YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK – charity class

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YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK – charity class

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. This year 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 class with a combination of seated and walking meditation that fits well with the new moon that day!

By participating, you are helping to spread knowledge about the serious and growing exploitation of women and children that is going on not only in India but all over the world. Your participation will help raise funds to support the important work of the Odanadi Seva Trust in the prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of trafficked women and children in the state of Karnataka, India.

The class starts with approximately 10 minutes of seated meditation followed by some walking meditation and easy yoga postures. We finish with another round of seated meditation. The class is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme and will take about 45-50 minutes.

The class is free of charge, but participants are encouraged to contribute financially with an optional amount (cash only). All donations go directly and in full to Odanadi. It is also possible to contribute separately in case you cannot / do not want to come to class. To participate sign up through our partner Medborgarskolan Syd

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

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.

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)

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)

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.

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.

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL 2019

Please note that there are some temporary schedule changes coming up in February/March/April 2019

February

Tuesday 5/2 Mysore 16.15-18.45, Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Sunday 17/2 Mysore 08.45-11, Malmö, Sara (cover for Isabella)

Monday 18/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Monday 18/2 Beginners’ level2 class at 17.15 cancelled due to winter holidays

Wednesday 20/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Thursday 21/2 Mysore 06.15-8.45, Malmö, Miho (cover for Isabella)

Tuesday 26/2 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Thursday 28/2 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Miho (cover for Sara)

March

Monday 4/3 Beginners level 2, 17.15, Malmö  Miho (cover for Sara)

Thursday 7/3 Mysore 16.15, Malmö Miho (cover for Sara)

Tuesday 12/3 Mysore 16.15 Malmö, Sara (cover for Miho)

Monday 25/3 Beginners course 17.15, Lund Sofia (cover for Isabella)

April

Friday 5/4- Monday 8/4 Stefan Engström Workshop: Please note that regular Mysore classes are cancelled during Stefan’s workshop.

Friday 5/4 no Mysore in Lund. Resting time!

Sunday 7/4 Mysore Malmö cancelled

Monday 8/4 Mysore Malmö cancelled – self practice possible in the dance stuidio

Only the beginners course on Sunday 7/4 runs as scheduled. The guided Primary series and Tea&Talk scheduled for Sunday 7/4 will take place the following week on 14/4.

Easter 19-22/4:

  • Good Friday19/4 is full moon = no Mysore class. Rest!
  • Easter Sunday 21/4 Mysore as usual at 08.45-11am in Malmö
  • Easter Sunday 21/4 No beginners’ course in Malmö – Easter break
  • Easter Monday 22/4 Mysore at 08.45-11am in Malmö
  • Easter Monday 22/4 No beginners’ course in Lund – Easter break

Valpurgis 30/4 no evening Mysore in Malmö (morning class i Lund as usual)

1:st of May Mysore 08.45-11am in Malmö

New and Full moon

We don’t teach at new or full moon. Mysore classes are cancelled then. Only beginners level 1 and 2 courses run as scheduled on “moon days”. See the list of upcoming moon days here

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2019

Happy new year to you all! Warm greetings from Mysore, India where I (Isabella) currently am for my annual trip to the KPJAYI for studies with Sharath. Here I get to be a student again and fill up on new knowledge and good energy. But this year I’m only here for one month and I’ll return home in early February. The shala is full as usual, with many familiar but also new faces. Sara who assists me in Malmö is also here. Some good news are that I again have the honor to assist Sharath in the Shala, this year during the first shift. This means that I, together with two other assistants help from 4am until 6.30. Only after that I’m allowed to roll out my mat where Sharath tells me to and do my own practice. It means long mornings in the Shala, but I am very grateful because I learn a lot, and it’s all experience that I can bring home for you to benefit from. While I am here I also take private chanting lessons in preparation for a course in chanting and yoga philosophy that I will teach this coming spring. You can read about the course and all other events this spring below.

In January our schedule is slightly reduced. Miho, Sofia and Caroline make sure that classes run smoothly in my absence. We also have the pleasure to welcome Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Jens will teach two guided Primary series classes on Sunday 13 and 20 January. Don’t miss the opportunity to practice with Jens who has more than 20 years of Mysore experience. All details and the January schedule are here

The SPRING SCHEDULE starts Sunday the 3rd of February with our monthly guided primary class in Malmö. Afterwards you are invited to tea & talk where I and Sara will share stories from our stay in Mysore. You find the spring schedule on the schedulepage. Please note that there are some changes:

  • Evening Mysore class on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Malmö is henceforth taught by Miho and Sara. From now on I teach only morning Mysore.
  • Chanting on Sundays is replaced by a 4-session Chanting & Philosophy course. It will allow for better continuity and give us a chance to deepen our practice and understanding of the texts we chant. The course runs as Friday-fun in Malmö 17-19hrs. Read more here
  • New beginners courses in Lund and Malmö start in March. The course in Lund will take place in One Hot Spot’s premises at Råbygatan. Read more about all our courses here
  • Beginners level 2/guidedhalf Primary series will be held both in Malmö and Lund. The course/class in Malmö starts on Monday 4th February and in Lund we start in March. Read more about the classes here. You may as usual register for the entire course or drop in with clip/monthly card, provided there’s space.
  • Guided Intermediate series will be held twice later this spring in preparation for Sharath Jois’ visit to Stockholm and Copenhagen in July. It is strictly regulated who can participate so please carefully read the class description hereand talk to me before you register.

I would be grateful if you all took the time to read the schedule page(with links) properly so that you are aware of and respect our Shala guidelines and our opening/closing times.

GUEST TEACHER – In addition to the regular schedule, Stefan Engström will visit us on 5-8 April to hold a guest workshop with the theme “Anatomy of wholeness”. There will be both physical asana practice with mysore and led classes as well as more theoretical afternoon classes. More info about Stefan’s visit will soon be available under upcoming events on the events page.

SUMMERRETREAT –  on July 7-12 we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. Isabella teaches a week-long retreat there. Last year was full so don’t wait too long to book your spot. More info can be found here.

That’s all for now. If you want to buy cotton mats, yoga mat bags or other yoga stuff from Mysore please order from me no later than 15/1 (email). The price depends on the exchange rate and the shipping cost.

See you in less than a month, but until then please keep up to date through our Facebook page and the group “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö/Lund practitioners” we started in connection with the page. On Instagram you can also follow some of what happens while I am in Mysore. All other news is published here on our newspage.

JANUARY SCHEDULE 2019

In January 2019, Isabella is in Mysore, India, for further education at the KPJAYI. In her absence, Miho, Sofia and Caroline cover classes according to the schedule below. You can read about all our assistant teachers here

Two Sundays in January we also have the honor to welcome Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen who comes to the shala in Malmö to teach guided full primary series class (suitable for all levels of practitioners except complete beginners). Jens has been travelling regularly to Mysore since the early 2000s and is, together with Susanna Finocchi, the founder of Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. In addition, he is  the organizer and host when Sharath visits Copenhagen. Currently, Jens also studies Indology at the University of Copenhagen with a focus on Sanskrit and translation of classic Indian texts. Take this opportunity to practice with Jens who is a very experienced and authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. Jens teaches on Sunday 13th and 20th of January. Read more about him here 

JANUARY 2019* click on the schedule for a larger image or download your own copy here

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SCHEDULE 2018/19

Between 23 December 2018 and 6 January 2019 we run a slightly reduced holiday schedule . See an overview below or download your own copy here.  Isabella teaches until 28 December after which she travels to Mysore, India 29 Dec- 1 Feb. In her absence there will be other teachers covering classes.  A detailed schedule for the period 7 Jan until 1 Feb can be found by clicking here.

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