Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional practice based on ancient yoga teachings, and made popular through the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009). Ashtanga Yoga is a challenging and rigorous style of yoga that follows specific sequences of postures aimed at methodically opening, strengthening, balancing and purifying the body and mind. Postures are linked together through breath synchronized movement (vinyasa) which build and maintain heat (tapas) within the body while keeping the mind engaged and focused. The main focus of the the Ashtanga practice is Tristhana which means the three places of attention or action: breathing system (pranayama), posture (asana), and looking place (dristhi). These three are very important for yoga practice, and cover the three levels of purification: the body, nervous system and the mind.
Class variety changes from time to time so check back often
Please note: All classes will be taught in a heated room 85 - 90 degrees.
WHAT TO EXPECT/FAQ
Our Ashtanga Program is a collaboration with Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta (AYA) and is led by Brice Elizabeth Watson, KPJAYI Authorized Teacher. To learn more about workshops and events at AYA, please visit their website.
About Brice Elizabeth Watson
Brice started practicing yoga in London, England, in 2001 at the age of 18. After feeling a need to dive deeper into the philosophical practice of yoga, Brice began a daily ashtanga practice in 2010. In 2013, Brice became a student of David Garrigues of Philadelphia, PA. David, being only one of 47 certified to teach by the late Pattabhi Jois, deepened Brice's understanding of the sacred yoga text, Sanskrit study, and pranayama and Vedic chanting.
In 2015, Brice made her first extended trip to Mysore, India, and became a student of Paramguru Sharath Jois (grandson of the late Pattabhi Jois) at KPJAYI. In 2017, Brice was blessed and granted authorization to teach the ashtanga method by her teacher, the Paramguru.
Brice is only one of three people honored to be authorized to teach in the state of Georgia. At present, she is also the only female authorized in the state of Georgia. Always a student, Brice continues to take annual trip to India to further her study at KPJAYI.
Brice's intention in her teaching is to bring the power of philosophy into the asana practice, a philosophy that has changed her life and is the foundation of yoga. She is honored to have the privilege to share what she's been given and strives to hold the highest integrity, discipline, and devotion in the yoga room.
Brice lives in Atlanta, GA, with her partner, KPJAYI authorized teacher, Todd Roderick, and their dog, Ravi, an Indian Pariah Dog rescued from the streets of India. Brice also teaches a daily mysore program dedicated to the teachings of KPJAYI with her partner (senior teacher and student of the late Pattabhi Jois) at his Shala, Ashtanga Yoga Atlanta in Inman Park. Brice also runs The Mysore Foundation, a non-profit, with KPJAYI authorized teacher Marque Garaux (Great Lakes Ashtanga). With The Mysore Foundation, they work tirelessly to provide for children living in poverty in India and continue to rescue street dogs (India Pariah Dogs).