Dear yogis,

Hope you are all healthy and well. We’re currently experiencing some rather strange times with unimaginable consequences for the future. Stress and uncertainty about the economy/our finances or as a result of social distancing can cause various health problems. We at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö care about your physical and mental well-being and think it is especially important to, at this point in time promote positive ingredients and routines in everyday life that give a sense of normalcy. We therefore choose to keep the shala doors open, but follow the Public Health Authority and Government recommendations closely and stay updated on a daily basis. We ask those of you who come to class to read carefully and follow the guidelines (here) that we’ve introduced for everyone at the shala. And if you are run down or feel the slightest symptoms of infection, please stay at home.

SCHEDULE CHANGES – our regular schedule continues, but unfortunately we’ve had to cancel or postpone all extra events, workshops and guest teacher visits. We are trying to find new dates and our goal is to return to full activity in the autumn. Our hope is to to carry out this summer’s retreat in Kadermo, Finland, as planned. We also want to remind you that in May and June some public holidays take place and you can find all temporary schedule changes on our news page

BEGINNERS COURSES – As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve had to reduce our beginner’s courses this spring and replace them with introductory sessions. As all extra events are currently on hold, the next possible intro session will take place on 15/6. The class gives a quick overview of the basic principles of Ashtanga yoga, breath and sun salutations. Following the intro session participants have the chance to attend Mysore classes at no additional cost for the following two weeks. This is the traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga and we hope you recommend it to friends and family. Information about the upcoming session in June can be found here

CLASSES ONLINE – As long as the shala remains physically open we cannot arrange separate classes online. Instead we offer those who practice from home a few alternatives to maintain discipline and continuity in practice:

Virtual Mysore room via Zoom. Here you can log in and see the Mysore class live from the shala. In this way you have company, get help with motivation for your home practice and some extra energy from the group. The links to the virtual Mysore room via Zoom are published weekly in our private Facebook group for Shala members.

Personal feedback/advice – is also available for home-based practitioners during the period of social distancing. If you have a monthly/seasonal card you can book a 15 minute consultation via Zoom or phone at no extra cost (send your questions in advance). If you have a “klippkort” you use that as a payment. If you don’t have a card, you will be charged separately for the session. Contact us for more info.

Live classes on Facebook – we broadcast all guided classes (half Primary now both Tuesday and Thursday at 17:15-18:45 and full Primary  1 Friday/Sunday a month) in our private Facebook group. You can thus choose whether to participate on site in the studio or from home.

We offer both Mysore via Zoom and guided class via Facebook at no extra cost until further notice. If you are not a member of our private Facebook group, we recommend you request to join in order to get access to all updates as well as to the classes online. You are also welcome to post any ideas or requests for improvement in the group. In case of a temporary closure of the shala due to new government regulations, all classes will be taught via Zoom and only those with monthly/seasonal or klippkort will be offered to join.

SUMMER OPENING HOURS & SUMMER CARD – will be open all summer 2020 with Mysore classes six mornings a week. However, from 22 June to 21 August we won’t offer any evening classes. We’ll also launch a special summer card which gives you access to unlimited practice. The card can be purchased at any time during June-July and is valid for up to two months from the date of purchase, but no longer than 31/8. The card is available to buy on site in the shala.

FINANCES – the crisis we’re currently experiencing will have severe consequences for the financial situation for society as a whole. When many people lose their jobs and incomes overall decrease whilst expenses remain the same or even increase, it will affect us all – the shala as well as its members. Unfortunately, we therefore have to inform you that as long as the shala remains physically open, we cannot pause anyone’s card (this applies to monthly/seasonal cards as all “klippkort” are unlimited in time) unless you are sick, belong to a risk group and need to self-isolate or are in quarantine. We take this measure for the shala to survive even after the pandemic and we ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. On our part, we do everything in our ability to facilitate for members (also new ones) in financial difficulty who can’t pay for practice over a certain period of time. In times of hardship it is particularly important to be able to continue your yoga practice and be part of a community. We always offer discounts to unemployed/job seekers, pensioners and students and provide the opportunity to split your invoice into several payments. Under special circumstances, we are also flexible in finding individualized solutions. Please talk to Isabella directly and explain your situation.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned in between newsletters by following our pages on social media. We hope you stay healthy so that we can see you on the yoga mat in the shala or online. And it’s worth repeating – please stay at home if you have the slightest sign or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. However, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need support in your yoga practice.

Last but not least – wash your hands!
Isabella & crew