What is self study?

Anthony Prem Carlisi hand balance cliff

The Ashtanga Mysore method is an intelligent system where each student goes at their own pace. We spend time observing who needs what and when, offering our individual attention to meet you where you’re at. Modifying the series to suit your body and ability, while guiding you deeper into your own self-led asana practice and yogic inquiry.

This is how we learned back in the day with Pattabhi Jois, and it’s how we continue to operate. It’s also the reason we called our school a Research Center, paying homage to Guruji’s original Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India which took yoga to be a science of self-study.

Our approach is different than most of the ‘Mysore rooms’ around the world because we focus intently on each individual student’s needs. This was the way Guruji originally worked and we both studied with him personally for many decades. This approach, passed down from Krishnamacharya, is also deeply rooted into the  study of Ayurveda. Both of us have an extensive background in the science of Ayurveda. We have both studied with Ayurvedic masters Dr Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Robert Svoboda and Claudia Welch.

We first started teaching together in Sri Lanka in 2007 at Prem’s retreat center. We’d been teaching solo for decades and never considered working in partnership but it was a magical chemistry. It was a powerful Shiva-Shakti union and we found ourselves on a full tour through Northern Europe and teaching in Hawaii at Pineapple Yoga Studio. In December 2008, we landed in Bali serendipitously and we fell in love with the people and the land. It unexpectedly became our new Om away from home and AYBRC was born.

We’re here to support you in your self-study. To make sure every student we work with gets the right prescription of asana practice, by combining our extensive knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga with Ayurvedic lifestyle and Tantric practices. Taking the whole of you into consideration and committing ourselves to your development.

All we ask is that you’re open to explore our suggestions when you come to study with us.