COURSE IN YOGA PHILOSOPHY – introduction to the Patanjali Yoga Sutra

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COURSE IN YOGA PHILOSOPHY – introduction to the Patanjali Yoga Sutra

This course aims to give the individual yoga practitioner an in-depth understanding of yoga as a daily practice and philosophy of life. It gives participants an introduction to one of the fundamental texts in Ashtanga yoga: the Patanjali Yoga Sutra. The purpose of the course is to provide a greater understanding of yoga as a holistic practice that can be practiced beyond the yoga mat.

Over 8 sessions in the autumn of 2021 (starting on 9 Septemer), participants are given the chance to improve their knowledge of basic yoga philosophy. With special focus on chapters 1 + 2 of the Yoga Sutra, we go through each verse/sutra, discuss its meaning and each Sutra is linked to and can be understood/applied in our everyday lives. We also learn to chant every sutra in Sanskrit as this was the traditional way of learning in ancient times. This way, participants get an insight into how chanting can also be used as a tool for increased concentration, focus and inner well-being.

The course is open to all levels of yoga practitioners but we have a limited number of places. Each session will take place live in the shala and will be broadcast (and recorded) via Zoom. The course is run in partnership with Medborgarskolan and all registrations are done via their website (click the link). Existing season card (1,3,5 months) holders at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö receive a 20% discount on this course (not possible to combine with other discounts)

For any questions and for Zoom-participation please contact the teacher Isabella Nitschke here.

Ashtanga yoga foundation/beginner’s course

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 6 September 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

SUMMER SPECIAL: introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

Our popular introductory class in Ashtanga Yoga for beginners returns in the summer of 2021. On Monday 16/8 at 17:15-18:45 you have the chance to try Ashtanga Yoga in a special introductory format. Following the class you are offered the unique opportunity to practice at all our Mysore classes for no extra cost during two weeks (read more below).

The introduction session gives you an insight into 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 vinyasa. The main focus of the class is to make the participants become acquainted with their own breath, learn how to synchronize breath and movement (so-called vinyasa krama) through the practice of Sun Salutation A + B and some closing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. You will also get a brief insight into the background and philosophy of yoga, some health benefits for 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 – FOR FREE. 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

ASHTANGA YOGA SUMMER RETREAT at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

In August 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 had to take a break due to the Covid19 pandemic. On 1-8 August, 2021, Isabella will teach an Ashtanga yoga retreat open to all levels of practitioners. You may join for the whole week (1-8 Aug), five days (1-6 Aug) or a weekend (6-8 Aug). 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. There are two yoga halls available with plenty of room for both asana and quiet practices.All yoga classes during the week are taught by Isabella Nitschke,  authorised (level2) ashtanga yoga teacher by Sharath Jois.

Upon arrival on the Sunday evening we’ll gather for a welcome and introduction session followed by dinner.

In the mornings there’s Mysore style class for all practitioners but depending on the level of participants there may be the opportunity for more guided teaching for beginners. Before morning asana class we practice silence and students may may do their own meditation and breathing practices in the meditation hall.

Afternoon classes 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 and breathing technique, yoga philosophy and chanting. Each class will have a different theme depending on the participants’ needs and will include some easy pranayama and relaxation techniques. A light dinner is served at 19.00.

The Facilities

Students are accommodated in various houses on the island. There is a two-storey summer house on a stunning rocky area overlooking the sea 10 mins walk from the yoga shala. Other rooms are at the winter house an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the 1920’s.  All toilets are composting and showers are eco-friendly.

We enjoy daily vegetarian lunch and dinner. 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!

 

1-DAY yoga master classes with Isabella in Mölle

On Saturday 3 July Isabella is invited to teach a morning and afternoon workshop at Yoga by the Sea, Studio Mölle. It’s the third occasion on which Isabella teaches there and this time focus will be on two themes:

9-11.15am Back bend basics , more info and class description here (click the link)

11.30-13 Brunch

1-3pm Breath & Bandha, more info and class description here (click the link)

You may attend one or both classes. The workshops are administered by Yoga by the Sea, Studio Mölle, please visit their webpage in order to book.

SUMMER SPECIAL- introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

Our popular introductory class in Ashtanga Yoga for beginners returns in the summer of 2021. On Monday 14/6 at 17:15-18:45 you have the chance to try Ashtanga Yoga in a special introductory format. Following the class you are offered the unique opportunity to practice at all our Mysore classes for no extra cost during two weeks (read more below).

The introduction session gives you an insight into 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 vinyasa. The main focus of the class is to make the participants become acquainted with their own breath, learn how to synchronize breath and movement (so-called vinyasa krama) through the practice of Sun Salutation A + B and some closing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. You will also get a brief insight into the background and philosophy of yoga, some health benefits for 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 – FOR FREE. 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.

SUMMER COURSE: Pranayama/breathing practice, 6 sessions

It’s the second summer season we run this course which runs for 6 sessions over the summer of 2021. The course takes place on Sundays at 11.15 am immediately after the Mysore or led class the following dates: 6/6, 20/6, 4/7, 11/7, 25/7, 15/8. Participants can choose to attend on-site in the shala or online via Zoom (link to the class is shared by the teacher). Sign up through our partner Medborgarskolan (click the link to register)

The course gives you an introduction to the relationship between breathing and your general well-being. You will learn a number of Pranayama/breathing techniques; we start with easier exercises and advance as the weeks go by. The course is open to all levels of yoga practitioners except for complete beginners (beginners are referred to one of our intro classes).

Pranayama = Prana (life force) + Ayama (extend) means extension of life force. Within yoga philosophy it is explained that the life force is linked to the breath and by taking longer and fewer breaths we can extend our lifespan. Breathing is also an important tool for self-regulation, namely how we react to and manage stress.

How we breathe affects our mental well-being and vice versa. By becoming more aware and getting to know our breath, we can better understand this connection. With the use of special techniques we can learn to master our breathing and thus also affect our mental health in a positive direction.

SUMMER SCHEDULE and temporary changes jun/jul/aug

During the summer months of June, July, August we have a special summer schedule running (see below). The morning classes continue as usual throughout the summer (with the exception of special temporary schedule changes which are listed under the schedule). The Mysore class on Sundays, however, is shortened to 9-11.00.

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES

JUNE

SUNDAY 6 JUNE it’s guided Primary series class at 9am. No Mysore class this day. After the class, the summer course in Pranayama / breathing exercises starts (read more here). Tea & talk is cancelled.

THURSDAY 10 JUNE is new moon – we take a break from teaching and practicing.

FRIDAY 18 JUNE it’s guided Primary series class at 06.30. No Mysore class this day

THURSDAY 24 JUNE is full moon – we take a break from teaching and practicing.

FRIDAY 25 JUNE (Midsummer’s Eve) through SUNDAY 27 JUNE we are closed

JULY

All “moon-days” in July fall on Saturdays in July, no interruptions due to full/new moon

SATURDAY 3 JULY Isabella visits Yoga by the Sea in Mölle for a full day workshop. Read more here

SUNDAY 11 JULY it’s guided Primary series class at 9am. No Mysore class this day. Pranayama course after class. Tea & Talk is cancelled.

FRIDAY 23 it’s guided Primary series class at 06.30. No Mysore class this day

THURSDAY + FRIDAY 29 + 30 JULY there is no Mysore class but we are open for self-practice 06.15-08.45 (self-practice means self-training without assistance / adjustments. No teacher present).

AUGUST

SUNDAY 1 AUGUST to FRIDAY 6 AUGUST Helena Frentzell covers Morning Mysore class. No online yoga via Zoom this week

SUNDAY 8 AUGUST is new moon – we take a break from teaching and practicing.

SUNDAY 15 AUGUST it’s guided Primary series class at 9am. No Mysore class this day. Pranayama course after class. Tea & Talk is cancelled.

FRIDAY 20 AUGUST (evening) through SUNDAY 22 AUGUST guest teacher Tim Feldmann visits our shala (read more here). The Sunday is full moon and the regular Mysore class is cancelled but replaced by Tim’s workshop. Pre-registration required.

FRIDAY 27 AUGUST it’s guided Primary series class at 06.30. No Mysore class this day.

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

NEWSLETTER APRIL/MAY 2021

It’s been a while since our last newsletter was published, but we can happily inform you that the shala doors are still open. However, the stricter Corona regulations and the pandemic law that was introduced on 10/1 forced us to make some changes and to postpone a few courses and workshops. The regular Mysore classes and foundation courses run as usual according to schedule. We adapt the number of practitioners in the shala and are able to use the adjacent dance studio if it gets crowded. We also continue to offer online participation via Zoom (not available for the foundation course) for those with monthly, “klipp” or special online cards. If you’d like to know more about yoga online, please contact us.

EASTER OPENING HOURS – please note that we have special opening hours during the Easter weekend (this and all other temporary schedule changes for April / May can be found here):

2/4 Good Friday Mysore 9-11.30

4/4 Easter Day Guided Primary 9-10.30 followed by tea & talk

5/4 Easter Monday Mysore 9-11.30

On Easter Monday at 11.30-12.30, Isabella also teaches a pop-up Chanting workshop We learn to pronounce in Sanskrit and chant some basic mantras. If you are interested, please email us.

NEW COURSES starting in April 2021:

ASHTANGA FOUNDATION COURSE (beginners) – starts on Monday 12/4. The course runs for 8 weeks and participants are offered one free Mysore class a week in adidtion to the weekly course sessions. Feel free to tell your friends. read more here

YIN YOGA & MEDITATION with Miho continues on Tuesday evenings with a new course starting on 13/4. Read more here for additional info and registration. (the course is also held online). You can participate with a monthly / seasonal / klipp card. Pre-registration is mandatory for everyone.

ASHTANGA FOUNDATION LEVEL2 – this course/guided class with Sara resumes on 15/4 and runs on Thursday evenings. It’s suitable if you’ve done a foundation course and want more group-guidance or if you’ve had a break from practice and want to refresh you’re ”ashtanga memory”. The course is also open as a “led class” (1/2 Primary) for those who already have a monthly / seasonal / klipp card with us. Everyone is asked to register in advance so that we can keep track of the number of participants. Read more here

SUMMER-SEASON 2021, is approaching and we hope to arrange more of the fun events that summers usually involve. Depending on whether the Corona restrictions are eased or not, we can move on with plans to receive guest teachers Matt Ryan and Tim Feldmann. We are also planning a yoga weekend in Mölle, at Yoga by the Sea. We advise you to keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on this. An activity already planned and scheduled is:

YOGA RETREAT ON THE ISLAND OF KADERMO, FINLAND, 1-8 August;  This will be the third year that Isabella is invited to teach at Kadermo Conscious Living in the Finnish archipelago outside Hanko. Last year we had to cancel due to Corona but this summer we can finally return to the tranquility and beautiful nature of Kadermo. A week of yoga, vegetarian food and swimming in the sea with Finnish sauna after – the best way to recharge your batteries and immerse yourself in your yoga practice. Learn more about the retreat here

That’s all for now, but before we sum up we’d like to flag for this year’s YOGA STOPS TRAFFICK class which is part of a worldwide event in the fight against human trafficking. This year we arrange the event on the full moon on Sunday 28/3 (no Mysore then). Read more about the event below or click here.

Thank you once again for your support and cooperation with regard to following the restrictions we’ve had to implement over the past year. It feels important remain open in order to further good physical and mental health for our practitioners. Hopefully we can soon organize more workshops and events as well as social gatherings and fun stuff off the yoga mat. We have plans for both a party/brunch and kirtan outdoors in the spring/summer. And we look forward to seeing old faces again (and new of course) who have not been able to get to the shala in the past year.

Stay updated in between the newsletters by following our pages on social media. And if you are not a member of our closed Facebook group, we recommend that you apply to it to get access to daily updates.

Take care, stay healthy and keep a safe distance on and off the yoga mat. See you at the shala or online!

Isabella and crew

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