Introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

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Introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

During the summer of 2020 we give you the opportunity to start an inward journey instead of travelling abroad. On three occasions this summer we’ll have introduction classes to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners (15/6, 13/7 and 17/8)

The class gives you an introduction to the basics of Ashtanga yoga and is suitable for those who have never tried yoga before, but also to those who have already practiced other types of yoga and who want to learn the special method of Ashtanga. The focus of the class is on becoming acquainted with one’s own breathing, learning to synchronize breath and movement (so-called vinyasa krama) as well as the practice of Sun Salutation A + B and some closing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga sequence. You will also get a brief insight into the background and philosophy of yoga, its health benefits for both body and mind as well as practical advice on how to get started with a regular practice.

All participants are offered to take part in two weeks of Mysore classes immediately after the introduction – WITHOUT EXTRA COST. Mysore class is the way Ashtanga yoga traditionally is practiced. Read more about the Mysore classes under class descriptions

The teacher is Isabella Nitschke, Authorized Level II by Sharath Jois in Mysore, India

The class is given in partnership with Medborgarskolan. Pre-registration is required and done through Medborgarskolans website (click the link). We have an age limit of 16 years and participants under 18 need the approval of their guardian.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us by email

VACATION AT HOME – Ashtanga Yoga weekend with Isabella in Mölle 1-2 August

Travelling abroad this summer will sadly be limited, but don’t let this stop you. Take the opportunity to journey inwards instead and take a yoga vacation close to home with Isabella. On 1-2 August, Isabella teaches a 2-day weekend workshop in Ashtanga yoga at Yoga by the Sea in Mölle – Studio Mölle. (* this is the second of two yoga weekends in Mölle during the summer – the first will be held on 4-5 July. Read more here. You can participate in one or both)

The weekend includes 2 morning Mysore classes an evening pranayama & meditation session and a Q&A on the Sunday. Room and board is not included in the price.

For participants travelling from afar accommodation may be arranged separately (not included in the price).

Please contact Yoga by the Sea for all inquiries and booking email to:  yogabytheseamolle@gmail.com

PROGRAM

Saturday
Mysore 8-11.30
Evening class with Pranayama och meditation 17-18.30 (outdoors if the weather allows)

Sunday
Mysore 8-11.30
Tea&Talk 11.30-12.30

Price:
Drop in mysore: 250SEK
2 days: 800SEK
Early bird 720SEK (until 1/6)

For pictures of the shala and the hotel please visit the Yoga by the Sea – Studio Mölle website

POSTPONED until 2021 – ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

We are very sad to inform you that because of travel restrictions and safety precautions put in place due to Covid19, Isabella will not be able to travel to teach at Kadermo in 2020.  Her week-long retreat is therefore postponed until July 2021. Please note that Kadermo Conscious Living will be open for summer visitors who are able to travel and founder and owner Stefan Engström will teach throughout the summer.

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!

 

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JUL/AUG/SEP 2020

During the summer months (until 31 August) we operate on a summer schedule (see here). All our classes run live at our shala as well as livestream via Zoom (read more here). Some days we may have altered opening hours or teachers. Below is an overview of planned temporary changes:

JULY

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY – No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 5 JULY – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

MONDAY 6 JULY – Miho covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45. No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 12 JULY – Guided Primary Series class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. No tea&talk due to a special summer course scheduled after class.

FRIDAY 16 JULY – No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 19 JULY – Miho covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30.

MONDAY 20JULY – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 24 JULY – Guided Primary Series class at 06:30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

AUGUST

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST  – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30am.

MONDAY 3 AUGUST – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. No tea&talk due to a special summer course scheduled after class.

WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST – new moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 21 AUGUST – Guided Primary Series class at 06:30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST  – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30am

MONDAY 31 AUGUST – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45am. No self-practice after Mysore this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45am. No self-practice after Mysore this day. Please be done by 08:45.

WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

YINYOGA & MEDITATION with Miho, 3 summer classes

During the summer of 2020, Miho teaches three special classes of Yinyoga and meditation. The classes take place on a monthly basis (24/6, 22/7 and 26/8) on site at the shala and online through the virtual meeting tool Zoom. You may attend all or individual sessions. The teacher, Miho Hellén-Halme, is a qualified Yinyoga teacher and a regular practitioner of Ashtanga yoga.

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you take time to explore the sensations in your 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 body to see if there is any tension, while trying to relax using your breath. In this way you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues that keep all the muscles and organs together while at the same time you cultivate tranquillity and awareness.  The visual shape of the posture becomes secondary to how you surrender and focus on inner sensations. This is a perfect complement, both physically and mentally, to more dynamic forms of training such as Ashtanga yoga.

At the end of the class, we will do a semi-guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes. All levels of practitioners are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience!

Please remember to:

– bring a cushion or a blanket (which you can fold and use as a cushion) to sit on during the meditation session. Yoga blocks and smaller blankets/towels can also be good to have.

– as we will mostly sit or lie down, bring a long-sleeved clothes if it is a chilly day.

All classes are held in collaboration with our partner Medborgarskolan. Sign up and pay through their website

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2020

Summer is finally here with the holidays just around the corner. However, this summer will most likely be different from previous years since we are not able to travel as freely as we are used to. Ashtanga Yoga Malmö follows the guidelines of the Public Health Authority and the Government, and has therefore chosen to modify our travel plans with alternative solutions for the summer. Our annual retreat at Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland is postponed until the summer of 2021. Instead, we take vacation close to home with some yoga weekends in Mölle. The shala doors in Malmö are open all summer and we have special offers for both new and old students. Continue reading below for detailed info on all offers and events this summer:

SUMMER SCHEDULE – our regular schedule runs until 21 June, after which it is replaced by a summer schedule until 31 August. You can find the entire summer schedule here. All our regular classes (Mysore and guided class) take place in the shala AND are broadcast online via Zoom simultaneously. Please note that as of 1 June, no more classes will be streamed via Facebook. To participate online you need a valid monthly/season card (klippkort do not apply) or our new ONLINE membership which you can read about here. We also offer a special summer card where you can practice for two months with a 45% discount (both on site and online). The card can be purchased any time during June-July and is valid for all our regular classes (not summer specials) up to two months from the date of purchase (however no longer than 31/8.)

SUMMER SPECIALS – This year, in addition to our regular classes, we offer a number of special summer courses and events:

INTRO for beginners on 15/6, 13/7 and 17/8 at 17:15. These introductory sessions provide a quick overview of the Ashtanga basic principles, breath technique and the sun salutations. After the intro session, participants may attend unlimited Mysore classes at no additional cost for the following two weeks. Information about the first session on 15/6 is available here

PRANAYAMA & Breathing Exercises – a course of six sessions held every second Sunday at 11:30 am starting on 14/6. The course is taught by Isabella and takes place both in the shala and via Zoom. More info about the course here

Yin Yoga & Meditation – a special class led by Miho one Wednesday evening a month (24/6, 22/7 and 26/8). You can participate in one or all three classes, on site or via Zoom. Read more about the class here

Pop-up Ashtanga – an outdoors yoga class with Sara. The class will take place at 17:15 on selected Thursdays during the summer (weather permitting). Date and venue will be announced on our Facebook page AND in our closed Facebook group

“HEMESTRA – Vacation at home”: Yoga weekends in Mölle, 4-5 July and 1-2 August. Don’t let the Covid19 travel restrictions make you depressed. Instead, join us for a yoga weekend in Mölle. On two occasions this summer we have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Yoga by the Sea – Studio Mölle. Isabella leads two weekend workshops with Morning Mysore and afternoon class. You can attend one or both weekends. Read more about both weekends on our events page

HEALTH & SAFETY – As long as the Public Health Authority special recommendations apply, we remain cautious and keep all safety measures in place at the shala. As some restrictions are eased across Europe and at home, we will slowly reintroduce SOME physical adjustments in class. With this, we also take the opportunity to introduce so-called consent cards. We are aware that direct touch can be sensitive for reasons other than just covid19, and we hope that these cards will help preserve the safe space we strive to create in our shala. When you see the cards in the shala, please choose one and place it next to your mat so that it is visible to the teacher (Green: yes please help me; Orange: only vocal adjustments please; Red: neither vocal nor physical adjustments today please).

We also ask everyone who comes to class to carefully read and follow the guidelines (here) that we have set up for all who enter the shala. If you are unwell or feel the slightest symptoms, please stay at home and recover. Please don’t hesitate to message us if you have any questions or need support in your yoga practice from home.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned in between newsletters by following our pages on social media. If you are not a member of our closed Facebook group for shala practitioners, we recommend that you apply to gain access to daily messages and updates.

Have a lovely summer – but remember to keep  washing your hands!

Isabella & crew

SUMMER SCHEDULE 2020

From 22 June to 31 August 2020 we run a slightly reduced summer schedule, All our classes are taught at the shala AND broadcast live through Zoom simultaneously (except the outdoors pop-up class). To access the online classes you need a valid l online membership – you can read more about this here . Monthly/seasonal cards as well as our special summer card give access to classes both in the shala and online. All cards and prices are available here. To take part in the special summer courses you need to sign up and pay separately. All courses/events are found on our events page. Please remember that we don’t teach on new/full moon  – check all temporary schedule changes here on our news page.

*click on the schedule for a larger image

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.

PRACTICE WITH US REMOTELY THIS SUMMER – online membership

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the shala we will continue to teach both on site and online during the summer months, however with some important changes.

From 1st June,  all classes – Mysore and guided – will take place live at the shala AND be simultaneously streamed via Zoom. We will no longer broadcast any classes in our private FB group. This opens up the possibility for practitioners in other cities/countries to join our classes. To practice with us you need a valid montly/seasonal card OR our new online card which can be purchased for 650 SEK/month (see here).

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. Klippkort cannot be used online – these are only valid for use when you come to practice at the shala. To take part in the special summer courses you need to sign up separately and pay extra.

To take part online EVERYONE – whether you have monthly/seasonal cards or online cards will have to inform us of their interest  beforehand upon which the teacher will send you a link to the class 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!

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JUNE 2020

Our regular classes continue to run but due to the Covid19 pandemic we’ve unfortunately had to cancel or postpone extra events such as workshops and guest teacher visits. We are trying to find new dates for late summer and autumn and the goal is to return to full activity and fun events this coming autumn.

One change to the schedule that we’d like to flag is that Mysore class on Thursday evening is replaced by a guided half primary series from 17:15-18:45. Both the Tuesday and Thursday evening class takes place at the shala and is broadcast live via Zoom.

The summer schedule starts on 22 June and runs until 31 August. During the summer, evening classes are cancelled but we run special events/courses a few times a month.

We’d also like to remind you that in  June there are some public holidays and therefore certain class times change:

FRIDAY 5JUNE  – Full Moon – All classes cancelled

SUNDAY 7 JUNE – Full guided Primary series at 9:00am  followed by Tea & talk (in the shala and live onZoom)

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

FRIDAY 19 JUNE – MIDSUMMER’S EVE – closed

SUNDAY 21 JUNE – new moon – all classes cancelled

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

FRIDAY 26 JUNE – Full guided Primary series at 6:30am (in the shala and live onZoom)

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