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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

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.

SHARATH JOIS EUROPEAN TOUR 3-22 JULY 2019

Our teacher, the current lineage holder of Ashtanga Yoga is coming to Europe this summer!Join the tour and the chance to practice with this master teacher! Sharathji will teach both led Primary and led Intermediate classes.

3-8 July, Stockholm, Sweden – register with Yogashala Stockholm

10-15 July, London, UK – register with Astanga Yoga London 

17-22 July, Copenhagen, Denmark -register with Astanga Yoga Copenhagen

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2019

Photo: Sophie Håkansson Photography

Dear Yogis,

We’re in the month of June with graduations, school holidays and vacations on the door step. There’s still hope that the summer will be as wonderful as last year, but even if it doesn’t turn out that way, we’ll still enjoy the extra light and continue our yoga practice as usual. The spring schedule runs until 30th June after which a summer schedule will be in place for a month (1 July-3 August). The first two weeks in July we have the pleasure of welcoming Karolina Zakrzewska from Goa/Helsingborg as a cover teacher. The second half of July doors are open for self-practice without assistance. The shala is then open (free of charge) to all our existing students who wish to use the studio to practice. Read more about Karolina here and download your own copy of the SUMMER SCHEDULE 2019.

Summer also brings with it a number of changes for our yoga school. After having gone back and forth between Lund and Malmö for 6 years with classes spread out over several different locations, I (Isabella) have decided that it is time to gather everything in one place. As of 1st July, all classes move to the shala at Värnhem in Malmö. We will then officially be known as “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö” with classes running 6 days a week there. On the summer schedule, the evening classes are cancelled but they will return again in August.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all students who have come to both the Lund and Malmö shalas throughout the years – without you none of what we’ve built would have been possible. It is because of you that the shala has grown and continues to flourish. When I returned to Sweden 7 years ago it was with the dream of esablishing a shala in Malmö. Although we’ve been stationed here since 2013 it is not until now that the dream of one place becomes real. I’m deeply grateful to you all and humbled that you choose to come and practice in our space. I of course hope that students from Lund will make the short journey to Malmö and not give up their practice for a 15 minute commute. Please know that you are all always very welcome. With the shala being in one single place I hope to create an even more welcoming and grounding atmosphere, with less confusion about our whereabouts and less stress from being scattered all over the place.

The move to Malmö also involves some practical changes. We don’t just change our name, but the website will also move to a new domain during the summer; our accounts/pages on FB and IG change their name, our logo is slightly altered AND we get a new email address. We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible but ask for your understanding and patience in case there are some technical glitches on the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Aside from our relocation there’s a lot of other exciting stuff happening this summer (don’t forget to check the news-page for temporary schedule changes):

GUIDED INTERMEDIATE – on 16th June, Isabella teaches a special guided class where we explore the traditional vinyasa count of the second series in Ashtanga yoga. Read more about the class here and what is required to participate.

SUMMER-RETREAT – from 7-12 July, we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland where Isabella also taught a retreat last summer. The island of Kadermo is an idyllic place where one can really relax and disconnect from civilization. We practice yoga morning and evening, enjoying the sauna, swimming, nature and good vegetarian food. Don’t hesitate to book, you won’t regret it!

SHARATH JOIS EUROPEAN TOUR – In July, our teacher Sharathji visits Europe again and comes to Stockholm and Copenhagen to teach one week in each city. To practice with him on tour is usually a great opportunity to get an insight into the Ashtanga yoga tradition and to meet yogis from all over the world. Read more about how to book in each city here.

OPEN HOUSE – on the 25th of August we open the shala doors to the public, family and friends. Everyone is invited to come to visit, try free classes, learn more about yoga, ask questions and mingle with us at the yoga school. There will be snacks and special offers for both new and existing members. The event is already published on our website, check it out there! More info will also come with the next newsletter.

A SNEAK PEAK AT AUTUMN – our autumn schedule starts on the 4th of August, new beginner’s courses are planned for September, “Friday-fun” classes (asana-based) will return, chanting on Sundays is back etc. and Isabella teaches a yoga retreat at Purple Valley in Goa, India. The autumn schedule will be online sometime in July so keep your eyes open. Come September, Isabella will also teach a special immersion of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series; a course where participants learn how to adjust yoga asana, to deepen their understanding of the function of the individual postures as well as the purpose of the sequence. Read more about the course and requirements for registration here.

The next newsletter will be published in July. It’ll contain more info about the autumn and everything that happens then. In the meantime, we hope that stay up to date by visiting our news site/blog and that you follow us on social media

Have a great summer!

See you on the yoga mat!

Isabella and the team of teachers at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (Lund)

Photo: Sophie Håkansson Photography

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?

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2017

Summer is here with holidays and a lot of sunshine (hopefully!). The current schedule runs until July 7th when we close for a summer break until July 23rd. We therefore kindly ask those of you who store mats at the shala in Malmö to take them home and wash them while we’re closed. Mats that are not taken care of will be given to second hand/recycling. Contact us if you’re unable to fetch your mat before we close. The shala re-opens on July 24th with a  summer schedule that runs until August 13th. You find all the information about our summer opening hours and schedule here.

Before the summer break, we have a final guided class on July 2nd. (The Mysore class is cancelled then). Class starts at 9.30am and you are traditionally led (Sanskrit) through the Ashtanga yoga Primary series. All are welcome regardless of whether you’ve completed the whole series or not. BUT, please arrive on time! After class we have tea and the last yoga talk this season where we reflect on why we practice yoga.

During the summer break we go to Uddebo where Isabella teaches a 5-day Ashtanga yoga retreat. We return to the Uddebo Art & Drumhouse where we stayed last year. You may still join us! Don’t miss the opportunity to deepen your yoga practice and enjoy great food with friends! Contact us if you are interested. More info here.

The autumn schedule starts on August 14th and runs until the end of the year. Note that some class timings will be slightly altered. New is also that we’ll have two guided classes a month with full primary series the LAST Sunday each month and half primary series (until Navasana) every fourth Thursday night instead of Mysore class. All dates are on the overview schedule which you can download: Autumn schedule 2017. The schedule will soon also be available on the website.

New beginners’ courses in Ashtanga yoga start in August/September in Lund and Malmö respectively. Info about these is found here. Please share with friends/family who may be interested. The more who practice the merrier!

New special workshops and events are already scheduled for the autumn. Friday-fun continues as do the “Yoga talks” after guided class on Sundays. In addition, Isabella will teach a couple of vinyasa-workshops and Mysore classes at Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Many of the upcoming events are already published on the events page where you may read more and register (places usually fill up fast)!

Our teacher R Sharath Jois is visiting Copenhagen the first week of August and Stockholm the second week. You can still register to practice with him but there are only a few places left – more info here. If you’ve already booked (and paid) for Copenhagen, you may ask Isabella to pick up your access card and receive it in Malmö/Lund the week of 24-31 July.

The next newsletter will reach you mid-august with more detailed information about the autumn’s events. Hope to see most of you on the mat this summer, but would also like to take the opportunity to thank you all for this semester!

Happy summer!

SUMMER SCHEDULE 2017

This summer we will exceptionally be closed for 2,5 weeks in July. From the 8 to the 23 of July we’re taking a small break in Malmö/Lund, first by going to Uddebo for a 5-day retreat (There’s still a chance for you to join! Check the event here) and then a few days of holiday. If you have a card that runs over this period please bring it to class and we’ll extend it with the corresponding time.

As from 24 July we’ll run a summer schedule before the regular Autumn schedule starts on 14 August. Isabella resumes teaching on 24 July, but during the first two weeks of August she’ll be involved in  R. Sharath Jois’ workshop in Copenhagen and Stockholm (more info here ). Miho and Anna will cover classes during those weeks. Please check below for the schedule from 24 July to 13 August or download your own copy of the Summer schedule 2017

Newsletter November 2017

om-pumpkinWe are in the midst of autumn and have just changed the clocks to winter-time again. The darker and colder times can be a challenge, but a regular yoga practice helps generate both motivation and new energy. I look forward to continuously welcome you at the yoga school in Malmö and Lund.

MOON-DAYS – classes continue as usual in November but we follow the Ashtanga tradition and rest on full/new moon days. In the coming month these days fall on 14 and 29 of November. Read about “moon-days”.

SELF PRACTICE – did you know that aside from the teacher-taught Mysore classes you may use the premises for “self-practice” (practice without adjustments) on weekday mornings. Self-practice is open to everyone with a practice-card. Consult the schedule to see the current hours.

NEW FOUNDATION COURSES – start in Lund on Monday 7 of November at 17.15. In Malmö the next beginners’ course is a 4-day intensive starting on 26 of December. Both courses are still open for registration and should you know anyone who is curious about yoga please feel free to refer them! All info about upcoming beginners’ courses is available here

GUIDED CLASS – the monthly guided Primary series takes place on Sunday 6 November. The Mysore class is cancelled that day. The guided class starts at 9:30am and you will be led through the Ashtanga Primary Series in traditional Sanskrit. All are welcome regardless if you practice full primary series or not. Important is that you arrive on time! After the class everyone is invited to join a yoga discussion on the origin and significance of the Sun Salutations. There will also be room for questions about your practice and yoga in everyday life.

FRIDAY-FUN – on 25 of November it’s time for another session of Friday-fun. The alternative after-work class has already become popular with two fully booked sessions this autumn. The third class is themed “The art of backbending”. Read more and book your spot here. Come and play!

Finally, I am happy to announce that our teacher R. Sharath Jois will return to Europe and Scandinavia! In August 2017 he will visit both Copenhagen and Stockholm and give us a chance to practice with him on home ground for two whole weeks! Read more about his upcoming visit here

The next newsletter will be sent to you early December with information about the Christmas and New Year schedule, including special events and courses during the Christmas holidays! Until then, you can stay updated by following our Facebook page or visit this news-page regularly.

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