The Heart of Ashtanga Yoga with Saraswathi Jois
May 16 – 20, 2025
£250 for all five days, £50 for one class


Join R Saraswathi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga’s senior-most female teacher, in a rare visit abroad from her shala in Mysore, India.  At Mission, Saraswati will be accompanied by her daughter Sharmila and they will teach led Primary and led Intermediate Series as well as chanting sessions and a Conference.


Saraswathi has been practising yoga since she was 10 years old, and became the first female student ever accepted into Mysore’s prestigious Sanskrit College. She raised eyebrows as a woman teaching yoga in her 20s in a male-dominated world that is India. She met resistance but carried on in her mission to spread the healing teachings of yoga, particularly to women. Saraswathi broke further societal norms in the 1980s, becoming the first woman to teach classes to both men and women together in one room.


Saraswathi will teach led classes at Mission — both the Primary and the Intermediate Series, as well chanting classes and the all-important Conference where you can ask this matriarch questions about “first breath, then gazing, then posture,” about integrating a daily practice into family life, about Sanskrit, or any questions you may have about the path of yoga.


Experience practising and knowledge of the Primary Series is recommended as Saraswathi will teach the traditional Sanskrit count. For those who wish to register for the Intermediate Series, you must have a regular practice up to Eka Pada Sirsasana, and understand that Saraswathi may stop a student at any point after that if she feels it is right.






Please click the class link to book individual led classes (Chanting and Conference are included.)


Friday May 16th
6:00 – 7:30am Led Primary Series
8:00 – 9:30am Led Primary Series
9:30 – 10:00am Chanting


Saturday May 17th
7:00 – 8:30am Led Intermediate Series
9:00 – 10:30am Led Primary Series
10:30 – 11:00am Chanting


Sunday May 18th
7:00 – 8:30 Led Intermediate Series
9:00 – 10:30 Led Primary Series
10:30 – 11:30 Conference


Monday May 19th
6:00 – 7:30 Led Intermediate Series
8:00 – 9:30 Led Primary Series
9:30 – 10:00 Chanting


Tuesday May 20th
6:00 – 7:30 Led Intermediate Series
8:00 – 9:30 Led Primary Series
9:30 – 10:00 Chanting