Note: Ellie is currently on maternity leave. Kristen Mansch and Rosemary Erb will be teaching the Mysore program at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis, and the schedule will be uninterrupted. Ellie will return in January 2018.
Ellie Wannemacher: I am a student of Ashtanga Yoga in the lineage of the Jois family in Mysore, India, where I return regularly for practice, most recently with my husband and 2-year-old son. I was given Authorization (Level 1) to teach the method by Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in February 2014. I have had a consistent yoga practice since 2002 and a daily Ashtanga practice since 2005. I spent 2009-10 practicing under the guidance of Magnolia Zuniga (Certified by Sharath Jois) in San Francisco, and apprenticed with her in 2010. Since 2013, I have undertaken an ongoing remote apprenticeship with Angela Jamison of Ashtanga Ann Arbor, an Authorized Level 2 teacher. Ashtanga teaches discipline, flexibility, strength, willpower, clarity of purpose, and courage. I am grateful every day to be able to practice and to share my love of this method.
Rosemary Erb: I began my Ashtanga yoga path in 2013 with a David Swenson Primary Series immersion, and have since then built a daily morning Mysore style practice with the guidance of Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis. “Practice in all conditions”, and you may see how many places this discipline can take you- I am grateful to have practiced with and learned from teachers in the local Ashtanga community such as Lynn Thomasberg of One Yoga and among international students in Mysore, India with R Sharath Jois at KPJAYI. I am a Yoga Center of Minneapolis graduate with experience in Yin yoga, Vinyasa yoga classes for all, and I’m always looking to practice my vinyasa count.
Kristen Mansch: I began a continuous practice of yoga in 2001. I’ve studied many yoga traditions over the years and graduated from two separate year long study programs at The Temple of Kriya Yoga and Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2012, I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in a workshop with Kino MacGregor soon after my second child was born. I felt the practice was healing for me on many levels, and have maintained a daily Ashtanga practice since. After moving to the Twin Cities area in 2013, I began practicing with Ellie Kaufman Wannemacher (Authorized by Sharath Jois). In 2015, I began an apprenticeship with Ellie at Ashtanga Yoga Minneapolis and continue to learn with her in the Mysore room. In 2016, I practiced with Sharath Jois in NYC while on his U.S. tour, and hope to study at KPJAYI in Mysore, South India, soon. I will continue to practice daily and study the tradition with gratitude, love, and devotion.