This winter Ashtanga Lanka is excited to invite several guest teachers to share their wisdom.   From January 27th to February 9th Sarah Hatcher will be teaching at the Rukgala retreat center location.

Laura Grace will also be assisting Jacob Handwerker from February 9th to 24th. 

 

 

Jacob Handwerker Bio:

When I was five years old my parents enrolled me in a kid's yoga program in New York City.  It took 20+ years for me to return to a yoga class.  After some searching I stumbled into a Mysore class in the fall of 2005 and there was no looking back.  I had found the practice for me.  I have experienced many positive changes in my life and I am excited to share this powerful and transformational practice with you.

My primary Ashtanga teachers have been Kathy Cooper & Richard Freeman.  
  
In 2008 I meet Kathy Cooper at Ashtanga Lanka when I was a work trade student.   We spent 7 seasons together and for 5 years I assisted her with the Mysore classes.  

 

"Jacob has been my student for 8 years and assisted me at AshtangaLanka for five seasons.  He and I are in complete alignment concerning the practice.  He has wise hands and a compassionate outlook."    --quoted from Kathy Cooper

 

 In the summer of 2015 I attended Richard Freeman's Teacher Intensive in Boulder, CO which was a very rewarding experience.   Studying with Richard and his wife Mary was a powerful and opening experience.  Richard has a creative and insightful way to explaining the practice and it's subtle nuances.   I hope that I can help share some of his wisdom in my teaching.
 
 
I have also made multiple trips to India in the past few years.   I have practiced with Ajay Kumar in Mysore and Kamal Singh in Rishikesh.   A few years ago I also had the wonderful opportunity to spend one month studying "Yoga Mudras" with B.N.S. Iyengar  mostly one to one.    This was basically a workshop that combined asana and pranayama.   The 20 "mudras" I learned combined a specific asana with a pranayama technique.   Mr. Iyengar had colorful stories to go along with each mudra.  This was a memorable experience I will never forget.
 
 
In addition to Ashtanga I am a certified AcroYoga teacher.  AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of Yoga, the loving-kindness of Thai Massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics.  This practice helps people connect to themselves and to one another.   I have been sharing the joy of flying with people for more than 10 years.  For more information visit www.acroyoga.org
 
Lastly, I am a Vipassana meditator.  I believe that Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana meditation are like two wings of a bird.  When both are nourished tremendous power, grace, and compassion are developed.

 

Sarah Hatcher Bio:  Ashtanga Yogi, Teacher, Mother 

 
Most of Sarah's youth was spent skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains and a desire to climb. This passion for the outdoors led her to living in Yosemite National Park and then later, working as a wildland firefighter hotshot.
 
With injuries to her knees, Sarah started practicing yoga in 1996 and began practicing ashtanga vinyasa yoga in 2000.
 
Sarah is grateful for the teachings she has received from her beloved teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg, who inspire her daily.
 
Her current daily ashtanga vinyasa practice includes a chanting practice she has learned from her Sanskrit teacher, David Miliotis.
 
Sarah is currently the Director of the Morning Mysore Programme at Meadowlark Yoga where she teaches daily in Edinburgh, Scotland.