YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK – charity class

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YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK – charity class

UPDATE: Considering the current situation around COVID-19, this event goes online! A facebook live video will begin around 17:30 the 24th of March, on Ashtanga Yoga Malmö’s facebook page. Please read below for details.

Yoga Stop Traffick (YST) is a global yoga event organized to raise awareness of human trafficking and to raise money for the anti-trafficking organization Odanadi Seva Trust, based in Mysore, India.

Every year in March, participants at yoga schools around the world perform 108 sun salutations in support of Odanadi. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the global YST event that takes place on March 15th. We at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö will participate as always, but are organising our contribution to YST on Tuesday 24/3. Instead of 108 sun salutations, we gather for a quiet, introspective evening meditation class that fits well with the new moon that day!

The class will be sent live online on Ashtanga yoga Malmö’s facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/ashtangayogamalmo/

The live video will start around 17:30 (CET). We start with approximately 10 minutes of seated meditation, followed by some easy yoga postures, and finish with another round of seated meditation. The class is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme and will take about 35-40 minutes.

The class is free of charge, but participants are encouraged to contribute financially with an optional amount. As we cannot collect cash this year, we would like to ask each participant to donate directly at Yoga Stops Traffick’s website. Those of you who cannot participate can also contribute this way. https://adventureashram.charitycheckout.co.uk/page07852#!/

Let’s find a moment of calmness together in this time of uncertainty. And if you feel helpless, one of the best way to cope is to help others.

For more information about YST and the worldwide campaign, read here https://www.yogastopstraffick.org/

See also this short film about Odanadi’s activities: https://youtu.be/HznTXspORdk

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

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

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

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

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

Workshop programme:

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

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

Mon 28 Oct: Asana clinic: foundational postures

Wed 30 Oct: Grounding and stability

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

Sun 3 Nov: Creating space

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

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

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

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

Bookings

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

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

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

SEVEN GOOD REASONS TO GO ON A YOGA HOLIDAY

A yoga holiday is more than just a regular vacation. It’s a get away, an adventure, and often life long memory:

TAKE A BREAK – a yoga trip gives you the chance to disconnect from everyday stress, duties and distractions. It’s easier to learn how to focus and be present on the yoga mat when you don’t have to rush to work or catch the bus. Then take your newfound focus home with you and apply it to your dayily life.

GET (RE) STARTED – on retreat it is easier to break old (bad) habits and replace them with new, more helpful routines (both with regards to yoga but also concerning diet and sleep). If you have difficulty to get a daily practice going, it will be easier to do this on a retreat with the support of the teacher. A retreat can be a fresh start.

DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE – a smaller group of practitioners on retreat allows for more quality time with the teacher. With class twice daily there is more room to discuss problems/difficulties and to have conversations about yoga both on and off the yoga mat.

TIME FOR RECOVERY – relax, enjoy good food, get inspired and energized. Boost your vitamin D-levels to prepare for the darker and colder months in Sweden.

COMMUNITY – a yoga trip is also a social event with shared meals and accommodation where you have the opportunity to meet like-minded people from different parts of the world, exchange experiences and meet friends for life.

A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE – experience a new environment and/or another country, its language, historical sites, architecture and food culture. If the trip goes to India it’ll take you to the roots of yoga and give you the opportunity to experience all the rituals and myths that surround yoga historically.

SUPPORT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY – by exploring the local environment, visiting local markets and other places you will benefit the tourism industry and the small businesses. If your trip goes abroad you might get an insight into what life looks like in a place with a very different situation compared to your home country.

Going on yoga holiday provides a chance for own-time and self-development; it’s a welcome break as well as “yoga-intensive”. Of course your daily practice at home with your teacher is most important, that which provides you with stability and leads to long-term development and change. But a yoga holiday can be a life-changing experience that recharges you with new energy, strength and renewed joy to practice before returning home.

P.S. Isabella teaches a two week retreat at Purple Valley Yoga Centre in Goa, India from 26 Oct – 8 Nov 2019. Check it out here (20% off the price if you book before 30 September)

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 August 2016

imageThis newsletter was sent straight from Mysore, India, where I (Isabella) have the privilege to participate in a special training course led by R Sharath Jois for only KPJAYI authorized teachers. The course is very demanding, but also very rewarding and I hope to share my experiences with you upon my return in September.

THE SUMMER SCHEDULE – continues throughout August and ends on 1/9. I want to thank Karolina Zakrzewska for her valuable teaching in July and August. Miho continues to cover all classes for the remainder of August. Below you can read about all that happens at the shala this autumn.

THE AUTUMN SCHEDULE – kicks off on the 4/9. You can download your own version here autumn schedule 2016 or consult the schedule page. New this semester is that the Friday guided primary series will instead take place only once every four weeks; on the first Sunday of the month. The Sunday’s we have guided class Mysore is cancelled. The first guided primary series will be on the 4/9 at 9:30. The aim of this class is to remind of the number of breaths, tempo and vinyasa in all positions. It’s easy to cheat or forget this when you are just practicing Mysore style. All are welcome to join but please come on time! If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!

NEW FOUNDATION COURSES – start in Malmö and Lund on the 4th and 5th September respectively. If you know anyone who is curious about yoga please share this information with them. More about the courses here

YOGA VACATION – the first week of October we travel to Majorca for a week’s yoga retreat. Extend the summer and take the opportunity to immerse yourself in your yoga practice. Book now while there are still places left! All levels of practitioners are welcome. More info here:

COTTON RUGS & BOOKS FROM MYSORE – are available to order from me until 12/8. Cotton rugs will help you not to slip when you sweat and can facilitate learning to jump through in seated postures. Order your own original rug from Mysore! You can also order Sharath’s book Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana which is only available here in Mysore. It provides detailed information about the number of breaths and movements in primary series. Email us to put in your order!

This is some of what happens in the autumn. The next newsletter will contain more information about planned workshops in Malmö/Lund and at other locations in Sweden, as well as lectures and charity events that are in the loop. For example, here in Mysore I work with Lisa from Yogashala Stockholm to help a small organization that tries to make life better for casteless girls in the Mysore region. More about this organization and how we plan to help when I’m back in Sweden. Then, I will also share with you the experiences I had during the two-month-long course here in Mysore. Until then you can follow my stay and see pictures from Mysore on our Facebook page.

I wish you all a nice summer! See you in September!
Om shanti
Isabella

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