Amanda, photographed in Mysore by Lara Land, October 2016. 



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 19 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

Studio Assistants


Lara Fullenweider

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. 


Rob Kocovski

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.