Yoga Teacher Training, Ashtanga Yoga Classes, and Gentle Yoga Classes in Bellingham Washington

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois is a traditional hatha yoga practice that is very focused about a few aspects of asana (yoga poses) that are fundamental and necessary to its practice. They are called “Tristana” and are the following three qualities of asana:

  1. Dristi are the points of focus for the eyes. Because eyesight is the predominating sensory factor that prohibits meditative aspects of the mind, it must be controlled through points of focus. These points of focus are adhered to by all practitioners of Ashtanga in one way or another, and they are as follows:

    1. Nasagram drishti: Tip of the nose

    2. Ajna chakra or bhrumadhya drishti: Between the eyebrows

    3. Nabhi chakra drishti: Navel

    4. Hastagram drishti: Hand

    5. Padayoragram drishti: Toes

    6. Parshva drishti: Far to the right

    7. Parshva drishti: Far to the left

    8. Angushtha Ma Dhya drishti: Thumbs

    9. Urdhva or antara drishti: Up to the sky

  2. Bandhas are “muscle locks” that are energetic powers created by the burst of energy utilized as the sections of muscles are clenched. The most common bandhas utilized in Ashtanga are:

    1. Mula Bandha; root lock/pelvic floor

    2. Uddhiyana Bandha; upward flying/redirecting of downward motion in the region of the belly

    3. Jalandhara Bandha; the throat lock (rare, but typically involving a lowering of the chin)

  3. Pranayama is the fourth limb of yoga. There are many practices in hatha yoga that involve pranayama, but the first pranayama taught in Ashtanga is called “Ujjayi” which is a hissing sound made by a slight closure of the glottis in the throat.

Below are some fundamental postures taught in the Krishnamacharya lineage of Ashtanga Yoga

 Up dog:

Down dog:

Surya Namaskara:



Uthita Trikonasana: adjustments:

Parivritta Trikonasana:

Uthita Parsvakonasana:

Prasarita Paddotanasana:


Uthita Hasta Padangustasana:

Ardha Baddha Padmottonasana:



Marichyasana A:

Marichyasana C:



Baddha Konasana:

Supta Kurmasana:

Upavistha Konasana:

Urdva Dhanurasana:

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The contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham begins with Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, then Sri K Pattabhi Jois, David Garrigues, and Ashtanga Bellingham's director, Luke Baugh.

Luke Baugh in Parvritta Parsvakonasana at Exist Yoga School in 2008

Luke Baugh in Parvritta Parsvakonasana at Exist Yoga School in 2008

Ashtanga Yoga Bellingham is an Ashtanga Yoga School, in the lineage of David Garrigues. The format of our classes was first taught to students of Washington by our founders teachers, David Garrigues and Catherine Tissertont at the original Ashtanga Yoga School located in Capital Hill in Seattle. For over a decade there, David and Catherine taught Ashtanga Yoga at a location dedicated to the preservation and refinement of the art. The Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle, at that time, was one of the only places in the world where students of Ashtanga could study the practice under the guidance of two Certified Ashtanga teachers, in a facility blessed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji). 


The Ashtanga Yoga School in Seattle (AYS Seattle) circa 2006

The Ashtanga Yoga School in Seattle (AYS Seattle) circa 2006

Luke Baugh and David Garrigues at the Spokane Yoga Shala (now Ashtanga Yoga School Spokane)

Luke Baugh and David Garrigues at the Spokane Yoga Shala (now Ashtanga Yoga School Spokane)

After 5 years of study in the field of yoga, and two years of study under David's guidance, Luke Baugh was the first student of AYS to graduate from the teacher training program and go on to start his own school. For years, and through many stages of trial and error, both Luke and David share a goal; to bring more good yoga to the public, for the benefit of humanity. They are both tirelessly committed to the transmission of yoga to the world. 


Ashtanga Bellingham seeks to continue the research of Ashtanga Yoga, and teach accurate and sustainable yoga to people in our local reach. 

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 Mysore Etiquette & Practice Guidelines

  1. Practice only Ashtanga Yoga in the lineage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois

  2. Observe silence

  3. Pay Tuition on time

  4. Have good personal hygiene

  5. Do not chant alone in a group setting

  6. Arrive and leave quietly, at any time

  7. Do not adjust other students

  8. Mind your own practice and do not watch or distract other students

  9. Observe a weekly rest day from your practice to show honor to your body

  10. Observe full moon and new moon days as no practice days as set forth by Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center (click here)


Everyone that practices yoga has to make certain changes to their lifestyle and schedule. We are as a community, here to help each other in our mutual aim to develop ourselves as yoga practitioners. While there are numerous considerations that can interfere with practice, there are a few that are common and addressed here:

  1. Children (Child Care)

  2. Disease, Disability, Elders

  3. Transportation

  4. Poverty

  1. Children

Children are vital to the passage of yoga to our next generation. Please bring your children with you to practice. We also have a separate room at the studio where people can arrange child care, or trade off if there is a group of people; we will even help you arrange that. If you are a mother or father and have a small child and want to come to yoga, you are hereby given permission to do so. Yes, we know that little kids wander around. As a community we must accept this. Students that have some issue with children being in yoga class need to find another place to practice. Yes, we know that little kids scream and cry; if they do it too much then you can take a break from your practice and deal with them. Yes, we realize that your kids cannot sit still for an hour; bring a laptop, an ipad (we have one you can borrow) and let them watch cartoons, color, draw, or whatever is your parenting style. We are okay with it. 

If you have friends who all want to practice together, come at the same time, and rotate one parent at a time to stay with the kids. There is no charge for using the room that sits at the entrance of the studio; it can probably fit, at most 5-6 kids. This is something that will never change at Ashtanga Bellingham. You can bring your kids with you. 

Certified Ashtanga Teacher David Garrigues holding an infant child of a student while teaching second series.

Certified Ashtanga Teacher David Garrigues holding an infant child of a student while teaching second series.

2. Disease

Many people come to yoga because they are sick. Yoga has been used as preventative medicine for thousands of years, and recently it has been proven through numerous medical studies to help with several ailments that are common problems for people. Still, some people do not come to practice because their bodies are not well enough to do yoga postures as well as others. This is a very sad situation because all yoga asana that came to us came through the yogi Krishnamacharya, who was an ayurvedic healer and master of yoga for the purposes of healing the sick. Whatever your ailment is, or whatever is in your body that you are not happy with, please inform your teacher and come to class anyway.

3. Transportation

Along with the yogic value of ahimsa, many people that seek out the practice of yoga find themselves living minimalist lifestyles and thus not having access to automobiles, particularly for evening courses. We do not want you to walk too far in the dark, and there are many other students who drive to and from the shala, so please let us know if we can help you get to and from class.

4. Poverty

Many people that want to undertake yoga do not have the means to do so. The yoga school has bills to pay, but we have several programs to offer those in the lower income brackets, such as scholarships, work/trade and internship agreements, and partial tuition waivers. If you feel that this is your place of practice but you do not have the means to afford tuition, please speak with your teacher.

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 As an Ashtanga Yoga tradition, our school observes Full and New Moon Days as no practice days for Mysore classes (all other classes are held as scheduled). As we are in the Pacific Time Zone we follow the dates provided by Tim Miller at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Carlsbad, CA. Click here to see these dates.


Online Courses

The recommended courses that follow are yoga tutorials that are advised for new yogis or people with a developing practice that need guidance. Students of the school are encouraged to seek council of the program directors to get guidance along with these videos. Unlike buying a yoga course anonymously online, you can learn from a master and have the additional benefit of the support of your local yoga school.

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Foundation First Course Video | $42.50

This is a great place to start, or re-start. If you are new to Ashtanga or if you have been practicing for a while and are looking to take things to the next level, start at the bottom. David leads you through the most important anatomical and energetic components of Ashtanga in a truly artful way. This course goes along perfectly with our Beginners Intensive Courses, or works great all by itself.

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Primary Series Instructional Video | $50

This course is absolutely invaluable and a must have for anyone who is practicing the primary series at home. It is a great addition to the Foundation First Course and provides the full primary series taught by a master in the now rarely known sanskrit counting method.

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Traditional Count Primary Series Audio | $12

This is a great value and indispensable companion for someone who is practicing the primary series at home. The audio will take you through the primary, and there is a short pranayama sequence at the end. This series could be practiced daily for years.

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