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's inner Northern suburbs where she is raising her young son. 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
Annie began training as an assistant at Mysore Melbourne in late 2015. She is a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner of many years and whether she is assisting or practicing, Annie brings an inspiring steadiness and focus to the room. Annie recently made her first trip to Mysore, India, where she studied with Saraswathi at KPJAYI.
Annie is busy raising two young children with the love of her life. She also teaches English to young migrants and refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Sudan. She holds a Bachelor of Education-Arts Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). In her spare time, Annie likes to dance badly to 70s music in the kitchen, take up whatever crafting activity is trendy at the time, read, and sleep!
Lara has been training as an assistant at Mysore Melbourne since January 2016 and her training with Amanda is ongoing. She is relatively new to the Ashtanga tradition, however she comes to us with several years experience both practicing and teaching yoga. She trained in and taught vinyasa and hatha yoga at a small studio in Canada before moving to Melbourne. Lara is a thoughtful and sensitive presence in our community and we are grateful for her support.
Lara is an academic by trade; she recently completed her Ph. D. dissertation on settler colonial policy and Indigenous art in Canada. When she is not researching, writing, or practicing at Mysore Melbourne, Lara knits and bakes gluten free bread, or hikes and gawks at the incredible audacity of Australian birds whilst trying to capture the whimsy of eucalypts on an iPhone.
Sarah joined our assistant team in 2017. She is and inspiring practitioner, often spotted biking uphill to the studio in the dark, early morning hours. Sarah’s approach to yoga has depth. She finds yoga to be life-line, because it grounds her in her body. And because, “it lays bare the habitual thoughts and behaviors which are threaded through and through [her] and allows [her] the opportunity to practice awareness, which is the first step towards change.”
When not at Mysore Melbourne, Sarah teaches English as a second language and is in the process of completing a Master’s in English Language Teaching. She likes trying out new and nutritious recipes, browsing in bookshops, and taking time out with a coffee and book in hand.
Rob joined the Mysore Melbourne assistant team in early 2017. A focused and settled practitioner, he brings quiet strength into the room. He has been practicing in the Ashtanga tradition with dedication and curiousity since 2010.
Rob worked for seven years in corporate finance. As he dropped more deeply into his yoga practice, he made the decision to change his life. Leaving behind his corporate career, Rob followed his heart all the way to Mysore, India, where he studied under Saraswathi Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore in 2013. Rob intends to return to KPJAYI to further his studies in the near future.
Rob is a Reiki practitioner and yoga teacher in his own right. Being in nature makes him happy. He also enjoys reading, playing guitar (very badly), drinking tea with people he likes and hanging out with his three nephews.