After Christmas special workshop: Breath & Bandha

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After Christmas special workshop: Breath & Bandha

This workshop focuses on the importance of the breath in our yoga practice as well as for our everyday  life and health. You will also be introduced to the basics of the root and abdominal locks – Mula and Uddiyana bandha – how these are linked to the breath and to asana, as well as their function within Ashtanga yoga.

Ashtanga yoga is known for its dynamics and the flow of asanas combined with a sounding breath. The special technique used to synchronize breathing and movement is called vinyasa krama and is unique to Ashtanga yoga. The purpose of yoga is to calm the mind – Yoga citta vritti nirodhah. How we breathe affects how we think and how we feel. If we breathe inadequately or strained, we can neither focus (dhyana) nor be stable. Inadequate breathing is also often contributing to or signal of stress / ill health.

The class will give you a deeper understanding of your yoga practice by improving your relationship to your breath. You will also get a better idea of how good breathing and application of Bandha can create lightness in your practice. We explore different breathing techniques and the application of bandha both in movement and stillness.  The class ends with a guided relaxation.

The class is open to all levels of yoga practitioners except to complete beginners (beginners are referred to our foundation courses). It is recommended not to have eaten before class in order to be able to activate the abdomen and ribcage without feeling full.

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

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).

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

Newsletter December 2016

img_2571December and the holiday season lies ahead of us; 2016 draws to an end and a new year with new adventures is waiting. The autumn schedule continues until 21/12, followed by a holiday schedule from 22/12 to 31/1. Download your copy of the XMAS and New Year schedule or consult the schedule page.

We start December with the monthly GUIDED CLASS and an END OF SEASON BRUNCH on Sunday 4/12. The Mysore class is cancelled that 12391831_888187361297225_6926102448896074383_nday. The guided Primary Series starts at 9:30am and is taught in traditional Sanskrit. Everyone is welcome to take part regardless if you’ve completed the series or not. After class I invite you to our annual pot-luck brunch, a great opportunity to socialize off the mat. If you can’t come to class you are welcome to just join the brunch. Bring something (vegetarian/vegan) to share. Family members are also welcome.

BETWEEN X-mas and New Year, we have late morning Mysore classes in Malmö from 9-11.15am. For newcomers to Ashtanga we also offer a special INTENSIVE COURSE for 4 days. Course participants get free access to all Mysore classes throughout January 2017. The course is great Christmas gift for someone you care about! More information here

68492_306795936099858_263873287_nThe last FRIDAY-FUN of the year takes place on 30/12 at 5-7pm in Malmö. The theme of the class is “giving” and participants are encouraged to make a financial contribution in support of the organization V-Care in Mysore, India. The class will be a guided Primary Series and all are welcome to attend but please register in advance here. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation please email us.

On MOON-DAYS we follow the Ashtanga tradition and take rest. In December the full/new moon falls on 14/12 and 29/12. Read more here.

The next newsletter will be issued in early 2017 and includes information about the spring schedule (Feb to Jun), info on new beginner’s courses in Lund and Malmö, upcoming workshops and summer retreats. I can already announce a weekend workshop in Visby over the May Day holiday 2017 (more info here). Until then I wish you all happy holidays and I hope to share much of this winter with you since I’ll not travel to Mysore this season.

See you on the yoga mat!
Isabella
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