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Ashtanga yoga for newbies

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal. – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois​






This course includes: 

 A fully illustrated e-book explaining the history, traditions, philosophy and 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

  A 45-minute guided version of primary series tailored for those who are new to the Ashtanga Yoga tradition

  An Ashtanga Yoga practice for your moon/tired days

  6 guided yoga tutorials with Tina Bock

 A Printable Full Primary Series Asana Poster for you to follow in your own practice

 90-minute FULL LENGTH, fully led Primary Series with Sanskrit counts

About Tina Bock

Tina is a KPJAYI Authorized Level 2 Ashtanga yoga instructor. Her yoga journey began over a decade ago while being (happily) dragged by her father to local Jersey Shore hatha class and later registering for yoga courses in University. In 2012 at age 23, she took her first of now five trips to India to received her first 200-Hour teacher certificate. Following, she immediately began teaching around New Jersey, soon after moved to Montreal and taught at Le Studio de Yoga Wanderlust and McGill University, but at the same time was discovering a separate love, desire, and need for an Ashtanga practice. ​

In 2014 Tina and her husband relocated to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and took her first trip to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in February of 2015. She has since been back in 2016, 2017, and 2018 to study with Sharath Jois who has now become her teacher and guru. Sharath gave Tina his blessing and Authorization on November 29th, 2017. Tina will continue to return study with Sharath for as long as possible, because she firmly believes that a teacher should never stop being a student. Tina runs a Mysore program in Abu Dhabi open to everyone. 

Tina has taught workshops, retreats, teacher trainings, and private lessons all over the world, in countries including the US, Canada, UAE, Lebanon, Kuwait, Germany, Italy, Greece, Nicaragua, Thailand, The Netherlands, and Indonesia.

tina bock ashtanga yoga online course

Anyone can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice Ashtanga yoga. – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Here's a glimpse of the course content:

What people are saying:

I have always wanted to learn ashtanga and I’m so glad I chose this one! The progression of courses allowed me to build confidence and strength to truly master the poses. Tina is a phenomenal instructor and is very easy to follow along with. I would 100% recommend for anyone looking to learn ashtanga yoga
Amanda Smalley
Tina’s course is a perfect way to dive in to Ashtanga yoga! Her approach is traditional yet accessible, enabling anyone, with any amount of experience to get into Ashtanga Yoga. Her teachings are thorough, authentic but come across as lighthearted and fun. She really makes Ashtanga yoga an enjoyable and heartfelt practice in a way that I’ve never seen before. Her course truly shows her devotion and love for the practice.
Lauren Rudick
Tina’s ashtanga course was delightful! I loved learning about what it means to live the 8 limb path of Ashtanga. Asana practices were professionally explained with strength building tips to help master the fist series. Learning about the incantations created for me a much deeper level of respect and love of this ancient art. What an awesome tool for cultivating a powerful flow at home or in the studio. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in broadening their understandings of yogic philosophy and asana practice. Thanks YAI for making such awesome content so affordable and accessible!
Andreas Boe
I’m a busy mom of three young kids and I found the pace was easy to follow, the instructions are clear and beneficial, and the quality of video was very professional. I’m excited to use and improve!
Tracey Laria
Tina’s course is the perfect introduction to Ashtanga for those trying yoga for the first time to the experienced practitioner. I learned a lot from the intro series and was excited to begin learning more of the primary series. Her course allows you to go at your own pace while improving upon your own skills. It is clear Tina has a deep understanding of the practice and her inspiring energy is felt by all her students. I highly recommend giving Tina’s Ashtanga yoga for newbies course a try – it will change your life for the better.
Cara Greene


As a bonus you’ll also get:

 A conversation about what is Mysore Yoga?

  Video tutorial on how to float forward and back, putting grace into your practice

  Jump through and jump back drills so you can learn to practice with ease


Free intentional journal

This journal contains 15-pages of prompts to help you get clear on where you’ve been, what you’ve learned and what you want for moving forward.

There are no strings attached. It's totally 100% free.

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Yoga Academy International Faculty:

Lauren Rudick

Lauren Rudick

Lead teacher and founder of Yoga Academy International, Lauren is a globally celebrated yoga instructor. She has been teaching yoga for over a decade and comes from a variety of lineages and traditions. Lauren has lead yoga retreats and workshops in over 2-dozen countries and continues to study with world-class instructors whenever possible. She has been featured in Women's health Magazine, YogiTimes, Optymyz and get out there to name a few as well as on countless podcasts and newspaper articles. Lauren has solid roots in Iyengar based Hatha yoga with continued studies in Vinyasa flow, Anusara, Ashtanga, Restorative, Bhakti and Yin Yoga. She is inspired by teachers who tell stories. She has studied under Seane Corn, Chris Chavez, MC Yogi, Susan Cohen, Mercy Ananda, Nancy Goodfellow and many others. Lauren is passionate about sharing yoga from an authentic and soulful point of view. She believes that yoga practice can help uncover the veils that hide us from achieving our full potential.  Lauren is E-RYT 500 registered with Yoga Alliance. 

Will Peters

Will Peters

Making yoga accessible and enjoyable, regardless of who you are and how strong or flexible you are, is his priority. With a passion for all things health and wellbeing, Will’s aim is to inspire anyone and everyone to step on the mat to gain the physical and mental benefits that yoga can provide.Born in the UK, Will is a qualified and registered yoga teacher with over 250 hours of training. Will places an emphasis on alignment and safety. Outside of teaching, Will is an enthusiastic yoga student, constantly pushing his body and mind to new limits. Whether it’s learning to handstand, progressing towards the splits or practicing mindfulness exercises, Will loves to learn new things and grow. This provides continuous evolution to Will’s teaching as he brings new-found energy and knowledge from my personal practice into class.

Liv Townsend

Liv townsend

Despite being ‘self-taught’ in the early days, Liv took her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in London in 2016, an additional 200hr Rocket & Vinyasa Training in 2020 and completed her 500hr training with Jason Crandell in 2021. Liv takes a lot of inspiration for the mechanics and science of movement from other disciplines such as martial arts, gymnastics, calisthenics and resistance training. Her favourite teaching style is a combination of Vinyasa and Hatha yoga which a friend of mine so perfectly suggested it be called VinHatha! There’s not a great deal of chaturanga-updog-downdogs, but instead we challenge the body in more unique ways, manipulating our body weight to find both length and strength in the entire body.

Teresa Edmilao

Teresa Edmilao

Teresa has been practicing massage therapy since 2006. She has a 3000hr diploma in Massage Therapy from the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Vancouver, BC. Teresa has a passion for helping people connect with their bodies. She lives by example, inspiring people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Teresa spent 7 years practicing massage therapy in Canada to people from all walks of life; students, athletes, desk workers, labourers, youth, elderly, dancers, and accident victims. Teresa is also a fire dancer and hula hoop dancer. She has experienced numerous injuries has personally been through the rehabilitation process many times. It was these experiences that have lead her to delve deeply into the study and application of anatomy and movement. Teresa offers anatomy classes at Yoga Academy International. Her teachings are thorough, meticulous but fun, drawing on every day life experience to help yogis understand their bodies better. 

Nancy Goodfellow

Nancy Goodfellow

Yoga director and co-owner of Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica, Nancy is extremely well known for her inspiring and creative daily classes, workshops,and retreats, with students both locally and internationally. Her twenty years of committed practice, thousands of hours of trainings, and continual curiosity towards life’s most mysterious aspects are all part of why she has so many devoted students. She began her Yogic studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition under the guidance of her first teachers, Dominic Corigliano, Tim  Miller and Pattabhi Jois. Nancy has completed over 500 hours of Yoga Alliance teacher trainings and began teaching in 1998. Nancy dedicated many years of study to the Anusara method with its amazing principles of alignment, Tantric philosophy and Bhakti filled practice. She completed over 500 hours of certified Anusara teachings and traditional non-dualistic Tantra studies.

Perrine Marais

Lauren Rudick

Known in Quebec for her empowering and effective teaching, Perrine has completed over 1400hours of trainings. After her 200hr certification in Costa Rica, she wanted to deepen her knowledge and practice from a more traditional approach. So Perrine travelled to India where she accumulated overr 1000 hours of Hatha yoga training at the Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. Before joining the Yoga Academy International team, Perrine joined her teachers and lead 5 trainings in India. Constantly yearning to expand her education, Perrine has taken 2 yin yoga teacher trainings, a Sup Yoga teacher training, Thai Yoga Massage and Myofacial release. In teaching she hopes to share her love of yoga with others as a way to secure their confidence with exploration and movement of the functional body but also tap in to the deep energetic intelligence within. She is registered with yoga alliance as E-RYT 500.

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason

Chef Charlotte Mason hails from Boston where she used work in high end restaurant kitchens and then later opened up her own catering company. Burnt out and needing a break, Charlotte went on a surf vacation to Nicaragua and 3 weeks later moved cross continents and has been there ever since. Charlotte's love of sourcing locally, creating exceptional plant-based dishes and combining flavours makes her food loved by everyone. Charlotte is passionate about health and wellness and is also a certified yoga instructor. Giving back not only with flavours, Charlotte frequently teaches yoga classes in Spanish for local women and helps empower local women to follow their dreams and speak their minds. In joining Yoga Academy International, Charlotte has added so much to the experience by creating comfort and family feelings found only when gathering around a table to share delicious meals together. When not on Yoga Academy International's trainings, Charlotte creates gourmet pop up dinners around Nicaragua and chefs at yoga retreats around the world.  

Sanne Hofman

Sanne Hofman

Sanne is a ray of sunshine! Before joining the Yoga Academy International team, Sanne was a neuropsychologist in Holland. On her path, she felt that her chosen field was not quite the right fit. So Sanne set off on a journey through Central America to get to know herself better. Along the way she met her partner Toby in Panama. Together they worked and traveled through Central America eventually finding their way to Maderas Beach, Nicaragua. They loved the spot so much that they decided to move there and eventually got jobs managing a boutique hotel. Wanting to expand her offerings at the hotel, Sanne took Yoga Academy International's 200hr teacher training in 2018. She then furthered her studies in the Chakra-Vinyasa Training and went back to Europe to take Thai Yoga Massage training. Sanne is compassionate, loving and kind. She is an example of how to live yoga ethics while still being true to who you are. Sanne offers YAI students endless encouragement and love as well as unwavering support on their journeys. She can always be counted on for a listening ear, a compassionate friend, a glowing smile or a warm hug when you need it most. 

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