AYA strives to bring the leading Ashtanga Yoga teaches from around the world to Atlanta to hold weekend workshops.  The workshops sessions, aside from Mysore classes, are accessible to both Ashtanga practitioners and those who practice other forms of yoga.  We encourage all practitioners of yoga to take advantage of the rare opportunity to practice with and learn from these elite teachers. 

Day Christensen Workshop Atlanta GA 2018 June 8-10th


KPJAYI Level II Authorized teacher
Day Christensen

June 8th - 10th 2018

Day Christensen’s Bio: 
Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone. Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity. Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance. 

Friday, June 8th (7PM)
Guided Primary Series followed by conference / Q&A

Saturday, June 9th (9AM) 

Saturday, June 9th (2PM)
Functional movement and stability for the shoulder girdle: Understanding and control in vinyasa's

Sunday, June 10th (9AM)

Sunday, June 10th (2PM)
Functional movement and mobility for the hips: Understanding flexibility and posture in asana's


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KPJAYI Certified teacher
Harmony Slater

August 24 - 26th 2018

Harmony Slater's Bio: 
Harmony Slater has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga in the Mysore method for over a decade.  She was first introduced to Yoga in 1995, and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2000.  She always had a keen interest in spirituality and the art of physical movement, which culminated in fifteen years of dance training and two BA degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. 
In 2002, she traveled through China researching Buddhist meditation and in 2004 she made her first trip to Mysore, India.  That same year she moved to South East Asia where she began a journey of teaching Yoga Internationally, which allowed her to spend long periods of time practicing with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, now the KPJAYI.   Harmony was given Authorization by Guruji in 2006, and was granted Certification by Paramaguru Sharath Jois in 2015.  Over the years she co-founded two traditional Ashtanga Yoga Schools in Canada.  The first was established in 2009, in Victoria BC, and the other is found in Calgary AB, where she currently teaches and resides.

Friday, August 24th (5:30-8:30AM)

Friday, August 24th (7PM)
Strengthening the Spine and Cleansing the Nervous System
Nadi Shodhana is the name given to the Second Series of the Ashtanga Yoga system.  However, it is also the name of a beginner Pranayama exercise.  In this workshop students will explore the connection of prana (vital life energy) with the cleansing and strengthening of the nervous system through gentle asanas, kriyas and pranayama.  These practices will be highly beneficial and accessible to every one, regardless of your level of experience.

Saturday, August 25th (8-10:30AM) 

Saturday, August 25th (12PM)
Ayurveda: Ancient Remedies for the Modern World
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga.  It is the traditional healing system in Indian and is 5000 years old.  Ayurveda takes into account the entire person, mind-body-spirit in its approach to creating greater health. 

Saturday, August 25th (3PM)
Introduction to pranayama with a guided breath awareness practice
Pranayama is the expansion of the vital life energy within. Expanding our yoga practice into this fourth limb of practice deepens our concentration and improves our health. We will explore easily accessible ways to begin a practice of breath-control.

Sunday, August 26th (7-10AM)

Sunday, August 26th (11PM)
The Esoteric Elements of Yoga: The Marriage of Shiva-Shakti
A further exploration of Pranayama and Meditation practices. We will discuss the more esoteric aspects of the practice, and explore easily accessible ways to begin a practice of breath-control. Various methods of mindfulness will be introduced that can lead to the development of a meditation practice to help increase our overall sense of well-being and compassion towards others.