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:
While still in the midst of our Summer Practice and Process Intensive we are nonetheless excited to announce the dates for our Fall Practice and Process Intensive. We will begin September 9th and run for 8 consecutive weeks. This intensive is for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of the ashtanga vinyasa practice and refine their practice space.
September 9th – November 1st
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.
As with all of our trainings, this is a small group training with no more than 8 participants so please let us know of your interest as soon as possible!
Throughout the course of this training we will continually weave together aspects of the following threads:
- refining our personal practice space
- deepening our knowledge of the ashtanga vinyasa practice in traditional and contemporary contexts with an emphasis on adapting the practice to each individual
- building the foundations for the therapeutic application of the yoga practices including asana, pranayama, mantra and mudra
With the completion of this training
- you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level
- you may be able to transfer all or part of your hours to an IAYT accredited 800 hour Yoga Therapy training program that accepts transfer hours
- you will be prepared to work further with us in supervision or ongoing studies and practice as both teacher and/or therapist including our 450 Hour Yoga
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 —
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