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:
I will be traveling/working abroad for two weeks in April. During this time there will be some changes to the class schedule, most significantly, the advanced classes will not be held. Ashtanga Foundations 1 and 2 will be held as scheduled with Valerie and Sue filling in for me. Please see below for the open class schedule during this time. –Elizabeth
Open Class Schedule for April 9 – April 24:
Wednesday 9 April No Class
Thursday 10 April No Class
Sunday 13 April 9:00 am Ashtanga Technique — Valerie
Monday 14 April 6:40 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 2 — Valerie
Tuesday 15 7:00 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 1 — Sue
Wednesday 16 April No Class
Thursday 17th April 7:00 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 1 — Valerie
Sunday 20 April 9:00 a.m. Technique — Scott
Monday 21 April 6:40 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 2 — Valerie
Tuesday 22 April 7:00 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 1 — Sue
Wednesday 23 April No Class
Thursday 24 April 7:00 p.m. Ashtanga Foundations 1 — Valerie
Then back to regular schedule!
Remember that Scott’s workshop is Saturday May 3rd from 3:00-5:30 —
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, if applicable, will be provided upon registration.
Saturday March 29th 3:00-5:20 p.m. Alignment Foundations: The Ashtanga Standing Asanas. With Scott Schroeder.
The Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series introduces a powerful set of standing asanas that allow the practitioner to open the major joints and establish elasticity through the spine. Standing poses form the basis upon which all other asanas evolve and are most effective when working the fundamentals of skeletal alignment. They also allow you to manage structural imbalances and injury throughout your entire body. Scott will work systematically through the foundational standing asanas of the Ashtanga Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, explicating precise alignment. This alternative approach to the traditional Ashtanga fluidity (“vinyasa”) is essential working knowledge for yoga teachers and for therapists who are developing therapeutic loops for specific applications. This workshop is part of both our 200 hour Teacher Training and our 450 hour
We are excited to offer this practice and process based intensive for those practitioners seeking to deepen and refine their practice space.
June 3rd-July 31st 2014 (with break for July 4th holiday)
We will practice together 3-4 sessions each week as well as spend two additional hours each week in observation-based process laying 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 present moment. We will interweave explorations of the philosophical roots of Classical Yoga and Hatha Yoga practice into our practice and process sessions. In addition to this we will workshop technique (frame, alignment, and functional anatomy), and explore practice in contemporary contexts including therapeutic contexts if applicable to the group.
There are two tracks, 72 hours and 88 hours. The schedules for each follow:
72 Hour Track (total of 72 hours toward 200 hour Teacher Training possible):
- Foundations Practice Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
- Process and Workshopping Tuesday and Thursday 8:20 pm
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