Arrive on time.
Don't eat for two hours prior to practicing yoga.
Please turn off cell phones and pagers.
Remove your shoes before entering the yoga room.
Always use a yoga mat or towel on the floor.
If you have any major health problems or are pregnant,
please let your teacher know before beginning your
What is yoga?
Yoga is defined as union, the experience of wholeness
of body, mind and spirit. It is acting and being in
harmony with the Divine.
What kind of yoga is taught
at Kashi Atlanta?
We offer a variety of styles, with all sessions following
a basic structure that includes an opening meditation/intention,
flow series of physical postures or asanas, breathwork
or pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation. Yoga
philosophy is integrated into all of the classes.
Our basic teaching is classical yoga with its authentic
spiritual depth intact.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable exercise clothing and bare feet.
should I bring?
A yoga mat is required after your first month of practice
at Kashi Atlanta. We have mats you can borrow while
you are first trying yoga, but recommend that you
bring your own. You may also bring bottled water.
Please don't bring open containers into the yoga room.
Don't wear perfume or cologne.
I need to come to my first class early?
Yes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to fill
out a one-time registration form.
What if I cant touch
Flexibility is required only for your mind; we will
work on your body. Yoga meets you where you are, even
if you cant touch your toes yet.
How often should I practice?
It is great to develop a daily practice, but if you
can only practice once a week, that’s ok too
- you'll get out what you put in.
What does finding my
Take exceptional care of your body by respectfully
finding your edge. Learn to listen to your body in
your yoga postures, so that you open on new levels
without going into strain, struggle, or ego.
Why is chanting important?
Chanting is a traditional part of yoga, using the
vibration of sound to help open the body and heart.
Our voices are powerfully creative tools, and used
with awareness, can affect our state of mind and being.
Why is meditation important?
Meditation is an integral part of yoga. Allow yourself
a space of deep stillness to feel the benefits of
the practice. The ability to sit and meditate after
a yoga session is greatly enhanced.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is a philosophy and system of self-healing that
embraces and enhances all paths, deepening your experience
of your own spirituality.
What are the benefits of a yoga
Yoga may very well be one of the world’s most
perfect forms of spiritual, physical and mental self-development.
Some of the earliest, most common benefits are reduced
stress and anxiety, overall physical health and wellbeing,
increased strength and flexibility, stronger immune
and glandular function, balanced blood pressure, and
peace of mind.
What does namasté
Namasté is a traditional greeting meaning “I
honor the Divine within you.”What
is an Ashram?
Ashrams have been a tradition in India for thousands
of years, and are now spread throughout the world.
An ashram is a hermitage, a holy sanctuary, or the
residence and teaching center of a teacher or guru
that often includes a yoga and meditation hall and
a residence for students. Kashi Atlanta is one of
guru Ma Jaya’s ashrams, (for more about Ma Jaya,
and is an interfaith sanctuary based in the teachings
of yoga, accepting all spiritual paths. It includes
temples and shrines dedicated to many of the world’s
religious and spiritual traditions. Kashi Atlanta
is a residential spiritual community and is considered
an “intentional community,” of which there
are thousands around the globe. This means that people
choose to live together and do so around a common
purpose, in this case, the evolution of their own
spirituality and service to humanity. Kashi Atlanta
has three residences near the ashram where students
dedicated to living the spiritual path of yoga live
in community. There are also numerous members of Kashi
Atlanta who live in the surrounding area.
Why is there community service
at a yoga studio?
Classical yoga teaches you to live in the world with
a deeper sense of connection and compassion. Reaching
out to those in need helps you get out of your own
chaos and experience a deepening sense of living as
part of humanity. This develops the compassionate
heart in the practitioner, and ultimately, the ability
to live fearlessly in the world.
Why is there art on your walls?
The art on our walls was painted by the guru, or master
teacher, of this lineage of yoga, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.
It was painted in meditation and prayer, and depicts
the varied aspects and beauty of the Divine.What
are the different statues?
Yoga is an interfaith spiritual path that embraces
all of the world’s religions. We have altars
honoring some of these different paths and are open
to having and learning more!
The Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Sky of the Heart by Swami Nityananda
Yoga: Mastering the Basics by Anderson &
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bhanda by Swami Saraswati
About Kashi Atlanta
Kashi Atlanta is a non-profit organization whose purpose
is to educate and serve humanity according to the
principles of yoga, health, healing, meditation, spirituality,
community service and universal consciousness. We
offer classes in yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth.
We have also created and invite you to join into numerous
community service projects including Street Meals,
Kashi KidsArt, and the Kashi Care Team.
2011, Kashi Atlanta, Inc. All rights reserved.
Urban Yoga Ashram
1681 McLendon Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30307