Jocelyne Stern teaching Mysore at the Shala

The Shala is excited and honored to welcome Jocelyne Stern to the Mysore Ashtanga program. She will be teaching Monday through Wednesday 6:15 to 8:15am in Union Square. A wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, Jocelyne has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 30 years.

BIO

Jocelyne Stern is an Ashtanga Yoga and meditation teacher. She made her first trip to India in 1986, where she learned yoga from Rudra Gowda in Rishikesh and Swami Gitananda in Pondicherri. She was first introduced to Ashtanga Yoga by Derek Ireland and Radha, and worked with them for several years at the Practice Place, a yoga retreat center in Crete. In 1991, she made the first of many trips to Mysore to study with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. She has been teaching since 1995, when she co-founded the Patanjali Yoga Shala with her husband, Eddie. After the birth of their daughter, their yoga shala moved to Broome Street and became Ashtanga Yoga New York, and Jocelyne taught there periodically over the following 15 years. In 2015, Ashtanga Yoga New York moved to Brooklyn, where Jocelyne continued to teach and also co-created Sadhu Elixir, a healing oil. She practices Vipassana meditation and has attended many Vipassana retreats. She was given Kamala Masters's blessing to teach Metta meditation in 2015. Jocelyne teaches meditation and yoga alongside Eddie at international retreats, and works with homeless men and other at-risk communities.

newsletter archive: september 2019: practices for whatever life brings

Dear all,
We hope your summer travels have brought you joy and restoration. While we’ve relished the sweetness of the season, we’re looking forward to an autumn full of learning and inquiry. 
Our focuses for this month are yoga and the nervous system, and Tree pose (Vrksasana).
The sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS are always in conversation. Sometimes we need to mobilize and take action, and sometimes we need to rest. Yoga offers us a way to participate in the regulation of our nervous system so we feel steady, clear, and consistent in our lives. In this time of political and environmental upheaval, it is all the more important that we deepen our practice so we are better equipped to respond with equanimity and compassion.
In late September, we welcome Julianna Takacs back for a weekend of practice and devotional singing. Julianna taught at the Shala for many years, and now runs a holistic retreat center with her husband in New Mexico. Her teaching is imbued with the qualities of sthira (steadiness) and sukha (ease). Don’t miss this chance to experience her loveliness firsthand. 
Please keep an eye on the schedule for changes this holiday weekend, and check out our many upcoming workshop offers (more below). We hope to see you often.
Love, 
Kristin + Barbara