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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

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

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.

NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2019

Welcome back to the yoga shala after the summer holidays. Autumn has arrived with the first “monsoon-like” rain and lower temperatures. Our complete schedule including all new courses and full Mysore programme is up and running and there are many new faces on the yoga mats. At the end of August we had an open house at the shala and we were very happy that so many of you invited your friends and loved ones to visit us. Let us know if you recruited someone to our courses or to the Mysore classes – you’ll get a 10% discount on your next card.

THE AUTUMN SCHEDULE is available on our schedule page. There you also find guidelines for drop-in times and “shala etiquette”. Wed be grateful if you take the time to read these through and respect them so that we get a friendly climate in the shala. Of course, your views on how we can improve are always welcome.

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES are always published on the news page and/or our social media forums. The biggest change this fall occurs between October 22 and November 22 when Isabella is in Goa, India to teach a two-week yoga retreat at the Purple Valley Yoga Centre. Then Hanna Mjöberg from Falkenberg, authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher level 2, subs together with Sara and Sofia. The entire schedule will be posted on the news page in due time.

YOGA HOLIDAY on 26 October to 8 November with Isabella at the Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India. There’ll be two daily yoga classes in an idyllic setting, vegetarian food and both the sea and a pool close by. If you book before 30 September you get a 20% discount on the price. It’s a great opportunity to recharge your batteries ahead of the autumn darkness! All details about the retreat and how to book are found here. If you follow this link you can also read some thoughts on the benefits of going on a yoga holiday.

NEW EVENTS at the shala this autumn include the return of our monthly alternative after work class FRIDAY-FUN. The next session is on 20/9 when we explore and play with Twists & Core. The theme of the following session in October is back bending. Read more about these classes and all other upcoming workshops in 2019/20 here. In 2020 we’re excited to host both Måns Broo, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Åbo Academy for a weekend workshop in Yoga Sutra and Tim Fedmann, senoior Ashtanga Yoga teacher and founder of the Miami Life Center. Isabella is also invited to teach in Copenhagen and Mölle in December/January. Those events are arranged by other studios and aren’t available on our website – only on our FB page where Ashtanga Yoga Malmö is a co-organiser. You can see all events on FB here

GUIDED CLASS of the Primary series in Ashtanga yoga followed by TEA & TALK takes place one Sunday every month. On 29/9 Isabella teaches a full Primary series in traditional Sanskrit count. The class is open to everyone but is not suitable for beginners. After class, we gather for a cup of tea and discuss a yoga related topic. If you can’t make it to class, you may join us after for tea and socialize. If you have any questions that you would like us to address, please feel free to contact us

PICTURES AND STORIES of our members on Instagram is a project we will launch in September. We would like to show that yoga can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, background, gender etc. You, the practitioners at our shala, already come from different backgrounds and circumstances. We would like to hear and document your story and thus inspire others to find yoga. Please let us know if you’d be interested in having your picture taken (portrait or yoga picture – your decision) and answer some questions about how you found yoga and what the practice means to you.

That’s all for now –  follow us on social media Instagram or Facebook to stay up to date with ongoing happenings. And please join our closed group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (and Lund) practitioner’s group where all practitioners at the shala can share information.

See you on the yoga mat!

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

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES AUG-NOV 2019

From August to November we unfortunately have to make changes to the schedule now and then. All temporary schedule changes are listed below (the page is updated regularly).

We also don’t teach at full/new moon – see here – only beginners courses take place these days unless otherwise announced.

AUGUST

Tuesday 6/8 16.15-18.45 Isabella covers for Miho

Tuesday 13/8 16.15-18.45 Sara covers for Miho

Tuesday 20/8 16.15-18.45 Sara covers for Miho

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 26/9 16.15-18.45  Mysore class exceptionally cancelled

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

Tuesday 15/10 16.15-18.45 Sara covers for Miho

Tuesday 22/10 16.15-18.45 Sofia covers for Miho

Tuesday 19/10 16.15-18.45 Sara covers for Miho

Tuesday 5/11 16.15-18.45 Sofia covers for Miho

When Isabella is in Goa, India to teach a retreat at Purple Valley (read more here), and a special cover teacher schedule will be in place. Hanna Mjöberg (Authorized Level 2 Teacher) from Falkenberg will teach part of this time. More information about the schedule between 22 Oct to 22 Nov will be published in due time.

NEWS FLASH – AUTUMN SCHEDULE SNEAK PEAK

Happy summer holidays to everyone! Hope you’re all having a great summer! I write this news flash during a one-day break after three weeks of intensive work in Stockholm, Finland and Copenhagen. I, Isabella, have spent two of the weeks weeks practicing and helping out at the Sharath Jois European tour and have also taught a retreat in Finland in between. Although it’s been a working month it’s also been full of learning opportunities, time for self-reflection and chances for small breaks and recovery. Now a week’s real holiday (!) is waiting before I resume teaching in August in Malmö.

I hope you also get a chance to recharge your batteries. The weather is about to become really warm  (according to the forecast) and we continue to have a self-practice schedule in place for a couple of week. A heartfelt thanks to Caroline, Sara and Kerstin who open and close during this time and also thanks to Karolina Z who covered classes in the first half of July! On 4 August the regular schedule resumes as Isabella is back to teach (NB. Don’t forget that our classes are as from July taught only in Malmö). Scroll down for a sneak peak at the autumn schedule or download your own copy here Autumn schedule 2019. In August we have a number of fun and important events coming up too!

FRIDAY-FUN: our special after work class is back on 23 August with asana-based exploration classes once a month. In the first session we focus on getting a better understanding of the hip-region and how to keep our hips and knees healthy in practice. Read more and register here

OPEN-HOUSE: on Sunday 25 August – we open the doors to family, friends and the public to come and enjoy free classes, lectures and to mingle with us to ask questions, have tea and socialize. There will be special offers for new members on the day. Existing members who recruit new members receive a discount on their next class pass (so make sure your friend mentions you name when he/she registers). Doors open at 11.30. Read more here

GUIDED PRIMARY: before the Open House on 25 August we have our monthly guided primary series class at 9am followed by tea and talk. Our existing members are invited to bring a friend who already practices and is familiar with Ashtanga Yoga (not necessary to have completed the whole primary series ) for FREE. The tea and talk will focus on this summer’s events in the Ashtanga Community and those of us who took part on the Sharath European Tour will share our experience.

NEW BEGINNER’S COURSES: start in Malmö in September. We have a regular beginner’s course on Mondays starting on 2/9 (read more here) and a special course for men on Wednesdays starting on 11/9 (read more here).

SPECIAL EVENTS: there are many more events coming up throughout the autumn such as a very special retreat with Isabella at Purple Valley Yoga Centre 26 October-8 November. Focus will be on how yoga can be used to self regulate and hep gain mental balance. This is a unique opportunity not to miss. Read more and book in advance here

For all other events check our events page  – there are already several events for 2020 up on the site. Information about temporary schedule changes can be found here on our news page or on our social media accounts on Instagram  or Facebook

See you soon in the shala again!

AUTUMN SCHEDULE 4/8 to 31/12 – 2019

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