Ashtanga Yoga Classes

Welcome!  You have found the sight for Ashtanga Yoga classes in Denver, Colorado.    We offer classes in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois to students of all levels with Denver's only teachers authorized by the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

 Day Time Description Location
 Sunday 9 - 10:30 AM
 Guided Primary Series
  Gravity Dance Collective
 Sunday    2:00 - 4:00 PM  
 Mysore  Gravity Dance Collective
 Monday 6:30 - 8:30 AM Mysore  Gravity Dance Collective
 6:30 - 8:30 AM
  Gravity Dance Collective
 Wednesday    6:30 - 8:30 AM
  Gravity Dance Collective
 Thursday 6:30 - 8:30 AM Mysore
  Gravity Dance Collective
  Friday 6:30 - 8:30 AM Mysore  Gravity Dance Collective

All classes are currently held at
    The Gravity Dance Collective
    157 Kalamath St.
    Denver, CO 80223
    Enter through the back door on the west side of the building.

December 2014  Moon Days do not effect our class schedule
    Full moon on Saturday, December 6th
    New moon on Sunday, December 21st

1 mysore drop in class - $14 
5 mysore drop in classes - $65
10 mysore drop in classes- $120
3 times a week - $108/month
More then 3 times a week - $125/month
guided class drop in - $12
(We accept cash or checks only)

Mysore style classes are open to all levels, including beginners!   Students practice independently at their own pace.  The teacher helps each individual, giving verbal guidance to those just learning the practice and mostly hands-on adjustments to those with an established practice.   The sequence is learned progressively over a period of time appropriate to each individual.  Beginners are required to commit to 10 classes or a monthly pass to initiate the practice with some momentum and ensure the development of a solid foundation.  Beginners can expect to spend between 30 to 45 minutes in the studio at first, with that time gradually increasing as more of the sequence is learned.  Self guided practice is the way to internalize your awareness and deepen your experience and understanding of yoga.   The Mysore classes are the format for dedication, devotion, and discipline to unfold with regular practice.  (The start time for  Mysore classes is open; as long as you finish your practice by the end time, you may arrive at any time.)

In the guided class, students with some Ashtanga or other vinyasa style experience are verbally guided through all or part of the traditional sequence of postures known as the Primary Series.    The class moves at a steady pace. Students develop steadiness of breath, mental focus, and core awareness during the uninterrupted flow of the postures.  This class is not appropriate for beginners.

Joan Isbell began practicing hatha yoga and kundalini yoga in the 80's and then Iyengar yoga in the early 90's.  In 1993 she took her first Ashtanga class at The Yoga Workshop and was struck by how comprehensive and complete the practice felt.   She has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since then and made her first trip to Pattabhi Jois's yoga shala in Mysore, India, in 1998.  She holds a Level 1 Authorization to teach the practice in its traditional, time tested method from the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.   She is ever thankful to Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois, Richard Freeman, Tim Miller and Annie Pace for their patience, wisdom, and joy in sharing the precious gift of this practice.      
Contact Joan at 303-477-0370 or

Eric Stauffer has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1993 and teaching since 2000.  His dedication to this powerful and pure practice has been acknowdged by the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India with a Level 2 Authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga.  Over the years he has found that the real teacher is consistent, correct practice and attempts to convey this through his teaching.  He extends the deepest gratitude to his teachers, Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois, Tim Miller and Richard Freeman.

Elizabeth Van Genderen has practiced yoga since the late 1990’s, and has taught Bikram yoga in Denver since 2007. Her introduction to the Ashtanga method in 2009 had a profound effect on her, and she has had a daily Ashtanga practice since then.  She has taken 3 trips to Mysore, India to study at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Yoga Institute under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois. Elizabeth has also completed Richard Freeman’s month-long Intensive, his Advanced Intensive, and Tim Miller’s Primary Series Teacher Training.  In addition to these esteemed teachers, Elizabeth is deeply grateful to her first Ashtanga teachers, Joan Isbell and Eric Stauffer, who have encouraged and guided her from the start.  A veteran of 5 marathons (including Boston), Elizabeth has undergone 3 knee surgeries, and is amazed and humbled by the body’s intelligence and ability to heal.  She credits Ashtanga Yoga for the increased range of motion, flexibility and confidence that she has found since beginning this practice.

William Mushkin was introduced to Ashtanga in 1987 by Norman Allen's student, Beryl Bender Birch, while living in New York City. His practice for many years following was a slow, intermittent, nondescript antidote to his daily acts of running, hard work, and capitalism.  In 2009, William met Gibron Gonzalez Madrid in Sayulita, Mexico. Gibron displayed the entire Ashtanga Primary Series for him in its simple grace. William fell in love with the asanas and the space between them. Since then through the practice he has come to pass through the essences of many beautiful people. He thanks those who practice next to him, as well as: Sharath Jois, Saraswathi Rangaswamy,Jorgen Christiansson, Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Tim Miller, Annie Pace, Eric Stauffer, Joan Isbell, and his partner Elizabeth Van Genderen.  In William's words, "The practice wakens me daily to the wordless truths which I know but often misplace."