Welcome to Atlanta Yoga!
We have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Atlanta since 1988. We specialize in small group classes, Integrated Yoga 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).
Small group classes are held in our space shared with Balance Yoga at 524 East Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305. Individual sessions and therapeutic sessions may be scheduled for the Buckhead space or for our garden studio at Flat Shoals Farm in East Atlanta.
If you are new to Atlanta Yoga, please contact us the day before your first class so we can reserve a space for you. We only teach small group classes so space is limited. We look forward to practicing with you!
Current Events and Updates:
Beginning July 6th our Monday 8:00 p.m. class will shift gears slightly. The class will be open to all practitioners at Atlanta Yoga (if you are new to Atlanta Yoga please begin in the Ashtanga Foundations classes). We will begin a detailed exploration of select asanas of the Ashtanga Primary and Second series. Primary series is known as Yoga Chikitsa and is designed to remove obstructions from the body and mind. Second series is know as Nadi Shodhana and is more concerned with the alignment of the nervous system and subtle energy flows of the body. Once a practitioner has settled into a disciplined practice it can be very helpful to begin to integrate the asanas of these two sequences. It is often the case that the primary series alone is too focused on forward bending for some constitutions and likewise, the second series too focused on backbending for some constitutions or that a particular body/mind can benefit greatly from the combined energies of these two sequences, that is, of restructuring and refining. In this class we will begin to
After well over 20 years in Atlanta’s West Midtown we are on the move! Open classes are now being held at Balance Yoga at 524 East Paces Ferry Road, NE, Atlanta, 30305. There are some minor schedule changes: June 1st the Tuesday and Thursday Foundations classes will be changing start times from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Individual sessions and Yoga Therapeutic sessions can be scheduled by appointment for the space at Balance Yoga or in our studio at Flat Shoals Farm in East Atlanta.
Until we move to our permanent space on Zonolite we are limited to 7 students per class! PLEASE let us know to expect you. Priority will be given to regular practitioners and those who have registered with us in advance. It is most likely we will NOT be able to accommodate last-minute drop-ins until we move to the Zonolite space. We expect this move to take place mid-July or early August.
The Ashtanga Yoga Practice : Third Saturday Workshop Saturday May 16th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. With Elizabeth Rogers.
This is our monthly Third-Saturday Ashtanga Yoga workshop and is open to all practitioners who have at a minimum a working knowledge of the first half of the Ashtanga Primary Series.
Pulling from the ashtanga pranayama practice and from the asanas of primary and second series each month we explore aspects of the practice including constructing a frame for creating fluid movement in body and mind, functional anatomy and physiology, and adjustments with regards to the specificity of each body.
In May we will continue exploring the subtleties of the drishti (gaze) practice. Drishti, or the practice of the gaze, is the third aspect of the tristhana, or the third focal point we cultivate in the Ashtanga practice. We will review what we covered regarding drishti in April and work toward a sustained and steady use of the gaze. We will also work in pairs adjusting the surya namaskara and foundational standing asanas Mysore-style.
Fee: $45. Workshop limited to 8 participants. Pre-Registration is required. Please
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