The Ashtanga shala bucket list

I thought maybe I’d touched on this topic before, but searching around the blog turned nothing up. So…

I was thinking when reflecting on our practicing this year at Ashtanga Yoga New York that it is one of those “bucket list” shalas that serious (and maybe even frivolous) Ashtangis should get to at some point.

And I wondered just what the others are. I think they have to have some combination of greater meaning — probably 99% of that is did Guruji come through and teach there — and a sense of “place” or a confluence (if you will) of practitioners and teacher that gives it that extra shakti.

I suppose I could start an (obvious enough) list:

  • Ashtanga Yoga Center / Tim Miller
  • Nancy Gilgoff’s House of Yoga and Zen in Maui
  • Lino Miele
  • Yoga Workshop / Richard Freeman
  • David Robson in Toronto (I’m curious about such a big student body and what that produces)

I realize for many that “Mysore” is on the list — which I understand, even if I’m among those who doesn’t really feel that pull. But I wouldn’t argue with anyone who put that on theirs.

Are there are others? And is there something in particular that puts a shala on a “bucket list?”

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Ashtanga from around the world

Below is a (not exhaustive) collection of videos from Ashtanga shalas from around the world. As we find more (or you tell us about others) we will add on.

Our “home base“at Ashtanga Yoga Center

And one from a little back in the day:

Speaking of old days, one we’ve definitely posted before:

Pacific Ashtanga in Dana Point, CA.:


More from Canada:


Old shala, new name is now Ashtanga Yoga Northhampton:



Miami Life Center:

And then some links (i.e. won’t embed): A half primary and in Ann Arbor.

In Chalottesville:




Los Angeles:


Tel Aviv:

Finally, Mysore:

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Let’s crowdsource: Collecting Ashtanga shala videos

Here’s a call out to you: Do you know of video showing off the inner workings — aka practice — at any Ashtanga shalas?

I’ve had a few private messages seconding the idea of trying to collect any and all videos. We’ve posted a few over the years here. I think we have, and this is not exhaustive, the following: Ashtanga Yoga Center; Ashtanga Yoga in Melbourne; AYNY (via the NY Times); Copenhagen; Pacific Ashtanga; Paris; and (I always get confused) Victoria or Vancouver. (I’m actually having trouble finding it, so I may be mistaken.

And so I thought we’d try to crowdsource and get as definitive a list together as possible. It might make for an ugly looking post — a bunch of videos — but it might be kind of nice, as well.

So, do feel free (and encouraged) to post links in the comments — or via Facebook, too.

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