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IMPORTANT UPDATE! NEW RULES AT THE SHALA AS FROM 10TH JANUARY 2021

Dear practitioners,

The new temporary “pandemic law” adopted by the government today 8th January, places restrictions on the maximum of people allowed in a certain space. According to our calculations the maximum of practitioners allowed in the Mysore room at the same time is 12. In the adjacent dance studio a maximum of 10 are allowed. (At the entire premises of the Värnhem studio about 45 are allowed).

We will remain open and continue our classes as scheduled BUT in order to avoid crowding and allow for enough space in the Mysore room, we might have to ask practitioners to begin and finish their practice in the dance studio should we exceed the maximum people allowed. We kindly ask for your understanding and your cooperation in this matter. Please remember that you also can join us online in order to avoid crowding.

Stay safe & healthy! Read our special Covid 19 guidelines before you come to the shala!

With love,

Ashtanga Yoga Malmö

NEWSLETTER X-MAS & NEW YEAR 2020/21

Dear yoga friends,

2020 unfortunately didn’t turn out to be the glorious year we’d hoped for; instead it presented us with many challenges and hard times. In order to maintain some sense of normalcy, we decided early on in the pandemic to keep our shala open as a place of peace, recovery and sanity for all our members who needed/wanted to continue to come to class. Keeping our doors open has been a balancing act in safeguarding everyone’s continued mental and physical health and at the same time preventing further spread of Covid-19. It’s only thanks to good teamwork and that you’ve all carefully complied with our precautionary measures, that we’ve managed it so far.

With this newsletter, we want to thank you all for your cooperation,  commitment and support. Together we made it through 2020 and now we approach 2021 with fresh hope and optimism. We’d love to keep seeing you on the yoga mat, either live at the shala or via the screen in our virtual Mysore room.  Below you find information about how we kick out 2020 and welcome 2021 at the shala. The newsletter contains our opening hours and special classes/workshops during the Christmas and New Year holidays as well as a taste of what awaits in January and the spring of 2021.

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE

From 24/12 to 3/1, a Christmas & New Year schedule applies with regular Mysore classes and some special workshops. Several of the classes are also available online. Unfortunately, Corona forced us to postpone Matt Ryan’s guest workshop until June 2021, but instead we have added some extra events for everyone who stays at home during the holidays. An overview of the schedule is available here.

27/12: WORKSHOP “BREATH & BANDHA“, 12-14:00 – learn how the breath and body locks can affect your yoga practice (and life in general). Read more and sign up here

28/12: BEGINNERS INTRO class, at 17:15. Isabella gives a quick overview of the Ashtanga yoga basic principles, breathing technique and sun salutations. Following the session, participants have the opportunity to attend any number of Mysore classes for two weeks at no extra cost. A perfect Christmas present for a friend or someone you love. Read more and register here (NOTE! Another introductory class takes place on 10/1-2021)

30/12: 108 SUN SALUTATIONS – charity class, at 17.15 (also online). We end the year in the spirit of giving and traditionally do 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care in Mysore, India. This small charity, which we support  since many years, primarily helps children and young people from the most vulnerable groups in India to get an education and the opportunity to have a better future. Our contribution is even more important in times of lockdown, closed schools and difficulties in earning a living for the poorest in India. Read more about the event and how you can contribute here

– 31/12 NEW YEAR’S YOGA – last class of the year (!). At 9-10:30 Isabella leads a guided Primary series class. Come and end the year of 2020 in the best way and let us together  bring a positive energy into 2021. The class is also broadcast online.

THE SPRING SCHEDULE starts on 4/1-2021 with regular morning Mysore classes. Our evening courses start in week 3 + 4. As a result of Covid-19, we are extending our online teaching for as long as necessary. All Mysore classes are broadcast live via Zoom and several of our extra courses also offer the opportunity for online participation. To participate, a monthly/season card or an online membership is required. In 2021, we also open up for customers with old “klippkort” to use these for online practice (only previously purchased cards). Contact us for more information.

NEW COURSES starting in January 2021:

– PRANAYAMA & CHANTING: Isabella’s pranayama course from last summer returns with an addition of chanting. The course is held on Fridays once a month (also online). Read more here

 YOGA PHILOSOPHY immersion:  a 2part course taught by Isabella and Miho (also online). Participants will get an insight into yoga as a lifestyle and how the postures on the yoga mat can be linked to everyday life. The course combines yoga philosophy in theory and practice. Read more here

YIN YOGA & MEDITATION with Miho continues on Tuesday evenings starting on 19/1. Read more here for info and registration (the course is also held online).

ASHTANGA intro class 11/1 & FOUNDATION COURSE 25/1– for newcomers to Ashtanga. Please share with your friends. Read more about all our foundation courses / intro classes here

– ASHTANGA FOUNDATION LEVEL 2 – with Sara resumes on 21/1 on Thursday evenings. The class/course is suitable for those who have taken a beginner’s course and want to continue the guided class format or those who have had a break from practice and want to refresh their Ashtanga memory. Read more and sign up here

That’s all for now; thank you once again for your participation and commitment during the past year. Our yoga community is very valuable to us and we hope that soon again we’ll be able to organize social gatherings and events where we can meet off the yoga mat. We hope for example to hold our annual Christmas potluck brunch in spring time instead. Take care of yourselves, stay healthy and have a lovely holiday season no matter how you celebrate it this year. If you feel lonely, the shala is open most days and you can come find company there even if we keep distance between the yoga mats.

Please stay updated between newsletters by following our pages on social media and if you’re not yet a member of our private Facebook group, we recommend that you apply to get access.

Warm seasonal greetings

Isabella and crew

P.S Until otherwise announced, we follow both the Public Health Authority’s restrictions as well as our internal rules at the shala (read them here before you come to class).

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SCHEDULE 2020/21

During the Christmas and New Year holiday season we have a special schedule in place with slightly altered opening hours. All regular classes are held live at the shala and broadcast via Zoom. We also have a few extra yoga workshops and happenings in the days after Christmas. You can check out all of them on our events page . Below you have the detailed holiday schedule (doors open 15 min before class). Please contact us if you have questions. Welcome!

NEWSLETTER NOV-DEC 2020

We’re already far into the autumn semester, but that does not mean that the classes we have on offer decreases. We still have many interesting courses and events coming up and the plan is to go through with them provided that the Corona pandemic doesn’t prevent us from doing so. Thanks to all the precautions we applied together during the spring/summer we were able to keep our doors open and the goal is to remain open throughout the autumn/winter months too. Since the situation may change quickly we will allow registration for our events but only collect payment once we’re sure that the event can take place. Please read more below for detailed information about what’s happening at the shala.

The increasing infection rate in Skåne has led to us once again having to follow stricter guidelines in order to prevent further spreading of Covid19. Even though many of us are tired of all the concessions that have to be made, we ask for your cooperation in following the regulations by the Public Health Authority as well as our internal rules at the shala (read them here). It is crucial for everyone’s health&safety and in order to prevent any risk of having to close the shala. Should you OR anyone in your household have symptoms; please stay at home until Corona has been excluded via a test. On our side we take every possible measure to ensure your safety and we will also abstain from physical adjustments in the coming weeks. If you have a practice card but have to stay at home due to a family member being unwell, you may practice with us via Zoom at no extra cost (does not apply to klippkort). Anyone who is reluctant to travelling far by public transport or is in a risk group and wants to practice from home can buy our special online membership. We’re extending our online programme (Mysore and some special courses) until the end of the year (possibly longer) so that no one needs to pause their yoga practice. If you have questions about our online classes, get in touch with us.

THE AUTUMN SCHEDULE continues until 23/12 and thereafter we have a two-week Christmas and New Year schedule in place. All schedule changes until 31/12 can be found here. A detailed schedule for the week after New Year’s will be published in due time.

SPECIAL CLASSES in November and December offer the following (places are limited due to Covid19):

YOGA PHILOSOPHY: on 8/11 Isabella teaches an introduction to yoga philosophy and chanting. You may join in person at the shala or online via Zoom. The class is part of four taster classes ahead of an in-depth course starting in 2021. The taster classes are open to everyone – read more and register here. (The fourth and last of our taster sessions takes place in December with the theme of meditation. Information about that session can be found under the same link as above)

YIN YOGA & MEDITATION course led by Miho starts on 10/11. Read more here for info and registration. (the course is also taught via Zoom)

INTRO-sessions for beginners are held on 23/11, and 28/12 respectively. These sessions provide a quick overview of the basic principles of Ashtanga Yoga, breath technique and sun salutations. Following the class participants have the opportunity to attend any number of Mysore classes for two weeks at no extra cost. Info about the first session on 23/11 can be found here. Feel free to tell friends and family. Complete beginner’s courses resume in January 2021.

FRIDAY-FUN: on 27/11 Isabella teaches a special class with the theme Breath& Bandha. The class will give you a better understanding of basic breathing techniques and teaches you how to  access your deep core muscles that help create stability and lightness in yoga practice. More info and registration here.

OUR ANNUAL POTLUCK BRUNCH will hopefully be possible to arrange on 6/12 at 11am after the guided class. All our yogis are welcome, but due to Corona, we would like you to pre-register so that we can keep track of the number of participants. The brunch is usually very popular and we hope that it will be the same this year. Bring a vegan/vegetarian contribution to the party buffet. If you cannot come to class, you are of course welcome to the brunch anyway. Read more/register here

POST-CHRISTMAS YOGA WORKSHOP with guest teacher Matt Ryan the weekend of 26-27/12. Matt is an experienced Ashtanga yoga teacher and practitioner with roots in England and family ties to Sweden. During his Christmas visit to Sweden, he comes to teach two-day morning Mysore and afternoon classes with different themes. In addition, he will share his knowledge and experience of Zazen meditation. We are very happy that Matt is coming to us with his positive energy! Do not miss this workshop! Read more and sign up for Matt’s classes here

CHARITY CLASS – on 30/12 we end the year in the spirit of giving and traditionally offer 108 sun salutations for the benefit of the organization V-Care in Mysore, India. We have been supporting this small charity for several years, which primarily helps children and young people belonging to the most vulnerable social groups in India to education and the opportunity for a better future. Your contribution is even more important in these times of lockdown, closed schools and difficulties in earning a living for the poorest in India. Read more about the event and how you can contribute here

That’s all for now. Please stay updated between the newsletters by following our pages on social media. If you are not a member of our private Facebook group, we recommend that you apply for access to daily updates. The next newsletter will be published before the end of the year.

Stay healthy!

Hang in there, keep a safe distance and do not forget: wash your hands!

Isabella and crew

PRACTICE WITH US REMOTELY – online membership

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the shala we will continue to teach both on site and online for as long as necessary.

All classes – Mysore and guided – take place live at the shala AND are simultaneously streamed via Zoom. This allows for practitioners who live further away and want to avoid public transportation and for those in risk groups to join our classes. To practice with us you need a valid montly/seasonal card OR our special online card which can be purchased for 650 SEK/month (see here). If you have an old “klippkort” that you’d like to use online please contact us.

By purchasing the online card you can participate in all regular Mysore classes and guided classes (full or half primary series) for 30 days. You either purchase the card online through Medborgarskolan or by contacting us. NB! Online cards may only be used for online classes whereas monthly/seasonal cards may be used both in the shala and online. To take part in the special courses or workshops you need to sign up separately and pay extra (not all of these are broadcast online, check in advance).

To join online EVERYONE – whether you have a monthly/seasonal card or an online card has to register weekly to receive the link  to log in.

Registration is done as follows :

Mysore (all week) and full primary (Fri / Sun once a month) register at the latest on Saturdays for the coming week (even if you do not attend all days) – email Isabella: info[at]ashtangayogamalmo.se

Since we use zoom, we will see you and be able to give you personalized instruction. Please make sure the following:

  1. your laptop/tablet video and audio are both set to ‘on’.
  2. that you are positioned horizontally, not vertically with your mat in the camera view. Also, some of you have the camera too close or high/low so that you aren’t really visible (see graphic below).
  3. to see the shala click ‘speaker’ view, to see everyone taking part, click ‘gallery’ view.

See you on the yoga mat in the shala or online!

UPDATE: COVID-19 GUIDELINES at the SHALA

Dear practitioners,

Your health and safety is of utmost importance yo us. In order to stop/limit the spread of Covid-19 and other seasonal flu we follow guidelines issued by Folkhälsomyndigheten. Our shala remains open for practice until further notice but we kindly ask you to be extra careful and practice saucha/cleanliness (and common sense) when you come to class! We on our side make sure the premises are being cleaned more often and that surfaces that are being touched by many, such as door handles, are sanitized regularly. We also abstain from physical adjustments until the situation has calmed down again.

We kindly ask you not to come to the shala if you’re sick or even if you have any mild symptoms of flu (or if you have a family member/member of your household who is unwell). If you belong to a risk group and don’t want to come to the shala we offer Mysore and some of out other classes via Zoom.  Please contact us should you wish to practice with us online.

Please respect follow the following guidelines when you come to the shala:

– Shower/wash before you come to practice

– Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizer (available at the shala)

– Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes

– Bring YOUR OWN yoga mat and props, avoid using the “rental” mats, blankets or other accessories that belong to the shala

– Bring a sweat towel

– Take your mat home and clean it. In case you keep it at the shala clean it extra well (we provide mat cleanser).

– Wash your practice clothes and mat towel after each practice

– Don’t leave rugs or mat towels at the shala. Take home and wash!

– Keep extra space between the mats – at least 1 meter

– Be ok with not receiving any physical adjustments

– Please take a consent card before you start your practice. GREEN=yes to adjustments, YELLOW=only vocal adjustments, RED=please leave me alone

– Stay at home if you’re feeling sick (you should never practice with fever or sore throat anyway)

We ask you all to kindly cooperate so that we don’t have to close or risk spreading any virus. Please remember that in times of insecurity and stress it is of vital importance to keep up good health routines to keep our immune system strong. We encourage all of you to keep up your regular practice, whether in the shala or at home despite the difficult situation. We are here for you and if you need support or have questions about your practice please don’t hesitate to send us a message. Keeping in touch with a community is important in times where we are more and more isolated from each other.

Stay safe and healthy!

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES AUTUMN 2020

The autumn schedule runs until 23/12, after which we have a couple of weeks with Christmas and New Year’s schedule. During the autumn, small changes in the schedule may occur. Below you see the ones planned for October-December:

OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1 OCTOBER – full moon and we take a break from Morning mysore. (Evening classes run as scheduled). Miho covers for Sara at evening class (beginner’s level 2) 17:15-18:45

FRIDAY 2 OCTOBER – Miho covers for Isabella at Morning mysore 06-08:45am. No self-practice after Mysore this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. After class we gather for tea&talk.

FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Morning mysore class is cancelled.

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER – Sara covers for Isabella at Morgonmysore 9-11:30am.

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 6.30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

MONDAY 26 OCTOBER – beginner’s course in the evening cancelled due to the autumn school holidays.

NOVEMBER

SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. After class we gather for tea&talk.

SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Morning mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 6.30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER – Full moon and we take a break from Morning mysore.

DECEMBER

SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. After class we gather for our annual vegan brunch.

MONDAY 14 DECEMBER – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Morning mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 6.30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY 24-25 DECEMBER we are closed for CHRISTMAS

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 26-27 DECEMBER weekend workshop with guest teacher Matt Ryan. All regular classes are cancelled.

WEDNESDAY 30 DECEMBER – Full moon and we take a break from Morning mysore. In the evening we gather for 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care.

THURSDAY 31 DECEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. Last class of the year!

FRIDAY 1 JANUARY 2021 – we’re closed for New Year’s Day.

HOW TO FIND OUR SHALA – VIDEO & DIRECTIONS

Finding us can be a bit difficult at the moment as our entrance is hidden under some huge scaffolding. Here’s some directions:
1. Arrive at Värnhemstorget in Malmö (see our map under contact )
2. Locate Coop supermarket
3. Facing Coop turn right ➡️
4. Walk past the gym Nordic Wellness and enter UNDER the scaffolding ⬆️
5. Follow the labyrinth under the scaffolding and turn left and left again ⬅️
6. Voilà, you’ve found our entrance
7. To enter you need the door code! If you’re new to our shala please email us in advance of your first visit
8. Welcome 

NEWSLETTER AUGUST (AUTUMN) 2020

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable and restful summer on home turf despite Corona-restrictions. The autumn semester is approaching and as long as the Swedish Public Health Agency’s special Covid-19 recommendations apply, we remain cautious and keep all safety measures at the shala in place. We ask everyone who comes to practice to carefully read and follow the guidelines (here) we’ve set up for at the shala. As an extra measure, we have limited the number of participants in all courses and workshops during the autumn. In the Mysore room, we keep a distance of at least 1 m between the mats and continue to offer online access via Zoom. To read more about what happens this autumn continue reading below.

THE AUTUMN SCHEDULE officially starts on 1/9 and runs until Christmas. You find an overview on the schedule page. Some changes have been introduced to the evening classes; on Tuesdays Miho teaches a course in Yin Yoga and on Thursdays Sara a beginner’s level 2 / guided half Primary series class/course. Those who have a monthly cards or klippkort may participate in the courses but must pre-register via Medborgarskolan. Click on the links above for more info. Any temporary schedule changes are available on our News/blog page

MYSORE ONLINE has worked well this summer and we choose to continue to offer this option in the autumn. All our regular classes (Mysore and guided class – morning) take place at the shala and virtually via Zoom. To participate online, you need a valid monthly / season card (klippkort does not apply) or an ONLINE membership (see prices).

OPEN HOUSE 6/9 – on this day we open our doors to public and give everyone an opportunity to try Ashtanga and Yin yoga, ask questions and have tea with us teachers. There will also be special offers on the day for those who sign up to new courses/buy practice cards. Our existing members are welcome to the regularly scheduled guided class at 9 am where you can also bring a friend (who has already practiced/practices Ashtanga but is curious about us). After class the open house begins and you are welcome to stay and invite family/friends. Check the schedule for the open house here

NEW BEGINNERS COURSES start in September. Isabella teaches a foundation course on Mondays and Sara a level 2 course on Thursdays. In collaboration with Gunilla Sandberg at Limhamn, we also start courses there on trial. More info about all courses can be found here.

FRIDAY FUN returns one Friday a month with a different theme at each session. The first class on 25/9 focuses on “Strength and flexibility”. Read more here and sign up to secure your place.

IN-DEPTH COURSE – during the past year, Isabella has taught an in-depth course in Ashtanga yoga with the aim for students to understand their practice on a deeper level. In the Autumn of 2020, we invite you to four “taster classes” that we offer in preparation for the next in depth course that starts in January 2021 with Isabella, Sara and Miho as teachers. We have improved the course content and expanded with modules in adjustment technique and asana understanding, anatomy, philosophy and meditation. Curious? Click here for more info.

RENOVATION of the entire house facade at Grangatan and Föreningsgatan starts in August. It is a large project that is expected to last for at least 18 months. There will be scaffolding that partially blocks our entrance and sign. Unfortunately, we have been informed that the scaffolding also needs to be anchored indoors, i.e. partly in our premises. About 15 poles will be placed in the men’s locker room and in the entrance to support the scaffolding’s heavy structure. We do everything we can to ensure that this affects our business and our members as little as possible, but we still ask for your patience and understanding that much of this is beyond our control. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience the works may cause. Our goal is to continue to keep the shala a stress free zone where everyone can feel safe and welcome.

That’s all for now. Please make sure you stay updated between the newsletters by following our pages on social media. If you are not a member of our private Facebook group, we recommend that you apply to access regular news and updates.

Welcome back from your holidays, sun and swimming but please keep washing your hands!

Isabella & crew

A sneak-peak at the autumn schedule 2020

Our autumn schedule officially starts on 1/9, but some courses begin already at the end of August. Please note that on Sunday 6 September we open our doors to the public for an “OPEN HOUSE” Read more here and invite your friends! Welcome!

This autumn, we’ll have several exciting things going on in addition to the regular Mysore teaching. Among other things, we organise [on trial] a couple of courses at Limhamn together with Gunilla Sandberg (Yoga ashtanga Malmö)  – a foundation/beginner’s and a course in Yoga for men. As usual we have our usual beginner’s 1 and 2 courses at Värnhem, and we run taster classes (4 sessions) ahead of an in-depth course that starts in 2021. Our alternative after-work class Friday-fun also returns once a month starting in September. You can find all courses and events by clicking here.

You can see the autumn schedule below and on our schedule page where all information about the teaching can be found. Remember to follow our rules under Covid-19. You can find them here.

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