Barbara Süss, director and teacher

“I started my yoga practice at the age of 26 during the pregnancy with son David. At that time, I was far from reaching my toes on the ground, nor did I have the slightest idea where this journey could lead me. I started with a few books and a DVD until I was lucky enough to meet Rolf Naujokat and learn the Ashtanga Yoga method. In 2010, I started with Sharath Jois, the grandson of Sri K. Patthabi Jois to study in Mysore. Since then, I have returned to India every year for several month to continue and deepen my studies with my teachers. Since 2016, I have been authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga. I get up every morning at 3.30 a.m. to practice before class. My hobbies are photography, reading, cooking, yoga philosophy and helping people in need.

The core of Ashtanga, the daily come back onto the mat, the experience and acceptance of my mental and physical limits are aspects that strongly describe my every day life.

I truely believe in the therapeutic potential of yoga and my teaching is based on my own experience and sencere studies, which is expanded through continuous further education and my continues daily practice. The ordinary, daily decisions about how I live my life, that is my yoga.

The eight folded Ashtanga path is my day to day life and regulates my handling with the world. Practice is my most honest form of healing, my tool for change and stability. Like a mirror that shows me ruthlessly and without filters who I am, how I stand and that reflects my daily actions. If I can encourage my students to get a little closer to their potential every day and to become more mindful, then that inspires me a lot. Much more than our abilities, it is our decisions that show who we really are.

I work to cultivate serenity, to cultivate a loving relationship and to offer space where people can feel comfortable and work on themselves. There is still so much to do.”

All of Barbara´s assistants are highly qualified and experienced. Everyone has a disciplined and commited yoga practice, has been practicing daily for years and studies under the supervision of Barbara Süss or other authorized or certified teachers by Sharath Jois.

Zarina Hrdy, Assistent

“My Name is Zarina and I am born und raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2015, I moved to Austria, my husband´s homecountry. Together we raise our 3 children here.

I received my introduction to the Ashtanga method in the traditional Mysore Style in Almaty during a visit in 2016. Since then I mange to maintain a daily practice.

Since 2017, I have been practicing in the Mysore Vienna Ashtanga Yoga Shala under the supervision and guidance of my teacher Barbara Süss, who accompanies me on my Yogapath.

Since the beginning on the pandemic in 2020 I am continually attending the led online primary and intermediate classes and conferences of Sharath Jois.”

Yogapath – teachings

09/2016 – Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga, Sandi Rakhimbayeva, Almaty

10/2016 – Tarik Thami Workshop, Almaty

08/2017 – Sharath Jois, Kopenhagen

08/2018 – Angela Jamison Workshop, Wien

01/2019 – Mysore-Programm Adriana Perez, Wien

05/2019 – Angela Jamison Workshop, Wien

June 2020 till present – Vedic chanting und Yoga-Philosophy with Vigneshwar Bhat, India

01/2021 – 02/2022 – ‘Further Yoga Traditions Mentorship Program’ with Dylan Bernstein

01/2021 – 12/2021 – Bhagavad Geeta Intensive with Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat

03/2022 – Online-Mysore-Programm Ashtanga Yoga Shala Kyiv, Iryna Panarina & Tetiana Lymar

07 – 08/2022 – Mysore-Programm with Sergey Vertkov, Almaty

08/2022 – Ajay Tokas Workshop, Almaty

05 – 09/2022 – Advaya Taraka Upanishad Kurs with Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat

09 – 11/2022 – Surya-Upanishad Kurs with Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat

Raphaela Siegenthaler, assistant

“My name is Rafa, I am a mother and aunty, have been studying cultural and social anthropology and I do work as a social worker in a Viennese school.

I have been practicing meditation since 2010 and in 2014 I got in contact with Ashtanga Yoga. 5 years ago, in 2017, I was lucky enough to find Barbara Süss and the Mysore Vienna Ashtanga Yoga Shala. Barbara practices and teaches in the tradition of Sharath and Sri K. Patthabi Jois. Since then, I have been managing to maintain a daily and regulary practice.”

“In the summer of 2022, I was very lucky to attend Luke Jordan’s Ashtanga Summer School, where my love for the Ashtanga tradition deepend.

Daily practice gives me the space and silence that is so easily lost in the everyday life of a big city: to explore what our existence might mean and to have compassion for myself, for others, for life. This may be the reason why I never stopped practicing – even if it can sometimes be difficult and often unpleasant. It is the gratitude for my teachers who patiently trust me and show me again and again what it means to love and share.”

Daniela Nahlik, Assistant

“My Name is Daniela, I am 46 years old, married and mother of 2 children (11 and 17 years). I work as an occupational therapist with children in a Viennese clinic.

6 years ago, I had short-term neurological failures, which were diagnosed as symptoms of a mini-stroke after examinations in the hospital. After that, I started looking for a way how to “de-stress” my life. I wanted to find something that calms my chaotic, monkey mind and makes my slow body more flexible and maybe a little thinner.

In 2016 I found Barbara’s Shala and I loved it immediately because I don’t imitate anything – I just can be.

Yoga has brought me what I was looking for: a calmer mind and a more flexible body. As I started doing it every day, I noticed so many areas in my life are changing. I became more selfconfident and it helped me organize myself internally. I became more patient with myself and with the people around me, my family.