About Amanda Ferris
Amanda Ferris is a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois and a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. Amanda is currently learning the Advanced A series under Sharath's guidance and is authorised to teach the primary and full intermediate series. She has been practicing in the Ashtanga tradition for over 18 years and has more than a decade of hands-on teaching experience in the Mysore-style classroom.
Amanda has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily, without interruption, since stumbling upon it in 1999. She first learned the method from Vance Selover who was then teaching in Portland, Oregon.
In 2001, Amanda began practicing under the guidance of Dena Kingsberg in Byron Bay, Australia. During a six and a half year period (2001-2007), Dena guided Amanda through half of the Advanced A series, taught her the full Ashtanga pranayama, mentored her, and allowed Amanda to assist her in teaching classes.
Concurrently, in 2003, Amanda began making regular extended visits to Mysore, India where she became a student of Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. Pattabhi Jois passed away in 2009. Amanda's practice is ongoing and she continues to travel to Mysore to be with her current teacher, Sharath Jois.
Amanda lives in Melbourne with her husband and little boy. She likes to drink strong, milky tea, enjoys good design, computer graphics and the Sufi poet Hafiz. Amanda holds a Bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied Landscape Architecture at a post-graduate level at the University of Melbourne. Amanda is a contributor to the US children's magazine, Root and Star.
Life is very full. And thankfully through yoga, space is always found.
Read more in the Ashtanga Parampara Interview of Amanda Ferris 2015
Victoria English (Biks)
Victoria English has been practicing in the Ashtanga tradition for more than 20 years and is a seasoned Mysore-style teacher. She trained for a decade under Dena Kingsberg in Byron Bay. She is currently guided in her practice by certified teacher Nikki Fulford, and Sharath Jois. Victoria practices regularly in our midst and occasionally fills in for Amanda supporting our practice community with much experience, good humour, and mindfulness.
Michelle Brady is a direct student of R.Sharath Jois. She has been practicing in the Ashtanga tradition since 2011. She has made three extended visits to Mysore, India where she studies at KPJAYI. In 2015/2016 Michelle assisted Sharath in Mysore and received Level 2 Authorisation to teach students up to Karandavasana.
Michelle is mentored by Karyn Grenfell at Ashtanga Yoga Melbourne. She covers classes periodically at Mysore Melbourne.