ABOUT FREE BREATHING YOGA
Free Breathing Yoga was originally established in 2013 when Ian (see bio below) began offering Ashtanga Yoga classes in London. After teaching in various location around the world, Ian settled in Melbourne in 2018.
For details on day/times see the classes page.
ABOUT ASHTANGA YOGA
Ashtanga ('ash-tanga') literally means eight ('ashta') limbs ('anga'). Like many things from India, the exact origins of the Ashtanga Vinyasa system are somewhat shrouded in mystery. What we know is that it was taught by Sri T Krishnamacharya in the early part of the 20th Century at the Royal Palace in Mysore. One of his earliest and most devoted pupils was Sri K Pattahbi Jois, more affectionately known as 'Guruji', and was later responsible for bringing the Astanga system out to the rest of the world.
Ashtanga is a system of combining postures (asana) with breath (pranayama) and movement in a controlled and synchronised way. This synchronicity of movement from posture to posture is what we call Vinyasa. The word Vinyasa means 'to place' (vi) 'in a special way' (nyasa).
What characterises Ashtanga so distinctly is the focus on both strength and flexibility in a co-ordinated and balanced method. This means it is open and accessible to all, no matter what you are looking for from a yoga practice.
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Ian Cheney - KPJAYI Authorised Level 1
Ian was first introduced to Astanga Yoga in 2002 by a friend at University and has been hooked on the practice ever since. After many years of evolving his own practice, he felt the urge to teach and he began an apprenticeship with Gingi Lee at The Shala in 2012. The following year he undertook his Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training qualification with his principal teacher, the world renowned John Scott.
In 2014 he travelled to Mysore to practice with Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Astanga Yoga Institute. He returned each year and in 2017, Sharath's gave Ian his blessing to teach Astanga Yoga as an Authorised teacher.
Ian taught principally in London until 2016 when he began teaching internationally. He taught in various countries including Germany, China, Bali, Italy and the Netherlands before settling in Melbourne, Australia in 2018.
Ian brings with his teaching the dedication and enthusiasm he has within his own practice. He believes that yoga is a deeply personal experience and encourages students to find their own space, in balance with the wisdom of the tradition. Fundamentally though, while yoga can be challenging on many levels, first and foremost it should be a loving, warm and fun experience for all.
Interviews with Ian
To hear Ian talk about his own story, as well as some musings on Ashtanga Yoga in general, listen to his interview with Scott Johnson as part of the Stillpoints podcast series. You can download on apple music or hear it on the Stillpoint Yoga website