Step 1

Current Step 1 Class Series are underway.

New Ashtanga Yoga Shala 'Step1 Class Series' commencing:


Paddington: New 'Step 1 Class Series' commences Monday 6th May 2019 at 7:30pm.

SunnybankNew 'Step 1 Class Series' commences Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 6:30pm

Please contact Ashtanga Yoga Shala by email to make your booking.

Step 1 Class is formatted to meet the needs of both complete beginners,  those with past yoga experience but new to Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga Students from other schools who have relocated to Brisbane and students returning after a long break from practice.

'Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day'. - A.A.Milne, Winnie the Pooh.


Brisbane's Home of Ashtanga Yoga.

Ashtanga Yoga Shala is the oldest, continually running Ashtanga Yoga School in Brisbane. Ashtanga Yoga Shala is the Yoga School in Brisbane, where for decades, people have come to learn the Ashtanga Yoga Practice.

Ashtanga Yoga Shala is known for reliability and for providing quality yoga instruction with depth and understanding.

The Shala was established through the efforts of Iain Clark. Iain is one of Australia's relatively few Ashtanga Yoga teachers to have been certified in India by the late, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers, represent and continue the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. Classes are now taught by Richard Clark, who completed the three-year Yoga teacher training with Iain and has been teaching for close to 20 years. Richard represents another generation of yoga teachers in this tradition.

(Sri K. Pattabhi Jois was the yoga teacher who upheld the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, throughout his life, from his school in India, up to his passing in 2009 at the age of 93).

Whilst Yoga will continue to evolve according to the dictates of ‘kala, desha, patra’ (time, place and circumstance), experts like Sri K. Pattabhi Jois were often non-plussed at some western attempts to re-package Yoga in order to achieve popularity, commercial gain, name and fame. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois had exacting standards for the teachers he chose to represent the Ashtanga Yoga practice, so that others might learn well, learn deep and derive the many, marvelous, benefits of Yoga. Otherwise the trend to mix and match, go ‘yoga-shopping’ and homogenise different approaches out of context, might only lead to confusion and misunderstanding.

Below: Iain Clark with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in India.


Respecting Tradition and Honouring the needs of modern day Yogis and Yoginis:                  

Ashtanga Yoga Shala makes an effort to bring Ashtanga Yoga to the widest range of students possible,  respecting both the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and respecting you as a student.

Ashtanga Yoga has sometimes drawn criticism for being a furiously intense, fast, demanding Yoga system. The criticism may be fair on some schools but nothing could be further from the truth of Ashtanga Yoga. This is simply the result of what happens when those with insufficient experience, teaching knowledge and respect for the practice, begin teaching.

At Ashtanga Yoga Shala you will be exposed to caring instruction from a yoga teacher who will instruct with:

  • kindness and compassion
  • technical detail
  • a view to your long-term yoga practice, and
  • a bigger picture in mind, than simply leading an exercise class

At Ashtanga Yoga Shala we don't have special deals to get you into class, no gimmicks or prizes, but we will endeavour to help you honestly and help you understand and come to feel the gift that Yoga is.