winter 2017

“Do your practice and All is coming.” Sri K Pattabhi Jois

Sri K Pattabhi Jois: “Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion.”

RAVEN YOGA SHALA is the only Ashtanga Studio in Juneau and is immersed, experienced and passionate in the commitment to the Ashtanga Yoga practice.  The shala strives to use this age-old practice to create intenxe classes that not only challenge the body, mind and soul but are also invigorating and encourage discipline and personal growth.  If you are ready to experience Ashtanga Yoga classes then Raven Yoga Shala is the place for you.  The following class styles are taught with as much attention to tradition as possible.Our Ashtanga classes are taught from the practical  and philosophic basis as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois.  Emphasizing the main components of Ashtanga Yoga which us a vert physical and mental practice that if practiced regularly with results in many possible body and mind changes: less stress, better sleep abd a general whole body feeling better.  Raven Yoga Shala offers led classes as well as Mysore classes/students will move through the set sequence of postures in a safe environment -the work is challenging and rewarding.this is the practice of a lifetime!

We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces. We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands. We learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors…. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. -Ohad Naharin

Yoga, in its many forms, essentially is a self-discipline, of both body and mind. Yoga practice is not intended only for the days when one feels good, inspired, awake, enthusiastic, or energetic. Yoga is meant to be practiced through all that life brings us. Steadfast daily practice is the only way to progress through yoga’s many stages of personal development. Whether sick, worried, sad, injured, tired, or even indifferent, the discipline of yoga calls us into that present moment to face life’s constant changes.

RAVEN YOGA SHALA presents a February workshop series On the YOGA WHEEL!

The Yoga Wheel is perfectly sized circle that can be used to assist one developing a deeper way of accessing opening up of the spine, shoulders hips and more. This helps to allow one to move deeper into discovering the range of motion in ones own body. The wheel works by being a tremendously supportive and stable tool to relax. We all know that by relaxing into yoga postures, one will develop a deeper opening.

Because our lifestyle of sitting so much, many people complain about back pain. A lot of this has to do with the curve of the spine constantly relaxing into chairs and curving the opposite way of what nature intended. The Yoga Wheel is a tool for anyone interested in helping to keep that healthy, natural curve in the spine

The Yoga Wheel is very simple to use, and is very effective for maintaining spine health. Its fun too… there are several ways one can deepen a stretch by using the Yoga Wheel with the poses you may already be familiar with. I love the Yoga Wheel and highly recommend using it to enhance and embrace spaces in the body. It adds a little new excitement and motivation to finding space to move with greater ease and comfort in your everyday life and on the mat.

The On the Yoga Wheel Workshop Series begins on Wednesday, February 1 at 5:15 – 6:00 pmSign up is now and is limited to 6 students only. Cost for the 4 series is $42.00 and the Yoga wheels are provided for this series but may be purchased after the completion of the workshop.

(no class cards or passes  – advance payment only to insure your space)

The SERIES 4 Class format

February 1 –  getting familiar with this new tool, learn how to roll – emphasis will be on the shoulder area and chest area.

February 8  – review of the open shoulders, low back and lengthen the front hips – supported backbends with the wheel or at the wall.

February 15   front body strength and balance in lunges, splits with  hip flexor attention and core strength excercise.

February 22 – core strength and fun on the wheel – challenging and fun wheel play to find strength and a little humor on the mat.

(Each session will begin with traditional sun salutations and a short seated sequence.)  If you have any questions or ready now to sign up, please respond with an email:

Join us for an Ashtanga Yoga Workshop  ~ The WEEKEND OF Discovery !  

 This workshop is for EVERYONE ~ ALL ARE WELCOME!
Do you wish to deepen the practice you have begun to find the peace and steadiness it brings? Deepen your practice through Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which is a systematic approach to guide you in living healthfully, mindfully: appreciate the present with peace and harmony. Join Greg Tebb for this weekend experience into the depths of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Space for this workshop is limited to 20 students.

Greg, a native New Zealander, current resident of New York City, is a long time student of SRI K. Pattabhi Jois, and lifetime student of his son Manju Pattabhi Jois. This workshop is designed for students who have begun a regular yoga practice and desire to learn more about the modern tradition based systematic approach to better health in mind, body, and spirit. Greg will guide the group through the Primary Series, Intermediate Series, and Mysore style of practice during weekend workshop. On Saturday there will be a session of Yoga Therapy after the Mysore session..

Each student is encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible to gain the greatest benefit from the workshop. The group led sessions will be filled with energy. Obtain valuable personal attention from Greg during the Mysore practices. Learn how to integrate the traditional methods of asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), and mantra meditation practices through traditional Vedic chants. Greg will provide insight into developing a safe and effective practice whether you are new to yoga asana, experienced student or a teacher.



The Art of Modern Vinyasa  ~YOGAPOLITAN  IS  the Gold Standard for vinyasa yoga in Juneau!  Juneau’s most popular vinyasa class. Explore and expand your yoga practice from the ground up! Each class is unique and combines asana from many ashtanga series practice.  Monday through Thursday at 12:05 – 12:55 pm and Tuesday evening at 5:15 for about an hour.  Cost is $12 for drop in and class packages as follows, 4 class pass $38.85/ 8 class pass $73.50 and a month of unlimited Yogapolitan is $84.  Come in and join -surprise your self potential and find what you never expected! Yes, our studio is always warm and cozy…