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TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES MARCH – APRIL 2020

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

MARCH

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

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

APRIL

WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL is full moon – ie no Mysore classes this day. In the evening Lakshmish Bhat from Mysore India visits our shala. Laksmish also teaches the following day (Thursday, 9-12 after Mysore class). Read more here

THURSDAY 9 APRIL – SKÄRTORSDAG – no evening Mysore

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

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

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

THURSDAY 23 APRIL – New Moon ie no Mysore classes this day

THURSDAY 30 APRIL – WALPURGIS – no evening Mysore

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

FRIDAY-FUN: Yin Yoga & Meditation with Miho

Our alternative after-work class Friday-fun adapts a slower pace in 2020. In the end of January (24/1) and February (28/2) Miho teaches two sessions with the theme of yin yoga and meditation. The classes are an intro to a course in Yin Yoga starting on Wednesday evenings in March 2020.

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), 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.

At the end of the class, we will do a partly guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes.

Everybody is welcome regardless of experience! Come with an open mind and get new energy for the weekend.

The class is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme, yin yoga teacher and regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. Pre-registration is required and done via our partner Medborgarskolan Syd (click the link)

YOGA ANATOMY COURSE with Sara Björs

This course is taught by Sara Björs over four Sundays in January and February in 2020. The course will be held in Swedish. Please shift languages on the top right side of the website to read about the course in Swedish.

EXTENDED SCHEDULE & more guided classes

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

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

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

FRIDAY-FUN special class: “Back bend basics”

Friday-fun is our alternative monthly after work special class. We gather to explore asana, play and have fun in a different format than Ashtanga yoga Mysore style. Each month the class has a different theme and this time we explore how to back bend.

Bending back really means to stretch both the front and the back of your body. In daily life we sit a lot, drop the shoulders, and bend forward rounding our backs. The front of the body is compressed which limits our ability to breathe properly. Our core muscles weaken and our spine is adversely affected – which results in poor posture, back pain and difficult deep breathing.

In the primary and especially the intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga, the practitioner is introduced to several back bends that “open” (soften and strengthen) both the shoulders, the chest and hip-flexor muscles. Regular practice of these two series makes our body more balanced. The muscles of the torso and legs are strengthened and stretched and we create better support for a healthy spine and gets easier to breathe.

This class gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the mechanisms involved in back bending and teaches you techniques to help soften and strengthen the body in order to safely backbend. In a playful manner, we explore a number of back bending asanas in this efficiently choreographed vinyasa style class. We go through basic techniques for positions from Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel) to more advanced backbends from the Intermediate (and maybe advanced) series of Ashtanga yoga.

The class is open to all levels but is NOT suitable for complete beginners. Participants are asked to come with an open and playful mind!

The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher (II) by Sharath Jois in Mysore. Places are limited so please pre-register via our partner Medborgarskolan (click to register)

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JAN+FEB 2020

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

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

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

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

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

GUEST TEACHER: guided primary series and talk with Jens Bache

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

PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

Abstract in English 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARTY: annual vegan potluck brunch

After the monthly guided Ashtanga Yoga primary series class on Sunday 15th of December all of Ashtanga Yoga Malmö’s yogis are invited to join our annual pot-luck brunch. If you’re unable to attend the guided class you are of course welcome to join only the brunch afterwards.

This is a great chance for everyone to socialize and to get to know each other off the yoga mat. It is also an opportunity for us at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö to thank all yogis for the past year and wish everyone all the best for the year to come.

This event is usually highly appreciated and family members and friends are also welcome!  The more the merrier! Please let us know (message) in advance if you’re coming (and how many people) and bring a vegan (or vegetarian) contribution to the brunch. Coffee, tea and plant based milk will be available.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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