Introductory session to Ashtanga Yoga for beginners

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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

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

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

SUMMER SCHEDULE 2020

From 22 June to 31 August 2020 we run a slightly reduced summer schedule, All our classes are taught at the shala AND broadcast live through Zoom simultaneously (except the outdoors pop-up class). To access the online classes you need a valid l online membership – you can read more about this here . Monthly/seasonal cards as well as our special summer card give access to classes both in the shala and online. All cards and prices are available here. To take part in the special summer courses you need to sign up and pay separately. All courses/events are found on our events page. Please remember that we don’t teach on new/full moon  – check all temporary schedule changes here on our news page.

*click on the schedule for a larger image

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

NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2019

Photo: Sophie Håkansson Photography

Dear Yogis,

We’re in the month of June with graduations, school holidays and vacations on the door step. There’s still hope that the summer will be as wonderful as last year, but even if it doesn’t turn out that way, we’ll still enjoy the extra light and continue our yoga practice as usual. The spring schedule runs until 30th June after which a summer schedule will be in place for a month (1 July-3 August). The first two weeks in July we have the pleasure of welcoming Karolina Zakrzewska from Goa/Helsingborg as a cover teacher. The second half of July doors are open for self-practice without assistance. The shala is then open (free of charge) to all our existing students who wish to use the studio to practice. Read more about Karolina here and download your own copy of the SUMMER SCHEDULE 2019.

Summer also brings with it a number of changes for our yoga school. After having gone back and forth between Lund and Malmö for 6 years with classes spread out over several different locations, I (Isabella) have decided that it is time to gather everything in one place. As of 1st July, all classes move to the shala at Värnhem in Malmö. We will then officially be known as “Ashtanga Yoga Malmö” with classes running 6 days a week there. On the summer schedule, the evening classes are cancelled but they will return again in August.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all students who have come to both the Lund and Malmö shalas throughout the years – without you none of what we’ve built would have been possible. It is because of you that the shala has grown and continues to flourish. When I returned to Sweden 7 years ago it was with the dream of esablishing a shala in Malmö. Although we’ve been stationed here since 2013 it is not until now that the dream of one place becomes real. I’m deeply grateful to you all and humbled that you choose to come and practice in our space. I of course hope that students from Lund will make the short journey to Malmö and not give up their practice for a 15 minute commute. Please know that you are all always very welcome. With the shala being in one single place I hope to create an even more welcoming and grounding atmosphere, with less confusion about our whereabouts and less stress from being scattered all over the place.

The move to Malmö also involves some practical changes. We don’t just change our name, but the website will also move to a new domain during the summer; our accounts/pages on FB and IG change their name, our logo is slightly altered AND we get a new email address. We aim to make the transition as smooth as possible but ask for your understanding and patience in case there are some technical glitches on the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Aside from our relocation there’s a lot of other exciting stuff happening this summer (don’t forget to check the news-page for temporary schedule changes):

GUIDED INTERMEDIATE – on 16th June, Isabella teaches a special guided class where we explore the traditional vinyasa count of the second series in Ashtanga yoga. Read more about the class here and what is required to participate.

SUMMER-RETREAT – from 7-12 July, we return to Kadermo Conscious Living in Finland where Isabella also taught a retreat last summer. The island of Kadermo is an idyllic place where one can really relax and disconnect from civilization. We practice yoga morning and evening, enjoying the sauna, swimming, nature and good vegetarian food. Don’t hesitate to book, you won’t regret it!

SHARATH JOIS EUROPEAN TOUR – In July, our teacher Sharathji visits Europe again and comes to Stockholm and Copenhagen to teach one week in each city. To practice with him on tour is usually a great opportunity to get an insight into the Ashtanga yoga tradition and to meet yogis from all over the world. Read more about how to book in each city here.

OPEN HOUSE – on the 25th of August we open the shala doors to the public, family and friends. Everyone is invited to come to visit, try free classes, learn more about yoga, ask questions and mingle with us at the yoga school. There will be snacks and special offers for both new and existing members. The event is already published on our website, check it out there! More info will also come with the next newsletter.

A SNEAK PEAK AT AUTUMN – our autumn schedule starts on the 4th of August, new beginner’s courses are planned for September, “Friday-fun” classes (asana-based) will return, chanting on Sundays is back etc. and Isabella teaches a yoga retreat at Purple Valley in Goa, India. The autumn schedule will be online sometime in July so keep your eyes open. Come September, Isabella will also teach a special immersion of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series; a course where participants learn how to adjust yoga asana, to deepen their understanding of the function of the individual postures as well as the purpose of the sequence. Read more about the course and requirements for registration here.

The next newsletter will be published in July. It’ll contain more info about the autumn and everything that happens then. In the meantime, we hope that stay up to date by visiting our news site/blog and that you follow us on social media

Have a great summer!

See you on the yoga mat!

Isabella and the team of teachers at Ashtanga Yoga Malmö (Lund)

Photo: Sophie Håkansson Photography

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