?Welcome to Atlanta Yoga.
We have been training students and teachers since 1988! We work with practitioners at all levels including those absolutely new to yoga. We specialize in small group classes, yoga therapy and individualized teacher training. In addition to this we also offer continuing eduction and supervision for yoga teachers and yoga therapists.
If you are new to yoga please consider beginning with individual instruction. This is the most effective way to integrate new movements into body and mind and it provides us with information particular to you which helps us tremendously in working with you in a group class.
Our entry level classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and on Monday evenings at 6:40 p.m. From here we can assist you in integrating into our other classes.
We have a unique approach to Ashtanga Yoga. Please read below for a brief outline! We hope to see you in the studio soon.
A Body of Practice, the Practice of a Body:
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Atlanta Yoga
At Atlanta Yoga, our approach to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is multifaceted. We maintain a disciplined focus on the practice as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois while seeking to refine the practice through an articulation of our experience in and with it. In other words, we approach practice as an art, as the working of a living art. The yield of this work is ourselves: a singular formation of body and of mind.
A Body of Practice:?When we begin a practice such as Ashtanga Yoga we step into an historical stream at a particular point, our point. This step lands us in the flow of a very complex body of knowledge and inserts us into a lineage by way of which this knowledge is both transmitted and furthered. This is what I refer to as a body of practice. The lineage particular to the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (itself imbedded in a larger body of knowledge and practice) is that of advaita vedanta, or non-dual experience/awareness. Threads of this school of practice and philosophy can be seen running through Buddhism, Hinduism, and traces of it can be found in western contemplative traditions.
The Practice of a Body:?When we step into the historical body of a practice, we step into it as an individual. We begin to practice the teachings and techniques that constitute the body of the practice. Along the way something happens, a sort of interiorisation of the practice, or a subjectification of one or more of the transmitted elements of the practice. I like to refer to this point, always noticed after-the-fact, as the ?taking up of the practice? by the individual. In some ways, this is the real beginning the practice of a body, one body, a particular body? yours. By referring to this as a practice of a body, I am referencing the particular, but also the very obvious fact that this practice uses the body as an entry point into practice. In this particular tradition, we begin by practicing by learning and repeatedly moving through a set series of postures or asana (this may be the primary series as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi jois, or it may be a particularized or therapeutic loop designed for you for the instructor). There are no doubt any number of reasons for the use of a set series of asana as opposed to a constantly changing one. However, there are several reasons that have made themselves obvious to me time and again, both in my own practice and in those I have seen develop over the years I have been teaching. The first, and most necessary of these reasons for using a set series of poses is that it almost immediately begins to lead to the development and sustaining of a certain steadiness. Pantanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, emphasizes the need to develop steadiness. As a form, a set series is, well, steady. It provides us a point of reference to which we can hold steady, a point to which we return in order to refine. (Steadiness is not to be confused with rigidity, with forcing, nor yet with mindless or compulsive repetition). This steadiness and continued practice, together carve out a space wherein the moments of interiorisation of the practice I referenced above might occur. Another reason I see for utilizing a set series of postures is that it more quickly facilitates a reorientation to the image and thus to the ego, but that is a bit beyond the scope of this introduction.
There are several ?teaching methodologies? currently in use. These are led classes, Mysore classes, and individual sessions. Each of these methods underscores different aspects of the practice. It has been our experience that it is best to approach the practice by way of all three methods, a point which we are happy to discuss with you.
Beginners:?We look forward to working with you as you develop a practice. This is a beautiful practice! It is also far from easy. Like anything complex and beautiful, a practice takes desire, time, discipline, and patience to construct. In a word, work.
It is difficult to ?walk off the street?, so to speak, and into an ashtanga yoga class. Your first class can be quite a shocking encounter in many ways! For this reason, please contact us if you are interested in beginning this practice so that we can help you navigate the new terrain. It gives us a chance to listen to your experience thus far and to direct you to the best classes for you. Time and time again we see that those who enter mindfully as such have much better initial experiences with what is often quite new terrain.
Our new home in Atlanta’s Historic West Side community is a beautifully renovated church over 100 years old. The church is now Blue Mark Studios, an event space, art gallery, and artists’ studios. We are in one of the artists’ studios upstairs. Please join us! Our goal is to work with each individual in a class to support them in developing a practice of mindful movement that will support them across a lifetime. All class are small group classes and space is limited to eight practitioners for each class. Please contact us the day before your first class with us so that we can reserve a space for you in a class suited to your needs. Email is the best way to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call us at 404-273-4388 and leave a voice message. Messages will be responded to within 24 hours.
Asthanga Yoga Small Group Class Schedule:
Ashtanga Foundations Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. If you are new to Atlanta Yoga this is our entry level class!
Ashtanga Integrated Practice Monday and Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.
Ashtanga Primary Series Sunday 10:00 a.m.
We begin classes in our new studio this evening at 1213 Dalon Road, Atlanta, 30306. Dalon Road is immediately off Zonolite Rd. The existing schedule remains the same.
We are adding two new beginners classes beginning Sunday September 27th and Wednesday September 30th:
Sundays at 11:45 a.m. Ashtanga Beginners’ Technique with Elizabeth — think details, alignment, constructing fluidity, exploring breath-body connections and so on…This is a 4 week series course. Please register in advance! Update Oct 16th: the next series will begin November 8th…please contact us to register!
Wednesdays at 7:45 with Valerie Ashtanga Beginners’ Flow — Valerie will work with beginner students to put the technique into the context of the fluidity of the full Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. This class is ongoing.
We hope to see you in the new space soon!