new to the Ashtanga tradition. This course will provide you with a core practice you can work on in the studio and at home. It will also prepare you to join our Ashtanga Foundations courses. We will cover the foundational postures and breathwork with a focus on using movement to create new spaces in body and mind. Along the way we will also explore basic anatomy and alignment and several key concepts of this yoga tradition.
Relational and Interpretive workshops with Elizabeth Rogers. Beginning in January of 2015 Elizabeth will be teaching an Intermediate/Advanced Workshop on the 3rd Saturday of each month. These workshops will focus on relational and interpretive work. We will explore new concepts of space in the body and mind and ways of creating these spaces in the context of the Ashtanga framework. We will work on our own mats and with each other as we find ways of opening up the form of the practice while still honoring the heart of the discipline.
We will meet from 10 am – 1:00 pm. Our first Saturday will be January 17th. Fees for each workshop are $45.00. Limited to 8 practitioners so please let us know the week before if you plan on attending! If you are not a regular practitioner at AY and wish to attend these workshops please contact Elizabeth at email@example.com or 404.273.4388.
Teacher Trainees: These hours may be counted toward your training hours under the appropriate categories if you still need time in those categories. Teachers: You may use these workshops for
For practitioners of all levels.
Practice We will practice together 2-4 sessions per week (see below for schedule). We will cover the foundations of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice as we explore what it is to construct space and fluidity in body and mind.
Process is what we call the work of the experiential observation-based process that is fundamental to developing one’s own practice. It is unfortunately most often missing in today’s “yoga marketplace” where what is marketed as a ‘yoga practice’ is really a ‘yoga product’. Process is a part of all our training programs and is the driving force of our Practice and Process Intensives.
In Process, we undertake explorations that lay the groundwork for the practice of svadhyaya (self-reflection or self-study) through which, over time and with the repetitions of practice, we create the space and corresponding awareness that allow us to be fully grounded in the body, in the present moment. Process is experience and observation based. While we explore relevant aspects of theory and philosophy, these explorations
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