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Ashtanga yoga workshop & Yoga of Presence and Wholeness with Stefan Engström

Friday, April 5, 2019
- Monday, April 8, 2019

Cost: 2500SEK

Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – A unique approach to Bio-Mechanics

The first weekend of April 2019 we have the honour to welcome senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström to our shala in Malmö. Stefan will teach a long weekend workshop (Friday to Monday) on the topic of  the “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – a unique approach to bio-mechanics”. The full weekend workshop of 16 tuition hours will include Mysore style teaching, led classes and afternoon seminars. (Full programme available below)

You need to attend the Friday evening introduction session to take part in the other classes. Sign up before 1 March 2019 and get the early bird price of 2200SEK. Thereafter the price is 2500SEK for the full weekend. Spaces are limited and participants signing up for the full weekend are given priority.  To participate please contact us.

Below is a detailed description of the workshop and of the full program together with a short bio of Stefan.


Exploring a new way to approach your yoga practice. As humans, we are unique creatures with an In-Built Inherent Intelligence. This Inherent Intelligence is one of our most primitive parts of our brain for motor and sensory movements. It is within us all from birth and tapping in to this allows us to explore our body as a whole and not in separate parts. This in turn may potentially change the way we sit, walk and experience your yoga practice, with less tension and effort.

Despite having this Inherent Intelligence we tend not to use it to it’s full potential and thus suffer from many problems and chronic injuries. And yet, we all have within us what we need to solve our problems and transform our lives. In order to tap into this Inherent Intelligence, the first step is to become present with our body awareness, then to have a clear Intention of what we would like to happen and finally, allow our sensitive awareness to guide us. Being present is a pretty good place to start as in yoga being present is one of the most fundamental qualities we are looking for.

This workshop is all about how we can apply this Inherent Intelligence in our yoga practice. Through simple exercises we will learn to connect with this Intelligence. You will feel more whole, open, free and expanded. This state and experience I refer to as Free Central Support. We will apply this new experience of Free Central Support to our yoga practise. It can be applied when staying in asana and when moving in and out of them. What we then begin to notice is that throughout our entire practice, as we are now in tune with our sensitive awareness feed back system, it improves the quality of our practice and we feel freedom, openness, wholeness, lightness and expansion. And these are the qualities that tell us that we are functioning optimally.

We will be encouraged to refine our Intention. We will shift from being Performance driven to Experience guided. What this means is that our practice will shift. Instead of feeling effort we will feel free. Instead of compression we will feel expansion and openness. Instead of separate parts we will feel like a whole. Instead of feeling the heaviness of gravity we will feel up-thrust.  Instead of focusing on the end gain we will focus on being present. Instead of narrowing-in we will learn to expand our awareness. Finally, instead of doing, we will now allow.  Instead of focusing on form we will focus on Function.

To be able to know what is meant by Function we need to understand the Bio- Mechanics of the body and the functionality of the joints. We will learn the different functions of all the major joints of the body and how they correlate to each asana. With this new understanding we will shift from being Form driven to Function driven in our practice. “Function leads to form”.

For example, each asana has its own set of functions (e.g. flexion, external rotation). By practicing in a Function driven way, the result will look slightly different from person to person as we have different bodies and abilities.  However, practicing in this way will allow the body to open up safely and in the right places.

Now, knowing the Function of each asana we can hold that in our Intention and allow the Inherent Intelligence to take care of organizing the body in such a way that we are getting the stretch and opening we are looking for.

We will also learn about:
– Stretch and muscle adaptation. How our muscles respond to stretch and become longer.
– The three different states of the muscles – Tense, Active, Relaxed.
– The two main different existing muscle fibres; what they are and how they will respond         and change being in Free Central Support or not.


Friday 5/4

17:00 – 19:30 Sharing & Presentation

Finding Free, Central Support. 

Practical exercise where the student, with the help of bodily sensations will find a state of maximum freedom of the body. A state where there will be no tension in the body, nor will the muscles be relaxed but active. The inherent intelligence of our body will take care of all this as long as we are present with our body sensations and have a clear intention.

This first session will be the foundation for the whole workshop and can not be missed.

Saturday 6/4

08:30 – 11:00 Led standing poses followed by Mysore class

During the led part Stefan will use a language based on what was learned the evening before. This to invite the students to start to feel the Free Support in different asanas.

11:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:30 Anatomy of Wholenes

– Staying in Free Support while reshaping.

– Stretch and Muscle adaptation.

– The three states of the muscles; tense, ACTIVE, relaxed.

– Learning the difference between Function and Form.

– Experiencing the difference between when the body is functioning as a whole and when as in parts & understanding the consequences of both.

Sunday 7/4

08:30 – 11:00 Mysore  class

The students are encouraged to apply their understanding of Anatomy of Wholeness (Free Support, Wholeness and Function & Form) in their asana class.

11:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:30 Anatomy of Wholeness continues

We go through individual experiences and insights and try to make sense of it and broaden our understanding.

– Changing from one support to an other while staying in Free Support.

– What is the Function of each asana & coming back to the “Difference between Function and Form” after having the experience of two asana practices.

– Coming back to the “Difference between when the body is functioning as a whole and when as in parts & understanding the consequences of both. 

– The two different muscle tissues and how they work.

– Closing session of the theoretical / experiential part of the workshop. Making sense of what we have learned and experienced. 

Monday 8/4

06:30 – 08:45 Mysore class

The students are encouraged to apply their understanding of Anatomy of Wholeness (Free Support, Wholeness and Function & Form) in their asana practice.

After 08:45

Time fore individual questions and insights. (for those who do not need to rush to work..)

More about Stefan

Stefan Engström is the owner and resident teacher of the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat. He has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1990 and Meditation since 1985. He started his practice with Radha and Derek Ireland in Greece in 1990. Later he studied with John Scott  and Graham Northfield. Since 1993 he has made more than 17 trips to Mysore, India, and has spent extended periods of time studying with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath and Sarswathi. He is authorized by Sharath to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Stefan also spent more than 10 years learning and practicing pranayama and other yoga-techniques with Mr. BNS Iyengar between the years 1995 to 2005.

For more than 25 years he has been teaching retreats and workshops on Kadermo island in Finland, at the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat that he founded year 1994. He has also held workshops in different cities in Finland and also across Europe, South America and Egypt.

Stefan has studied Anatomy of Wholeness for more than 10 years with David Gorman, a renowned anatomist, Alexander Technique teacher and founder of LearningMethods. ( Stefan is also a certified Mentor in Psychosynthesis.


Friday, April 5, 2019<br />17:00
Monday, April 8, 2019<br />09:00
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