Philippa Asher is one of a few Ashtanga yoga practitioners in the world, to receive the Advanced Ashtanga Certificate (awarded by Sri K Pattabhi Jois) and teaches through to the Advanced B Series.
After a vocational ballet school training from age 12 and 25 years of learning and teaching dance at schools, universities and ballet companies all over the UK, Philippa chanced upon Ashtanga yoga. It was a life-changing incident, that made complete sense.
From the late nineties, she practised daily before work (in the media, film and music industries) and spent yearly three-to-six month sabbaticals in Mysore, learning under the guidance of revered guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Since his passing, she continues her Ashtanga yoga study at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, with Guruji’s grandson Sharath and daughter Saraswathi.
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 NIRVRTA is a stunning homestay yoga retreat, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to all levels of practitioners, in nature.
As well as being the resident teacher at Ashtanga NIRVRTA, Philippa regularly leads guest workshops at studios in India, Europe and on retreats worldwide. 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).
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. www.ashtangaphilippa.com