Los Angeles Yoga Club is a traditional Ashtanga Yoga School in the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga lineage. We operate differently than most yoga studios, focusing on the development of a personal practice rather than group directed classes. It is run by Spiros Antonopoulos and Erica Morton Magill.
Spiros Antonopoulos began studying yoga and consciousness in his teens, and began a diligent daily practice in 1993 in Taos, NM, under the tutelage of a Western Magickal group focusing upon yoga and breathwork, meditation, and chanting. During this time he used psychedelics to steer explorations, discovery, and reality. ◉ In 2001 Spiros moved to NYC and began studying Ashtanga Yoga closely with Eddie Stern in 2001, and concurrently with Ashtanga Yoga master Sri K. Pattabhi Jois during that same year (until his passing in 2009). He continues to study with Pattabhi Jois’s grandson and successor, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and his daughter, Saraswati Jois. And for a few brief years in the early oughties he ran a tea stall at Ashtanga Yoga New York & the Broome Street Temple in Manhattan. ◉ In 2008 Spiros met Danny Castro and was introduced to the contemplations, enquiries, practices and explorations of awareness, the yoga of perception, or Darshan Yoga.
Erica Morton Magill has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager; the practice acting as a thread that has stitched together her adult years. She is trained as a social scientist in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley; and spent over a decade at the intersection of yoga and social justice teaching yoga, mindfulness, meditation, writing and art to incarcerated and at-risk teenage girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Erica has written a guidebook on teaching trauma-informed yoga; and in collaboration with neuroscientists, artists, teachers and activists has crafted an extensive curriculum on teaching yoga in prisons and schools. She has had the great privilege to study with and continue to learn from Johnny Smith, Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois, and his mother Saraswati Jois.
Both Spiro + Erica are honored to have been authorized by KPJAYI to share this lineage and its teachings.
Together they also co-own and run Ardor Apothecary, a boutique, gathering space and wellness center that sits just next to LAYC in DTLA.
*Portrait by Todd Weaver.