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Community practice support and education for Ashtanga Yoga.

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Functional Ashtanga is a practice support community

We offer so much more than just a yoga class.

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The Community

Get real life support from real life people in our virtual shala.

We’re a home for practitioners on and off that mat, with community discussion forums, focused interest groups, and daily community practice space.

Join our founder, Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher Michael Joel Hall for educational courses, live classes, and community events– your own virtual studio.

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The Academy

Not sure where to start on your yoga learning journey?

We offer easy follow-along courses for beginners, in depth trainings for those looking to advance their skills, and professional development intensive for the working yoga professional.

These programs are designed for anyone who needs support in learning and integrating meaningful and functional yoga into their life.

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Private Coaching and Mysore

Education and mentorship that’s customized to fit your individual requirements.

Private Coaching is ideal for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners who are serious about advancing their yoga practice or growing their teaching skills.
Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga is a perfect way to grow your own yoga practice. Its like receiving a private coaching session in an intimate group setting.

With a Studio Membership you will…

Find your practice community.

At Functional Ashtanga, we have a social sharing environment that lets you share your wins, lament the struggles, and meet new people– all with ease. 

Are you a yoga teacher looking for an easy way to support your students? Our practice spaces lets you share your offerings with your community easily. 

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The Academy Membership provides…

Comprehensive yoga education.

If you are looking to learn yoga online, then you will want to join the Functional Ashtanga Academy. We offer foundational learning tracks and advanced immersions taught by Michael Joel Hall a level 2 authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher certified functional movement specialist. Michael has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has taught yoga to Senators, worked closely with professional athletes, and ran a daily Mysore room for nearly 10 years. Michael is a highly respected yoga educator, and has made yoga accessible for everyone. The academy offers courses that are always very in-depth and helpful. 

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Our Coaching membership can help you…

Elevate your yoga practice and strategize your teaching. 

Private Coaching for Yoga Teachers & Yoga Practitioners is unique, online and personalized yoga coaching for teachers and practitioners.


This specialized private coaching is customized to fit your individual requirements and is ideal for yoga teachers and yoga practitioners who are serious about advancing their yoga teaching skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Ashtanga?

Ashtanga Yoga is a highly effective system of yoga originating in Mysore, India. It’s straightforward design and emphasis on skill competency allows for individual development not often found in commercial yoga.

The straightforward nature of the sequence makes it easy to adapt for your own needs: whether it be preha, rehab, or training.

Practitioners learn the easy-to-follow sequenceWe teach practitioners the sequence to create and manage a sequence designed specifically for them


What makes it “Functional”?

That’s two-fold.
For one, we focus on incorporating practice in a meaningful, functional way.

Secondly, we teach yoga postures with a focus on Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) principles.

FRC utilizes the latest advancements in scientific knowledge, combined with tried and tested training methods to increase ones active, useable ranges of motion by simultaneously improving articular mobility, strength/resilience, and neurological control.
In essence, this invaluable, and innovative training system improves the ability to control, and move ones own body.


What about live classes?

On top of our pre-recorded studio-style class videos, we also offer monthly posture clinics on rotating posture categories.


How are You Different?

We offer a flipped classroom mode for teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Functional Movementl that is learner-focused.

Instead of teaching everyone the same thing at the same time, we leverage pre-recorded classes, tutorials, and readings. These self-paced courses encourage competeny and autonomy.


What is Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga?

The flipped classroom/mastery model isn’t new. It’s how Ashtanga yoga was originally taught– and its how we continue to teach it today.

Practitioners are responsibile for memorizing a sequence so that they can practice autonomously. With that foundation, students can come into a space and practice at their own pace and in their own way, receiving assistance and feedback from an expert teacher.

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The individualized instruction of the Mysore style is ideal, since no two bodies or practitioners are alike. Michael is an excellent guide through this great yoga tradition, whether you’re a newbie, a levitate-off-the-mat master, or somewhere in the vast in-between; and DC Ashtanga is a wonderful community in which to learn this tradition.
J Farrell
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