Yoga workshop with guest teacher Matt Ryan 27-30 Dec 2021(tentative dates )

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Yoga workshop with guest teacher Matt Ryan 27-30 Dec 2021(tentative dates )

Twice in the past year we’ve (sadly) had to postpone  Matt’s visit to Malmö due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have now agreed on the new (tentative) dates of 27-30th December for his workshop here. Ashtanga Yoga Malmö is very honoured and happy to welcome Matt Ryan to our shala and we look forward to him sharing his long term experience of Ashtanga yoga and Zen Buddhism with us.  Matt will teach Mysore style classes in the mornings followed by afternoon workshops with including both Zen meditation and asana practice. The full programme with exact dates and timings will be announced below soon.

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/

Tentative dates: 27-30th December

Prices:

Full workshop: TBC depending on the length of the programme

Single day: 550SEK

Single class: 300SEK

Bookings* are made to info@ashtangayogamalmo.se . You may already express your interest in taking part in the workshop and we will inform you when the full programme has been finalized. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

*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  programme

Coming soon

YIN YOGA & Meditation

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you get time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running or other more dynamic yoga styles. Yin yoga is great for those who feel particularly stiff, or if you aspire to learn how to listen to your own body.

The course runs on Tuesdays at 17:15 – 18:30, starting on 7 September 2021 for a total of 8 weeks. Registration and payment is done via our partner Medborgarskolan (link available soon). Current members/card holders may attend the course using their membership (or klippkort) but you still need to pre-register with Medborgarskolan. All classes will also be broadcast online via Zoom.

In yin yoga you stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body for any tension, while trying to relax by using your breath. In doing this you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all muscles and organs together, while at the same time you learn to cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not how the postures look, but rather how you feel inside.

At the end of each class, we do a semi-guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes. All are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience! The course is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme, certified yin yoga teacher.

YIN YOGA & Meditation course

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you get time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running or other more dynamic yoga styles. Yin yoga is great for those who feel particularly stiff, or if you aspire to learn how to listen to your own body.

The course runs on Tuesdays at 17:15 – 18:30, starting on 13 April 2021 for a total of 8 weeks. Registration and payment is done via our partner Medborgarskolan (click the link). Current members/card holders may attend the course using their membership (or klippkort) but you still need to pre-register with Medborgarskolan. All classes will also be broadcast online via Zoom, so that you can take part from home should you be anxious about Covid19 or if you feel unwell.

In yin yoga you stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body for any tension, while trying to relax by using your breath. In doing this you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all muscles and organs together, while at the same time you learn to cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not how the postures look, but rather how you feel inside.

At the end of each class, we do a semi-guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes. All are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience! The course is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme, certified yin yoga teacher.

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

YIN YOGA & Meditation course

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you get time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running or other more dynamic yoga styles. Yin yoga is great for those who feel particularly stiff, or if you aspire to learn how to listen to your own body.

The course runs on Tuesdays at 17:15 – 18:30, starting on 26 January 2021 for a total of 8 weeks (we take a break during the February winter holiday). Registration and payment is done via our partner Medborgarskolan Syd ( click the link). Current members/card holders may attend the course using their membership (or klippkort) but you still need to pre-register with Medborgarskolan. All classes will also be broadcast online via Zoom, so that you can take part from home should you be anxious about Covid19 or if you feel unwell.

In yin yoga you stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body for any tension, while trying to relax by using your breath. In doing this you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all muscles and organs together, while at the same time you learn to cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not how the postures look, but rather how you feel inside.

At the end of each class, we do a semi-guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes. All are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience! The course is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme, certified yin yoga teacher.

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).

YIN YOGA & MEDITATION COURSE

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you get time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running or other more dynamic yoga styles. Yin yoga is great for those who feel particularly stiff, or if you aspire to learn how to listen to your own body.

The course runs on Tuesdays at 17:15 – 18:30, starting on 10 November for a total of 6 weeks. Registration and payment is done via our partner Medborgarskolan Syd (click on the link). Current members/card holders may attend the course using their membership (or klippkort) but you still need to pre-register with Medborgarskolan. All classes will also be broadcast online via Zoom, so that you can take part from home should you be anxious about Covid19 or if you feel unwell.

In yin yoga you stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body for any tension, while trying to relax by using your breath. In doing this you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all muscles and organs together, while at the same time you learn to cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not how the postures look, but rather how you feel inside.

At the end of each class, we do a semi-guided meditation for 10 – 15 minutes. All are welcome regardless of previous yoga experience! The course is taught by Miho Hellén-Halme, certified yin yoga teacher.

Yin yoga & Meditation – an 8-week course

On 8 September 2020, we launch this 8-week course in yin yoga and meditation on Tuesday evenings. The classes will also be broadcast online via Zoom, which is a good option if you should feel anxious about Covid19 or if you feel unwell. Miho informs about this and sends a link to your email address if it becomes relevant. ”

Yin yoga is a slow-paced, calm style of yoga where you take time to explore the sensations in your own body. It can be a good complement to other physical activities such as running and other more dynamic yoga styles and is great if you feel particularly stiff, or if you aspire to learn more about listening to your own body.

In yin yoga you stay in simple seated or lying postures for a long time (2-3 minutes to begin with, 5-10 minutes when you have more experience), turn your attention inward and scan your own body to see if there is any tension, while trying to relax using your breath. By doing this you stimulate and stretch the connective tissues which keep all the  body’s muscles and organs together, while at the same time you learn to cultivate tranquility and awareness.  The important thing is not how the postures look from outside, but rather how you feel inside.

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

The course runs on Tuesdays at 17:15 – 18:30, starting on 8 September for a total of 8 weeks. Registration and payment is done via our partner Medborgarskolan Syd (click on the link). Current members/card holders may attend the course using their membership (or klippkort) but you still need to pre-register with Medborgarskolan.

The course is taught by qualified yin yoga teacher Miho Hellén-Halme.

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

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