Joey Miles Follow
Joey’s teaching is rigorous and playful and his intention is to bring clarity and emphasis to sound alignment within the Ashtanga system.
Working from a reclined position on a bolster to give more space and openness to the chest area, Joey begins with a body scan before guiding you through you through a relaxed breathing practice called Viloma Pranayama (interrupting the breath). Bolster and blankets needed.
Relax deeply with Supta Baddha Konasana
Joey shows you some options for a key supine pose - Supta Baddha Konasana - (Reclined Bound Angle pose) to help you relax and restore deeply. You'll need a bolster or pillow, a couple of blocks and a belt.
The heart of recognition
Introduction to Kshemaraja's Pratya bijna hrdayam - The Splendour of Recognition - chanting. Unfortunately, the text Joey uses is now out of print but he refers to another book by Christopher D. Wallis which is called 'The Recognition Sutras: Illuminating a 1,000-Year-Old Spiritual Masterpiece'.
Chanting Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1, part 4
Part 4 of this series in which Joey and Rachel chant the Yoga Sutras 42 - 51. For reference, they are using The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary Paperback by Edwin F. Bryant.) Using a call and response method, Joey will break down the longer sutras so it’s easier for you to repeat. Part 1: Sutras 1 - 12Part 2: Sutras 13 - 29Part 3: Sutras 30 - 41
Chanting Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1, part 3
Part 3 of this series in which Joey and Rachel chant the Yoga Sutras 30 - 41. (For reference, they are using The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary Paperback by Edwin F. Bryant.) Using a call and response method, Joey will break down the longer sutras so it’s easier for you to repeat. Part 1: Sutras 1 - 12Part 2: Sutras 13 - 29
Chanting Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1, part 2
For Part 2 of this series, Joey and Rachel chant the Yoga Sutras 13 - 29. (For reference, they are using The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary Paperback by Edwin F. Bryant.) Using a call and response method, Joey will break down the longer sutras so it’s easier for you to repeat. Click here for Part 1.
Chanting Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Chapter 1 part 1
The first of a four-part series. Joey and Rachel are chanting from The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary Paperback by Edwin F. Bryant. (You can of course use any translation of the Sutras you have and lke, it doesn't have to be the same one). Using a call and response method, we'll begin with the first 12 Sutras. Joey suggests a great way to study these is to chant a small section, then in your own time, read the translation of each word and then, having read each Sutra, take a look through the commentary. You could also use a notebook and write down anything that resonates with you. In time, and as you become more experienced with chanting, this may change. Click here for Part 2
Build up stamina to meditate for longer
Joey teaches a body scan and mindfulness of breathing technique in order to support you to sit for a longer period of time in meditation.
Find space at the end of the exhale - a short Ujjayi class
A short sequence exploring the Ujjayi breath in stages. Learn to make the technique effortless and find the space at the end of the exhalation.
Stepping and jumping in Sun Salutations
To step or to jump, that is the question. Take a look at the options for how to transition in Sun Salutations and how these movements link to stepping or jumping to the seated position in the Ashtanga primary series.
Accessible Ashtanga practice
A modified, accessible practice for those who shy away from Ashtanga. Beginning with a short flow which includes some simple Sun Salutes, before moving into some standing postures to create space in the spine and the rest of the body.
How to sit - the basic meditation posture
Can't get comfortable in seated meditation? Try the variations offered in this class and then join Joey for 10 minutes of sitting and scanning the body.
Relaxing the gaze - Drishti explained
Ever wondered what the 9 Drishti - gazing places - are? This class explains how to keep the eyes relaxed and focused to shift the perception.
Press up - Chaturanga Dandasana mini tutorial
A short exploration of Chaturanga Dandasana, the press up position we repeat so often in the Sun Salutation. Learn how to refine the pose using this short class.
Ashtanga closing chant
Learn the Ashtanga closing chant with a simple call and response class.
A guided relaxation in Savasana bringing attention to different areas of your body. Drift away to Joey's dulcet tones...Have a blanket and bolster ready, and something to cover your eyes.
Half Primary with some modification options
Counted half Primary series at a flowing pace - some basic alternatives are given without disrupting the rhythm.
Stretch the front of the groin
Practice lunge variations in order to stretch the front thighs, open the front groin and thereby take pressure out of the lower back.
Ashtanga opening chant
Learn the Ashtanga opening chant with this simple call and response class. Om Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde Sandarshita Svatma Sukhava Bodhe Nih Shreyase Jangalikayamane Samsara Halahala Mohashantiyai Abahu Purushakaram Shankachakrasi Dharinam Sahasra Shirasam Shvetam Pranamami Patanjalim Om
Shoulder opening and handstand at wall
A simple shoulder opening sequence, the ideal complement to a dynamic class when your shoulders are tired.
Hip opening - working toward leg behind head
Let Joey take you through a range of accessible hip opening postures. These are great to practice to bring more flexibility into the hips and spine. Also interesting for those who want to work toward bringing the leg behind the head.
Ashtanga greatest hits
A playful practice based on the Primary series that incorporates extra intermediate poses.
Preparatory poses ideal before a dynamic practice, or simply a great way to start moving the body when tired, stiff or sore. You'll need three blocks, a blanket and a belt for this practice.
In this short class we explore the effects that other postures have on Trikonasana. The aim is to keep viewing Trikonasana afresh, to stop thinking we already know it. This lesson can then be applied to life off the mat!
Restorative forward bends
Turn inward through supporting the head in seated forward bends (on a chair or bolster.)
Explore some key supine poses
Explore some key supine poses - where are you holding tension? An ideal after-lunch practice or for times of fatigue or when under stress.
Advanced Ashtanga Greatest Hits
An advanced class, blending poses from the primary, intermediate and advanced Ashtanga series. Be sensible when trying this class and listen to your body; few people will be able to do all the poses shown so please proceed with caution.
Advanced leg behind head variations
An advanced class for those who are already steady with leg behind head postures. (Do not do this class unless you ALREADY regularly practice leg behind head variations.)
Shoulder opening and chest opening
Shoulder opening followed by supine poses with bricks and blocks to open the chest.
Dynamic standing poses
The basic Ashtanga standing poses are playfully explored with extra repetitions and modifications.
Sama Vrtti - Even breathing
Even breathing - Is your breathing even? In this class we use a metronome to assist in making the flow of the inhalation and exhalation even and smooth.
Modified Ashtanga-based practice
A modified Ashtanga practice, skipping the less accessible postures from the Primary series.
Full Primary Series, traditional counted method
The Full Primary Series as counted out in Mysore on the first and final practice days of the week. Great for learning the correct Sanskrit numbers and exact breath movements and an ideal practice companion for keeping a good rhythm to practice to. Take your time and edit out all the little extra breaths and added movements that creep into your practice.
Another restorative sequence, ideal for when the body is tired and requires a gentle practice.
Sirsasana / Headstand class
Learn the basic links from child’s pose to downward dog to handstand, forearm balance and headstand. All these poses require the same fundamental actions and directions of extension in the upper arms and shoulder girdle. A great mini lesson to study and improve your headstand.
Backbending reframed as extending the front body
An exploration of lengthening the front of the body, deep work on the ankles and hip flexors before breaking down simple back bends such as Salabhasana and Dhanurasana.
Half Primary series, counted method
Half Primary series (up to Navasana / boat pose), as counted in Mysore. Great for learning the correct Sanskrit numbers and exact breath movements and an ideal companion for keeping a good rhythm to practice to. Perfect class for those who are not yet ready to do the Full Primary or for those with less time.
Guided sitting meditation. Scan the body and relax, observe and witness the natural breath, find the pauses between the breaths … drop into stillness.
Shoulder opening sequence
Beginning with some wrist stretches and Parvatasana (Mountain pose). Joey then teaches Gomukhasana (cow face arms) and Garudasana (eagle arms) to stretch the rhomboid and trapezius muscles. These are interspersed with supination stretches to open to the front of the body. Joey then takes it to the wall to show you how to create more external rotation in preparation for Pashchima Namaskarasana (reverse prayer position). Excellent, detailed instruction and plenty of modifications given. You’ll feel great after this class! Props: strap / wall space needed.
Ashtanga poses, counted method
Sun salutations and standing poses counted to the traditional method. Switch off the logical part of the mind and simply follow the breath and count - a great short practice for those familiar with the Ashtanga tradition of Pattabhi Jois.
A simple restorative class including Supta Baddha Konasana, Supta Virasana and the actions of Pratyahara.
Modified Half Primary Series
A modified Ashtanga half primary series for mixed abilities, taking into account the student’s knee injury. Joey breaks down the poses and gives some great tips for safe alignment. For anyone who shies away from Ashtanga, this is a wonderfully accessible class - you’ll learn a lot! You may need a couple of bricks, blocks and a belt for this practice.
Total beginners Sun Salutation
Learn the first 3 breath movements of the Sun Salutation. This is lesson one in the basics of postural yoga - these 3 movements are repeated countless times in entry and exits all the way through the primary, intermediate and advanced Ashtanga series.
Breathing with sound - Ujjayi
Explore the sound of the Ujjayi breath, using 4 stages to not only contract the epiglotis but equally important, relax the throat and let go of the sound. Ideal for people who overdo and overly push and pull the breath. Part of the 'Eight Limbs of Yoga' Program
Beginners Ashtanga class
This is an Ashtanga yoga class for beginners but everyone should give this class a go! Joey has a calm and concise delivery, along with a strong focus on alignment. He takes you through some Sun Salutations and modified Standing poses, followed by a short relaxation. Give this yoga class a try and enjoy the peace it will bring to your day.