Best Online Ashtanga Classes for COVID-19
he world is in shut down mode. Due to COVID-19, there is a lot of uncertainty, confusion, fear, anger, and sadness. To put it simply, it has not been a great start to 2020.
But it has been a good time for self-reflection.. As we spend more time inside, we are able to explore what we have been putting off, without the distraction of the outside world. Many of us have stepped onto our yoga mat for the first time in years, and many more have delved deeper into the science behind the practice.
Whether you are new to Ashtanga yoga or are a seasoned practitioner, you can now enjoy practicing with some of the top Ashtanga teachers in the world from the comfort of your home.
If you are ready to take your practice one step further, we welcome you to our Yoga Teacher Training course in Bali where we will practice together and you will learn how to give the gift of yoga to others.
The following are some of the best Ashtanga teachers offering classes online:
* Class offerings are subject to change. Please check individual websites for up to date details.
1) Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman
If you’re looking for old school, traditional, and highly experienced teachers, then you can’t go wrong with Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. Both are legends in the Ashtanga community and have been teaching for over 50 years, after studying directly with K. Pattabhi Jois.
Taylor and Freeman have also authored several books on yoga, breathing, philosophy, and cooking.
Courses, introductions to Ashtanga, advanced sequences, and meditation, by Taylor and Freeman, are now available on the Glo platform.
2) Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann
Husband and wife team Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann, have been running the Miami Life Center (MLC) for the past 14 years. Both have been accredited by K. Pattabhi Jois and spend their time traveling the world teaching the path of Ashtanga yoga when they’re not home.
MacGregor has authored three books and produced six videos on Ashtanga yoga, and donates to Go Zero! Foundation to offset the couple’s heavy travel schedule.
Feldmann, a professional dancer, and an internationally acclaimed choreographer is now running online workshops on breathing, bandhas, Mysore, and the teachings of Patanjali. The MLC is continuing to hold their regular classes, taught by a variety of teachers, and include Mysore, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga practices in their schedule.
3) Eddie Stern
A student of K. Pattabhi Jois for over 18 years, Eddie Stern is a well-known name in the Ashtanga yoga community. He has collaborated with Deepak Chopra on projects, authored several books, and is passionate about teaching youth the practices of yoga, meditation, health, and wellbeing. One of his books, ‘A Simple Thing’, is on the reading list for our yoga teacher training.
Stern is leading the primary series, intermediate series, chanting, and pranayama online. He is also be holding workshops on yoga philosophy.
4) Ty Landrum
A student of Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman, Ty Landrum is a seasoned teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa. He usually spends his time traveling the world teaching workshops, leading intensives, and guiding retreats. Landrum also has an app (for iOS and Android) called Ashtangi, which has a variety of practice videos.
Currently, Landrum is offering 10 unique courses for a monthly subscription fee. They focus on bandhas, mudras, and the breath, with advanced workshops for the lotus, spirals, and coils.
5) Laruga Glaser
A certified Ashtanga teacher, Laruga Glaser has been practicing for over 20 years. Glaser teaches around the world and also does yearly trips to Mysore to continue her studies with her own teachers.
She is now offering classes that include both the full primary series, as well as step by step tutorials breaking down the sequence, on the Alo Moves platform.
6) David Robson
David Robson has studied under Sharath Jois and has been teaching for the past 18 years. He has several instructional videos available in his ‘Learn to Float’ series, which give guidance on arm balances, jump throughs, and more.
Robson is offering a variety of classes online, including the primary and intermediate series, and pranayama workshops.
He also runs the Ashtanga Yoga Center Toronto which is now holding classes every morning, led by its resident teachers, in the Mysore tradition.
7) Petri Räisänen
A yoga teacher for almost 30 years, Petri Räisänen received his teaching authorization from K. Pattabhi Jois in 2001. As well as founding the Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki studio in Finland, Räisänen has written several books including Ashtanga Yoga - The Yoga Tradition of K. Pattabhi Jois, in collaboration with both K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois.
Räisänen teaches an online class via the Yoga in Salento studio, (they host a variety of international teachers) as well as online courses on his own website.
8) Louise Newton
Wanting to create a sacred and spiritual home for their students, Hamish Hendry and Anna Wise opened the Ashtanga Yoga London Studio in 2005. During this time, they are offering free weekend online classes, led by Louise Newton.
Newton has been assisting and teaching for the past 15 years and will be leading the free traditional Sanskrit counted primary series classes.
9) Scott Johnson
For Stillpoint Yoga London, it’s business as usual with classes on mindfulness, the primary series, restorative yoga, and chanting being broadcast online. Director of the studio, Scott Johnson, an accredited Ashtanga teacher who is authorized to teach both the primary and intermediate series, is leading many of the classes himself.
The center will also be holding a Virtual Spring Gathering this year, which will include our very own Greg Nardi, who is scheduled to teach the philosophy part of our Yoga Teacher Training course.
The next step
With more time on our hands, taking Ashtanga yoga classes online is an excellent opportunity to dive back into your practice. But, don’t stop there, take the next step with a yoga teacher training.
Taking a yoga teacher training is the best way to solidify your understanding of yoga as well as gain the ability to pass on it’s benefits to others.
See you in Bali!