TASTER SESSIONS autumn 2020: introduction to meditation

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TASTER SESSIONS autumn 2020: introduction to meditation

4-taster sessions on Sundays autumn 2020: 20/9, 18/10, 8/11, 13/12

Next taster session 13/12 – Introduction to Meditation with Miho Hellén-Halme

In the spring of 2021, Ashtanga Yoga Malmö will run a number of immersion courses where participants will have the opportunity to deepen and improve their own practice on several levels such as yoga anatomy and asana understanding. There will also be an opportunity to develop the mental and spiritual aspect of the practice through an introduction to yoga philosophy and thereafter seated meditation.

In the autumn of 2020, we organise four “taster classes” as an introduction to the 2021 immersion classes:

20/9 Introduction to basic asana techniques (practice and adjusting)

18/10 Introduction to Yoga Anatomy

8/11 Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

13/12 Introduction to Meditation

Time: 12-14.45

Price: SEK 250 (single class), SEK 800 (all four sessions)

Registration: contact us here (limited number of places)

The taster classes are open to everyone. You can participate in all four or in individual sessions. However, you’ll get the most comprehensive view if you participate in all four. Please note that the taster sessions are not a “quick fix” or a shortcut to learning Ashtanga yoga. Beginners are referred to our foundation courses (1 + 2).

Teachers at the taster sessions are Isabella Nitschke, Sara Björs and Miho Hellén-Halme.

POSTPONED – PARTY: ANNUAL POTLUCK / BRUNCH

We are sad to inform that this (to us very special) event has been postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic. We are hoping that we can announce a new date as soon as the conditions allow or at latest in spring time when the weather is warmer and we can meet outdoors for a pick nick.

After the guided Ashtanga yoga Primary series class on Sunday the 6th  December, all of Ashtanga Yoga Malmö’s yogis (including family / friends) are invited to our annual potluck party / vegetarian (vegan) brunch. If you cant’ make it to class you are of course welcome to only participate in the brunch afterwards.

This is a great chance for everyone to socialize and get to know each other off the yoga mat. It is also an opportunity for us at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö to thank all our practitioners for the past year and wish everyone good fortune and health for the coming year.

This event is usually much appreciated, but due to Covid-19, this year we have to be a little extra careful and ask everyone to pre-register so that we know how many of you will come. Email us (click here) in advance if you are coming (and how many people). Please also bring a vegan (or vegetarian) contribution to the brunch. Coffee, tea and plant based milk will be available.

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!

“FRIDAY-FUN”: Strength & Flexibility – arm balances and inversions

One Friday every month, Ashtanga Yoga Malmö organises a special after-work class called Friday-fun. Here we explore asanas in a playful and fun way and practice in a different way than in the Mysore room. Each class has a special theme; the first session this autumn explores strength and balance in our yoga practice. Quite literally, we look at balancing postures of varied difficulty (standing balances, arm balances, inversions, etc.). Participants are guided through a specific sequence of postures where they get to explore the interplay between strength and flexibility as well as the necessity of breath, dristhi (focus) and bandha (body lock).

The class contains both easier and more advanced asanas and is open to all levels of yoga practitioners but is not suitable for complete beginners. The number of places is limited; pre-registration is required and is done via our partner Medborgarskolan (click the link).

The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (Level II) by Sharath Jois, Mysore, India. Read more about Isabella on our teacher’s page www.ashtangayogamalmo.se/en/larare

Foundation (beginner’s) course in Ashtanga yoga

Beginner’s/Foundation courses cover the basics of Ashtanga yoga and are suitable for complete beginners as well as those who practice other types of yoga but would like to learn Ashtanga thoroughly from scratch. The course runs for 8 weeks and starts on Monday 14 September 2020  at 17.15 (we take a break during the autumn holiday on 26/10) and is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorized level 2 by Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

All participants are encouraged to attend Mysore classes in parallel to the course.  One FREE Mysore class per week is included in the course price. Read more about Mysore classes under class descriptions.

We begin with a short introduction to yoga philosophy followed by a gradual learning of the Sun Salutations, the standing asanas (postures) of the Ashtanga yoga primary series as well as some finishing postures. We focus in particular on linking breath and movement in the so called vinyasa krama system. We also cover Bandhas (energy locks in the body) and Drishti (focus). Most importantly, you will learn how to practice and move safely to avoid injury and to build both strength and flexibility over time.

The course is run in cooperation with Medborgarskolan. Pre-registration for the course is required and is done via Medborgarskolan . Please note that we have an age limit of 16 and people younger than 18 need parental approval.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send us an email

Foundation/beginner’s course in Ashtanga Yoga (at Limhamn)

This course will only be held in Swedish. Please visit the Swedish version of our page (change language at the upper right side) to read the course description.

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

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

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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