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.
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.
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.
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.
Please wear clothing that will not distract others. The shala is neither your home nor a singles' bar.
Practice only what you have learned from the instructor. To do otherwise is disrespectful.
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.
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.
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
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