Welcome to Ashtanga-Yoga-Gainesville!
Ashtanga-Yoga-Gainesville aims to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method in the traditional manner. In this yoga tradition, students learn at their own pace in small groups with assistance and guidance of a primary teacher. In this way students develop their practice at a pace appropriate for their own development. They develop a deeper relationship with their own practice as well as with their teacher. This allows the teacher to provide very specific guidance tailored to each student's individual practice, and allows the student to delve into the true experience of yoga.
Classes are offered at my home studio in Northwest Gainesville, at students homes, and occasionally at established studios in Gainesville and surrounding communities. Students of all levels are welcome at all classes. Click the Class Schedules link to see a current teaching schedule.
Student Perspectives: Why Practice Yoga?
"I practice yoga for a healthy body, clarity of mind, and Self-awareness."
"I practice yoga to keep more limber; I don't want to turn to stone!"
"Very simply, asana practice is an avenue for me to quiet my mind and strengthen my body through the combination of breath, meditation and movement. It is a path that encourages kindness, patience, discipline and forgiveness, and these principles help bring balance to my life both on and off the mat."
"I practice yoga because it's a balanced full body workout. Since I started practicing seriously two years ago, I have seen my muscles strengthen and lengthen, enabling me to exert maximal effort from all types of positions. I especially like that it's something I can do while healing injuries from other activies, allowing me to actively heal my body and achieve a balance between all the muscles once again. I also like the way it enables my mind to let go and release all the stress and emotions stored up inside of me. It's a very well-balanced practice that anyone can do, no matter how stiff or weak, with results that can be seen and felt.""Basically, I practice yoga because of its all-around benefits. When I started practicing a little over a year ago, I had just finished my Ph.D. program and felt like I was very out of shape and exhausted. I was looking to improve strength, but also feel more relaxed physically and mentally. I have definitely gotten all of that. I am much more flexible and I feel stronger. I also feel more mindful of my body in general, what it's capable of and the effect of my lifestyle has on it. Also, I just always feel better, emotionally after leaving class."
*photo by Jared Westbrook*