In 2007 I began to learn and practice Ashtanga Yoga with Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldmann, and Greg Nardi, and in 2010 I began a year-long, in-depth apprenticeship with them. With encouragement from my mentors I made my first trip to Mysore, India in 2009 to study Ashtanga Yoga with its founders, the Jois family. Since then I have returned, and continue to return, regularly to study with my teacher R. Sharath Jois. In 2013 received Mr. Jois's blessing to teach the Ashtanga method with Level 2 Authorization.
Other teachers with whom I continue my education include my Sanskrit teacher Marcia Solomon and my Vedic chanting teacher Lakshmish Bhat. Also, I have studied philosophy with Professor Nagaraja Rao, M.A. Narasimhan and Dr. M.A. Jayashree, and Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman.
Since 2011 I have taught Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga daily, running both evening and morning programs. In 2016, I founded Ashtanga Yoga Phulla in Miami Springs. My mission is to serve others by teaching Ashtanga Yoga as authentically as possible.
Ashtanga Yoga Phulla is a shala (school) and community of Ashtanga Yoga practitioners based in Miami Springs, Florida and directed by Patrick Nolan. The word phulla (pronounced "pool-a") means blossoming, or beaming, or abundant with flowers in Sanskrit. Our symbol is the poinciana tree in full bloom which marks the beginning of summer in the tropics. Our mission is to provide an unassuming space in which students can develop self-awareness and health by practicing Ashtanga Yoga.
Ameneties at the Shala
A shower is available, but please bring your own towels. Also, mat storage is available. There is ample free parking in the vicinity of the shala.
I teach Ashtanga Yoga as taught by R. Sharath Jois. At the core of this practice is control of the breath. Then breath is synchronized with movement as a sequence of postures, or asanas (stress is on the first syllable), is taught. The sequence is learned and practiced at one's own pace under supervision of the instructor. This method of teaching allows for more direct attention from the instructor than you might get in a typical Yoga class. Please be advised that this practice is physically challenging but the rewards are well worth the effort.