Philippa Asher Astanga Yoga Workshop in Oxford

‘Counted Primary Series, Guided Self-Practice, Concepts, Technique & Philosophy Workshops’

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th August 2018

The weekend will commence with a Counted Primary Series class on the Friday evening, followed by pranayama.  Saturday and Sunday mornings will have traditional guided self-practice and the afternoon workshops will focus on concepts of the Ashtanga method, technique and philosophy.  An opportunity to work closely and in a small group, with one of the few KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga yoga teachers.

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From London, Philippa Asher is one of a few Astanga yoga practitioners in the world (and the only British woman), to be Certified to teach the traditional Astanga 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 Astanga system, internationally.

After a vocational ballet school training from age twelve and twenty five years of studying and teaching dance at universities and ballet companies all over the UK, Philippa randomly walked into an Astanga yoga class in London.  It was a life-changing incident that made complete sense.

From the late 1990s she began learning the Astanga system, daily before work (in the media, film and music industries).  For over sixteen years she has studied for several months each year at KPJAYI in Mysore, practising under the guidance of Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.

In 2006, Philippa established and ran Triyoga Soho’s Astanga 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 being the resident yoga teacher at  ASHTANGA NIRVṚTA, Philippa also leads guest workshops at studios in India, 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, synchronisation of tristhana (breath, gaze points and movement) and passing on the exact method, as taught by Guruji.

Philippa’s dedicated passion for Astanga yoga, background as a trained dancer and experience as a qualified teacher (Post Grad Certificate in the Education of Adults), gives her an intuitive and sound understanding of bodies, yoga asanas, people and how they learn.