Step 1

Current Step 1 Class Series are underway.

New Ashtanga Yoga Shala 'Step1 Class Series' commencing:


Paddington: New 'Step 1 Class Series' commences Monday 6th May 2019 at 7:30pm.

SunnybankNew 'Step 1 Class Series' commences Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 6:30pm

Please contact Ashtanga Yoga Shala by email to make your booking.

Step 1 Class is formatted to meet the needs of both complete beginners,  those with past yoga experience but new to Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Students from other schools who have relocated to Brisbane and students returning after a long break from practice.

'Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day'. - A.A.Milne, Winnie the Pooh.


Teacher Training


Traditionally the process of becoming a Teacher of Ashtanga Yoga has been long and not for the faint hearted. It has required many years of committed practice under the watchful gaze of (the late) Sri K Pattabhi Jois (the master teacher of Ashtanga Yoga).

For Westerners it has meant travelling to Southern India year after year to receive ongoing teachings. Pattabhi Jois has always been high with standards for his students. He has required of students that they be working on the 4th series of the Ashtanga Practice before he will consider 'Certifying' them as Teachers (In some cases more may be required as Pattabhi Jois also needs to feel that the student is ready for this in other ways).

This is a process then that can require 8-10 years or more of committed daily practice. As such, receiving Certification as a Teacher from Pattabhi Jois is often not something that can be achieved like other goals in life. It would be fair to say that most Certified Teachers most likely never set out to be Certified. Rather they have been recognised by their Teacher (Pattabhi Jois) as a result of their developing knowledge due to their years of dedication to the practice of yoga.

Today after 36 years of teaching to Westerners, Pattabhi Jois has Certified about 24 Westerners as Teachers in this Lineage of yoga. Of these Australia is fortunate to have four spread around the country. Iain Clark is one of these four individuals personally Certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga.

In recent years Pattabhi Jois has adopted a new classification system. This is for students who have been practicing with him in India for a minimum of four years and are deemed by him to have progressed far enough in their understanding of the practice to begin to teach. These Teachers are referred to as 'Authorised' and whilst they are not permitted to train teachers themselves they have been granted permission to teach the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga to others.

Ashtanga Yoga Shala will at times offer placements in our Teacher Training Program. This program has been assessed and its' standards have been recognised by the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (YTAA).

  1. this program is offered to individuals who have displayed a long term commitment to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
  2. typically this will be displayed via the daily practice (min 2 hours) of Ashtanga Yoga for a minimum period of two years with assessed competency in Primary Series.
  3. it will also require a consistent minimum of two weekly class attendances under a Certified or Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher during this time.
  4. study with individuals who are not qualified as Teachers in the Lineage of Ashtanga Yoga will not be deemed suitable for the purpose of (1-2-3)
  5. prior qualifications in another style of yoga may be recognised in part for this course. However the initial prerequisites (1-2-3) will still need to be met prior to any application being considered.

This three year teacher training program is designed to provide a strong foundation for students in the practice and teaching of yoga. The three years of this course will require dedication. It is progressively paced, yet totals over 3000 hours of theory, practice, and in-class application of teaching skills.

We are most happy to discuss this course with you, however we do receive a lot of requests for in-depth details from individuals who do not not yet meet the initial requisites for training. As such (based on our time commitments) we are unable to answer all enquiries unless they contain information of your practice background (1-2-3-4-5) and the Teacher you have been studying with.

Further detailed information regarding this program can only be made available to individuals who can satisfy the initial prerequisites for application. (see 1-2-3).

If you truly wish to become an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher please consider the above prerequisites. Whether your training occurs in India or Australia you will need to consider devoting several years to the practice before becoming a teacher in this tradition of yoga.

In the modern rush to acquire things as quickly as possible a number of short quasi-ashtanga yoga teacher training courses have appeared in recent times. It is worth noting that these courses have no recognition amongst properly accredited ashtanga yoga teachers nor will they lead to membership as an ashtanga yoga teacher within any ethical yoga association in Australia.