Philippa Asher KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Traditional Ashtanga Yoga Intensive

23 October 2017 - 28 October 2017


From London, Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world (and the only British woman), to be Certified to teach the traditional Ashtanga yoga method by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She has learned the Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and Advanced B Series directly from Guruji and Sharath (at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India) and shares the Ashtanga system, internationally. For over sixteen years she has studied for several months each year at KPJAYI in Mysore, practising under the guidance of revered guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.

In 2006, Philippa established and ran Triyoga Soho’s Ashtanga self-practice programme in London. She taught there for five years before relocating to South India, to build her own shala (on a coffee estate in Sakleshpur, in the Western Ghats). ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA is a stunning homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to all levels of practitioners, in nature.

As well as teaching Mysore-style Ashtanga guided self-practice, led classes and workshops at ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA, Philippa also leads guest workshops and self-practice residencies at studios in Europe, London and on retreats worldwide. Her approach to sharing yoga asana (from beginners to more seasoned practitioners), is serious, yet light-hearted and joyful. Her emphasis is on good technique, safe alignment, the synchronisation of tristhana (breath, gaze points and movement) and passing on the exact method, as taught by Guruji. Philippa’s dedicated passion for Ashtanga yoga, background as a trained dancer and experience as a qualified teacher (Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults), gives her an intuitive and sound understanding of bodies, yoga asanas, people and how they learn.



Monday 23 October - Friday 27 October 2017 (10 students per session)

9.30 - 11.30 am

Mysore style classes followed by a yoga philosophy discusion and question and answer session

Saturday 28 October 2017 (15 students per session)

10.00 - 12.00

Led Ashtanga class (Counted Sanskrit) followed by a yoga philosophy discussion and question and answer session


Friday 27 October 

18.00 - 20.00

Concepts of the Practice and Foundation from the Feet Up: Ever considered that we have thousands of nerve endings in our feet? In order to be grounded in the asana practice and to encourage safe physical alignment, our feet must come to life! Our first workshop will explore how tristhana works with the physical body during Suryanamaskars and the Standing Sequence, in order to establish a perfectly aligned body, that will carry us safely through the more challenging asanas of the Ashtanga method.

Saturday 28 October

15.00 - 17.00

Beautiful Backbends, Inversions and the Finishing Sequence: Lengthening the spine and hip flexors, strengthening the legs and arms and opening the shoulders and chest, not only stimulate the nervous system, but revitalise our energy levels. Inversions increase blood flow and oxygen to the brain and boost the lymphatic system. The seated closing asanas guide us into a deep, calm state of concentration and slow breathing. During our second workshop, we will delve into mastering backbends, inversions and sitting still, so that we may attain the higher levels of Raja yoga, by strengthening, opening and quietening the body and mind


45 Euros per session

320 Euros for the full program (8 sessions)


- Payment can be made either in cash at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence or by direct bank transfer

- Full payment must be made on registration



- up to 30 days before the workshop: Cancellation fee is 25 percent of the price (plus bank transfer fees where applicable)

- 29 days or less before the workshop: No refund possible - but you may send another person to join the workshop instead of you



Please register your interest by email

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