PJ Bio

As a lifelong martial artist I was introduced to yoga practice in my early teens and developed a daily practice in my early twenties. After traveling to Mysore, India in 2005 I stopped all my martial training and have devoted myself to the science of Ashtanga Yoga.  The primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga is a masterpiece of breath and movement and develops my mind and body unlike anything I have ever discovered. Ashtanga yoga, when practiced correctly and consistently, can transform, transcend limits and gives us freedom to explore our full potential. 
Martial Arts
  • Japanese Jujutsu - 1996-2003 Shodan Black Belt (w/ Michael Coleman and Shoto Tanemura)
  • Ninpo - 1996-2003 (w/ Michael Coleman and Shoto Tanemura)
  • Kung Fu and Chi Kung - (w/ Grandmaster Pan Ching Fu and Kwan Saihung, The Wandering Taoist)
 
Yoga
  • Owner and Instructor - Ashtanga Yoga Milwaukee 2001 - present
  • Ashtanga Yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in Mysore India Jan. 2006 - March 2006 and Jan. 2007 - March 2007, Dec. 2007 - August 2008, Dec. 2008 - March 2009, March - April 2010, July - September 2010 completed level 1 Authorized teacher testing, Jan 2012 - Feb 2012 Assistant to Sharath Jois in Mysore India, Nov. 2013 - Feb. 2014, Dec. 2015 (10 trips to Mysore, India equaling 3 years of training)
  • Authorized Level 1 teacher by KPJAYI - Mysore, India March 2009
  • Head Instructor at KPJAYI Shala at Islamorada, FL - November 2010 - April 2011
  • Studied under Noah Williams in L.A., California annually 2013 - present
  • Pranayama under Sharath Jois in Encinitas, California April 2013
  • Authorized Level 2 teacher by KPJAYI - Mysore, India January 2014
  • Studied under Sharath Jois at UCLA, Stanford and N.Y.C annually since 2009
  • Yoga Instructor - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 2003 - 2012
  • Iyengar Yoga under Gabriel Halpern 2002-2006
  • Iyengar Yoga under Janet Lilly 1999-2001
  • Basic Hatha Yoga under John Wild and Michael Coleman - 1990 -1999
 
Education
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts (Film Production) UW-Milwaukee - 2001
  • Academic Awards - 1st Prize UWM Film Festival 2000 for Kung Fu Dreams, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, National Honors Society - 1998-2001
  • CPT - National Endurance Sports Trainers Association - 2002
  • Ayurvedic Massage Certification - Mumuksha - Mysore, India - 2006

Larissa Bio

Ashtanga yoga transforms, enriches and awakens me. I nurture the experience of this art so that my students can feel revived in a compassionate and motivating environment. Under the guidance of PJ, I have developed a strong personal practice maintaining the role as a life long student. My passion to continue Ashtanga’s lineage has guided me to Mysore, India to study with Sharath Jois.
 
Yoga
  • Instructor Ashtanga Yoga Milwaukee 2012 - present
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - January-February 2019
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Rolf Naujokat in Goa - March 2019
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - February 2016
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - November-January 2014
  • Assistant to Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - December 2014
  • Authorized Level 2 teacher by KPJAYI - Mysore, India - 2014
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Encinitas, California - April-May 2013
  • Pranayama under Sharath Jois in Encinitas, California - April-May 2013
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - January-March 2012
  • Authorized Level 1 teacher by KPJAYI - Mysore, India - 2012
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - January-April 2011
  • Taught Yoga at Invivo Fitness - August-December 2009
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in New  York City - April-May 2009
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga under Sharath Jois in Mysore, India - December 2008-March 2009
  • Practiced with Rolf Naujokat in Goa, India - 2 weeks, 2009
  • Studied Ashtanga Yoga with K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Saraswathi, and R. Sharath Jois - December 2007-February 2008
  • Apprentice to PJ Heffernan at Ashtanga Yoga Milwaukee in Waukesha, Wisconsin - January 2006-November 2011
 
Education
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts (Communication Design) Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design - 2002

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