Caroline Simpson started studying Ashtanga Yoga in 2006 after the chance discovery of a class in Edinburgh. After a few months attending one or two classes each week she quickly built up to a daily practice, which she has maintained over the last 11 years including through two pregnancies.
In January 2007 Caroline made her first three month study trip to AYRI (now KPJAYI) in order to learn yoga directly from Sharath Jois, the current head of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. She knew immediately she had found her teacher in Sharath and made the effort to return yearly thereafter (often with two children in tow).
Caroline was Authorised to teach in February 2014 and received level 2 Authorisation in 2016. This allows her to teach both primary and intermediate series. In 2016 Caroline completed a two month training intensive with Sharath for Authorised and Certified Ashtanga Yoga students, with a focus on teaching this method of yoga practice correctly.
Ashtanga Bristol began in 2014 when students started contacting Caroline asking to learn yoga. She invited them to her home shala for small classes. Soon there were too many students to fit in the room so in January 2015 AB found a bigger, more permanent home at Quakers Meeting House on Gloucester Road. This move allowed Caroline to found the first ever full morning Mysore programme in the city.
In the UK Caroline practices with Hamish Hendry and assists when she can at Astanga Yoga London. She has also assisted Sharath at the KPJAYI shala in Mysore. Caroline teaches as she was taught and is fully committed to the practice, her teachers and her students.
Vanessa Fletcher has practiced yoga for several years and discovered Ashtanga yoga at the AB shala in 2015. She is an RYT 200 hour qualified teacher and has been a dedicated student of Caroline’s for the past two years with a full six-day week practice, something she believes in strongly for teachers and students alike. She has also studied with Kino Macgregor, Harmony Slater and Tim Feldman. Vanessa teaches with compassion and respect for each individual’s needs but always encourages students to work beyond the limitations of their mind. She finds the discipline of the Ashtanga method a calming constant in her busy life and learns so much just by showing up on the mat each day. She is excited to continue learning at Ashtanga Bristol, both through assisting Caroline weekly and covering classes.