Ashtanga Essentials: Immersion into the Practice of Primary Series with John Tattva and Marta Magdalena, Jan 15 & 22

Orchard Central
Saturday, January 15 & 22, 2022
9.30am - 4.30pm

"When the breath moves, the mind moves. When the breath is still, the mind is still. By thus controlling the breath, the yogi attains steadiness." - Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

We often refer to Ashtanga Yoga as ‘single-pointed’ or single focused practice. It is because during the practice we focus our mind on the breath, in order to still the mind and let go of mental distractions. We also focus our eyes on the gazing points called drishti, to avoid the distractions from external objects. Lastly, we maintain the energy within the body by engaging bandhas, which are physical and energetic locks which seal the body from within.

This workshop will help you to deepen your knowledge of stilling the mind through these simple techniques of Tristāna that sets Ashtanga apart from other systems of yoga. We will also be speaking about Yamas and Niyamas in the context of practicing yoga, both on and off the mat.

Join John and Marta for this weekend immersion into Ashtanga Essentials to understand the connection of the inner and the outer world - done through the avenue of the vinyasa based “moving meditation”.

DAY 1 
Saturday, January 15, 2022

Part 1
9.30am - 12.30pm

- Tristāna Method in theory and practice
- Breathing-moving System
- Asana Fundamentals 

Part 2
1.30pm - 4.30pm

- Aṣṭāṅga Yoga Mantras
- Sanskrit Counts & Terminologies

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Part 1
9.30am - 12.30pm

- The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali

Part 2
1.30pm - 4.30pm

- Eight Limbs of Yoga
- Igniting the Inner Spirit of a Teacher


Early Bird (by Dec 19): $450 
Regular: $480

Cancellation Policy

Please note that this event is non-refundable.


John is a life-long practitioner of yoga. His fascination towards this ancient practice began at the tender age of 9 years, when he was a primary school apprentice. He continued this learning journey through his youth until early adulthood when, after having graduated from several intensive yoga trainings, he began to teach daily in 2009, in New Delhi. 

In 2012, he found his passion and love for Ashtanga yoga and has been making his yearly trips to Mysore ever since. In 2019, John received Authorization Level 2 - the blessing from his Guru Sharath Rangaswamy Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga according to the traditional linage. 

While teaching, John’s focus lies in guiding yoga along with the Vinyasa principles - a harmonious connection of breath and movement; a moving meditation of grace and fluidity. John truly appreciates the benefits of therapeutic yoga and feels honoured to be spreading positivity to all. His teachings bring fresh light and awareness to each and every moment. 

He is forever grateful to all his teachers which he met during his yoga journey. He believes there is no limit to learning and to self discovery. As he likes to say, “we are all a work in progress".


Marta is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher granted in 2017 with Authorisation from Sharath Jois in Mysore, India to teach Astanga Yoga. She has an advanced self practice and almost 15 years of experience on the mat.

Through her own history of injuries, Marta developed a sense of compassion and understanding towards the students with limited physical abilities.

While working with students from various backgrounds, she learned to incorporate the knowledge of human body and anatomy, to provide them with a healthy and individualised practice.

Since early years, influenced by the teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh, BKS Iyengar and S.N. Goenka, Marta has been trying to step through life mindfully and inspiring others to change the attitude towards life through dedicated daily yoga practice.

Having attended Mindful Birth teacher training in 2018, and through the recent experience of her own pregnancy and beautiful active birth, Marta has been supporting pregnant women in finding empowerment in the asana practice.