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 Beginner’s course level 2

This 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.

The course starts on Thursday 17 September and runs for 10 weeks with possibility to extend. The teacher is Sara Björs, authorised Ashtanga yoga teacher by Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.

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 trhough 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

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JUL/AUG/SEP 2020

During the summer months (until 31 August) we operate on a summer schedule (see here). All our classes run live at our shala as well as livestream via Zoom (read more here). Some days we may have altered opening hours or teachers. Below is an overview of planned temporary changes:

JULY

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY – No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 5 JULY – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

MONDAY 6 JULY – Miho covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45. No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 12 JULY – Guided Primary Series class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. No tea&talk due to a special summer course scheduled after class.

FRIDAY 16 JULY – No self-practice after Mysore class this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SUNDAY 19 JULY – Miho covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30.

MONDAY 20JULY – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 24 JULY – Guided Primary Series class at 06:30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

AUGUST

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST  – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30am.

MONDAY 3 AUGUST – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. No tea&talk due to a special summer course scheduled after class.

WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST – new moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

FRIDAY 21 AUGUST – Guided Primary Series class at 06:30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST  – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 9-11:30am

MONDAY 31 AUGUST – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45am. No self-practice after Mysore this day. Please be done by 08:45.

SEPTEMBER

TUESDAY 1 SEPTEMBER – Sara covers for Isabella at Morning Mysore 06-08:45am. No self-practice after Mysore this day. Please be done by 08:45.

WEDNESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER – Full moon and we take a break from teaching. Mysore class is cancelled.

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

PRACTICE WITH US REMOTELY THIS SUMMER – online membership

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the shala we will continue to teach both on site and online during the summer months, however with some important changes.

From 1st June,  all classes – Mysore and guided – will take place live at the shala AND be simultaneously streamed via Zoom. We will no longer broadcast any classes in our private FB group. This opens up the possibility for practitioners in other cities/countries to join our classes. To practice with us you need a valid montly/seasonal card OR our new online card which can be purchased for 650 SEK/month (see here).

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. Klippkort cannot be used online – these are only valid for use when you come to practice at the shala. To take part in the special summer courses you need to sign up separately and pay extra.

To take part online EVERYONE – whether you have monthly/seasonal cards or online cards will have to inform us of their interest  beforehand upon which the teacher will send you a link to the class 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!

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES JUNE 2020

Our regular classes continue to run but due to the Covid19 pandemic we’ve unfortunately had to cancel or postpone extra events such as workshops and guest teacher visits. We are trying to find new dates for late summer and autumn and the goal is to return to full activity and fun events this coming autumn.

One change to the schedule that we’d like to flag is that Mysore class on Thursday evening is replaced by a guided half primary series from 17:15-18:45. Both the Tuesday and Thursday evening class takes place at the shala and is broadcast live via Zoom.

The summer schedule starts on 22 June and runs until 31 August. During the summer, evening classes are cancelled but we run special events/courses a few times a month.

We’d also like to remind you that in  June there are some public holidays and therefore certain class times change:

FRIDAY 5JUNE  – Full Moon – All classes cancelled

SUNDAY 7 JUNE – Full guided Primary series at 9:00am  followed by Tea & talk (in the shala and live onZoom)

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

FRIDAY 19 JUNE – MIDSUMMER’S EVE – closed

SUNDAY 21 JUNE – new moon – all classes cancelled

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE – No self-practice after Mysore class. Please be done by 8.45am

FRIDAY 26 JUNE – Full guided Primary series at 6:30am (in the shala and live onZoom)

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2020

Dear yogis,

Hope you are all healthy and well. We’re currently experiencing some rather strange times with unimaginable consequences for the future. Stress and uncertainty about the economy/our finances or as a result of social distancing can cause various health problems. We at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö care about your physical and mental well-being and think it is especially important to, at this point in time promote positive ingredients and routines in everyday life that give a sense of normalcy. We therefore choose to keep the shala doors open, but follow the Public Health Authority and Government recommendations closely and stay updated on a daily basis. We ask those of you who come to class to read carefully and follow the guidelines (here) that we’ve introduced for everyone at the shala. And if you are run down or feel the slightest symptoms of infection, please stay at home.

SCHEDULE CHANGES – our regular schedule continues, but unfortunately we’ve had to cancel or postpone all extra events, workshops and guest teacher visits. We are trying to find new dates and our goal is to return to full activity in the autumn. Our hope is to to carry out this summer’s retreat in Kadermo, Finland, as planned. We also want to remind you that in May and June some public holidays take place and you can find all temporary schedule changes on our news page

BEGINNERS COURSES – As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve had to reduce our beginner’s courses this spring and replace them with introductory sessions. As all extra events are currently on hold, the next possible intro session will take place on 15/6. The class gives a quick overview of the basic principles of Ashtanga yoga, breath and sun salutations. Following the intro session participants have the chance to attend Mysore classes at no additional cost for the following two weeks. This is the traditional way to learn Ashtanga Yoga and we hope you recommend it to friends and family. Information about the upcoming session in June can be found here

CLASSES ONLINE – As long as the shala remains physically open we cannot arrange separate classes online. Instead we offer those who practice from home a few alternatives to maintain discipline and continuity in practice:

Virtual Mysore room via Zoom. Here you can log in and see the Mysore class live from the shala. In this way you have company, get help with motivation for your home practice and some extra energy from the group. The links to the virtual Mysore room via Zoom are published weekly in our private Facebook group for Shala members.

Personal feedback/advice – is also available for home-based practitioners during the period of social distancing. If you have a monthly/seasonal card you can book a 15 minute consultation via Zoom or phone at no extra cost (send your questions in advance). If you have a “klippkort” you use that as a payment. If you don’t have a card, you will be charged separately for the session. Contact us for more info.

Live classes on Facebook – we broadcast all guided classes (half Primary now both Tuesday and Thursday at 17:15-18:45 and full Primary  1 Friday/Sunday a month) in our private Facebook group. You can thus choose whether to participate on site in the studio or from home.

We offer both Mysore via Zoom and guided class via Facebook at no extra cost until further notice. If you are not a member of our private Facebook group, we recommend you request to join in order to get access to all updates as well as to the classes online. You are also welcome to post any ideas or requests for improvement in the group. In case of a temporary closure of the shala due to new government regulations, all classes will be taught via Zoom and only those with monthly/seasonal or klippkort will be offered to join.

SUMMER OPENING HOURS & SUMMER CARD – will be open all summer 2020 with Mysore classes six mornings a week. However, from 22 June to 21 August we won’t offer any evening classes. We’ll also launch a special summer card which gives you access to unlimited practice. The card can be purchased at any time during June-July and is valid for up to two months from the date of purchase, but no longer than 31/8. The card is available to buy on site in the shala.

FINANCES – the crisis we’re currently experiencing will have severe consequences for the financial situation for society as a whole. When many people lose their jobs and incomes overall decrease whilst expenses remain the same or even increase, it will affect us all – the shala as well as its members. Unfortunately, we therefore have to inform you that as long as the shala remains physically open, we cannot pause anyone’s card (this applies to monthly/seasonal cards as all “klippkort” are unlimited in time) unless you are sick, belong to a risk group and need to self-isolate or are in quarantine. We take this measure for the shala to survive even after the pandemic and we ask for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. On our part, we do everything in our ability to facilitate for members (also new ones) in financial difficulty who can’t pay for practice over a certain period of time. In times of hardship it is particularly important to be able to continue your yoga practice and be part of a community. We always offer discounts to unemployed/job seekers, pensioners and students and provide the opportunity to split your invoice into several payments. Under special circumstances, we are also flexible in finding individualized solutions. Please talk to Isabella directly and explain your situation.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned in between newsletters by following our pages on social media. We hope you stay healthy so that we can see you on the yoga mat in the shala or online. And it’s worth repeating – please stay at home if you have the slightest sign or are experiencing any symptoms of illness. However, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need support in your yoga practice.

Last but not least – wash your hands!
Isabella & crew

EXTENDED SCHEDULE & more guided classes

This spring we extend our morning opening hours to give late workers or late sleepers a chance to practice too. As from 15th January our existing students may come for (unassisted) self-practice from 8.45-10.30. It is of course also possible to come and start  practicing during the Mysore class and finish during the hours of self-practice.  Self-practice means that you do your asana practice but that there is no-one to assist or guide you.  Please note that the teacher stops teaching at 8.45 and after this there will be no adjustments. Please also respect that you have to be showered and finished by the latest at 10.30 as there are classes after or the cleaner needs access to the room (N.B. self-practice is only available when Isabella is teaching).  Click here to see the full spring schedule

In 2020 we also add more guided classes to the schedule. We’ll do full guided Primary Series class twice a month; once on Fridays and once on Sundays. Take note of all the dates so that you’re not late for class (see picture below or the schedule page – link above). On Fridays you may come already at 6am to meditate or do breathing practice before class; on Sundays we have Tea&Talk after class.

On Tuesday evenings Miho teaches a weekly guided half Primary series at 17.15-18.45. This class suits anyone who wants more guidance of half the series until Navasana. It’s perfect if you’ve just completed a beginners course and/or if you want a better understanding of the correct vinyasa.

FRIDAY-FUN special class: “Back bend basics”

Friday-fun is our alternative monthly after work special class. We gather to explore asana, play and have fun in a different format than Ashtanga yoga Mysore style. Each month the class has a different theme and this time we explore how to back bend.

Bending back really means to stretch both the front and the back of your body. In daily life we sit a lot, drop the shoulders, and bend forward rounding our backs. The front of the body is compressed which limits our ability to breathe properly. Our core muscles weaken and our spine is adversely affected – which results in poor posture, back pain and difficult deep breathing.

In the primary and especially the intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga, the practitioner is introduced to several back bends that “open” (soften and strengthen) both the shoulders, the chest and hip-flexor muscles. Regular practice of these two series makes our body more balanced. The muscles of the torso and legs are strengthened and stretched and we create better support for a healthy spine and gets easier to breathe.

This class gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the mechanisms involved in back bending and teaches you techniques to help soften and strengthen the body in order to safely backbend. In a playful manner, we explore a number of back bending asanas in this efficiently choreographed vinyasa style class. We go through basic techniques for positions from Urdhva Dhanurasana (wheel) to more advanced backbends from the Intermediate (and maybe advanced) series of Ashtanga yoga.

The class is open to all levels but is NOT suitable for complete beginners. Participants are asked to come with an open and playful mind!

The class is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorised Ashtanga Yoga teacher (II) by Sharath Jois in Mysore. Places are limited so please pre-register via our partner Medborgarskolan (click to register)

GUEST TEACHER: guided primary series and talk with Jens Bache

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, we have the pleasure of starting the year with Jens Bache from Astanga Yoga Copenhagen. Jens comes to our shala in Malmö to teach a traditional guided Ashtanga Yoga Primary series class . After the class he gives a presentation of his research on an old handwritten manuscript in Sanskrit about Ashtanga yoga which he found in “The Oriental Library” in Mysore 2017. Jens has translated the manuscript into Danish as part of his research and found interesting details about Ashtanga Yoga in the vīraśaiva-tradition. The lecture is given in English, but as Jens speaks both Danish and Swedish, the discussion about the document and the eight limbs of yoga can also take place in Swedish if necessary. The timings of the day are outlined below and further down the page you can see an abstract of Jens’ project.

PROGRAM

9-10.30 Guided class of the first series (traditional Sanskrit count)

11-13 Lecture (tea & talk) “Aṣṭāṅgayoga in the Vīraśaiva tradition”

PRICE: For those who have monthly/seasonal cards guided class and lecture are included in the cards. For “punch ticket”, 2 punches apply (one for guided class and one for the lecture). Others who do not have cards can book and pay via our partner partner Medborgarskolan (Guided class + lecture 300SEK, only led class or lecture 160SEK/class).

In the summer of 2019, Jens graduated from the University of Copenhagen and now holds a BA in Indology. His bachelor project included the translation and analysis of the above mentioned manuscript on Ashtanga Yoga. Jens is also a KPJAYI-authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher and has been running and teaching at the Astangayoga School in Copenhagen since 2000. Read about Jens at Astanga.dk

Abstract in English 

Aṣṭāṅgayoga in the vīraśaiva-tradition (aṣṭāṅgayogaḥ C.823)

The purpose of this project is the classic undertaking for an Indologist; to read, transcribe, analyze and translate a Sanskrit-manuscript from India.

The manuscript in question is from the Oriental Library in Mysore handwritten in devanāgarī on paper consisting of 18 folios. It is entitled “aṣṭāṅgayogaḥ” with the registration no. C.823/2 in the official library catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts, but having no information regarding author, date of composition or place of origin.

The assignment has been to identify the text’s literary category and traditional culture in it’s historical period and through analysis placing it in a larger context in the hope of answering questions like what is the overall message of the manuscript and for whom was it maybe intended.

Aṣṭāṅgayoga is only dealt with in 10 ślokas in the folios 12 to 13. In these 10 ślokas the 8-limbed (aṣṭāṅga) yoga is laid out in a structure following Patañjalis’ Yogasūtra, but in a metric poetic form adding meanings of devotion (bhakti) to the technical terms and aligning it with the doctrine of 6 stages (sthala) outlined in the main text of the manuscript in folios 1 to 12.

My initial findings showed that the main text titled Anubhavasūtra is a religious doctrine of Śakti- qualified monism to unite with Śiva in the 6 sthala of liṅga and aṅga through bhakti for the aim of oneness of paramātman, universal spirit, and jīvātman, the individual spirit. This doctrine from the 15th century belongs to the vīraśaiva-tradition which originated in Karnataka, South India, around the 12th century.

The paper ends with identifying the origin of the metric verses of the 8 limbed yoga in the yoga- upaniṣads with an open question to locate the mentioned guru in further research and a field study.

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