Our mission at Birmingham Yoga is to support, nurture and strengthen the Birmingham, Alabama yoga community through yoga teacher training opportunities, multi-level workshops, studio classes, networking with area studios and serving as a source of information for area students.
The birth and growth of Birmingham Yoga has been an organic process. After studying throughout his teens and twenties with Kundalini Yoga Master, Yogi Bhajan, and Pattabhi Joi’s nephew, Vishwanath, Akasha Ellis settled in Birmingham and began sharing his knowledge. In 2000, he began teaching Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga classes to students in the Birmingham area. Five years later, Terri Sellers and LeAnn NeQuette embarked on a vision to see the Birmingham Yoga Community grow. They created Magic City Yoga, a “studio without walls,” to host workshops and support the growing community of yoga teachers in the city. As interest in yoga continued to blossom, Magic City Yoga joined forces with Akasha Ellis to create the Yoga Alliance 200 hour teacher training program that in 2012 is now celebrating its fifth graduating class.
In 2009, the “studio without walls” transformed into Birmingham Yoga as it found a cozy sanctuary studio in downtown Birmingham. However, in just two years, Birmingham Yoga outgrew the space and Akasha began looking for a larger space and partners to help nurture this growth at Birmingham Yoga. Kerry Meon, Kundalini and prenatal yoga instructor, Ingrid Propst and Akasha partnered together and found a wonderful space in the Forest Park area. Our new space is large enough now to support our growing yoga community and Birmingham Yoga Teachers. We are happy to say that we will be able to offer a variety of yoga classes, workshops, and teacher training. The studio is centrally located with two yoga rooms, kitchen and ample parking. The space will also be home to five talented massage therapists and reiki practitioners.
We truly feel grateful and blessed to serve and offer yoga to our community and our growing family of talented teachers in Birmingham. We look forward to practicing and sharing our love of yoga with you.