Beginners/foundation course in Ashtanga yoga

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Beginners/foundation course in Ashtanga yoga

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 23 March 2020  at 17.15 (we take a break during the Easter holiday). 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 . 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

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.

Yin yoga & Meditation – 8 week course with Miho

In March 2020 we launch this 8 week course in yin yoga and meditation with Miho Hellén-Halme. Yin yoga ca be a good complement to other physical activities such as running and other more dynamic yoga styles and is great if you feel particularly stiff.

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you take time to explore the sensations in your own body. You stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body to see if there is any tension, while trying to relax using your breath. Thus you can stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all the muscles and organs together in the whole body, while at the same time you can cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not what the postures look like, but rather how you let your body be and to stay focused on inner sensations. Each class is ended with a 10 – 15 minute guided meditation. All levels are welcome regardless of previous experience.

The course runs on Wednesdays at 19-20:00  starting on 4 March for a total of 8 weeks with a break during the Easter holidays on 8/4. Registration and payment are done via our partner Medborgarskolan Syd (click on the link)

The course is taught by qualified yin yoga teacher Miho Hellén-Halme.

Beginners intensive course in Ashtanga yoga

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) of the Ashtanga yoga primary series as well as some 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 27 January 2020  at 17.15 (we take a break during the winter holiday in February). 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 . 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

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

NEWSLETTER Nov/Dec 2019

Warm greetings from a sunny Goa where I spend a few extra days after the Purple Valley retreat. It’s kind of a holiday combined with further education as I take the opportunity to attend some workshops with experienced teachers on site. All in order to improve my teaching skills and to get some new energy. I hope you had a great time with Sara and Hanna while they’ve covered classes and I look forward to seeing you all again soon. In this newsletter you find information about upcoming events in December and January as well as the Christmas and New Year’s schedule.

The retreat at Purple Valley was very successful but it would have been even lovlier if more of you had joined. Then the chance of returning there at some point in the future would have increased. When I arrived in Goa I was welcomed by the worst cyclone since many years and the rain was pouring down incessably for four whole days. But just as the guests arrived for the retreat, the clouds scattered. Then we had days filled with sun, yoga and really amazing food. I’ll tell you more on Sunday November 24 when I’m back in Malmö and teach the guided Primary series class followed by tea and talk.

CHARITY CLASS – December marks the month of generosity and of giving back and as we’ve done in previous years we organize a charity class to raise funds for the organization V-Care in Mysore. At the full moon on Thursday 12/12 at 5.30 pm, we do 108 sun salutations together (or how many salutations you can/want to do). The class is free of charge but instead you make a donation that goes directly to V-Care. Read more here and please register in advance.

POTLUCK/CHRISTMAS BRUNCH – our annual, very popular vegan potluck party returns on Sunday 15/12 after guided Primary series class. The brunch is held at the shala from 11-13.00. Bring a festive mood and a vegan/vegetarian contribution to the table and a friend or your family. Please let us know in advance how many of you are coming. You can find more info about the event on this page.

THE AUTUMN SCHEDULE continues until 23/12 and thereafter we’ll have special opening hours between Christmas Eve 24/12 and 6/1. You find the entire Christmas and New Year schedule here

NEW YEAR mini RETREAT– Isabella teaches a mini-retreat with the theme “A fresh start” at Yoga by the Sea in Mölle on January 2-5. All levels of practitioners are welcome. Accommodation and board are not included in the price but can be arranged separately. The last day for registration is mid-December – read more here

GUEST TEACHER – Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen returns to Malmö to teach a guided Primary series class on 5/1. After class, he gives a lecture on his research on an important text about the Ashtanga Yoga found in Mysore, India. Read more about Jens, the class and the lecture here.

THE SPRING’S SCHEDULE starts on 7/1-2020. It will be published online in due time and sent to you with the next newsletter just before the end of the year. Information about new beginners courses is already available online on our Beginners page and our first beginners course starts on 13 January (more info here) If you know someone who wants to fulfill their New Year’s resolution to start a yoga practice then feel free to share the information with them!

That’s all for now. Remember that we are on social media Instagram or Facebook where you can find pictures from Purple Valley and Goa and stay updated on what is happening in the shala between newsletters. On Facebook we also have a closed group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (and Lund) practitioner’s group for everyone who practices with us regularly where you can ask questions, organize social events and other fun stuff.

See you on the yoga mat!

Isabella

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

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

WHY, WHEN AND HOW to adjust yoga asana – an immersion

THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED – contact us if you wish to be on the reserve-list. We plan to hold another one in 2020. Sign up to our newsletter to stay updated on future course dates!

This is a course that aims to deepen the individual practitioner’s understanding of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series through in depth study of the function of the separate postures as well as their connection to each other. We do this by exploring the mechanism of each posture; learn how to do them ourselves, look at alignment for safe and sustainable practice as well as how to adjust/help others. Through helping/adjusting others we can often acquire a much better understanding of the asana even if we don’t learn it with the aim of teaching.

Please note that the course is not a quick fix or a shortcut to learn the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. The course is NOT for beginners and is only open to those who have a regular practice and who have finished the Primary series of Ashtanga Yoga (NOTE: in some cases exceptions can be made due to your personal circumstances but you need to motivate this). Candidates need to be able to attend all sessions and motivate why you would like to attend this course.

Dates: 1/9, 15/9, 29/9, 6/10, 20/10 (plus 1 examination session)

Time: 12-14.30 in Malmö

Price: 3000SEK (incl VAT) (covers Level 1 containing 6 sessions)

The course consists of 5 sessions in September/October 2019 (every second Sunday) plus an “examination session” towards the end of the year. Each session is 2,5 hrs long. It will cover half primary series including Sun Salutations, the standing sequence, seated postures until Navasana, backbends and finishing postures (inversions). It is the first course in a series that will in total cover the full Primary series and part of intermediate series. The following two levels will be held in 2020.

In addition to learning to adjust hands on, the course also requires participants to observe a number of Mysore classes and learn the vinyasa count for a half led primary class (level 2+3 require counting the full Primary). It will also include some homework in term of reading. The teacher is Isabella Nitschke – read more about her and check her CV here

The course is open to a limited number of participants. To apply you send an email to info@ashtangayogamalmo.se with a short motivation letter where you explain why you want to attend this course. Deadline for applications is 28 June 2019.

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