Ashtanga Yoga is a transformative traditional system that has been passed down from teacher to student for generations. In the primary series, known as Yoga Chikitsa (which translates to Yoga Therapy), you will be guided through a sequence of powerful forward bends, balances, backbends, and twists designed to make your body light and healthy from the inside out. You will also learn how to access the “invisible practice” of Ashtanga —bandhas, breathing, and drishti. Students of all levels and athletic beginners are encouraged to attend.
Albuquerque native Elise Espat has taught yoga for 15 years. She fell deeply in love with the practice while attending university in New York which led her to travel many times to India to study directly at the source. Elise has assisted Sharath Jois (the current lineage holder) at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, performed demonstrations representing the Institute and continues her travels to study to this day. She is one of only a small number of teachers who have earned Level 2 teaching authorization and is the only teacher in New Mexico to hold the distinction.