Ashtanga Workshops with Fiona Stang

Mulabandha, Breath, Buoyancy & Meditation… An exploration with Fiona Stang
Return to the root of ashtanga yoga – the breath and bandha.  Re-assess your connection to Mulabandha and approach the practice with new eyes, focusing on energetic movement, buoyancy and meditation.  Build a yoga practice for your life.  We will explore surya namaskara and vinyasa and uncover the timelessness of buoyancy.
Date:  Saturday November 3rd

Time:  9:30-12:30
Cost:  $100 plus GST (2 workhops for $175 plus GST)

Unlocking the Hips.  An Exploration with Fiona Stang
How do we unlock the hips?  Time, patience and some technique.  In this workshop, discover ways to use the ashtanga practice as a healing therapy for your hips.
Date:  Sunday, November 4
Time:  8:30-11:30
Cost:  $100 plus GST (2 workhops for $175 plus GST)

Both Workshops includes chanting and meditation

Please email to register.  Cheque, Interac E Transfer or Cash acceptable in person.  

Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver
2515 Burrard Street
Suite 201, Vancouver

About the teacher:
Fiona Stang first journeyed to Mysore in 1999 where she met her teacher, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson, Sharath Rangaswamy.  Fiona continued to study with Guruji to receive his teachings of devotion, grace, faith, compassion, patience, and yoga.  In 2000, Fiona was authorized to teach by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, and in July 2009, she was the first group of 40 students worldwide to receive Level 2 Authorization.  She is blessed by KPJAYI to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga.  In 2006, Fiona met John Scott. His teachings and inquisitive nature have greatly influenced her understanding and teaching of Ashtanga Yoga.  Fiona is grateful for the community of teachers at AYV that support her practice and keep her teachings fresh and innovative.  Without Guruji, this would not be possible.  Thank you Guruji.

Introductory Workshops

We have ongoing Introductory workshops!  This is the ideal way to start your ashtanga and learn the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga.

These workshops are suitable for the absolute beginner, those making the transition from other yoga disciplines, or more experienced practitioners willing to go back to the basics to shift practice habits and patterns.

Join us for one of the following introductory workshops.  We have one day weekend courses which include bonus Mysore classes on the week following the course.

Cost:  $100 + GST = $105

Payment is available via the following ways:

1) E-transfer:  Please email us with the following information:  Name of person attending + email address of attendee + date of workshop attending.
One attendee:     $105.00 (includes GST)
Two attendee:     $189.00 (includes GST)
Three attendee:  $267.75 (includes GST)
Four attendee:    $336.00 (includes GST)

E-transfer can be sent to  Please set the password to be: ashtanga

2) In Person:  Please email us directly if you prefer to drop off payment at our studio location.  Arrangements can be made if payment is being dropped off during our non-class hours. Cash or Check only.

An email confirmation will be sent within 24 hours of us receiving payment via Etransfer or Cash/Check.  Please keep this email for your reference as it will also include information to know prior attending the workshop (ie what to bring, parking, etc).

Are you a group of interested participants?  We offer discounted rates for a group size of 2-4 persons!  See our discounted prices below:

Intro # of Participants
Regular Price
Total Price
Price / person
Discount Percentage

*** Please note:  5% GST is added to the prices listed above ***

2019 Schedule

Date:  Saturday APRIL 27TH 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes April 29 – May 2
Date:  Saturday MAY 11TH
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes May 13-16
Date:  Saturday MAY 25TH 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes May 27-30
Date:  Saturday JUNE 8TH 
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes June 10-13
Date:  Saturday JUNE 22ND
9:30-11:30 AM Workshop
Includes Bonus Mysore Classes March 24-27




*Bonus Mysore classes are valid for weekdays immediately following the course.  No extensions please. 

Email us for more information:

After each workshop you will be able to start attending any of our Mysore style classes.

Sharmila Desai – Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga – May 10-13, 2018

Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga


5M7A0664 5M7A8051 8C2A6429Join Sharmila Desai for an extended weekend workshop.

Sharmila was first introduced to Ashtanga yoga by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois when she visited Mysore in 1997. She is one of few worldwide to be Certified by KPJAYI to teach the Ashtanga yoga system and is the co author of Yoga Sadhana for Mothers. Believing in the importance of Seva as part of spiritual practice, Sharmila has also taught yoga therapy workshops.  This Fall, Sharmila opened her shala in Goa, India.  Sharmila continues to make regular pilgrimages to study in Mysore cherishing her time to be a student and to go deeper into the ocean that is yoga. She most enjoys sharing the practice in the way it was imparted to her over the years within a healing transformative environment.

Workshop includes four Mysore style classes held mornings May 10-13.  Email us to find out if there is any availability. All sessions include Sangha, optional nature walk and Women’s conference.  Please sign up early to avoid disappointment.

We have a spot in Session 3.  Please email us if interested.

Session 1:  

Thursday & Friday 5:15 AM (finish practice by 7 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 6:15 AM (finish practice by 8 AM)

Session 2:   
Thursday & Friday 7:15 AM (finish practice by 9 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 8:15 AM (finish practice by 10 AM)

Session 3: 
Thursday & Friday 9:15 AM (finish practice by 11 AM)
Saturday & Sunday 10:15 AM (finish practice by 12 PM)


2:00 PM Welcome / Nature Walk.  All attendees invited. Meet at entrance to The Museum of Anthropology at UBC.  Address: 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2.  We will walk down to the beach and meet Sharmila.  If weather is not agreeable (pouring rain), check the website around 1PM for alternative information.
Thursday5:30-6:45 PM – FREE EVENT for women.  Female Ashtanga practitioners invited.
Friday:  5:30-7 PM Sangha
Saturday:  3-4:30 PM Sangha

If is is pouring rain, please check the website by 1PM on Thursday.

For out of country participants, please register using the Pay Pal Link.
For Canadian participants, please email us with your session preference. For Canadian residents, we prefer cheque transactions or INTERAC e-transfer to reduce unnecessary costs.  Registration may be made by cheque (made out to Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver) or cash (in person) or e-transfer.

Workshop Cost:  $360 plus 5% GST = $378


NOTE: No refunds or cancellations on or after April 1, 2018. . Please do not request a refund after this date.

All workshop registrations contain a $50 non-refundable booking fees. Please bear that in mind before booking. Absolutely no exceptions.

There is 2 hour street parking on 10th and 11th.  There is also two hour parking on Cypress right by the school between 10th and 11th.  There is a parking garage under Bed Bath and Beyond.  You can enter on Burrard Street.  There is street meter parking (check time restrictions in the morning) on Broadway.

What to Bring:

  • Waiver:  Please fill out and sign.
  • Yoga Mat
  • Cotton / towel for yoga mat (the studio gets warm so please bring a cotton or microfibre mat to cover your rubber mat)
  • Small Towel

Workshop is held at the studio:  2515 Burrard Street, Suite 201
Due to limited space in the foyer, please arrive at the start time for your mysore session, not earlier.  Thanks for your understanding.

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