ASHTANGA YOGA WEEKEND with TIM FELDMANN (tentative dates 2021)

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ASHTANGA YOGA WEEKEND with TIM FELDMANN (tentative dates 2021)

We are happy and honoured to welcome experienced Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner Tim Feldmann to our shala in Malmö. Due to the Covid19 pandemic and other unforeseen resons we had to postpone his 2020 visit. But we now hope to be able to organise the workshop in 2021 instead on the (tentative) dates mentioned above. Tim will share with us not only his great energy and humour, but also his long time experience of the Ashtanga yoga method and deep knowledge in anatomy and mechanics of movement. Join us for this inspiring weekend workshop – you find the detailed program and more info about Tim below. The workshop will be held in English.

Time:  Friday 20 August to Sunday 22 August 2021

Price full workshop : 2100SEK

Single day: 900SEK  Single class: 500SEK

To register:  email us

ABOUT TIM

Tim is the co-founder and captain of the world-wide recognized Miami Life Center which he runs with his wife Kino MacGregor. He has practiced yoga since 1994 and Ashtanga Since 1999. Authorized to teach directly by Pattabhi and Sharath Jois, he explores core concepts and modern boundaries of Patanjali’s yoga teachings alike. A practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga’s Advanced A Series Tim is dedicated to Ashtanga’s traditional method. Drawing upon his past as an internationally successful dancer and acclaimed choreographer, anatomy, alignment and technique is his second nature. Tim has been pursuing in-depth studies of Patanjali, Sankhya and Vedanta over the past 7 years with Vidwan Nagaraja Rao, Jayashree & Narasimha and other exceptional scholars in India. Cherished worldwide for his fun, disciplined and detailed pursuit of authentic yoga and his compassionately effective touch, Tim travels to yoga shalas around the globe with the inclusive message of how study, steadiness and devotion is the means to powerful transformation both inside and outside of us. For more info please visit www.timfeldmann.com

DETAILED PROGRAM

FRIDAY 20 AUGUST

17-19 Integrating Breath and Bandhas in Your Asana Practice 

In this first session with Tim you will locate your internal locks and drop into your breath to free your practice.  Pattabhi Jois used to say, “the Ashtanga practice is a breathing practice – the rest is just bending!”. You will establish yourself firmly in the foundations of breath with a clear physical understanding of the use of the inner body bandhas. You will learn simple breathing to help your body find deep support and true strength, for your mind to settle into one-pointed focus and to free your body. Experience how this ancient tradition holds many life lessons. All levels welcome.

19-1930 Q&A

We end the evening with a short Question& Answer with Tim. Bring your questions!

 SATURDAY 21 AUGUST

08.00– 10.30 Mysore Style class

Named after the city where Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois developed their yoga method, this is the classic way Ashtanga Yoga is taught. A melting pot of yoga practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, this class sets out to offer personalised guidance to every practitioner exactly where you need it most. Build a relationship with yourself, your practice and your teacher in this inspiring energy.

13-15.30 Gateway Postures of The Primary Series 

(Bhujapidasana, Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana)

The Primary Series, Yoga Chikitsa, is meant to heal and strengthen our body and mind, preparing us for a deeper and more subtle asana exploration in the Intermediate Series, Nadi Shodana. But sometimes we get stuck! The leg just won’t go where we want it to go or our knees, wrists or shoulders seems more achy than happy when attempting the higher notes of this series, also called the ‘Gateway Postures’ as they serve as indicators that our body has grown ready for a next level. But what to do when we can’t find our body molding those fancy shapes?  This workshop addresses that issue by focusing on technique, proper alignment and anatomical insights that will help you understand how your body moves and how to progress to the next level of your aptitude. We set up for a detailed experience of these difficult gateway postures, slowly peeling the layers that obstruct our view and motion required to find the freedom and power of  this yoga method. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

SUNDAY 22 AUGUST

08.00– 10.30 Mysore Style class

Named after the city where Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois developed their yoga method, this is is the classic way Ashtanga Yoga is taught. A melting pot of yoga practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, this class sets out to offer personalized guidance to every practitioner at exactly where you need it most. Build relationship with yourself, your practice and your teacher in this inspiring energy.

13.00 – 15.30 Inversions, Headstands & Arm Balances

In this workshop you will learn practical tools to turn upside down with stability, tranquillity and grace. You will gain a thorough understanding of the anatomical patterns at play in your body while inverted. Detailing the shoulder mechanics helps you integrate your arms, spine, rib-cage and hip to create a solid platform for accessible and pleasurable inversions whether on your head, hands or elbows. We will play with simple to advanced asanas. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

In July 2021, we will finally return to Kadermo Conscious Living near Hanko, Finland. Isabella has previously taught two summer retreats at Kadermo, but in 2020 we were forced to take a break due to the Covid19 pandemic. On July 4-9, 2021, Isabella will teach a week-long Ashtanga yoga retreat open to all levels of practitioners. Welcome!

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!

 

Yoga weekend with guest teacher Matt Ryan

Ashtanga Yoga Malmö is very honoured and happy to welcome Matt Ryan to our shala for a weekend workshop on June 12-13th 2021. Matt will teach a weekend workshop with Mysore style class in the morning followed by an afternoon workshop including both meditation and asana practice. See full programme below.

About Matt

Matt Ryan, originally from Manchester, has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 20 years. In addition to having his own shala in Manchester for many years he has taught yoga around the world, most lately in the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles, California. In 2020 he returned to the UK where he is now settling in Margate. Matt is married to Lina from Lund, and thus has links to Sweden which he frequently visits to see family and friends.

10 years ago Matt started studying Zen Buddhism which foundations lie in the daily sitting practice of Zazen. When he added Zazen to his Ashtanga practice he noticed an immediate effect resulting in a steadier more focused mind whilst moving through the asana sequences – the end result being a sense of in the moment presence coupled with a strong flexible mind & body. In addition to his experiences from the Ashtanga Yoga practice he will give an introduction to Zazen during his workshop in Malmö.

Matt, although he has studied the Ashtanga practice in Mysore, prefers to keep his teachings completely secular. For more information about Matt visit his website https://mattryan.yoga/about/

Prices:

Single class: 300SEK

Full weekend: 1000SEK

Single day: 550SEK

Bookings are made to info@ashtangayogamalmo.se

Booking rules: all bookings are binding and non refundable. You may hand over your spot to another participant on the waiting list. We reserve the right to make changes to the programme due to Covid-19 and other unforeseeable events.

Detailed weekend programme

SATURDAY12 JUNE

8:30 – 11:30 am, Mysore class

1:30-4pm Afternoon workshop

  • 1:30-2 pm Introduction to Zen Meditation
  • 2-4 pm10 % further for Mind and Body”

Using the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series as a base, Matt will be talking through each posture with tips and advice on how by making simple mind and body adjustments students can find deeper levels of flexibility and concentration. Also by employing the methods taught in this session students can learn how to more mindful of their practice and this in turn will help to prevent injury through learning how not to force or over stretch the body in postures. This is a perfect workshop for both new comers and seasoned pros to Ashtanga.

SUNDAY 13 JUNE

8:30 – 11:30 am, Mysore class

1:30-4pm Afternoon workshop

  • 1:30-2 pm Introduction to Zen Meditation
  • 2-3:30pm “Backbends without fear”

Back bending postures can really divide opinion- usually depending on the flexibility of your back. Dipping into his 20+ years back bending tool box Matt will be teaching techniques on how students can work backwards from the front to the back of the body to build confidence and to gain greater control in their backbends.

  • 3:30-4pm Q&A

Ashtanga Yoga Beginner’s course level 2

This course starts on Thursday 15 April 2021 and runs for  8 weeks. The teacher is Sara Alenius (former Björs), authorised Ashtanga yoga teacher by Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

The course is suitable for those who’ve taken a beginner’s course at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö and/or at another shala and who wish to continue with guided classes instead of, or in parallel with, Mysore classes. It is also suitable for those who prefer to practice guided class in a slower pace or need more time to go through the positions with instructions. We also recommend the course to students who’ve had a break from their practice and need to refresh their memory.

At every session the teacher will guide you through the standing sequence and the first seated postures of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. Each class will also focus on how to prepare for particularly challenging asanas such as back bends and shoulder stand. The application of breathing technique, bandha, muscle activation and alignment will be emphasized throughout the course to give you a good foundation for your practice. The pace is slower than in a traditionally guided class and the teacher will demonstrate asanas if needed. The aim of the course is to facilitate your learning of the breathing technique, vinyasa and sequence, to make you more independent in your yoga practice.

For whom?

Attendees should have learnt the basics through a beginner’s course in Ashtanga yoga.

You can sign up for the whole course or drop-in with 10 times “klippkort” or our monthly/seasonal cards. Pre-registration is mandatory and needs to be done through Medborgarskolan (see below)

It’s always useful to go to Mysore classes in parallel with the course.

You need to be at least 16 years old to attend (under 18 need parental approval).

The course is run in cooperation with Medborgarskolan and all registrations and payments are done through their website (click the link)

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

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 12 April 2021  at 17.15 and is taught by Isabella Nitschke authorized 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 (click the link). 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

YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK – charity event, 108 sun salutations

Yoga stops traffick (YST) is a one-day global yoga event created to raise awareness of and funding for the anti-trafficking organisation Odanadi Seva Trust based in Mysore.

Every year in March yoga schools all across the globe unite in doing 108 sun salutations in support of Odanadi. This year the global YST event takes place on 14th of March, but at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö will do the sun salutations a couple of weeks later on Sunday 28th March coinciding with the full moon.

By participating you will be helping to spread awareness about the serious, rapidly escalating exploitation of women and children worldwide, including in India. You help raise funds to support Odanadi’s crucial work in the field of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of women and children in Karnataka state, India.

Sara Alenius will lead participants through 108 sun salutation A; which takes roughly 50 minutes.  To participate you aren’t required to do all the 108 salutes, you only do as many as you want/can. Why not team up with a partner and do half/half or bring your family and do it as a team?

The class is free of charge but participants are encouraged to make a financial contribution of choice. All donations will proceed directly to Odanadi. It’s also possible to make a contribution separately should you not be able to/want to participate in the event. All donations are accepted in the form of cash payment. Please register for class through our partner Medborgarskolan (click the link) so that we know how many of you are joining. The event will also be broadcast via Zoom.

Check out this short film about Odanadi’s work: https://youtu.be/HznTXspORdk

YOGA ANATOMY COURSE – immersion (4 sessions)

Would you like to learn more about anatomy from a yoga perspective? This immersion course provides the opportunity to explore and learn useful information about anatomy for your asana practice. On four Sundays in the spring of 2021 Sara Alenius takes participants through the most important aspects of anatomy for yoga practitioners. You may choose to attend individual sessions or attend the full course.

Dates: 7/3, 28/3, 9/5, 23/5 at 12-14:30  (detailed programme below)

Teacher: Sara Alenius
Price: SEK 300 / session
Package price: 1000: – / 4 sessions including course material
Book / pay: email to sara.alenius@gmail.com

DETAILED PROGRAMME:

March 7: Basic anatomy

We look at how a joint works, what passive and active structures are and how to practice yoga in a sustainable way long-term.

March 28: Lower extremities: foot, knee and hip

We examine the anatomy of the foot, and explore the concept of “Pada Bandha”. We also study the anatomy of the knee and how to reduce the risk of knee injuries in movement and practice. The session also covers the anatomy of the hip and pelvis, how we can increase both mobility and stability in the hip region in a gentle way.

May 9: Torso: pelvis, SI joint and spine

The session covers the anatomy of the back and the SI joint. We explore what bandhas are and why these are important in yoga practice and daily life. We uncover concepts such as dermatoma and degeneration and how you can learn to differentiate between muscular and neurogenic pain.

May 23: Upper extremities: wrists, shoulders and neck

The final session focuses on the anatomy of the wrist and how to reduce possible the strain on the wrists in yoga practice.  We also look at the anatomy of the shoulder and neck region and to create stability in this area.

About Sara

Sara Alenius has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 2009 and is Authorized Level 1 by R. Sharath Jois in Mysore. Sara has also attended Richard Freeman’s month-long teacher intensive and continues to deepen her knowledge in yoga with a focus on both anatomy and yoga philosophy. Sara is a professional Physiotherapist and has studied anatomy, physiology, neurology and sports medicine at Lund University. She is also a qualified massage therapist. Sara currently studies a master’s degree in Public Health at Lund University

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 25 January 2021  at 17.15 (we take a break during the winter holiday on 22/2) and is taught by Isabella Nitschke authorized 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

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

CHARITY CLASS: 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care

The practice of yoga involves more than just making shapes on the yoga mat. Seva – selfless service – is also an important aspect to practice. We would therefore like to finish the year in the spirit of of giving and on the last full moon of the year do 108 sun salutations in support of the organization V-Care. We will do the class at the shala for those who wish to take part in person and also broadcast live via Zoom for remote access.

Since a number of years Ashtanga Yoga Malmö together with Yogashala Stockholm, has chosen to support the small charity V-Care, based in Mysore, India. The organization helps give children from the disadvantaged groups in society education and a better future. You can read more about V-Care and about doing Seva on our Karma yoga page.

To do 108 sun salutations has a special meaning and is often performed as a ceremony or offering. It takes about 50 minutes to complete and it is optional to do all 108 or only a few. You can decide to partner up with someone and do haf-half as a team, bring your family and divide the salutations between you or attempt to do them all on your own. The important thing is to participate.

You may donate any chosen amount either in cash onsite or through swish 123 576 46 91. After the class we have tea and “fika” together.

The class is free of charge (except for your chosen donation) but please sign up in advance through Medborgarskolan . If you cannot participate but would still like to donate please contact us.

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