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NEWSLETTER MAY/JUNE 2019

We hope you’ve had a good Easter weekend with a chance to enjoy the sunshine. Finally we’ve defrosted and now the physical side of yoga may be a bit easier. Our regular schedule continues until 30 June and in July there’ll be a special summer schedule. In May and June we have many exciting events and special classes with guest teachers to offer all our practitioners, newer and more experienced. May and June also include some public holidays and we’d like to remind you of some temporary schedule changes then (click here).

Early July, we welcome Karolina Zakrzewska as a summer teacher and the second half of the month Sharath Jois visits Copenhagen (info here) for a week’s workshop. Keep reading and you’ll be on top of all that happens at the  school before summer.

A NEW BEGINNERS’ COURSE starts in Malmö on Monday 29/4 (read more here). It is a 6-week course and we’re always happy when you recommend us to your friends. Right now we’d be extra happy if you could motivate some stiff men to join the course and thus help us even out gender gap in our shala.

FRIDAY FUN our alternative after work – continues on 26/4 and 17/5 in Malmö. The theme this semester is basic yoga philosophy and chanting. No previous experience is required. The upcoming two sessions treat ch2 of Yoga Sutras and we continue to learn simple breathing techniques. Register via the event

GUIDED CLASS of both the first and second series in Ashtanga yoga take place in May/June. The next guided primary series is on Sunday 12/5 at 8.45 (followed by tea & talk). Isabella also teaches led Intermediate series on Sunday 19/5 and 16/6 after the regular Mysore class. Please read the requirements for participation here and talk to Isabella before you sign up.

GUEST TEACHERS on June 1-2, we welcome Swedish Gabriel and his Australian wife Nadia. They’ll teach two Master classes in Ashtanga yoga on the theme “Create effortless fluidity and control in your yoga practice”. Learn how to find flow in your practice through bandhas and breath. Find the strength and flexibility in both transitions and asana. Gabriel and Nadia give you  an insight into techniques that make your practice easier. Classes are open for all. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Read more here

SUMMER RETREAT in FINLAND 7-12 July we return to the idyll Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland, an island completely unaffected by the stress of modern society. Join Isabella on a week-long Ashtanga yoga retreat with both morning and afternoon classes. Take the opportunity to unwind, relax, and enjoy yoga, beautiful scenery and fantastic vegetarian food by the best Indian chef Anu flown in straight from Mysore. Last year was very much appreciated and fully booked so don’t wait too long to reserve. More info here.

SUMMER TEACHER Karolina Zakrzewska covers classes from 1-14 July while Isabella is away. Karolina is from Helsingborg but lives in Goa, India where she runs the retreat centre Purple Valley. Karolina has taught at our shala at twice previously and we are delighted to welcome her back. More about Karolina and the summer schedule here

Finally, speaking of Purple Valley, we want to flag that Isabella teaches a retreat there later this autumn from 26/10-8/11. More on our eventspage where you also find a link to Purple Valley. Bookings open on their homepage in May. You don’t want to miss this trip!

The next newsletter will be distributed mid-June. It’ll contain more info about some important changes coming up at the school this summer/autumn. In the meantime please stay updated by visiting this news page/blog and follow us on social media (links below). You’re also invited to join the closed group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö / Lund practitioners we started.

See you on the yoga mat!
 P.S Did you know that you can use your healthcare allowance when you buy practice cards with us?

Yoga and Osteoporosis/Osteopenia – the hidden disease

Photo: Barbara Süss

What would you do if you at the age of 34 were diagnosed with a condition that normally women twice your age would get? How would you react if doctors told you that with having this disease at such a young age there was a risk that you could be wheel chair bound in your sixties? It’s not only a difficult message to receive or take on board, but even harder when you can’t see or feel the disease in your daily life. Osteopenia/Osteoporosis – weakened bone density – is invisible to the eye and is mostly only diagnosed once a fracture has actually occurred.

Eight years ago I was diagnosed with severe osteopenia, a pre-stage to osteoporosis, following six months of repeated spontaneous rib fractures. My bone density results were very bad, really on the border to Osteoporosis. At the time I had to make quite a few changes not only to my life but also to my yoga practice.I had to become more sensitive and take certain precautions. But my yoga practice has also been an invaluable factor in the process of healing and improving my bone density. Since my diagnosis in 2010, my bi-yearly bone density scans have gradually shown improved results and at the latest scan one week ago I was given the happy news that I am now no longer osteopenic and have normal bone density for my age.

Five years ago I wrote a blog post about practicing yoga with osteopenia/osteoporosis to share my experience with other women who might be in a similar situation. Because the old website has since been deactivated I’ve decided to re-post the article here . I don’t go into detail of what lies behind my weak bones, I might share some of that in a later post. However, it has come to light that this condition is more common than previously thought with younger women who have been very physically active in young years (athletes for example) and whom have not had a good enough intake of good nutrition or whom have lost their periods for certain amounts of time. It may also follow in the steps of eating disorders and other mental health conditions (depression, anxiety, stress etc), problems of mal-absortion and inflammation in the gut and deficiencies in vitamin-D etc.

March 2014

Three and a half years ago following a series of inexplicable/spontaneous rib fractures suffered in yoga practice I was diagnosed with a severe stage of Osteopenia – a pre-stage to Osteoporosis (bone loss). I was 34 years old and had a condition that women my mother’s age would be more likely to suffer from. The reason I ended up with Osteopenia I will not go into. There were most likely many factors at play and I’ll most likely never know what caused what – like the “chicken and the egg story”.

Osteoporosis happens when there is a loss of calcium and mineral in the bones that weakens them and causes them to break more easily. Although Osteopenia is not as bad as osteoporosis the risk of fracture is the same in both cases. The primary risk areas for fractures are the vertebrae in the spine, the hips and the wrists. Some bone loss is natural with aging. Peak bone density occurs during our 20’s but after the age of 35 bone density starts to decline.

When I got my diagnosis in 2010 the doctors seemed quite surprised to have such a young patient with an “old woman’s condition”, yet they didn’t really seem to take it seriously. Maybe they didn’t know what to do. The advice received from my GP (in a letter…) was that I should quit smoking, do more weight bearing exercise and eat more green vegetables. At the time I had been a vegetarian for 18 years, I was very fit (having been a spinning teacher for 11 years, a long distance runner and had a regular strong yoga practice) and I most certainly didn’t smoke (and I never had)…

Eventually, I was put on medication, alendronic acid a substance that is given to old ladies in their 70’s and 80’s. At the time I didn’t question it since I had many other things going on in my life and not the energy to argue. My GP supported that I continue to practice yoga but cautioned me to be careful. And that was that. The lack of engagement from the medical community led me to also not really take the situation seriously. I did a little bit of research and figured I should probably stop long distance running (the bouncing impact not being very good for the spine) and I took care in yoga practice not to fall (I had already dislocated a disc when falling in headstand a year earlier, broken my little toe twice when jumping through and then there were those fracture ribs that had prompted my seeking help in the first place). Otherwise, I figured yoga must be good since it’s definitely a weight bearing exercise.

Over the past few years my yoga practice has deepened and intensified (on both a physical and other levels). My body has become much stronger and stable as well as more flexible. I have gained quite some weight due to increased muscle build but some of it is also an increase in bone mass. When I had my last bone density scan the results had improved – but I still had Osteopenia. Whether the increased bone density was because of the medication or the yoga practice or a combination I don’t know.

I’m sure that yoga is mostly positive, but there are also things in yoga practice that sometimes cause me concern and with time and experience I’ve come to reflect more and more on the effects of the practice. In the – meager – research I did following the diagnosis I learnt that forward bending might be hazardous for people with Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. The increased pressure on the front of the vertebrae in forward bends could lead to fractures on the spine. I also read that back bending would be more beneficial as such movements would strengthen the muscles around the spine. My body welcomed these “facts” as it really doesn’t like to bend forward and doing back bends is more pleasurable.

Recently I decided to look a bit more into the research done on yoga and Osteopenia/Osteoporosis (and I really should have done this much earlier to take responsibility for my own situation, but I guess I was still in some kind of denial). Some of what I found out was quite shocking! Basically all that I am doing in my practice is highly dangerous. According to the research available I play on the edge of disaster every morning and it’s a miracle that I haven’t yet fractured a vertebra or hip.

People with Osteopenia/Osteoporosis may experience spontaneous spinal fractures without warning as the body moves out of the posture back to its original position. Forward bending (spine flexion) is – as mentioned previously – particularly dangerous, but also twisting, arm balancing (risk of falling), shoulder and head stand and deep back bending are not recommended. The only safe postures would be standing postures (which are weight bearing on the large bones of the legs and hips); back bends like cobra pose or shalabasana (locust pose) and seated postures that do not include bending forward. Moving in and out of postures should be done with caution so umping is definitely a “no-go” and Ashtanga yoga is completely out of the question according to the articles I found.

While taking the warnings and risks seriously I think that there a few other things one needs to consider. Most of the research available seems to have been done on people of the age 65+. What about younger people who may have a better overall health, a fitter body in general and are already physically active? I don’t have any medical expertise but from my own experience I would definitely also look at the following aspects:

  • Is the person a beginner or already a seasoned yoga practitioner?
  • Is the person fit or unfit (physically active, overall health etc)?
  • What age is the person?
  • What body awareness does the person have?
  • What is the overall lifestyle of the person?

Each body and each individual are different, but yoga practice has definitely been very beneficial to my overall health (and my bone density has improved). There is also research available that supports the fact that a daily yoga practice may be able to slow and even reverse the condition of Osteopenia. Such a yoga practice obviously has to be adapted according to the individual, but it seems like a combination of weight bearing exercise such as yoga, movement and a good diet may help maintain and even improve bone strength. Yoga, unlike some other weight-bearing activities won’t damage cartilage or stress the joints. Instead, it lengthens muscles and holds them there, creating tension on the bone. It also increases softness and agility to the joints and creates stability in the body as a whole.

A healthy diet – and in particular a plant based diet seems to create a good foundation for healthy bones. Some research shows that too much animal based protein (including dairy products) may actually weaken the bone. Protein creates acid in the blood and when the body gets too acidic it pulls calcium, which is alkaline, from bone to neutralize it. I used to eat a lot of dairy products as part of my vegetarian diet since I was always told that one needed milk (or dairy) to build strong bones. Now I have osteopenia – but I’ll never know if my huge dairy consumption contributed to my current condition. Today I’m vegan and I’ve replaced the dairy products with green leafy veg such as kale and spinach, sesame and almonds which are rich in calcium.

Osteopenia/Osteoporosis is an invisible “disease”. This makes it even more dangerous. No one would be able to see the condition I suffer from, and even I forget it from time to time. I take my condition seriously but I refuse to let it limit my life. Today I approach things with greater care and awareness. The prospect of breaking a hip or sitting in a wheel chair at the age of 60 is not on my agenda.  I continue my daily Ashtanga practice although I have become more careful. I deliberately move more consciously and slowly and try to maintain a stable and deep breath which helps me listen to my body’s signals. The tools of breath, bandha and dristhi which help stabilise the body and mind and turn the awareness inwards, become even more important. 

Although my teacher Sharathji has said that people with Osteoporosis should limit their practice to sitting in padmasana and do breathing exercises, he has not he asked me to change anything in my practice. He’s only directed me to some “safer” practice space in the shala in Mysore to protect me from injury should I fall when practising arm balances. It has been very important to me that he’s provided me with a safe space. I trust his guidance and the guidance I’ve received from other experienced Ashtanga Yoga teachers to whom I’ve turned for advice.

Whether one is a beginner or seasoned practitioner I believe it is important to practice yoga safely and correctly under the guidance of an experienced teacher. With the increased risk of fracture that comes with Osteopenia and Osteoporosis attention to correct alignment in yoga postures is in my opinion crucial. It is important to make sure that the spine remains lengthened and that the space between vertebrae is in no way comprised during the practice. Depending on the individuals fitness and body awareness one may have to work at different pace.  A beginner should stick with beginner’s options and be sure to inform the teacher about his/her condition before class. It is also important to cultivate mindfulness and a presence during practice so that one becomes sensitive to the signals of the body.

If you’d like to know more about the research done on Yoga and Osteoporosis, I’ve added a few links here. Please also feel free to share your experience and questions below.

Some resources on Yoga and Osteoporosis/Osteopenia

Yoga for Osteoporosis – An Interview with Loren Fishman, M.D. and Ellen Saltonstall

http://yogauonline.com/yogatherapy/news/ellen-salstonstall/420121510-yoga-for-osteoporosis-interview-loren-fishman-md-and-e

Yoga for Osteoporosis: A Pilot Study

http://journals.lww.com/topicsingeriatricrehabilitation/Fulltext/2009/07000/Yoga_for_Osteoporosis__A_Pilot_Study.9.aspx

Yoga Osteopenia Osteoporosis

http://www.osteopenia3.com/Yoga-Osteopenia-Osteoporosis.html

Good to the Bone

http://www.yogajournal.com/health/2616

Yoga for the Prevention, Treatment, and Reversal of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

http://www.happyhealthylonglife.com/happy_healthy_long_life/2010/06/yoga-osteoporosis.html

Yoga Poses to Avoid With Osteoporosis

http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/yoga-poses-avoid-osteoporosis-7232.html

Yoga and fear – how regular practice may empower and make you more stress-resilient

The other day whilst going through some old files on my computer I found a text that I wrote exactly five years ago in March 2014. Somehow  it ended up unpublished and forgotten. But rereading it I realise its content is still very valid and that’s why I decided to share.

Having devoted much of the past eight years of my own yoga practice and my teaching to study end explore how yoga affects our nervous system and the state of our mental health, this post gives a small testimony how yoga with its different components of posture, breath, sound and behavioural practices can help us increase our resistance stress-resilience (fear is also stress). Yoga teaches us how to self-regulate and this helps us be more in control of emotions and stressful situations which in turn may lead us to feel more empowered  in our daily lives. In the end it is not about the postures but about what goes on when we learn them, when we breathe and practice to stay present in the moment however difficult that may be. Please continue reading below and keep checking this page for upcoming posts on the theme.

March 14th 2014

I used to be afraid of everything. When I was a kid I refused to participate in gymnastics during PE lessons – even a back roll (chakrasana to us Ashtanga yogis) was out of the question. Let’s not even talk about hand stand… The first time in my life I ever kicked up against a wall I was 33 years old. I had been convinced that my shoulders would never support me or that I would crash down on my head.  Of course that was just my imagination.

Despite being very anxious when younger – fearing I would damage my clothes if climbing a tree or fall when running and thereby make my mother angry with me – I was always very active, as long as I felt that I was in control. I played a lot of sports such as basked ball, did martial arts, got involved in fitness training, eventually became a spinning instructor and did a lot of long distance running. I travelled overseas, often alone, and never reflected much upon the dangers of doing this on my own.

Fear is often irrational and what makes one person freak out doesn’t even bother another one. Practicing Ashtanga yoga has been the key for me to face many of my fears. By going through challenges on the yoga mat my practice empowers me daily and teaches me many important lessons about how my mind works.

Moving and breathing in and out of asanas on the mat has not only made me stronger physically or allowed me to understand/be closer to my body. It also continuously teaches me to go a little further out of my comfort zone every day. Because it is only on the edge of the comfort zone where change and development happens. Step by step the practice tricks me into learning more and more difficult things, slowly adapting the body and mind progressively. With repetition and dedication, the posture that seemed absolutely impossible a few weeks, months or years before suddenly is accessible.  Like this the boundaries for what is possible are pushed a little further every day.

In my yoga practice I’ve had to (and still do) face my fears every day. And I do it because I’ve learnt that every small victory on the yoga mat shows me that I am much stronger than my mind tells me. The phrase “Yes, I can” – although it feels like a cliché – becomes a mantra that grows stronger with every hurdle passed. In the end it’s not about mastering the postures, but the result that comes with achieving something that used to be “impossible”.  If I can do the “impossible” on the mat the same should be possible off the mat – in daily life. And that’s where the real empowerment of yoga practice lies.

Teaching Ashtanga yoga as rehabilitation from PTSD, stress and depression in Rwanda 2011

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2019

Photo: Justyna Jaworska

Winter is coming to an end, the light is returning and we hope for some warmer weather soon. With spring comes new energy and we start new foundation courses in both Malmö and Lund. A new addition to the schedule this year are guest teachers visiting on two occasions. Keep reading to find out what happens at the shala before summer.

THE SPRING SCHEDULE is available in detail on our schedule page. All temporary changes for public holidays are listed separately here. ONE Sunday a month we have guided class of the full Primary series (instead of Mysore class). It varies which Sunday of the month it is so please check all the dates on our overview schedule. The next occasion is on 3 March at 08.45 in Malmö. After class we gather for tea&talk and Isabella will give a briefing on the latest from V-Care and Odanadi, the two charities we support in Mysore.

COURSES / Special classes
Chanting on Sundays is replaced by a monthly Chanting and Philosophy course. This enables us to deepen our practice, get better continuity and understand more of the texts we chant. The course runs as Friday-fun on Fridays in Malmö. The next class is on 15/3. Read more here

New foundation courses in Lund and Malmö start in March. The course in Lund is full, but spaces are still available in Malmö. More about that here. As always we appreciate when/if you recommend us to your friends and families. More yoga practitioners make society both healthier and more peaceful.

A beginners level 2 course/guided half primary series class starts early March in Lund (there’s one already running in Malmö). Please keep in mind that everyone has to pre-register whether you attend the full course or if you just drop-in occasionally with klipp/monthly cards (you’ll only be debited for the classes you attend). The course runs only if there are enough people registered. Pre-registration is done via Medborgarskolan. Read more about the level 2 class here

Guided Intermediate series will be held twice later this spring in preparation for Sharath Jois’ visit to Stockholm and Copenhagen in July. It is strictly regulated who can participate so please read the description carefully and talk to Isabella before you sign up.

YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK 21/3
Every year, we do 108 sun salutations to raise awareness and funds for the organization Odanadi’s fight against human trafficking in southern India. This year the event takes place on Thursday 21/3 at 5pm.The class is donation-based (cash payment) but please register in advance. All are welcome to participate and you do not have to complete all the 108 sun salutations. Read more about the event on the event’s page.

GUEST TEACHERS
In addition to the ongoing schedule, we are honoured to welcome senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström from Kadermo Conscious Living. Stefan will teach a guest workshop on 5-8 April in Malmö called “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – A unique approach to Bio-Mechanics. Practice will be physical with Mysore style/led classes as well as theoretical afternoon classes. Find more info about Stefan’s workshop and how to register on our here. NB! Early bird price until March 1st!

On 1-2 June, Swedish born Gabriel and his Australian wife Nadia teach two afternoon Ashtanga yoga master-classes in Malmö with the theme “Create effortless fluidity and control in your yoga practice”. Learn how to create fluidity through the application of bandha and breath. Find strength in the transitions and flexibility in the asanas. Gabriel and Nadia introduce you to techniques that make your practice easier. Not to miss! Read more about their classes here.

SUMMER RETREAT – on July 7-12 we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. The island of Kadermo is an idyllic setting away from modern society and stress where one really gets a chance to wind down. Isabella leads a week long Ashtanga yoga retreat there with morning and afternoon class and our vegetarian chef Anu from Mysore, India, and spoils us with the most delicious food. Last year was a success and it was full so don’t wait to book your spot! More info can be found here.

That’s it for this newsletter. In between letters I hope you stay updated by checking our Facebook page and the group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö / Lund practitioners we started in connection with the page (apply to become a member). We are of course also on Instagram. All other news is published here on our news page/blog.

See you on the yoga mat!

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL 2019

Please note that there are some temporary schedule changes coming up in February/March/April 2019

February

Tuesday 5/2 Mysore 16.15-18.45, Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Sunday 17/2 Mysore 08.45-11, Malmö, Sara (cover for Isabella)

Monday 18/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Monday 18/2 Beginners’ level2 class at 17.15 cancelled due to winter holidays

Wednesday 20/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Thursday 21/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Tuesday 26/2 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Thursday 28/2 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Miho (cover for Sara)

March

Monday 4/3 Beginners level 2, 17.15, Malmö  Miho (cover for Sara)

Thursday 7/3 Mysore 16.15, Malmö Miho (cover for Sara)

Tuesday 12/3 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Monday 25/3 Beginners course 17.15, Lund Sofia (cover for Isabella)

April

Friday 5/4- Monday 8/4 Stefan Engström Workshop: Please note that regular Mysore classes are cancelled during Stefan’s workshop.

Friday 5/4 no Mysore in Lund. Resting time!

Sunday 7/4 Mysore Malmö cancelled

Monday 8/4 Mysore Malmö cancelled – self practice possible in the dance stuidio

Only the beginners course on Sunday 7/4 runs as scheduled. The guided Primary series and Tea&Talk scheduled for Sunday 7/4 will take place the following week on 14/4.

Easter 19-22/4:

  • Good Friday19/4 is full moon = no Mysore class. Rest!
  • Easter Sunday 21/4 Mysore as usual at 08.45-11am in Malmö
  • Easter Sunday 21/4 No beginners’ course in Malmö – Easter break
  • Easter Monday 22/4 Mysore at 08.45-11am in Malmö
  • Easter Monday 22/4 No beginners’ course in Lund – Easter break

Valpurgis 30/4 no evening Mysore in Malmö (morning class i Lund as usual)

1:st of May Mysore 08.45-11am in Malmö

New and Full moon

We don’t teach at new or full moon. Mysore classes are cancelled then. Only beginners level 1 and 2 courses run as scheduled on “moon days”. See the list of upcoming moon days here

INTERVIEW with ISABELLA in PARAMPARA MAGAZINE

In 2018 Isabella was approached for an interview by the reknown Parampara Magazine. This is the result of many months of reflection and writing. Click the link to read.

Photo by Alessia Campostrini

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

Happy new year to you all! Warm greetings from Mysore, India where I (Isabella) currently am for my annual trip to the KPJAYI for studies with Sharath. Here I get to be a student again and fill up on new knowledge and good energy. But this year I’m only here for one month and I’ll return home in early February. The shala is full as usual, with many familiar but also new faces. Sara who assists me in Malmö is also here. Some good news are that I again have the honor to assist Sharath in the Shala, this year during the first shift. This means that I, together with two other assistants help from 4am until 6.30. Only after that I’m allowed to roll out my mat where Sharath tells me to and do my own practice. It means long mornings in the Shala, but I am very grateful because I learn a lot, and it’s all experience that I can bring home for you to benefit from. While I am here I also take private chanting lessons in preparation for a course in chanting and yoga philosophy that I will teach this coming spring. You can read about the course and all other events this spring below.

In January our schedule is slightly reduced. Miho, Sofia and Caroline make sure that classes run smoothly in my absence. We also have the pleasure to welcome Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Jens will teach two guided Primary series classes on Sunday 13 and 20 January. Don’t miss the opportunity to practice with Jens who has more than 20 years of Mysore experience. All details and the January schedule are here

The SPRING SCHEDULE starts Sunday the 3rd of February with our monthly guided primary class in Malmö. Afterwards you are invited to tea & talk where I and Sara will share stories from our stay in Mysore. You find the spring schedule on the schedulepage. Please note that there are some changes:

  • Evening Mysore class on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Malmö is henceforth taught by Miho and Sara. From now on I teach only morning Mysore.
  • Chanting on Sundays is replaced by a 4-session Chanting & Philosophy course. It will allow for better continuity and give us a chance to deepen our practice and understanding of the texts we chant. The course runs as Friday-fun in Malmö 17-19hrs. Read more here
  • New beginners courses in Lund and Malmö start in March. The course in Lund will take place in One Hot Spot’s premises at Råbygatan. Read more about all our courses here
  • Beginners level 2/guidedhalf Primary series will be held both in Malmö and Lund. The course/class in Malmö starts on Monday 4th February and in Lund we start in March. Read more about the classes here. You may as usual register for the entire course or drop in with clip/monthly card, provided there’s space.
  • Guided Intermediate series will be held twice later this spring in preparation for Sharath Jois’ visit to Stockholm and Copenhagen in July. It is strictly regulated who can participate so please carefully read the class description hereand talk to me before you register.

I would be grateful if you all took the time to read the schedule page(with links) properly so that you are aware of and respect our Shala guidelines and our opening/closing times.

GUEST TEACHER – In addition to the regular schedule, Stefan Engström will visit us on 5-8 April to hold a guest workshop with the theme “Anatomy of wholeness”. There will be both physical asana practice with mysore and led classes as well as more theoretical afternoon classes. More info about Stefan’s visit will soon be available under upcoming events on the events page.

SUMMERRETREAT –  on July 7-12 we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. Isabella teaches a week-long retreat there. Last year was full so don’t wait too long to book your spot. More info can be found here.

That’s all for now. If you want to buy cotton mats, yoga mat bags or other yoga stuff from Mysore please order from me no later than 15/1 (email). The price depends on the exchange rate and the shipping cost.

See you in less than a month, but until then please keep up to date through our Facebook page and the group “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö/Lund practitioners” we started in connection with the page. On Instagram you can also follow some of what happens while I am in Mysore. All other news is published here on our newspage.

JANUARY SCHEDULE 2019

In January 2019, Isabella is in Mysore, India, for further education at the KPJAYI. In her absence, Miho, Sofia and Caroline cover classes according to the schedule below. You can read about all our assistant teachers here

Two Sundays in January we also have the honor to welcome Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen who comes to the shala in Malmö to teach guided full primary series class (suitable for all levels of practitioners except complete beginners). Jens has been travelling regularly to Mysore since the early 2000s and is, together with Susanna Finocchi, the founder of Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. In addition, he is  the organizer and host when Sharath visits Copenhagen. Currently, Jens also studies Indology at the University of Copenhagen with a focus on Sanskrit and translation of classic Indian texts. Take this opportunity to practice with Jens who is a very experienced and authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. Jens teaches on Sunday 13th and 20th of January. Read more about him here 

JANUARY 2019* click on the schedule for a larger image or download your own copy here

NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018

December is approaching with all its festivities to light up the darker days. We try to make it as cozy as possible in the shala and continue to practice throughout the holidays. Our regular schedule runs until 21/12. From 23/12 to the end of Jan we reduce classes somewhat. Isabella teaches until 28/12 before she goes to Mysore for a month.

GUIDED CLASS AND PARTY – December starts with a guided Primary series class followed by our annual potluck vegan brunch on 2/12. Class starts at 9am and afterwards we gather for brunch at 11am. The brunch is usually the most popular event of the year and a great opportunity to get to know each other off the yoga mat. If you can’t make it to class, you can of course join the brunch afterwards. Please bring a plant-based contribution to the buffet. Family and friends are also very welcome. Please let us know if you’re coming here

FRIDAY FUN – the last after-work event this year is held on 7/12 in Malmö in the spirit of giving. We do 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care, the organisation in Mysore we sponsor together with Yogashala Stockholm. The class is donation-based and all funds go directly to V-Care. Isabella personally delivers the money in January. Please donate here

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – during Christmas & New Year we adapt class timings to start a little later. In January, while Isabella is in Mysore, there’ll be cover teachers. You find the winter schedule on our newspage

A SNEAK PEAK AT SPRING – the spring schedule starts on 3 Feb 2019 with a few additions and small changes compared to the current one. Upcoming beginner’s 1 and 2 courses are already online available for registration (click here). Please share with friends who might be interested.
On 5-8 April, Stefan Engström from Kadermo Concious Living visits us for a weekend workshop in “Anatomy of Wholeness” plus Mysore classes. More info to come but save the dates in your calendars already.
In July 2019 (7-12) Isabella returns to Kadermo to teach a week-long Ashtanga retreat. Last summer was completely full so it’s good to book early. More info here

You’ll receive the next newsletter early 2019 with a detailed spring schedule including all that happens until summer. Meanwhile, stay up to date via our Facebook page, and/or the “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö/Lund Practitioner’s group” that we’ve started in connection with the page. There you can ask questions, exchange experiences, give advice and more (click on the link above to join). We are of course also on Instagram and all news are also published here on our news page/blog.

See you on the yoga mat!

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SCHEDULE 2018/19

Between 23 December 2018 and 6 January 2019 we run a slightly reduced holiday schedule . See an overview below or download your own copy here.  Isabella teaches until 28 December after which she travels to Mysore, India 29 Dec- 1 Feb. In her absence there will be other teachers covering classes.  A detailed schedule for the period 7 Jan until 1 Feb can be found by clicking here.

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