Ashtanga yoga foundation/beginner’s course

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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

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.

PRACTICE WITH US REMOTELY – online membership

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions the shala we will continue to teach both on site and online for as long as necessary.

All classes – Mysore and guided – take place live at the shala AND are simultaneously streamed via Zoom. This allows for practitioners who live further away and want to avoid public transportation and for those in risk groups to join our classes. To practice with us you need a valid montly/seasonal card OR our special online card which can be purchased for 650 SEK/month (see here). If you have an old “klippkort” that you’d like to use online please contact us.

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. To take part in the special courses or workshops you need to sign up separately and pay extra (not all of these are broadcast online, check in advance).

To join online EVERYONE – whether you have a monthly/seasonal card or an online card has to register weekly to receive the link  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!

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

Introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

During the summer of 2020 we give you the opportunity to start an inward journey instead of travelling abroad. On three occasions this summer we’ll have introduction classes to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners (15/6, 13/7 and 17/8)

The class gives you an introduction to 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. The focus of the class is on becoming acquainted with one’s own breathing, learning to synchronize breath and movement (so-called vinyasa krama) as well as the practice of Sun Salutation A + B and some closing postures from the Ashtanga Yoga sequence. You will also get a brief insight into the background and philosophy of yoga, its health benefits for both 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 – WITHOUT EXTRA COST. 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

VACATION AT HOME – Ashtanga Yoga weekend with Isabella in Mölle 1-2 August

Travelling abroad this summer will sadly be limited, but don’t let this stop you. Take the opportunity to journey inwards instead and take a yoga vacation close to home with Isabella. On 1-2 August, Isabella teaches a 2-day weekend workshop in Ashtanga yoga at Yoga by the Sea in Mölle – Studio Mölle. (* this is the second of two yoga weekends in Mölle during the summer – the first will be held on 4-5 July. Read more here. You can participate in one or both)

The weekend includes 2 morning Mysore classes an evening pranayama & meditation session and a Q&A on the Sunday. Room and board is not included in the price.

For participants travelling from afar accommodation may be arranged separately (not included in the price).

Please contact Yoga by the Sea for all inquiries and booking email to:  yogabytheseamolle@gmail.com

PROGRAM

Saturday
Mysore 8-11.30
Evening class with Pranayama och meditation 17-18.30 (outdoors if the weather allows)

Sunday
Mysore 8-11.30
Tea&Talk 11.30-12.30

Price:
Drop in mysore: 250SEK
2 days: 800SEK
Early bird 720SEK (until 1/6)

For pictures of the shala and the hotel please visit the Yoga by the Sea – Studio Mölle website

TEMPORARY SCHEDULE CHANGES SEPTEMBER 2020

Our autumn schedule runs from 1 September until Christmas (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:

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.

SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 9am instead of Mysore. Please be on time. OPEN HOUSE starts at 11am – read more here

THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – New moon and we take a break from teaching. Morning mysore class is cancelled. (Evening classes run as scheduled)

FRIDAY 18 SEPTEMBER – Guided Primary Series Class at 6.30am instead of Mysore. Please be on time.

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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