I began my journey with Ashtanga in 2012 in Richmond, VA, after some years of exploring other types of yoga. Perhaps the one thing that hooked me most about this style from the very beginning was how empowering it is for each practitioner to grow an individualized practice with the help of a teacher.  This self-guided approach immediately struck me as the yoga I had been searching for.

 

In 2013 I moved to Olympia, WA, and soon began apprenticing under Vivian Bedford and Aeryk Bjork.  I made my way to India for the first time in 2018, practiced with Sharath Jois, and fell in love with the city and the community of Mysore.  Returning the following year, I practiced with both Sharath and Saraswathi Jois.  Back in the US, I have also deepened my practice under the guidance of Eddie Stern and David Garrigues.

My firm belief is that Ashtanga Yoga is for everyone, and I strive to teach with this in mind.  Instead of fitting students into a box of each asana, my goal is to work with each person individually to find the way this practice works with their body.  I believe that Ashtanga is a beautiful, constantly evolving container with deeply therapeutic qualities.  Like any medicine, it must requires the correct dose, which will be different for each practitioner.

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AJ Frye

My yoga journey began in early 2016: I experimented with different kinds of yoga before finding Ashtanga at the Miami Life Center, where Alexandria Santos was my first teacher. She encouraged me to travel to India to further my studies, and being quite intrigued with the idea, I followed up. My first stay was a lengthy one of six months–I fell in love with the culture and had the privilege to practice with Saraswati in Mysore, David Garrigues in Kovalam Beach, and later with Louise Ellis in Rishikesh in the Himalayas.

 

After returning to the states, I was already missing India and went back three more times. On my third trip, I found my teacher Vijay Kumar. On the fourth trip, I did an extensive teacher training with him and began assisting him in his shala.

 

Yoga to me is freedom. Having a dedicated practice nourishes the body, mind, and soul. Ashtanga teaches us how we can be free. When I’m not obsessing over yoga, I live a plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle, which includes gardening to grow my own food and sharing with others.

 
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