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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Josh Mongerson

Hello, I'm Josh! I began practicing yoga in 2014 and came to Ashtanga in 2018 at Tucson Yoga. From that point on I delved into Ashtanga yoga practice and philosophy. I began assisting Laurent Baig in the Mysore room in the mornings, going to massage school in the day, and teaching yoga class at night. I wholeheartedly believe in the efficacy of Ashtanga yoga to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and stoke the inner fire. The way I teach is far less strict in comparison to a traditional Ashtanga Instructor. I teach a variety of modifications, making this practice accessible, challenging, and rewarding for any level of practitioner. My foundation in massage therapy informs my eye and teaching.

I've further studied by attending mysore classes and workshops with different teachers here in the U.S. such as Tim Miller, Ty Landrum, Mary Taylor, Lisa Schrempp, and Eddie Stern. I continually read yoga books and practice Asana and Pranayama daily. 

Yoga is a deep well of knowledge, experience, and liberation. Come check it our for yourself. I'll see you on the mat!

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