Philippa Asher

United Kingdom

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Philippa is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world, to receive Advanced Certification (awarded by the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute), to teach through to the Advanced B Series.

From the late nineties, Philippa studied for three-to-six months a year at KPJAYI (learning under the guidance of revered guru, Sri K Pattabhi Jois). Since his passing, she regularly returns to Mysore, to continue her Ashtanga yoga study with Guruji’s grandson, Sharath.

After 25 years of learning and teaching several forms of dance at schools, universities and ballet companies all over the UK, Philippa accidentally chanced upon Ashtanga yoga.  It was a life-changing incident, that made complete sense. For 12 years she practised daily before work (in the media, film and music industries) and spent numerous sabbaticals in India, studying at KPJAYI.

Philippa’s dedicated passion for Ashtanga yoga, background as a trained dancer and experience as a qualified teacher (Post Graduate Certificate in the Education of Adults), gives her an intuitive and sound understanding of bodies, yoga asanas, people and how they learn.

In 2006, Philippa established and ran Triyoga Soho’s Ashtanga Self Practice programme in London. She taught there for several years before moving to South India, to build her own shala (on a coffee estate in the Western Ghats). Ashtanga NIRVṚTA is a stunning homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to all levels of practitioners, in nature.

Philippa teaches at Ashtanga NIRVRTA from late October to April and leads guest Ashtanga self-practice residencies and workshops at studios in the UK and Europe from May to October. Her approach to sharing yoga asana (from beginners to more seasoned practitioners), is serious, yet light-hearted and joyful: with an emphasis on good technique, safe alignment and the synchronisation of tristhana (breath, gaze points and movement).


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