Are you looking for a Yoga School that's personal - where the teacher will know your name; where you will learn an effective, authentic, Yoga practice? - a Yoga practice with a history; a teaching style that honours Yoga, as a body, mind, spirit, discipline; a teaching method that allows for gradual, progressive, individualised instruction?
Yoga practices remain one of humanity’s enduring quests to find meaning and uncover the mystery behind appearances. The practice of yoga is a process of self-discovery and transformation. Sincere application of Yoga provides the opportunity for personal transformation by gradually dissolving the physical, mental and emotional 'impediments' that restrict our life potential.
In a city of Southern India, there was a remarkable Yogi involved in the practice and teaching of a unique, intricate and assiduously applied method of Hatha Yoga for well over 60 years. His name was Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. What he taught became known the world over as Aṣhṭāṅga Vinyāsa Yoga. This Aṣhṭāṅga Vinyāsa method of sequencing yoga-āsana with the Vinyāsa connecting movements was once advised and outlined by an Indian sage - Vamana Rishi.
Aṣhṭāṅga Vinyāsa Yoga is renowned for its very detailed, breath focussed and directed sequencing of yoga-āsana. Through this method, each āsana unfolds into another, linked by ‘vinyāsa’ (the synchronised movement-breathing system) in a continuous cycle, involving the application of specific muscular activations (bandha-s), gaze points (dṛiṣhṭi-s) and the soothing, ujjayi breath. These posture sequences are energetic and challenging, cleansing the body, quieting the mind and releasing your inner potential.
योगमाला The Aṣhṭāṅga Yoga practice design has been likened to a ‘mālā’ or garland of beautiful flowers. Herein, the yoga postures are described similarly to those flowers, each posture being linked, like an ornate flower, on the thread of the breath. This practice is known as the ‘Yoga Mālā’ योगमाला.
Ashtanga Yoga Shala is the oldest, continually running Ashtanga Yoga School in Brisbane.
Ashtanga Yoga Shala stands for reliability and for providing quality yoga instruction with depth and understanding. The Shala was originally established through the efforts of Iain Clark.
Iain is one of a handful of Australians to have been certified in India, by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Certified Aṣhṭāṅga Yoga teachers represent and continue the Aṣhṭāṅga tradition. Classes at AYS are now taught by Richard Clark, who completed the three-year Yoga teacher training program with Iain Clark and has been teaching for 20 years. Richard represents another generation of Yoga Teachers in this tradition.
At Ashtanga Yoga Shala you will be exposed to caring instruction from a yoga teacher who will instruct with:
The Ashtanga Yoga Shala hosts classes at both Paddington and in Sunnybank, Brisbane.
Ashtanga Yoga Shala Classes at Paddington Hall have been offered consistently for over 20 years.
The Paddington Hall is a humble but large, welcoming space, the atmosphere of which has been infused with energy via the efforts of so many yogis over so many years. Classes offered weekly: Ashtanga Yoga Shala – ‘Step 1 Class Series’ and Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes.
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Sunnybank Ashtanga Yoga Studio is a peaceful haven and a inspiring, supportive space, in which to learn, develop and explore an authentic yoga practice.
Classes offered weekly: Ashtanga Yoga Shala – ‘Step 1 Class Series’ and Ashtanga Yoga Mysore classes.
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I really appreciate all your time and effort over the years. It’s wonderful that you provide a whole yoga practice which challenges and inspires self-awareness, growth and healing. Thank you
I just wanted to send a quick note to say that having made the move to XXXXXXX, the thing I miss most about Brisbane, is yoga with you. I have recently started attending class here, but it is a big mess. Thank you for giving me the knowledge and learning to develop a strong sense of what yoga practice is. My commitment to yoga (as opposed to stretching) was immeasurably strengthened by everything you taught me…but gosh I would love to be able to walk in to the hall in Paddington and roll out my mat!
Firstly, I’d like to really thank you for the instructions you provided through the Step 1 series that I just completed. In such a short period of time, I better understand how to work towards overcoming some long-held limitations/alignment issues I have with forward bends. In ~2 years of XXXXXXXXXX practice, it didn’t quite click as to how I needed to proceed. Not only that, but the introduction to the world of yoga beyond asana is rather interesting!
Your wisdom and care in which you teach yoga has had such a positive influence on me and has certainly made me more self-aware and mindful. I don’t think any amount of words can express how grateful I am…
Thank you for another beautiful year of yoga! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and giving so much of yourself! I have loved every word, every adjustment and every nudge in the right direction!
Could I use your article on ‘Ama’ at your website www.ashtangayogashala.com.au to post on Facebook. Of course, I will give you the credit for the article. I think it’s a great article and wanted to share it with others
- Scott (Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Wellness Centre, Buderim, QLD)
I was very sceptical about finding a good teacher, but everything worked out even better than I could have imagined and on a personal level the transformation has been enormous. Even though my ego was a bit bruised when I first started attending your classes, …. it …. helped me to understand the construction of the postures (how they are supposed to feel and why something is done a certain way). I really feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be when it comes to yoga practice
What strikes me the most is that now I see your teaching method as very disciplined but with an enormous amount of freedom. I feel very lucky to have been taught by you
We both really enjoyed the classes and are disappointed we couldn’t do more. I am especially grateful as previously (my wife) has been extremely reluctant to do any sort of Yoga due to her current level of flexibility. However, Richard does such a good job of making Ashtanga accessible to all, she is now inspired and practicing with me almost every day
I don’t know if you remember me, but I hear about you, Iain and the Yoga Shala from my friend …. My thoughts often turn to the good times that I spent in Brisbane. I don’t know if or when I will see you again, but I just wanted to reach out across the miles and say thanks from one who has grown from knowing you. Love and Peace
I had been practicing Yoga for some time before arriving to Australia and starting classes at Ashtanga Yoga Shala (AYS) in Brisbane. Since my first class, I was impressed by the knowledge and experience of Richard Clark as a teacher. His dedication and invitation to embrace Yoga not as a physical exercise, but as a philosophy and a means to enhance self-awareness in daily life were both evident and inspiring
I wanted to tell you in person how much your steady support, inspiration, and guidance has meant to me. Thank you for being my teacher. Your consistent and thorough approach has inspired and encouraged me to practice and discover the treasures of yoga. Not to mention to heal (in many different ways) from the most terrible injury of my life
We were here for the Yoga Hike weekend which was facilitated by well-known Yoga Teacher Richard Clark. His depth of knowledge was both eye opening and inspiring
- Claire Morris in Marie Claire Magazine. 2006
I really enjoy coming to yoga at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala and learning about the practice and history of Ashtanga. Your knowledge of all things yoga and the culture associated with it continues to astound me. I only wish I could remember half the things you’ve said after class ……. Your personal attention to each student in the class is one of the things that I find most important and something that has helped me grow in my yoga practice, physically and spiritually. With much gratitude
Dear Richard, I feel so lucky to have found your School because you strive for excellence, which is a rare enough thing. And because you foster an environment where there is not just an absence of negativity, but a real, unspoken sense of respect shared by everyone in the classes
I wanted to take a moment to thank you, for so many things. I am so fortunate to have found your class, it is very rare in this world to find something that is so real and meaningful. Thank you for your relentless ongoing commitment to us all as students. I’m happy to say that you’ve shown me that yoga is not just exercise and it is now a part of my life
I would like you to know that I am in full gratitude and feel blessed to have found your school. It’s wonderful to feel that I am in the presence of people whom have walked through the fire; rare indeed and I look forward to the further unfoldment of being, through yogashala. Thank you
Just a quick note of thanks for your extraordinary commitment and consistency with the running Ashtanga classes. I am very much enjoying my class and personal practice
I can’t make it to any yoga classes this week. I would never have imagined that yoga would have become soooo important in my life. I feel totally deprived from not being able to be a part of that magical time in the Yoga Hall. I miss it and your wonderful teaching
A huge big thank you to Richard for all his inspiration, patience, motivation, expertise and just the best energy!! We are so lucky to have you. Dankeshon
I feel so grateful for the difference Ashtanga Yoga has brought to areas of my life. It’s like being given a gift! I thank you for that gift that you pass on to others through Yoga. It has given me clarity, a sense of peace and this amazing type of happiness that comes from within and it is an incredible feeling because it is not created by any outside factors like money etc
Thank you for teaching me Ashtanga the for past few months. I really enjoy the energy you create in class and your focus on perfection. The direction you have given me in my Yoga practise has been invaluable. I really enjoyed listening to your discussions at the end of class and participating in the chants
Thank you so much for encouraging me to take the first step
I’m leaving Brisbane tonight, so just wanted to say thanks for all the teachings, practices and knowledge that you’ve shared with me during these two and a half years. I think having practiced Ashtanga Yoga for all this time has had a tremendously positive in my life overall. Improved health, strength of body and mind, better concentration and a more peaceful self in general, even improved reflexes!
- Pablo (Chile)
Hi Richard. Can I just thank you for thoroughly teaching me the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga! With all due respect, you would have a ‘cow’ if you saw the yoga class I participated in last night up here in XXXXXXX Hope all is well
‘Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday’. – A.A Milne, Winnie the Pooh.
10 Moreton St, Paddington QLD 4064