Yoga is a journey of the self through the self to the self.
— The Bhagavad Gita
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MYSORE YOGA ATLANTA

is a traditional Ashtanga Yoga studio dedicated to the ancient teachings of India, Krishnamacharya's legacy and Shri K. Pattabhi Jois’ and Sharath R. Jois' lineage.

MYSORE YOGA ATLANTA’s MISSION

is to improve quality of daily experience in individuals' lives, awaken inherent potential, and cultivate health and longevity. We will teach you the practice that heals from within.

ASHTANGA

is an eight-fold system of yoga recorded by the sage Vamana Rishi in ancient manuscript "Yoga Korunta" that contained lists of different sequences of asanas, as well as highly original teachings of vinyasa (breath with synchronised movement), drishti (gazing point), bandhas (energetic locks), mudras and philosophy.

Ashtanga Yoga is a set of six sequences of postures that gradually strengthens our physical and mental health to create a more balanced and peaceful way of living.

In the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a Hindu revivalist movement, led by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, breathed new life into India’s heritage. As a young man, Krishnamacharya immersed himself in this pursuit, learning many classical Indian disciplines, including Sanskrit, logic, ritual, law, and the basics of Indian medicine. His father initiated him into yoga at age five, when he began to teach him Patanjali’s sutras and told him that their family had descended from a revered ninth-century yogi, Nathamuni. In the early 1900's, he met his Guru Rama Mohan Brahmachari, who tought him yoga and introduced him to the Yoga Korunta.  Ancient yogis were renunciates, who lived in the forest without homes or families. But Krishnamacharya’s guru wanted him to learn about family life and teach a yoga that benefited the modern householder. For two decades, the Maharaja of Mysore helped Krishnamacharya promote yoga throughout India, but in the West, yoga stayed virtually unknown. Only recently, Ashtanga yoga has become one of the most popular styles, mostly due to the work of one of Krishnamacharya’s most faithful and famous students, K. Pattabhi Jois.

From 1937, Pattabhi Jois taught Yoga Korunta in Mysore, India. P. Jois founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore in 1948, where he experimented and developed the healing powers of Yoga. He chose to use the term “Ashtanga” for his school in reference to the method outlined by Patanjali in his “Yoga Sutras”, which is the fundamental text of Yoga philosophy. From 1948 to 2009, Pattabhi Jois taught Ashtanga yoga from his yoga shala, the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, according to the sacred tradition of Guru Parampara (disciplic succession). Now, his grandson Sharath R. Jois continues this lineage and welcomes Ashtanga Yoga students from all over the world.

It is important to learn Ashtanga Yoga by the traditional method, according to which the next posture is added on only when the student has gained proficiency in the previous one. In this way excessive exertion, fatigue, and unwanted side effects are avoided. Proficiency in a posture can be assessed only by a qualified teacher. The importance of learning the method from a qualified teacher cannot be stressed enough. It is not possible to learn yoga from a book or video, because these media cannot provide feedback when the student engages in a posture poorly. If this should be the case, little or no benefit would be gained from the practice; in fact damage could be done.
— "Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy" By Gregory Maehle

ABOUT SAVA

(KPJAYI Authorized Teacher)

Sava has always been searching for something more in life then just a conditioned physical existence. He feels in the core of his being that there is something within us that never dies, something infinite, beautiful. Instead of only observing physical reality and creating assumptions to what life is about, he has decided to look deeper inside for answers.

“Physical existence for me is a stage that I call rising. We have a choice to fall or to rise. Throughout our lives we experience this constant fluctuation, which is a normal cycle of our path to wisdom. Rising requires enormous effort and is full of setbacks, but if we let go of our limitations and maintain the discipline of our thoughts then we may become “it”.

“We are the center of our own universe. This complex biological organism that shells our soul is a wonder in itself. With Yoga, I'm deepening awareness of this inner universe. Yoga has unparalleled holistic healing properties. It is a lifelong journey that answers the most fundamental question about the meaningful purpose of my life, and truly creates a belief that knowing ourselves is the same as having a deeper understanding about creation itself. With this psycho-spiritual practice I want to reconnect to my true nature itself and tune my psyche to the vibrations of the Source where everything originates from. With Yoga we purify our body and clear our mind from the sediment of everyday material world and acquire necessary liberation from our ego so that we can absorb powerful energies that govern the Universe. I hope that ultimately at the end of my biological life I have given back more than I have taken.”

Sava was born and raised in the country of Georgia, known for its picturesque nature and breathtaking mountain landscape, versatile climate, hospitable people, and most savory and enticing cuisine and wine. In this country of earthly pleasures, he also learned the importance of discipline and restriction through his training as a competitive gymnast. Ashtanga Yoga is the most physically demanding method of yoga that builds strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Sava’s background in gymnastics gave him discipline and dedication that’s necessary for yogic path. At the age of 5 he was enrolled into a gymnastics school in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. At that time, the Soviet Union was known for their brutal, result-oriented training conditions. He dedicated daily 6-hour long trainings for almost a decade that won him first prizes in competitions in 1991 and 1993.

Sava has been traveling to Mysore, India to study traditional method at the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), where his teacher, Sharath Jois, continues the yoga lineage after his grandfather, K. Pathabhi Jois and shares knowledge of traditional Ashtanga yoga method with his students. In Mysore, India, he also studied anatomy, Ayurvedic massage and   Sanskrit to deepen his teaching of asana practice. After years of diligent and relentless yoga practice, research, and self-study, Sharath Jois blessed Sava to teach. He is now an authorized KPJAYI teacher who can pass Ashtanga Yoga tradition on to his students. This is known as Parampara, knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. This Sanskrit word denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form, knowledge based on direct and practical experience. It is the foundation of any lineage: the teacher and student form links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years.

Sava's teaching style is confident and firm, yet gentle and compassionate. He understands the needs, limitations, and strengths of each student and works with them individually to guide them through the practice and helps adapt to it in their own unique way. Sava provides clear verbal instruction for each movement of the practice and applies physical adjustments that help students get into the proper alignment of the posture. Sava’s knowledge of Ashtanga yoga is based on his personal daily practice; he is well aware of all the challenges one may face on and off the mat. He believes in an incredible potential instilled in every human soul and accomplishments that can be achieved through devotion, discipline, persistence, veracity, temperance and mindfulness.

He hopes that ultimately, at the end of his biological life he will have given back more than taken. Sava’s purpose of life is to spread the ancient knowledge of Ashtanga yoga and help people live their lives to the best of their potential.

 
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about jen

Jen Squires met yoga eighteen years ago when she walked into her first Ashtanga yoga class with Avril Loy James. Initially drawn to the elegance of the Ashtanga practice, she was quickly absorbed by the practice's unyielding challenges. Four years after Jen began cultivating her practice, an injury drew her away from Ashtanga. She spent years practicing other ways of being active, like weight lifting, aerobics, tennis, and spinning – but nothing quieted her mind and calmed her heart like yoga.

In 2012, Jen took one of Sava's led primary series classes, and knew she'd found her way home. She recommitted to Ashtanga and began practicing six days a week. For the last year, under the guidance of her teacher Sava, Jen has begun teaching the led primary series and adjusting practitioners at Mysore Yoga Atlanta (MYA). She deepened her practice even further by traveling to Mysore, India in 2017, where she studied under Sharath Jois at the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Yoga Institute (KPJYI). She continues to broaden and deepen her understanding of Ashtanga by completing workshops with renowned yogis such as Kino McGregor, Laruga Glaser, David Robinson, Shashikala Govinda, and Taylor Hunt.

Jen lives in Roswell, Georgia with her loving husband, who also practices at MYA. She sees Ashtanga as a deeply healing and transformative practice available to everybody and every body. She invites you to join her at MYA to begin – or continue – the exciting and ever-changing adventure that is Ashtanga.