POSTPONED: Ashtanga yoga workshop with Stefan Engström

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POSTPONED: Ashtanga yoga workshop with Stefan Engström

UPDATE: Due to the Covid19 pandemic in Europe and worldwide we have decided to postpone the workshop with Stefan originally scheduled for 21-24 May. Our aim is to make this event happen later this year but the current insecurity makes it impossible to set any exact dates for now.We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please keep visiting our FB page and website or sign up to our newsletter in order to stay updated.

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Over the Ascension weekend 21-24 May 2020 we have the honour of welcoming back senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström from Kadermo Conscious Living to our shala in Malmö. Stefan taught a long weekend workshop in Malmö in April last year and as he returns he will teach a 4-day Ashtanga Yoga workshop (Thursday to Monday) recapping and deepening the topic of  “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness” and giving an introduction to pranayama.  The full workshop of 24 tuition hours will include Mysore style teaching, led classes and afternoon seminars.

Price full workshop: 3500 SEK (earlybird before 1/4/2020 3300SEK)
One day: 1000 SEK
One class: 500 SEK

Booking: Sign up before 1 April 2020 and get the early bird price of 3300SEK. Thereafter the price is 3500SEK for the full workshop. Spaces are limited and participants signing up for the full weekend are given priority.  To participate please contact us. We take only a limited number of participants. Participants who attend the entire workshop are prioritized

Cancellation Policy: The booking fee is not refundable. Cancellations later than 14 days before will be charged the full workshop fee. Cancellations due to illness require a doctor’s certificate to be refunded the remaining course fee. Your place can also be transferred to another person (should there be a waiting list the first person on the list gets the spot otherwise you have to find a replacement yourself).

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 21/5

8-9.00 Yoga Nidra & Sharing

9-11.00 Free support (refresher)

13-14.30 Guided class of standing asanas (followed by individual practice)

15-16 Introduction to Pranayama

FRIDAY 22/5 TILL SUNDAY 24/5

9-11.30 Mysore class

13.30-14.45 Free support/yoga of presence and wholeness

15-16.30 Pranayama

ABOUT STEFAN

Stefan Engström is the owner and resident teacher of the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat. He has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1990 and Meditation since 1985. He started his practice with Radha and Derek Ireland in Greece in 1990. Later he studied with John Scott  and Graham Northfield. Since 1993 he has made more than 17 trips to Mysore, India, and has spent extended periods of time studying with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath and Sarswathi. He is authorized by Sharath to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Stefan also spent more than 10 years learning and practicing pranayama and other yoga-techniques with Mr. BNS Iyengar between the years 1995 to 2005.

For more than 25 years he has been teaching retreats and workshops on Kadermo island in Finland, at the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat that he founded year 1994. He has also held workshops in different cities in Finland and also across Europe, South America and Egypt.

Stefan has studied Anatomy of Wholeness for more than 10 years with David Gorman, a renowned anatomist, Alexander Technique teacher and founder of LearningMethods. (www.learningmethods.com). Stefan is also a certified Mentor in Psychosynthesis.

ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT with Isabella at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

From 7-12 July 2019 Isabella will teach a week of Ashtanga Yoga hosted by Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland.  The summer of 2018 was the first time Isabella was invited to teach at Kadermo and in 2019 she is delighted to return for a second year.

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 program

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, KPJAYI 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.

Monday to Friday there will be Morning 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 is held Mon – Thurs at 16.30-18.30. 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!

Ashtanga yoga workshop & Yoga of Presence and Wholeness with Stefan Engström

Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – A unique approach to Bio-Mechanics

The first weekend of April 2019 we have the honour to welcome senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström to our shala in Malmö. Stefan will teach a long weekend workshop (Friday to Monday) on the topic of  the “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – a unique approach to bio-mechanics”. The full weekend workshop of 16 tuition hours will include Mysore style teaching, led classes and afternoon seminars. (Full programme available below)

You need to attend the Friday evening introduction session to take part in the other classes. Sign up before 1 March 2019 and get the early bird price of 2200SEK. Thereafter the price is 2500SEK for the full weekend. Spaces are limited and participants signing up for the full weekend are given priority.  To participate please contact us.

Below is a detailed description of the workshop and of the full program together with a short bio of Stefan.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Exploring a new way to approach your yoga practice. As humans, we are unique creatures with an In-Built Inherent Intelligence. This Inherent Intelligence is one of our most primitive parts of our brain for motor and sensory movements. It is within us all from birth and tapping in to this allows us to explore our body as a whole and not in separate parts. This in turn may potentially change the way we sit, walk and experience your yoga practice, with less tension and effort.

Despite having this Inherent Intelligence we tend not to use it to it’s full potential and thus suffer from many problems and chronic injuries. And yet, we all have within us what we need to solve our problems and transform our lives. In order to tap into this Inherent Intelligence, the first step is to become present with our body awareness, then to have a clear Intention of what we would like to happen and finally, allow our sensitive awareness to guide us. Being present is a pretty good place to start as in yoga being present is one of the most fundamental qualities we are looking for.

This workshop is all about how we can apply this Inherent Intelligence in our yoga practice. Through simple exercises we will learn to connect with this Intelligence. You will feel more whole, open, free and expanded. This state and experience I refer to as Free Central Support. We will apply this new experience of Free Central Support to our yoga practise. It can be applied when staying in asana and when moving in and out of them. What we then begin to notice is that throughout our entire practice, as we are now in tune with our sensitive awareness feed back system, it improves the quality of our practice and we feel freedom, openness, wholeness, lightness and expansion. And these are the qualities that tell us that we are functioning optimally.

We will be encouraged to refine our Intention. We will shift from being Performance driven to Experience guided. What this means is that our practice will shift. Instead of feeling effort we will feel free. Instead of compression we will feel expansion and openness. Instead of separate parts we will feel like a whole. Instead of feeling the heaviness of gravity we will feel up-thrust.  Instead of focusing on the end gain we will focus on being present. Instead of narrowing-in we will learn to expand our awareness. Finally, instead of doing, we will now allow.  Instead of focusing on form we will focus on Function.

To be able to know what is meant by Function we need to understand the Bio- Mechanics of the body and the functionality of the joints. We will learn the different functions of all the major joints of the body and how they correlate to each asana. With this new understanding we will shift from being Form driven to Function driven in our practice. “Function leads to form”.

For example, each asana has its own set of functions (e.g. flexion, external rotation). By practicing in a Function driven way, the result will look slightly different from person to person as we have different bodies and abilities.  However, practicing in this way will allow the body to open up safely and in the right places.

Now, knowing the Function of each asana we can hold that in our Intention and allow the Inherent Intelligence to take care of organizing the body in such a way that we are getting the stretch and opening we are looking for.

We will also learn about:
– Stretch and muscle adaptation. How our muscles respond to stretch and become longer.
– The three different states of the muscles – Tense, Active, Relaxed.
– The two main different existing muscle fibres; what they are and how they will respond         and change being in Free Central Support or not.

PROGRAMME

Friday 5/4

17:00 – 19:30 Sharing & Presentation

Finding Free, Central Support. 

Practical exercise where the student, with the help of bodily sensations will find a state of maximum freedom of the body. A state where there will be no tension in the body, nor will the muscles be relaxed but active. The inherent intelligence of our body will take care of all this as long as we are present with our body sensations and have a clear intention.

This first session will be the foundation for the whole workshop and can not be missed.

Saturday 6/4

08:30 – 11:00 Led standing poses followed by Mysore class

During the led part Stefan will use a language based on what was learned the evening before. This to invite the students to start to feel the Free Support in different asanas.

11:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:30 Anatomy of Wholenes

– Staying in Free Support while reshaping.

– Stretch and Muscle adaptation.

– The three states of the muscles; tense, ACTIVE, relaxed.

– Learning the difference between Function and Form.

– Experiencing the difference between when the body is functioning as a whole and when as in parts & understanding the consequences of both.

Sunday 7/4

08:30 – 11:00 Mysore  class

The students are encouraged to apply their understanding of Anatomy of Wholeness (Free Support, Wholeness and Function & Form) in their asana class.

11:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:30 Anatomy of Wholeness continues

We go through individual experiences and insights and try to make sense of it and broaden our understanding.

– Changing from one support to an other while staying in Free Support.

– What is the Function of each asana & coming back to the “Difference between Function and Form” after having the experience of two asana practices.

– Coming back to the “Difference between when the body is functioning as a whole and when as in parts & understanding the consequences of both. 

– The two different muscle tissues and how they work.

– Closing session of the theoretical / experiential part of the workshop. Making sense of what we have learned and experienced. 

Monday 8/4

06:30 – 08:45 Mysore class

The students are encouraged to apply their understanding of Anatomy of Wholeness (Free Support, Wholeness and Function & Form) in their asana practice.

After 08:45

Time fore individual questions and insights. (for those who do not need to rush to work..)

More about Stefan

Stefan Engström is the owner and resident teacher of the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat. He has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1990 and Meditation since 1985. He started his practice with Radha and Derek Ireland in Greece in 1990. Later he studied with John Scott  and Graham Northfield. Since 1993 he has made more than 17 trips to Mysore, India, and has spent extended periods of time studying with Pattabhi Jois, Sharath and Sarswathi. He is authorized by Sharath to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga.

Stefan also spent more than 10 years learning and practicing pranayama and other yoga-techniques with Mr. BNS Iyengar between the years 1995 to 2005.

For more than 25 years he has been teaching retreats and workshops on Kadermo island in Finland, at the Kadermo Conscious Living Yoga Retreat that he founded year 1994. He has also held workshops in different cities in Finland and also across Europe, South America and Egypt.

Stefan has studied Anatomy of Wholeness for more than 10 years with David Gorman, a renowned anatomist, Alexander Technique teacher and founder of LearningMethods. (www.learningmethods.com). Stefan is also a certified Mentor in Psychosynthesis.

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2019

Photo: Justyna Jaworska

Winter is coming to an end, the light is returning and we hope for some warmer weather soon. With spring comes new energy and we start new foundation courses in both Malmö and Lund. A new addition to the schedule this year are guest teachers visiting on two occasions. Keep reading to find out what happens at the shala before summer.

THE SPRING SCHEDULE is available in detail on our schedule page. All temporary changes for public holidays are listed separately here. ONE Sunday a month we have guided class of the full Primary series (instead of Mysore class). It varies which Sunday of the month it is so please check all the dates on our overview schedule. The next occasion is on 3 March at 08.45 in Malmö. After class we gather for tea&talk and Isabella will give a briefing on the latest from V-Care and Odanadi, the two charities we support in Mysore.

COURSES / Special classes
Chanting on Sundays is replaced by a monthly Chanting and Philosophy course. This enables us to deepen our practice, get better continuity and understand more of the texts we chant. The course runs as Friday-fun on Fridays in Malmö. The next class is on 15/3. Read more here

New foundation courses in Lund and Malmö start in March. The course in Lund is full, but spaces are still available in Malmö. More about that here. As always we appreciate when/if you recommend us to your friends and families. More yoga practitioners make society both healthier and more peaceful.

A beginners level 2 course/guided half primary series class starts early March in Lund (there’s one already running in Malmö). Please keep in mind that everyone has to pre-register whether you attend the full course or if you just drop-in occasionally with klipp/monthly cards (you’ll only be debited for the classes you attend). The course runs only if there are enough people registered. Pre-registration is done via Medborgarskolan. Read more about the level 2 class here

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 read the description carefully and talk to Isabella before you sign up.

YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK 21/3
Every year, we do 108 sun salutations to raise awareness and funds for the organization Odanadi’s fight against human trafficking in southern India. This year the event takes place on Thursday 21/3 at 5pm.The class is donation-based (cash payment) but please register in advance. All are welcome to participate and you do not have to complete all the 108 sun salutations. Read more about the event on the event’s page.

GUEST TEACHERS
In addition to the ongoing schedule, we are honoured to welcome senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström from Kadermo Conscious Living. Stefan will teach a guest workshop on 5-8 April in Malmö called “Yoga of Presence and Wholeness – A unique approach to Bio-Mechanics. Practice will be physical with Mysore style/led classes as well as theoretical afternoon classes. Find more info about Stefan’s workshop and how to register on our here. NB! Early bird price until March 1st!

On 1-2 June, Swedish born Gabriel and his Australian wife Nadia teach two afternoon Ashtanga yoga master-classes in Malmö with the theme “Create effortless fluidity and control in your yoga practice”. Learn how to create fluidity through the application of bandha and breath. Find strength in the transitions and flexibility in the asanas. Gabriel and Nadia introduce you to techniques that make your practice easier. Not to miss! Read more about their classes here.

SUMMER RETREAT – on July 7-12 we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland. The island of Kadermo is an idyllic setting away from modern society and stress where one really gets a chance to wind down. Isabella leads a week long Ashtanga yoga retreat there with morning and afternoon class and our vegetarian chef Anu from Mysore, India, and spoils us with the most delicious food. Last year was a success and it was full so don’t wait to book your spot! More info can be found here.

That’s it for this newsletter. In between letters I hope you stay updated by checking our Facebook page and the group Ashtanga Yoga Malmö / Lund practitioners we started in connection with the page (apply to become a member). We are of course also on Instagram. All other news is published here on our news page/blog.

See you on the yoga mat!

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

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