ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT with Isabella at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

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ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT with Isabella at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

After two previous very successful summer retreats in 2018 and 19, Isabella returns for the third successive year to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. At the invitation of Kadermo’s founder and owner Stefan Engström, Isabella will teach a weeklong Ashtanga Yoga retreat 3-10 July 2020. You may come for 2,5 or 7 days (arrival Friday pm or Sunday pm).

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Kadermo Island is situated a couple of hours from Helsinki and is easy to get to by train directly from the airport. The retreat centre offers a unique opportunity to experience yoga in a peaceful, untouched and idyllic setting. There are no shops or cars and hardly any people on the island. The retreat is set in a protected oak forest area where some of the trees are 500 years old.

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga retreat is the home of senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström. He was born on the island and founded the retreat centre in 1994. Since then people from all over the world have been coming together to practice yoga and conscious self-development with Stefan and guest teachers.

Weekly programme
The week includes two daily yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. All yoga classes during the week are taught by Isabella Nitschke,  authorised (level2) ashtanga yoga teacher. There are two yoga halls available with plenty of room for both asana and quiet practices.

Upon arrival on the Sunday evening we’ll gather for a welcome and introduction session followed by dinner.

In the mornings there will be Mysore style class for more the more seasoned practitioners and depending on the level of participants there may be the opportunity for more guided teaching. Before morning asana class we practice silence and students may may do their own meditation and breathing practices in the meditation hall.

Afternoon class are held16.00-18.30. This class gives an opportunity for Isabella to help you deepen your understanding of the practice by looking at asana technique, yoga philosophy and chanting. Each class will have a different theme depending on the participants’ needs but will also include some easy pranayama and relaxation techniques. A light dinner is served at 19.00.

The Facilities

Students are accommodated in various places on the island, there is a two-storey summer house on a stunning rocky area overlooking the sea which is 10 mins walk from the yoga shala, there are also rooms the winter house which is closer to the yoga shala. These are built in an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the twenties.  All toilets are composting and showers are eco-friendly.

We enjoy vegetarian lunch and dinner cooked by the globally adored resident chef Anu from Anu’s Cafe in Mysore. Herbal teas are available all day. The café is also open straight after morning practice for coffee and smoothies (not included in the price). After lunch you have free time to explore the surroundings, walk, swim, go canoeing, read a great variety of yoga books from the library or enjoy the Finnish sauna.

Booking

All reservations and payments are done through Stefan at Kadermo Conscious Living by email Stefan@Kadermo.fi . The number of participants is limited in order to give everyone a personal and special experience of their time on the island. The retreat centre retreats all summer long and there are discount options for those wanting to stay more than one week. For more information and details about the summer programme please visit the Kadermo Conscious Living website. For questions about the yoga classes or your practice please email Isabella.

We look forward to welcoming you this summer!

 

WORKSHOP with Vidwan Lakshmish Bhat 8-9 April

Ashtanga Yoga Malmö is very honoured and happy to welcome Vidwan Lakshmish Bhat from Sharath Yoga Center in Mysore, India to our shala in Malmö. For two days in April we will have a unique opportunity to meet and learn from a genuine Indian scholar as Lakshmish will be teaching yoga philosophy in an authentic manner at our shala. He will hold lectures of chanting Ashtanga Yoga Mantras and explanations of the important yoga text “Hatha Yoga Pradipika”. As an inauguration to his teaching, Lashmish will also hold a special Ganesha puja in order to remove all obstacles in favour of a successful workshop for all.

Laksmish was both Isabella’s and Sara’s first Sanskrit and chanting teacher and we continue to study with him when we travel to Mysore. Lakshmish’s visit to Malmö is organised together with Astanga Yoga Copenhagen where he’ll also teach for two days prior to coming to Malmö. Below you find a detailed workshop program and more information about Laskmish including all the places he will visit during his European Tour.

PROGRAM

Wednesday 8th April

17-18 Puja, inaguration with devotional invocation to Ganesha

18-20.30 Introduction to Lakshmish’s background, family tradition and vedic studies as well as his connection to the Jois family. He will introduce Sanskrit recitation of the mantras, names of asana and vinyasa in Ashtanga yoga.

Thursday 9th April

9am-12pm (with a short break around 10.30)

Lecture on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika – the importance of this text in the tradition of yoga. We will recite verses from chapter 1 that cover the basics for the practice of yoga.

PRICE

Full workshop  Early bird – book before 1st of March: 600 SEK. Registrations after 1st of March: 700 SEK

Single class 400SEK

To make your reservation please contact us

ABOUT LAKSHMISH

Lakshmish Bhat has been connected to Sharath Jois and his family for nearly two decades. He was born into a humble Brahmin family in a village called Madageri near Gokarna in Karnataka where he studied Sanskrit in the traditional way in his home village for continuous 8 years. In the year 2000 he came to the Mysore Maharaja Sanskrit College for further studies of Advaita Vedanta and keen on learning astangayoga Lakshmish undertook asana practice under Sharath Jois. At this time he also received the Vidwan title from the Sanskrit College in Advaita Vedanta philosophy and completed his master’s degree in Sanskrit from Mysore University in 2006.

It was upon his Guru Sharath Jois’s request that Lakshmish started teaching Sanskrit and yoga philosophy to the students who in increasing numbers were coming to the KPJAYI in Gokulam in their search for thorough knowledge. Lakshmish joined the shala as a teacher of Sanskrit, chanting and yoga theory in the year 2003.

More about Laksmish here: https://sharathyogacentre.com/lakshmisha-bhat/

LAKSHMISH’S EUROPEAN TOUR 2020

Dharma Shala, Monza  3-5 April

Astanga Yoga Copenhagen 6-7 April

Delight Yoga, Amsterdam 10-11 April

Ashtanga Yogastudio Freiburg 14-16 April

Yogashala Stockholm 17-19 April

 

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

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

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 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 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

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES DEC/JAN 2019-20

December and January are festive months with school and public holidays and many parties happening. We at the shala also organize a couple of social events in December to convey our thanks for the year that has passed, but also to end the year in the sign of giving. During Christmas and New Year holidays we also have special opening hours – see below for all the details.

THURSDAY 12/12 (full moon – no Mysore classes)  – 17.30-18.45 CHARITY CLASS, 108 sun salutations for V-Care (donation-based). Read more about the event here

SUNDAY 15/12 at 9-10.30 Guided primary series  (see schedule page) + Annual vegan / vegetarian Christmas brunch (potluck) at 11-13. Read more about the event here

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SCHEDULE

CHRISTMAS 24-25/12 open for self-practice 8-10

THURSDAY 26/12 new moon – CLOSED

FRIDAY 27/12 + SUNDAY 29/12 + MONDAY 30/12 – Mysore class 9-11.30

TUESDAY 31/12 New Year ‘s class – Guided Primary series at 09-10.30

WEDNESDAY 1/1 – CLOSED

THURSDAY 2/1, FRIDAY 3/1 – Mysore class 06-08.45 (Miho covers)

SUNDAY 5/1 – Guest teacher Jens Bache from Copenhagen. Guided Primary series class at 09-10.30 followed by a special lecture on Ashtanga Yoga at 11-13. The event is open to all our existing members and included in your practice card (klippkort 2x). Non-members who wish to attend need to book and pay separately. Read more about the event here)

MONDAY 6/1 Mysore Class 9 am-11.30pm

The spring schedule starts on 7/1 – see the schedule page for any changes and new courses. Please note that we will renovate the floors in the shala 7-9th of January and therefore morning Mysore class will be held in the dance studio. Evening classes on 7 and 9 January are cancelled.

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.

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