TRADITIONAL ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE
Ashtanga yoga was introduced to modern India in the 1920’s and 1930’s by T. Krishnamacharya. Two of his students, BKS Iynengar and Pattabhi Jois, were behind the introduction of yoga to the West. The term “Mysore” refers both to the city in south-central India where Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and the style of ashtanga practice.
Ashtanga yoga is practiced in a set series with assists from a teacher. Each practitioner moves through the series on their own. All movements are coordinated with the breath so that the practice, in the words of Govinda Kai, is “like playing a piece of music.” It is also a “moving meditation” as the practice room remains largely silent.
Sharath Jois, the grandson of Pattabhi Jois, continues the tradition as do many senior teachers taught directly by Pattabhi Jois.
We are a community of St. Louis area ashtanga practitioners who came together in 2017 to create a welcoming space for traditional ashtanga yoga practice.
Our community has been fortunate to learn from Govinda Kai who teaches workshops at Casa Bagus periodically.
We are also inspired by many other senior teachers including Jorgen Christiansson, Annie Pace, Tim Miller, Harmony Slater, Joan Isbell and Eric Stauffer. St. Louis Ashtanga is a natural outgrowth of ashtanga roots placed by Satinder Khalsa.
Newcomers are welcome. It is best to start on a Saturday so our teachers can provide you with one on one instruction and an introduction to the practice.
Ashley started her yoga journey 5 years ago and was fortunate enough to find Ashtanga Yoga shortly thereafter. The practice of Ashtanga yoga spoke to her and she quickly committed to a daily Mysore practice.
She has been lucky enough to study intensively with Certified teachers Jorgen Christiansson and Govinda Kai.
Ashley has also completed level 1 Yoga Therapy Certification with Ginger Gardner. She believes yoga is more than what you do on the mat and that it is a deeply personal journey.
Kate has been practicing yoga intermittently since college. Her interest increased as a working professional as she observed the balance that yoga provided.
She was introduced to Ashtanga in 2014 and felt that she had found her home in this practice. She has attended weekend workshops with a number of Certified/Authorized teachers and had completed multiple intensives with Certified teacher Govinda Kai.
Since dedicating herself to Ashtanga, she has observed innumerable positive life changes, and she looks forward to sharing the practice with others.