Scott Harig

Scott Harig has been a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga teacher and mentor since 2000. He has studied with Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Michael Rawlison, David Swenson, and Manju Jois. In 2013, he developed and led the Ashtanga Open Practice (AOP) program at Pure Yoga NYC where he also taught yoga teacher trainings.  Then, in 2022, Scott opened the AOP Shala on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Now, Scott’s AOP Shala offers both online and in-person classes in New York City as well as with the Ascend Center in Cold Spring, NY.

Our Philosophy


Ashtanga Open Practice refers to the way Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught in its home city of Mysore, India. This program is now being taught at the AOP Shala in person, as well as, virtually on Zoom via Patreon (see schedule).

Each student is taught individually; given a one-on-one lesson in person at the studio or within a virtual group class on Zoom. This individual approach means Ashtanga Open Practice classes are a perfect fit for new and longtime practitioners. Each and every student is guided and supported in an ongoing program that offers an incredible array of strength, flexibility, and flow resulting in a practice that detoxifies balances, and strengthens both body and mind.

Each student is encouraged to memorize the breathing/movement sequence and develop an independent yet insightfully supported practice.

Open Ashtanga practice is offered in-person daily on the UWS, NYC, and on Zoom. Vinyasa classes and Led Ashtanga classes are also available throughout the week and on the weekends. Please check out our weekly Schedule and our Class Offerings page for more details on our classes!