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 the day before your first class for directions, parking and door information. We look forward to practicing with you!
Current Events and Updates:
Our first two Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Series courses of 2015 are full and we are pleased to announce a third Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga series course beginning Sunday February 1st at 12:15 p.m. Please contact us to register!
An Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga with Elizabeth Rogers 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.
Space is limited to 8 practitioners per course. Please pre-register by January 27th (the sooner the better as we keep groups small!). You may register by emailing us at email@example.com or calling 404.2734388. Fees for each series course
Join us Saturday February 21st from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for our Third Saturday Ashtanga Yoga Workshop. This is an Intermediate/Advanced practice and focuses on relational (think adjustments) and interpretive work. We meet once each month to explore new adjustments, new ways of accessing asanas, what it means to make space in the body and mind through movement, and more. We work on the mat and off the mat, in the space of our own bodies and in relation to other bodies. We also examine teaching and therapeutic applications. This workshop is open to practitioners, teachers and therapists. Workshop fees are $45. RSVP by February 18th by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling or texting 404.273.4388.
This 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered 200 Hour Foundational Teacher Training with Elizabeth Rogers at Balance Yoga will begin the weekend of March 7-8, 2015 and will meet for 9 weekends over 6 months. This training is designed both for those wishing to establish the foundations of a teaching practice as well as for those wanting to deepen their knowledge and refine their practice space. Upon completion of the program you will be qualified to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.
We teach from the spaces we construct through practice. Therefore, this Foundational teacher training is practice and process based. Each morning will be a three hour Practice and Process session. The afternoons will be a 5 hour session devoted to various teacher training topics in the context of the Ashtanga tradition. These include intensives on the history and philosophy of yoga, applied and functional anatomy, physiology, Buddhism and Buddhist practice and literature, technique and methodology, and more. We will also explore applicable contemporary contemplative and creative contexts such as art and psychoanalysis, writing and literature.
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