Postponed: March 29 – June 28: Ashtanga Intensive

Meredith Murphy and lauren collignon

Learn to Teach the Ashtanga Primary Series
Take Your Yoga Practice to the Next Level
with Lauren Collignon and Meredith Murphy
**Postponed due to COVID-19** email for new dates

Are you a yoga teacher who's wondering where to go next? How to sharpen your teaching skills? Are you a practitioner who wants to go deeper?

This intensive is for yoga teachers and practitioners who are thirsty for more knowledge, beyond the basis of your 200-hour training.

Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most popular styles of yoga across the world. Ashtanga was created by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya in Mysore India, who passed his knowledge to Pattabhi Jois. The Ashtanga Yoga system is modeled on the perfect balance of strength and flexibility and can be tailored to meet any capability or body type.

Learning to practice and teach Ashtanga Yoga will take your yoga practice to the next level.  At the end of this intensive, you'll be comfortable guiding students through the Ashtanga Primary Series. You'll have an established practice of the Primary Series, including advanced postures like kurmasana, drop backs, and headstands. 

You will have the chance to learn from two of New Orleans' top Ashtanga teachers. 

About Your Teachers and Guides

Both Meredith and Lauren have studied Ashtanga Yoga in India. Meredith and Lauren have both been practicing Ashtanga for 15 years. They have over a decade of teaching experience and love to share the knowledge they have developed through their personal practices and teaching. 

Meredith is a direct student of R. Sharath Jois, the grandson of Pattabhi Jois. She's also studied with the top teachers in the world, including Manju Jois, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, and Tim Miller. 

 Lauren has studied with R. Sharath Jois, Manju Jois, David & Shelly Swenson, Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and Sharmila Desai.

Balance Yoga's Approach to Ashtanga

We endeavor to teach Ashtanga in a safe and welcoming environment where practitioners of all levels are comfortable practicing. We do not abide by yoga dogma, and we encourage healthy skepticism. Our teachers are open to your questions and dialogue. We are here to help students build sustainable practices that evolve as we all do. Students are encouraged to develop their own intuition and listen to their bodies. 

What You'll Learn

  • The Foundations of Ashtanga: Breath and bandha and dristi so that you can understand Ujjayi breathing, sealing of prana and focal point in asana
  • How to teach the primary series - so you understand how to break down and teach Sun Salutations, Standing Postures, Seated Postures, Backbends, Closing Sequence to a class
  • The eight limbs of yoga so that you understand how to apply yoga’s philosophy to your life 
  • The opening and closing mantras so you can open and close a class with confidence
  • The significance of he three Granthi so you will know the symbolic meaning of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva
  • The forms of vata: prana & apana  - so you understand how to balance the energetics of postures with counter postures and so you understand the opposing forces within each posture
  • How to teach Mysore-style and Guided Ashtanga classes so that you can expand your teaching possibilities
  • A safe and effective approach for verbal and hands-on adjustments for the postures of the Primary Series

Intensive Details

Intensive meets Sundays 11:30 - 1:30pm March 29 - June 
Lauren and Meredith will open and close the training together, then teach on alternate Sundays.

*March 29th (Meredith & Lauren) Opening

April 5th (Lauren)
12th (Meredith)
19th (Lauren)
26th (Meredith)

May 3rd (Lauren)
10th (Meredith)
17th ( Lauren)
24th (Meredith)
31st (Jessica)

June 7th (Lauren)
14th (Jessica) Meredith
21st & 28th (Lauren & Meredith) Evaluation & Closing

20 Hours of Shadowing Meredith and Lauren in Mysore Style Ashtanga is required during the training.

Intensive Qualifications

The training is open to yoga teachers and students who've practiced Ashtanga Primary Series for a minimum of two years. During the training you are encouraged to practice in the studio two times per week.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion for the training. The intensive will count as 46 hours of continuing education for those with a current 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification. Hours breakdown: 24 Hours: 12 Sunday’s 2 Hours + 2 hours of evaluations +20 hours of shadowing. Total 46 hours 

Please note that the intensive is not a replacement for a 200-Hour Teacher Training. Practitioners of 2 years or more are welcome to enroll to advance their practice and deepen their knowledge but will not receive Teacher Training credit. 


Training Investment: $650 if paid in full at booking, or 3 payments of $225
Investment includes:
- All sessions with Lauren, Meredith and Jessica
- Evaluations of your teaching at the end of the intensive
- 20 Hours of Shadowing
- Training Manual 
- 46 Hours of Yoga Alliance CE Credit 

Ready to grow your practice and teaching?

Book early to reserve your spot. This training is limited to 15 students.

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