about ashtanga yoga phulla

Ashtanga Yoga Phulla is a shala (school) and community of Ashtanga Yoga practitioners based in Miami Springs, Florida and directed by Patrick Nolan. The word phulla (pronounced "pool-a") means blossoming, or beaming, or abundant with flowers in Sanskrit. Our symbol is the poinciana tree in full bloom which marks the beginning of summer in the tropics. Our mission is to provide as simple and authentic a space as possible in which students can practice Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois and thus develop strength, overall health, and self-awareness.

Practice at the Yoga Room is on Sunday 8 am-10:30 am, Monday - Thursday from 5:30 am-9 am, Monday & Wednesday from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, and Friday Led Class at 6 am.  In observance of Indian tradition, there is no practice on days of the New Moon or the Full Moon, and women are discouraged from practicing on the first three days of their menstrual cycle.  Please try to begin practice no later than 7:30 am.  If you must come later please send me a text to let me know ahead of time. On Fridays, there is Led Practice, in which the teacher directs the students through the Primary Series in unison. This is done both to reinforce the memory of the sequence (including proper timing of inhalation and exhalation) and to foster a stronger sense of community among practitioners. As the Led Practice is a rather advanced expression of the practice, attendance will require the permission of the instructor. Drop-in students with established practices are always welcome. Please contact me first via phone or email before coming. TheYoga Room is located at 385 Westward Drive, Miami Springs, FL 33166​.

what to expect
While safety is of utmost concern and all physical limitations (injuries, pre-existing conditions, etc.) will be honored, the practice is rigorous. It is intended to purify the body through heat generated from within. There are no space heaters, this is not Hot Yoga. Nor is there music, although the instructor may chant from time to time. We strive for silence, or at least quiet, in order to make the experience of the practice as internal as possible.  Despite the physically challenging nature of the practice, it is, perhaps paradoxically, ultimately intended to be a form of meditation. Please bring your own mat, a towel, and comfortable clothing that does not seek attention. In order to maintain the internal heat generated during practice one does not drink water during practice and for best results, students are encouraged to wait about half an hour after practice before drinking. Please do not underestimate the physical and psychological effects of the practice. It is not uncommon for strong, even overwhelming, emotional responses (both positive and negative) to be stirred up as a result of the practice. They will pass, leading to ever-greater physical and emotional stability.

deeper levels
As the physical body begins to attain a state of strength and purity, the student is encouraged (but of course by no means required) to look within and work towards attaining inner purity. According to Indian tradition, the heart is afflicted by six poisons: kama (lust/desire), krodha (rage), moha (delusion), lobha (greed), matsyara (envy), and mada (sloth). If practiced correctly Ashtanga Yoga can help clean these poisons from the heart, from which we all suffer, and will help lead to a happier, more fulfilled life. This should prove true regardless of one's religion, spirituality, or lack thereof.

$140 per month, $20 for a single drop-in class. Drop-in packages for visiting students will be negotiated.
I accept cash, check, or Venmo for payment. Visiting students, please call or email me before you come to practice so we can make appropriate arrangements.

A shower is available, but please bring your own towels.  Also, mat storage is available.  There is ample free parking in the vicinity of the shala.


  1. Apart from the breath, make all efforts to maintain silence while practicing. If you must communicate (hopefully only with the instructor or an assistant), please whisper. Pretend you're in a library.

  2. Opening mantra: At some point towards the beginning of the practice the instructor will call the students together to chant the opening mantra in a call-and-response fashion. In the mantra we are thanking the teachers who came before us in general, and an ancient philosopher named Patañjali in particular, in Sanskrit. When the call happens, the student will stop what she or he is doing and come to stand at the front of the mat. Once the chanting is finished, the student resumes where she or he left off. Students are not required to chant the mantra if they have personal or religious objections (if you have a prayer from your own faith you'd like to recite to yourself internally, that is actually encouraged), but they must pause and stand together as the mantra is chanted.

  3. Please be clean, and neutral smelling. Excessive perfume or deodorant is as distracting and arguably at least as unpleasant as excessive body odor. This also applies to your mat and your towel.

  4. Please wear clothing that will not distract others. The shala is neither your home nor a singles' bar.

  5. Practice only what you have learned from the instructor. To do otherwise is disrespectful.

  6. If you must do an asana that will require you to enter another student's space, let her or him know and get acknowledgment first (quietly, of course). If a fellow student has sought such permission, allow him or her. It's a similar notion to allowing a more advanced golfer to play through.

  7. The risk of rampant egotism, comparison, and hurt feelings is reduced greatly the less we talk about our practices. And when we do talk about our practices, which is inevitable, try to remember what our parents taught us: if you can't say something nice, say nothing.

  8. We strive always to make the shala as safe a space as possible. Contempt will not be tolerated.

ashtanga yoga phulla

The Yoga Room

385 Westward Drive, Miami Springs, FL

Monday - Thursday, 5:30 am - 9 am, Mysore 

Monday & Wednesday, 6 pm - 8 pm, Mysore

Friday, 6 am, Led Primary Class

Sunday, 8 am - 10:30 am, Mysore