ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT with Isabella at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

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ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT with Isabella at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

After two previous very successful summer retreats in 2018 and 19, Isabella returns for the third successive year to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. At the invitation of Kadermo’s founder and owner Stefan Engström, Isabella will teach a weeklong Ashtanga Yoga retreat 3-10 July 2020. You may come for 2,5 or 7 days (arrival Friday pm or Sunday pm).

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Kadermo Island is situated a couple of hours from Helsinki and is easy to get to by train directly from the airport. The retreat centre offers a unique opportunity to experience yoga in a peaceful, untouched and idyllic setting. There are no shops or cars and hardly any people on the island. The retreat is set in a protected oak forest area where some of the trees are 500 years old.

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga retreat is the home of senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström. He was born on the island and founded the retreat centre in 1994. Since then people from all over the world have been coming together to practice yoga and conscious self-development with Stefan and guest teachers.

Weekly programme
The week includes two daily yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. All yoga classes during the week are taught by Isabella Nitschke,  authorised (level2) ashtanga yoga teacher. There are two yoga halls available with plenty of room for both asana and quiet practices.

Upon arrival on the Sunday evening we’ll gather for a welcome and introduction session followed by dinner.

In the mornings there will be Mysore style class for more the more seasoned practitioners and depending on the level of participants there may be the opportunity for more guided teaching. Before morning asana class we practice silence and students may may do their own meditation and breathing practices in the meditation hall.

Afternoon class are held16.00-18.30. This class gives an opportunity for Isabella to help you deepen your understanding of the practice by looking at asana technique, yoga philosophy and chanting. Each class will have a different theme depending on the participants’ needs but will also include some easy pranayama and relaxation techniques. A light dinner is served at 19.00.

The Facilities

Students are accommodated in various places on the island, there is a two-storey summer house on a stunning rocky area overlooking the sea which is 10 mins walk from the yoga shala, there are also rooms the winter house which is closer to the yoga shala. These are built in an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the twenties.  All toilets are composting and showers are eco-friendly.

We enjoy vegetarian lunch and dinner cooked by the globally adored resident chef Anu from Anu’s Cafe in Mysore. Herbal teas are available all day. The café is also open straight after morning practice for coffee and smoothies (not included in the price). After lunch you have free time to explore the surroundings, walk, swim, go canoeing, read a great variety of yoga books from the library or enjoy the Finnish sauna.

Booking

All reservations and payments are done through Stefan at Kadermo Conscious Living by email Stefan@Kadermo.fi . The number of participants is limited in order to give everyone a personal and special experience of their time on the island. The retreat centre retreats all summer long and there are discount options for those wanting to stay more than one week. For more information and details about the summer programme please visit the Kadermo Conscious Living website. For questions about the yoga classes or your practice please email Isabella.

We look forward to welcoming you this summer!

 

POSTPONED: Ashtanga yoga workshop with Stefan Engström

UPDATE: Due to the Covid19 pandemic in Europe and worldwide we have decided to postpone the workshop with Stefan originally scheduled for 21-24 May. Our aim is to make this event happen later this year but the current insecurity makes it impossible to set any exact dates for now.We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please keep visiting our FB page and website or sign up to our newsletter in order to stay updated.

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Over the Ascension weekend 21-24 May 2020 we have the honour of welcoming back senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström from Kadermo Conscious Living to our shala in Malmö. Stefan taught a long weekend workshop in Malmö in April last year and as he returns he will teach a 4-day Ashtanga Yoga workshop (Thursday to Monday) recapping and deepening the topic of  “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness” and giving an introduction to pranayama.  The full workshop of 24 tuition hours will include Mysore style teaching, led classes and afternoon seminars.

Price full workshop: 3500 SEK (earlybird before 1/4/2020 3300SEK)
One day: 1000 SEK
One class: 500 SEK

Booking: Sign up before 1 April 2020 and get the early bird price of 3300SEK. Thereafter the price is 3500SEK for the full workshop. Spaces are limited and participants signing up for the full weekend are given priority.  To participate please contact us. We take only a limited number of participants. Participants who attend the entire workshop are prioritized

Cancellation Policy: The booking fee is not refundable. Cancellations later than 14 days before will be charged the full workshop fee. Cancellations due to illness require a doctor’s certificate to be refunded the remaining course fee. Your place can also be transferred to another person (should there be a waiting list the first person on the list gets the spot otherwise you have to find a replacement yourself).

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 21/5

8-9.00 Yoga Nidra & Sharing

9-11.00 Free support (refresher)

13-14.30 Guided class of standing asanas (followed by individual practice)

15-16 Introduction to Pranayama

FRIDAY 22/5 TILL SUNDAY 24/5

9-11.30 Mysore class

13.30-14.45 Free support/yoga of presence and wholeness

15-16.30 Pranayama

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. (www.learningmethods.com). Stefan is also a certified Mentor in Psychosynthesis.

UPDATE: COVID-19 GUIDELINES at the SHALA

Dear practitioners,

Your health and safety is of utmost importance yo us. In order to stop/limit the spread of Covid-19 and other seasonal flu we follow guidelines issued by Folkhälsomyndigheten. Our shala remains open for practice until further notice but we kindly ask you to be extra careful and practice

practice saucha/cleanliness (and common sense) when you come to class! We on our side make sure the premises are being cleaned more often and that surfaces that are being touched by many, such as door handles, are sanitized regularly.

We kindly ask you not to come to the shala if you’re sick or even if you have any mild symptoms of flu. We also ask people belonging to risk groups to stay at home for the time being. We will broadcast a few of our classes online for those of you practicing at home and will keep everyone up to date of any changes of our schedule/opening hours.

Please respect follow the following guidelines when you come to the shala:

– Shower before you come to practice

– Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer (available at the shala)

– Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes

– Bring YOUR OWN yoga mat, avoid using the “rental” mats

– Bring a sweat towel

– Take your mat home and clean it after every practice

– Wash your practice clothes and mat towel after each practice

– Don’t leave rugs or mat towels at the shala. Take home and wash!

– Avoid using props or blankets at the shala (we will clean them)

– Keep extra space between the mats – at least 1 meter

– Be ok with not receiving any physical adjustments

– Stay at home if you’re feeling sick (you should never practice with fever or sore throat anyway)

We ask you all to kindly cooperate so that we don’t have to close or risk spreading any virus. Please remember that in times of insecurity and stress it is of vital importance to keep up good health routines to keep our immune system strong. We encourage all of you to keep up your regular practice, whether in the shala or at home despite the difficult situation. We are here for you and if you need support or have questions about your practice please don’t hesitate to send us a message. Keeping in touch with a community is important in times where we are more and more isolated from each other.

Stay safe and healthy!

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES MARCH – APRIL 2020

In March and April 2020, the following temporary schedule changes are planned to take place:

MARCH

SUNDAY 8 MARCH  – no Mysore class due to full moon and a weekend workshop with Måns Broo. During the weekend with Måns (7 + 8 March) we are open for self-practice (unassisted) from 6.30-8.30. All our existing students are welcome then (NB! Both Saturday and Sunday). You can read more about the weekend workshop here

TUESDAY 24 MARCH – new moon ie no Mysore classes this day. In the evening at 5.30 pm, Miho leads the charity event YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK. Read more about this here

TUESDAY 31 MARCH – half guided primary class with Miho at 17.15 in the shala AND LIVE BROADCAST online in our internal Facebook group

APRIL

THURSDAY 2 APRIL – half guided primary class with Sara at 17.15 in the shala AND LIVE BROADCAST online in our internal Facebook group

SUNDAY 5 APRIL – FULL guided primary class with Isabella at 09.00 in the shala AND LIVE BROADCAST online in our internal Facebook group

WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL is full moon – ie no Mysore classes this day.

THURSDAY 9 APRIL – SKÄRTORSDAG – no evening class

FRIDAY 10 APRIL – GOOD FRIDAY – Mysore class at 9-11.30

SUNDAY 12 APRIL – EASTER SUNDAY – Mysore class at 9-11.30

MONDAY 13 APRIL – EASTER MONDAY – Mysore class at 9-11.30

THURSDAY 23 APRIL – New Moon ie no classes this day

THURSDAY 30 APRIL – WALPURGIS – no evening class

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020

This newsletter hopefully reaches you ahead of Valentine’s Day and we at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö would like to send you some special thought on this particular day. Your trust and dedication means a lot to us as we do our best to create a safe and pleasant environment in the shala where you can always be yourself no matter what.

We would also like to send a reminder that on Friday 14 February there’s a guided Primary Series class at 6.30am. Since the start of the year we have introduced more guided classes and we have extended our morning opening hours with so-called self-practice (unassisted) from 8.45-10.30am. That way, you still have a chance to practice even if you work late hours or don’t hear your alarm on time. Read more about the extended class schedule and opening hours here.

Please also note that in February during w 8, the winter holiday, all our evening classes are cancelled. In February and March, several full/new moons fall on Sundays and we don’t teach then. Don’t forget to double check in order to avoid arriving at the shala unnecessarily. This and other temporary schedule changes are always found on our news page which it is worth visiting regularly.

NEW COURSES – On 2nd March we start our next foundation course in Ashtanga yoga. The course is suitable for people with no prior experience of yoga as well as people who have tried other types of yoga but want to learn the basics of the Ashtanga system thoroughly. More info about the course and how to register can be found here. 

Early March, we also launch a new course in Yin Yoga & Meditation taught by Miho. The course runs on Wednesday evenings and is open to anyone regardless of experience. Our existing members can attend the course through their monthly/season cards. “Klippkort” may also be used as payment BUT everyone must register beforehand via our partner Medborgarskolan. Read more about the course and how to register here

GUEST TEACHERS – This spring we have the opportunity to deepen our knowledge of other aspects of yoga besides the physical practice, as we on two occasions have the honour of welcoming renowned experts in yoga philosophy and chanting. On 7-8 March, Måns Broo, associate professor of religious science at Turku Academy, visits Ashtanga Yoga Malmö to teach a weekend course on the Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Måns is the first to translate the above-mentioned text directly from Sanskrit to Swedish and to study with him is a unique opportunity. During the weekend with Måns, all other classes are cancelled but self-practice will be offered early in the morning before the course. Read more and register here (the course is held in Swedish)

On 8-9 April, we welcome Laksmish Bhat, teacher of Sanskrit, yoga philosophy and mantra chanting at the Sharath Yoga Centre in Mysore. Laskmish will give an introduction to the yoga text Hatha Yoga Pradipika and teach mantra chanting. We also get the opportunity to participate in a traditional Ganesha puja (ceremony). Read more and sign up here. Laksmish’s visit is part of a teaching tour he does in Europe and his visit to Malmö is arranged in collaboration with Astanga Yoga Copenhagen where he will teach before coming to us. If you’d like to participate in Copenhagen too, you find more info via this link.

FRIDAY-FUN – our monthly alternative after-work class returns on 28 February when Miho teaches a class of yin yoga & meditation (read more here). In March, Friday-fun maintains the slower pace with the theme “recovery and mindfulness” – a class taught by Isabella on 20 March. You find all our extra workshops, events with guest teachers and retreats on our event page.

There you’ll also find this year’s YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK, a worldwide charity class for the benefit of the organisation Odanadi. Odanadi works against human trafficking and exploitation of women and children in Mysore and the state of Karnataka, India. This year is the 10th anniversary of YST and our event takes place on 24 March (which is a new moon day and all other classes are cancelled). Ashtanga Yoga Malmö has been involved in YST since the start in 2010 and has participated every year with the exception of one. Read more about the class and the cause here

TIM FELDMANN – lastly, we would like to inform you that the guest workshop with Tim Feldmann, which was scheduled for 21-23 August unfortunately has been postponed until next year. Many of you have asked what happened and it is due to unexpected commitments in Miami that Tim has asked to postpone his visit until August 2021, more specifically to weekend of the 20-22nd. (Tim and Kino have bought a large new ware house to be renovated into a yoga centre opening later tin 2020). The workshop will be posted on the website again, but we won’t take registrations before the second half of 2020.

That’s all for now. We hope everyone manages to avoid any seasonal flu so that we get to see you in class. Please remember that if you do get bedridden for more than two weeks we can pause the card (a note from your doctor is needed though). And don’t forget that you can use your “friskvårdsbidrag” with us. In case you need a special receipt for that please contact our partner Medborgarskolan (Joachim Maathz).

Stay updated between newsletters by following our us on social media and/or joining our special group “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (and Lund) practitioner’s group” on Facebook for everyone who practices with us regularly.

See you on the yoga mat!

Isabella & crew

EXTENDED SCHEDULE & more guided classes

This spring we extend our morning opening hours to give late workers or late sleepers a chance to practice too. As from 15th January our existing students may come for (unassisted) self-practice from 8.45-10.30. It is of course also possible to come and start  practicing during the Mysore class and finish during the hours of self-practice.  Self-practice means that you do your asana practice but that there is no-one to assist or guide you.  Please note that the teacher stops teaching at 8.45 and after this there will be no adjustments. Please also respect that you have to be showered and finished by the latest at 10.30 as there are classes after or the cleaner needs access to the room (N.B. self-practice is only available when Isabella is teaching).  Click here to see the full spring schedule

In 2020 we also add more guided classes to the schedule. We’ll do full guided Primary Series class twice a month; once on Fridays and once on Sundays. Take note of all the dates so that you’re not late for class (see picture below or the schedule page – link above). On Fridays you may come already at 6am to meditate or do breathing practice before class; on Sundays we have Tea&Talk after class.

On Tuesday evenings Miho teaches a weekly guided half Primary series at 17.15-18.45. This class suits anyone who wants more guidance of half the series until Navasana. It’s perfect if you’ve just completed a beginners course and/or if you want a better understanding of the correct vinyasa.

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JAN+FEB 2020

Our regular schedule runs from January 7, 2020. You can see all classes / courses here . In January and February the following temporary schedule changes take place:

week2 – TUESDAY 7th TO THURSDAY 9th JANUARY we’re getting new flooring in the shala and the entrance. Morning Mysore class takes place in the dane studio. No evening classes this week.

week5 – FRIDAY 31 JANUARY  Miho covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore class, and SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY Miho covers guided Primary series class and Tea&Talk

week8 – winter holidays N.B no evening classes this week

We do not teach Mysore class at full / new moon. In January, FRIDAY are 10 + 24 so-called “Moon-days”. In February it is SUNDAY 9 + 23rd. See “moon-day” schedule below and read here.

GUEST TEACHER: guided primary series and talk with Jens Bache

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, we have the pleasure of starting the year with Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Jens comes to our shala in Malmö to teach a traditional guided Ashtanga Yoga Primary series class . After the class he gives a presentation of his research on an old handwritten manuscript in Sanskrit about Ashtanga yoga which he found in “The Oriental Library” in Mysore 2017. Jens has translated the manuscript into Danish as part of his research and found interesting details about Ashtanga Yoga in the vīraśaiva-tradition. The lecture is given in English, but as Jens speaks both Danish and Swedish, the discussion about the document and the eight limbs of yoga can also take place in Swedish if necessary. The timings of the day are outlined below and further down the page you can see an abstract of Jens’ project.

PROGRAM

9-10.30 Guided class of the first series (traditional Sanskrit count)

11-13 Lecture (tea & talk) “Aṣṭāṅgayoga in the Vīraśaiva tradition”

PRICE: For those who have monthly/seasonal cards guided class and lecture are included in the cards. For “punch ticket”, 2 punches apply (one for guided class and one for the lecture). Others who do not have cards can book and pay via our partner partner Medborgarskolan (Guided class + lecture 300SEK, only led class or lecture 160SEK/class).

In the summer of 2019, Jens graduated from the University of Copenhagen and now holds a BA in Indology. His bachelor project included the translation and analysis of the above mentioned manuscript on Ashtanga Yoga. Jens is also a KPJAYI-authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher and has been running and teaching at the Astangayoga School in Copenhagen since 2000. Read about Jens at Astanga.dk

Abstract in English 

Aṣṭāṅgayoga in the vīraśaiva-tradition (aṣṭāṅgayogaḥ C.823)

The purpose of this project is the classic undertaking for an Indologist; to read, transcribe, analyze and translate a Sanskrit-manuscript from India.

The manuscript in question is from the Oriental Library in Mysore handwritten in devanāgarī on paper consisting of 18 folios. It is entitled “aṣṭāṅgayogaḥ” with the registration no. C.823/2 in the official library catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts, but having no information regarding author, date of composition or place of origin.

The assignment has been to identify the text’s literary category and traditional culture in it’s historical period and through analysis placing it in a larger context in the hope of answering questions like what is the overall message of the manuscript and for whom was it maybe intended.

Aṣṭāṅgayoga is only dealt with in 10 ślokas in the folios 12 to 13. In these 10 ślokas the 8-limbed (aṣṭāṅga) yoga is laid out in a structure following Patañjalis’ Yogasūtra, but in a metric poetic form adding meanings of devotion (bhakti) to the technical terms and aligning it with the doctrine of 6 stages (sthala) outlined in the main text of the manuscript in folios 1 to 12.

My initial findings showed that the main text titled Anubhavasūtra is a religious doctrine of Śakti- qualified monism to unite with Śiva in the 6 sthala of liṅga and aṅga through bhakti for the aim of oneness of paramātman, universal spirit, and jīvātman, the individual spirit. This doctrine from the 15th century belongs to the vīraśaiva-tradition which originated in Karnataka, South India, around the 12th century.

The paper ends with identifying the origin of the metric verses of the 8 limbed yoga in the yoga- upaniṣads with an open question to locate the mentioned guru in further research and a field study.

New Year fresh start – Ashtanga Yoga with Isabella in Mölle

From 2 to 5 January Isabella teaches a 4- day semi-retreat at Yoga by the Sea – Studio Mölle. The course will focus on the basics of Ashtanga Yoga and contain both guided classes, Mysore style practice and afternoon workshops. For participants who travel from afar accommodation may be arranged. Please contact Yoga by the Sea for any inquiries. For a detailed description of the 4-day semi-retreat please read the Swedish version of our website (change the language on the right hand side, top of the page.

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2020

Dear yogis,

We at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö want to wish you a happy holiday season and all the best for 2020. Our doors continue to be open but the weeks from Christmas to New Year’s (Christmas Eve 24/12 through 6/1) our opening hours are slightly reduced. You find the entire Christmas and New Year’s schedule here. During these two weeks we also have some special happenings in the shala and in other places which you can read about below. Our regular classes resume on 7 January with some new additions and minor changes to the schedule. Between 7-9 January we’ll get a new floor installed in the shala and the morning Mysore classes will therefore be held in the dance studio. Due to the renovations our evening classes on 7+9th January are cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

NEW YEARS YOGA – on New Year’s Eve Isabella teaches the last class of the year, a guided Primary series at 9-10.30am. The shala re-opens  on 2nd January with Morning Mysore at 06am (Miho). Simultaneously Isabella teaches a mini-retreat in Mölle  2-5 January at the cozy Studio Yoga by the Sea. The four-day workshop provides a chance for a fresh start and immersion into Ashtanga yoga. Read more and sign up here

GUEST TEACHER – Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen returns to Malmö to teach a guided Primary series class on 5 January. After class, he’ll give a talk on his research on an important Ashtanga Yoga text that he discovered in the library of Mysore.  Last year Jens’ class was full so don’t miss the chance to practice with him this time and to listen to his interesting presentation. More about Jens, the class and the lecture here.

THE SPRING SCHEDULE starts on 7 January with some small changes including a few more guided classes. The Mysore class on Tuesday evenings will be replaced by a guided HALF Primary series starting at 17.15. We will also offer a guided class of FULL Primary series twice a month – once on a Friday morning 06.30-08.00 and once on a Sunday morning 9-10.30. All dates for guided class are available on the overview schedule here.

NEW BEGINNERS COURSES start on 13 January (registration  and information here). If you know someone who needs (wants) to fulfill their New Year’s resolution to start a yoga practice please don’t hesitate to recommend us!

OTHER COURSES coming up next year include a course in “Yin Yoga & meditation” with Miho (starting in March – info here); “Anatomy from a yoga perspective” with Sara (starting in January – see here) as well as a whole weekend of Yoga philosophy and Yoga Sutras with guest teacher Måns Broo from Åbo Academy in Finland on 7-8 March (more info here). All other special classes/workshops for 2020 on the events page

FRIDAY-FUN – our alternative after-work returns on two occasions in January 2020. On 10/1, Isabella teaches a special class on safe back bending technique (only a few places left – sign up here). AND on 24/1 Miho teaches a class in yin yoga & meditation (read more here). As from February we resume Friday-fun on a monthly basis.

MEMBERSHIP CARDS – lastly we need to inform you that as from 2020 we have to raise the price for our different practice cards. Our prices have been the same since the start in 2013 but now we unfortunately have to make some adjustments due to increased expenses for the shala. We ask for your understanding and cooperation. We of course remain flexible with regards to splitting your invoices into several installments and will continue to give discounts to students, pensioners and those on sick leave. A list of all new prices is available here

That’s all for now. Thank you all for the past year, for your trust, hard work and dedication. We are excited to see our yoga community grow and that more people discover the benefits of yoga in everyday life. To stay updated between newsletters follow our pages on social media and/or join our group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (and Lund) practitioner’s group on Facebook.

See you on the yoga mat!

Isabella & crew

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