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:
450 Hour Yoga Therapy Training begins in December
Atlanta’s first Yoga Therapy training program! Yoga Therapy is a rapidly emerging field and now is the time to find our voices and construct our place in it. This program consists of individual and small group sessions. In addition to this, students will complete a 100 hour guided practicum. This training is limited to six participants. We will cover the topics outlined by IAYT’s accrediting committee as we work towards accreditation. In addition, we will focus on each participant’s specific area of interest. Examples are yoga therapy support for anxiety, depression and panic disorders; yoga therapy support for addiction and substance abuse recovery; yoga therapy for the aging body; yoga therapy for autoimmune disorders, etc. The training is facilitated by Elizabeth Rogers, MA, E-RYT-500. Elizabeth has 13 years of experience in the field of Yoga Therapy practice and research in addition to extensive training in psychology and psychoanalysis. Read more…
Note 29 November, 2013: Two spaces remain open and we are interviewing for these spaces until December 11th. The group will meet for Orientation on Saturday December 14th at 1:00 p.m.
A Body of Practice, A Practice of the Body…Winter/Spring 2014 Teacher Training, a 200 Hour Small Group Intensive
This 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered program will begin in February 2014. You will participate in a small group intensive one weekend a month for 4 months, 15 individual hours with Elizabeth, and weekly group practice sessions (Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7-9:00 p.m. Group Practice followed by an hour of technique and methodology). This training is Ashtanga based with support from the Iyengar tradition and is limited to 10 practitioners. Upon completion of the program you will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.
In addition to this Group Training, there are two spaces opening in February in our ongoing Individualized Teacher Training program. These are available in either the 200 or 300 hour advanced level. Interviews for these positions are happening now. Contact Elizabeth for more information: 404.273.4388.
January 2014 Workshops with Elizabeth
Mindful Movement An Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday January 19th, 3-5:30 p.m.
Join Elizabeth for an Introduction to the elegant system of Ashtanga Yoga. We will explore the foundational mindfulness practices and three basic movements that allow us to construct a frame for movement. We will break down Sun Salutations, Surya Namaskar, into variations while we examine optimal alignment and build to full vinyasa form. We will unpack the foundational standing asanas and depending on the group we will approach a modified closing sequence including back bends and foundational inversions. We will explore Ujjayi pranayama, the foundational breathing technique of the Ashtanga practice. We will question what animates movement for each of us and what it means for each of us to create a space that allows breath to animate movement. Fee: $35.
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 email@example.com 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