We all do yoga all our lives but I think for my bio something different is wanted. In my mid to late teens I practiced Bajiquan and Taijiquan, even yoga once or twice a month. Then needed a change. I spent four years in Western North Carolina at the John C. Campbell Folk School. There I got more into yoga with the help of friends. Work started soon after and on my off time I would venture into a yoga studio. It was mostly Vinyasa Yoga with a Yin class once in a while. I still love Yin or any restorative yoga. I moved to Germany in 2006 to be close to my lady and there I started Ashtanga at a great studio in Stuttgart called Yoga Mitte. I have been doing Ashtanga since. When I was home in Florida I would go to Surya Yoga, another Ashtanga school(may have changed). I now live in Asheville, NC and help Ashtanga set roots here. I have taken the Asheville Community Yoga's 21 Day Intensive Yoga Teacher Training program and am now a RYT 200 hour certified yoga teacher — what ever that means. Also through the years of Ashtanga practice I have found myself in workshops with David Swenson, David Williams, and other Ashtanga practitioners. Having had over 250 hours of training from Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann I consider them my teachers. I continue to do Ashtanga everyday, with one day off a week from asana and no asana on New and Full Moons. Whoo that was a lot about myself.
Jonathan Harrah is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School (RYS).
Jonathan Harrah instructs the following:
At the heart of Ashtanga is vinyasa. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing internal heat which results is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. The first series of postures is known as the Primary Series. It will be gradually introduced to students of all levels, including beginners, individually, accordingly to each one’s prior experience, physical condition, mindfulness and commitment.
The traditional method used to learn Ashtanga is called Mysore, where the instruction occurs one-on-one within a group setting. This is not a led class. Instead, the students practice their portion of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas with verbal instruction and/or physical adjustments.
Ashtanga Led Class
Come experience, learn, practice or cultivate the breath, locks and gaze in this ashtanga lead class. This class focuses on the ashtanga primary series.