YOGA SUTRA with Måns Broo – two day course

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YOGA SUTRA with Måns Broo – two day course

This course is taught in Swedish – please switch language at the top of the page to read the Swedish description and programme.

FRIDAY-FUN special class: “Back bend basics”

Friday-fun is our alternative monthly after work special class. We gather to explore asana, play and have fun in a different format than Ashtanga yoga Mysore style. Each month the class has a different theme and this time we explore how to back bend.

Bending back really means to stretch both the front and the back of your body. In daily life we sit a lot, drop the shoulders, and bend forward rounding our backs. The front of the body is compressed which limits our ability to breathe properly. Our core muscles weaken and our spine is adversely affected – which results in poor posture, back pain and difficult deep breathing.

In the primary and especially the intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga, the practitioner is introduced to several back bends that “open” (soften and strengthen) both the shoulders, the chest and hip-flexor muscles. Regular practice of these two series makes our body more balanced. The muscles of the torso and legs are strengthened and stretched and we create better support for a healthy spine and gets easier to breathe.

This class gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the mechanisms involved in back bending and teaches you techniques to help soften and strengthen the body in order to safely backbend. In a playful manner, we explore a number of back bending asanas in this efficiently choreographed vinyasa style class. We go through basic techniques for positions from Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel) to more advanced backbends from the Intermediate (and maybe advanced) series of Ashtanga yoga.

The class is open to all levels but is NOT suitable for complete beginners. Participants are asked to come with an open and playful mind!

The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher (II) by Sharath Jois in Mysore. Places are limited so please pre-register via our partner Medborgarskolan (click to register)

CHARITY CLASS: 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care

The practice of yoga involves more than just making shapes on the yoga mat. Seva – selfless service – is also an important aspect to practice. We would therefore like to finish the year in the spirit of of giving and on the last full moon of the year do 108 sun salutations in support of the organization V-Care.

Since a number of years Ashtanga Yoga Malmö together with Yogashala Stockholm, has chosen to support the small charity V-Care, based in Mysore, India. The organization helps give children from the disadvantaged groups in society education and a better future. You can read more about V-Care and about doing Seva on our Karma yoga page.

To do 108 sun salutations has a special meaning and is often performed as a ceremony or offering. It takes about 50 minutes to complete and it is optional to do all 108 or only a few. You can decide to partner up with someone and do haf-half as a team, bring your family and divide the salutations between you or attempt to do them all on your own. The important thing is to participate.

You may donate any chosen amount either in cash onsite or through swish 123 576 46 91. After the class we have tea and “fika” together.

The class is free of charge (except for your chosen donation) but please sign up in advance through K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan . If you cannot participate but would still like to donate please contact us.

Friday-fun: transitions, jumps and arm balance technique

Friday-fun is our alternative monthly after-work special class. We gather to explore asana, play and have fun in a different format than Ashtanga yoga Mysore style. Each month the class has a different theme and this class focuses mainly on the jumps used in the transitions between asanas in the Ashtanga yoga series.

Regular practice of the Ashtanga Primary and Intermediate series helps us to become stronger and more flexible over time, but this takes time and requires a lot of patience. Learning a good technique from the start facilitates your practice and prevents injury.

During this class you will have the opportunity to play with and explore different movements and jumps. We look at a number of techniques to find strength and control while we learn to remain soft. You will learn the basics of the different transitions done between asans in Ashtanga yoga and get special advice for arm balances and handstands. We alternate working in pairs and using the wall.

The class is open to all levels but is not suitable for complete beginners. Participants are asked to come with an open and playful mind!

The class is taught by Hanna Mjöberg, authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher (II) by Sharath Jois in Mysore.

Places are limited so please pre-register through our partner Medborgarskolan

Ashtanga Yoga Foundation (beginners) course in Malmö

Beginner’s/Foundation courses cover the basics of Ashtanga yoga and are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who practice other types of yoga but would like to learn Ashtanga thoroughly from scratch.

The course begins with a short introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a gradual learning of the Sun Salutations, the standing asanas (postures) and part of the Ashtanga yoga primary series as well as finishing postures. Focus is particularly put on linking breath and movement in the so called vinyasa krama system. We also cover Bandhas (energy locks in the body) and Drishti (focus). You will also learn how to practice and move safely to avoid injury and to build both strength and flexibility.

The course runs for 6 weeks and starts on Monday 11 November 2019  at 17.15. All participants are encouraged to attend Mysore classes in parallel to the course.  One FREE Mysore class per week is included in the course price. Read more about Mysore classes under class descriptions.

The course is taught by Sara Björs, authorized level 1 by Sharath Jois  in Mysore, India.

The course is run in cooperation with K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan. Pre-registration for the course is required and is done via K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan (click the link to register). Please note that we have an age limit of 16 and people younger than 18 need parental approval.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us an email

Ashtanga Yoga retreat with Isabella at Purple Valley, Goa, India

Join Isabella for a two-week Ashtanga yoga retreat 26 October to 8 November 2019 at magic (!!) Purple Valley Yoga Retreat Centre in Goa India. Take the chance to immerse yourself in your yoga practice with an experienced teacher; spend time in amazing surroundings and enjoy delicious vegetarian food. You can come for one week or two! Please note that beginners need to attend the first week of the retreat. Book before 30 September and get a 20% discount!

During this retreat we will focus on the healing aspects of the Ashtanga yoga method and its impact on the nervous system, our mental health and general well-being. Throughout retreat we’ll look at and explore how different types of movement and breath (asana and pranayama), mindfulness and focus (dristhi and sense withdrawal), vocalisation (chanting) and behavioural exercises may improve our ability to handle stress, make us stronger and more balanced on all levels as well as empower us in our daily lives. The retreat aims to give all participants an insight into how practice on the mat is related to and can improve our functioning in different relationships on a societal and personal level.

We combine practical and theoretical classes and participants should be prepared for hard yet rewarding work. Focus will also be on helping each student to practice safely and provide him/her with tools to progress and keep up their Sadhana also after the retreat.

Classes consist of daily morning practice Mysore style and afternoon workshops 4 times/week. On a couple of occasions we’ll also hold a guided Primary series class in traditional Sanskrit count. All levels of practitioners are welcome, advanced as well as beginners. Participants who are completely new to yoga will be given a special introduction the first few days in order to allow for more independence later.  Beginners are therefore encouraged to come at least the first week.

Workshop programme:

The schedule will be as follows (we reserve the right to change certain aspects of the schedule to fit the students attending the 2-week course):

Sun 27 Oct: Back to basics – Breath and movement awareness

Mon 28 Oct: Asana clinic: foundational postures

Wed 30 Oct: Grounding and stability

Thu 31 Oct: Asana clinic: “Healthy and happy hips, knees and forward bends”

Sun 3 Nov: Creating space

Mon 4 Nov: Asana clinic: “Bend don’t break” – How to approach safe back bending

Wed 6 Nov: Mindfulness, non-attachment (non-aversion) and behavioural patterns

Thu 7 Nov: Asana clinic: from down dog to headstand – challenging inversions without fear

Each workshop session will include elements of breathing and movement techniques, asana exploration at different levels, chanting and/or relaxation exercises. Part of each session will be devoted to theory, elements of yoga philosophy and practical exploration. The retreat aims to create a safe and inclusive climate promoting healthy dialogue and exchange between the teacher and students as well as among the participants themselves. Students are encouraged to come with a beginner’s mind, ask questions and share their insights with the teacher and the group. Welcome!

Bookings

Price information and booking is available via the the Purple Valley Retreat website.

  1. Prices include yoga retreat accommodation, all yoga and classes and 3 vegetarian meals daily.
  2. You must have a valid visa to enter India.
  3. Flights are not included.
  4. Airport transfers between Goa Dabolim airport and Purple Valley are not included, but can be organised. You will be given the opportunity to book your transfer during the payment stages on the PV website.

If you have questions about the yoga please contact Isabella at info[at] ashtangayogamalmo.se . For all other questions regarding the retreat consult Purple Valley

COVER TEACHER SCHEDULE 22 OCT – 22 NOV 2019

While Isabella is in India 22 October to 22 November, Sara Björs, Sofia Westbom and Hanna Mjöberg from Falkenberg, cover all classes. You can see the full and detailed schedule below (or download it here). Scroll down the page for a short presentation of Hanna. Sara and Sofia you can read more about on our teacher’s page

HANNA MJÖBERG SHORT BIO

Hanna is an authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher from Falkenberg where she runs a small shala with her sister. She came to yoga in 2008 via Muay thai (Thai boxing) which she trained and competed in professionally at the time. In 2009, she went to Mysore for the first time and has returned annually since then. For the past five years she has practiced with Sharath Jois in Mysore and in 2018 he gave her the blessing to teach the first and second series of Ashtanga yoga. Hanna has also assisted Petri Räisanen and his wife Wambui in Thailand, India and Sweden and has also taught at one of Petri’s shalas in Helsinki.

FRIDAY-FUN special class: “Twists & Core”

Friday-fun is our alternative monthly after work special class. We gather to explore asana, play and have fun in a different format than Ashtanga yoga Mysore style. Each month the class has a different theme and this time we’ll explore mobility and strength of the spine and core.

A strong yet flexible core is key in many yoga postures but also important for a healthy posture and to proper breathing. Through regular practice of the Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga you learn to gradually strengthen the deeper layers of your core muscles and at the same time increase the ability of the body to twist. Twisting postures are important for the maintenance of a healthy spine as well as the stimulation of internal organs for proper digestion.

In this class we’ll focus on techniques to increase both strength and flexibility of the core. In a specially choreographed (and fun!) vinyasa style class, we play with and explore a range of asanas from basic to more advanced level. We’ll explore the dynamics of twisting and how to do everything from basic to more intermediate twists in a healthy and safe manner.

The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher (level II) by Sharath Jois in Mysore. The class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners but NOT suitable for complete beginners.

Places are limited so please pre-register through our partner Medborgarskolan (click to register)

YOGA for (stiff) MEN – beginners’ course

Are you a guy who feels you have particularly tight muscles? Do you have back pain, tight hips and shoulders and you’ve been recommended yoga but have been hesitant to try. Then this course is for you!

This course is specifically designed for men with tight muscles either due to a very sedentary life style or as a result of hard training or manual labour.  We put special attention to large muscle groups such as hamstrings, glutes, hipflexors, the shoulder girdle and the core. As a foundation we use the system of Ashtanga yoga, a dynamic form of yoga that promotes balance between strength and flexibility. Each session will include breathing exercises, physical yoga postures and relaxation at the end.

The course has a holistic perspective with the aim of giving attention to the whole body, both physically and mentally. You become more flexible, balanced will develop greater body awareness and an increased ability to focus.

The course is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorized Ashtanga teach by Sharath Jois  in Mysore, India (assistant teacher Sara Björs). It runs for 10 sessions starting on Wednesday 11 September at 17.15 (we take a break during the sutumn holidays).

The course is run in cooperation with K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan. Pre-registration for the course is required and is done via K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan (click the link to register). Please note that we have an age limit of 16 and where people younger than 18 need parental approval.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us an email

Ashtanga Yoga Beginners (foundation) course in Malmö

Beginner’s/Foundation courses cover the basics of Ashtanga yoga and are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who practice other types of yoga but would like to learn Ashtanga thoroughly from scratch.

The course begins with a short introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a gradual learning of the Sun Salutations, the standing asanas (postures) and part of the Ashtanga yoga primary series as well as finishing postures. Focus is particularly put on linking breath and movement in the so called vinyasa krama system. We also cover Bandhas (energy locks in the body) and Drishti (focus). You will also learn how to practice and move safely to avoid injury and to build both strength and flexibility.

The course runs for 8 weeks and starts on Monday 2 September 2019  at 17.15. All participants are encouraged to attend Mysore classes in parallel to the course.  One FREE Mysore class per week is included in the course price. Read more about Mysore classes under class descriptions.

The course is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorized level 2 by Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

The course is run in cooperation with K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan. Pre-registration for the course is required and is done via K-Yoga/Medborgarskolan (click the link to register). Please note that we have an age limit of 16 and people younger than 18 need parental approval.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us an email

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On Sunday 7 June at 9:00 am Isabella guides a full Ashtanga Primary Series class in Sanskrit count. The Mysore class is cancelled that day.  After class we gather for tea&talk. Welcome!