Zoë Ward | Bio

By on Mar 11, 2014 in front page

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Holy crow do I love Ashtanga Yoga.
I love trying and failing. and trying and failing. and (2 years or 3 days or one vinyasa later) trying and succeeding! I love not understanding and asking for help. and getting it. or not getting it and just trying and working and finally not needing the help. I love the lessons that come from this work.

I love learning about myself through this practice of asana and discipline and surrender. I am endlessly grateful for the daily experience of suffering and joy that make up this practice, the heuristic I use to (try to) understand the suffering and joy that make up day to day life.

But more than that, I love my teachers.
I love the faith and the trust inherent in the student-teacher relationship of the ashtanga yoga method, the parampara. The experience of this practice, made authentic by our lineage, is overwhelmingly powerful. It is so beautiful, so awe inspiring. The asana are amazing tools, but this is the real yoga.

…and with the blessing of those that have gone before me, I offer to teach.

I have learned a little bit and maybe I can find a way to communicate the bits that will be helpful to you, or maybe we’ll just laugh a lot and keep trying together. It is my greatest goal, beyond the steady and authentic attempt to live up to my teachers’ examples, to help others have those sparks of growth and progress that this practice can bring.

I have been making extended trips to Mysore India since 2010, studying under the guidance of Sharath Jois. In 2013 he honored me by allowing me to assist him in the main shala and gave me his blessing to teach. My first trip to see this wonderful man was inspired by my lovely western teachers Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann. Without their guidance and mentorship, I would not be the person, practitioner, or teacher that I am today.

I currently run a daily mysore program in my hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, aptly named, Mysore Charlottesville. When I am not teaching (or practicing) I can be found skateboarding, hanging around a tattoo shop, and making irreverent jokes.


It is not the strongest nor the most intelligent of the species that survive; it is the one most adaptable to change.

– Charles Darwin