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 SUMMER RETREAT at KADERMO CONSCIOUS LIVING

In July 2021, we will finally return to Kadermo Conscious Living near Hanko, Finland. Isabella has previously taught two summer retreats at Kadermo, but in 2020 we were forced to take a break due to the Covid19 pandemic. On July 4-9, 2021, Isabella will teach a week-long Ashtanga yoga retreat open to all levels of practitioners. Welcome!

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

Kadermo Island is situated a couple of hours from Helsinki and is easy to get to by train directly from the airport. The retreat centre offers a unique opportunity to experience yoga in a peaceful, untouched and idyllic setting. There are no shops or cars and hardly any people on the island. The retreat is set in a protected oak forest area where some of the trees are 500 years old.

Kadermo Ashtanga Yoga retreat is the home of senior Ashtanga Yoga teacher Stefan Engström. He was born on the island and founded the retreat centre in 1994. Since then people from all over the world have been coming together to practice yoga and conscious self-development with Stefan and guest teachers.

Weekly programme
The week includes two daily yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. All yoga classes during the week are taught by Isabella Nitschke,  authorised (level2) ashtanga yoga teacher. There are two yoga halls available with plenty of room for both asana and quiet practices.

Upon arrival on the Sunday evening we’ll gather for a welcome and introduction session followed by dinner.

In the mornings there will be Mysore style class for more the more seasoned practitioners and depending on the level of participants there may be the opportunity for more guided teaching. Before morning asana class we practice silence and students may may do their own meditation and breathing practices in the meditation hall.

Afternoon class are held16.00-18.30. This class gives an opportunity for Isabella to help you deepen your understanding of the practice by looking at asana technique, yoga philosophy and chanting. Each class will have a different theme depending on the participants’ needs but will also include some easy pranayama and relaxation techniques. A light dinner is served at 19.00.

The Facilities

Students are accommodated in various places on the island, there is a two-storey summer house on a stunning rocky area overlooking the sea which is 10 mins walk from the yoga shala, there are also rooms the winter house which is closer to the yoga shala. These are built in an old fashioned traditional villa style that was common in the twenties.  All toilets are composting and showers are eco-friendly.

We enjoy vegetarian lunch and dinner cooked by the globally adored resident chef Anu from Anu’s Cafe in Mysore. Herbal teas are available all day. The café is also open straight after morning practice for coffee and smoothies (not included in the price). After lunch you have free time to explore the surroundings, walk, swim, go canoeing, read a great variety of yoga books from the library or enjoy the Finnish sauna.

Booking

All reservations and payments are done through Stefan at Kadermo Conscious Living by email Stefan@Kadermo.fi . The number of participants is limited in order to give everyone a personal and special experience of their time on the island. The retreat centre retreats all summer long and there are discount options for those wanting to stay more than one week. For more information and details about the summer programme please visit the Kadermo Conscious Living website. For questions about the yoga classes or your practice please email Isabella.

We look forward to welcoming you this summer!

 

IN-DEPTH COURSE – an immersion into Ashtanga Yoga, spring 2021

This course aims to give the individual practitioner an in-depth understanding of Ashtanga Yoga as a daily practice and philosophy of life. In various modules, the participants have the opportunity to deepen their practice on the physical, mental and philosophical level. The course consists of 4 modules with a total of 14 teaching sessions during the spring of 2021. Teachers on the various modules are Isabella Nitschke, Sara Björs and Miho Hellén-Halme.

MODULE 1, ASANA & ADJUSTMENT TECHNIQUE – 7 sessions

The course takes a deep dive into the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series where participants get to explore the purpose, function and connection of the postures. We do this by examining the mechanisms of each asana, how these can be applied to one’s own body and through helping and adjusting others. By adjusting others, we can often gain additional insight into and understanding of the asanas and our own practice, even if we do not learn for the purpose of teaching. (Teacher: Isabella Nitschke)

MODULE 2, YOGA ANATOMY – 4 sessions

In parallel with the asana technique and adjustment course, we teach a module in yoga anatomy. Participants will learn how an understanding of functional anatomy can be helpful in their own yoga practice and when teaching others. (Teacher: Sara Björs)

MODULE 3, YOGA PHILOSOPHY – 2 sessions

Here the participants are given an introduction to the Patanjali Yoga Sutras and few other important yoga philosophy scriptures. The aim of the module is to give the practitioners an experience of yoga as a holistic practice that is more than just postures on the yoga mat. (Teacher: Isabella Nitschke)

MODULE 4, MEDITATION – 2 sessions (in connection with module 3)

The module is an initiation to seated meditation as part of the holistic system of Ashtanga yoga. The participants get a chance to look at their yoga practice from a different perspective and deepen their practice on a mental level. (Teacher: Miho Hellén-Halme)

Tentative dates:

Module 1: 10/1, 24/1, 14/3, 11/4, 25/4, 9/5, 6/6,

Module 2: 28/2, 28 / 3,18 / 4, 23/5

Module 3 + 4: 7/2, 2/5

Examination /end of term: 13/6

Time: 12-14.45

Price:  7500 SEK (incl. VAT)

Please note that the course is not a “quick fix” or a shortcut to learning the first series of Ashtanga Yoga. The course is NOT for beginners and is only open to those who have regular yoga practice AND who practice at least half of the Primary series (Navasana).

The course consists of 14 sessions between January-June (Sundays) 2021 plus an “examination class” at the end of the course. Each class is about 2.5 hours long with a break. The course is given only in its entirety, not as individual modules.

The course is only open to a limited number of participants. To apply, send an email to info[at]ashtangayogamalmo.se with a short motivation letter where you explain why you want to participate in the course. Deadline for applications is 14 December 2020.

CHARITY CLASS: 108 sun salutations in support of V-Care

The practice of yoga involves more than just making shapes on the yoga mat. Seva – selfless service – is also an important aspect to practice. We would therefore like to finish the year in the spirit of of giving and on the last full moon of the year do 108 sun salutations in support of the organization V-Care.

Since a number of years Ashtanga Yoga Malmö together with Yogashala Stockholm, has chosen to support the small charity V-Care, based in Mysore, India. The organization helps give children from the disadvantaged groups in society education and a better future. You can read more about V-Care and about doing Seva on our Karma yoga page.

To do 108 sun salutations has a special meaning and is often performed as a ceremony or offering. It takes about 50 minutes to complete and it is optional to do all 108 or only a few. You can decide to partner up with someone and do haf-half as a team, bring your family and divide the salutations between you or attempt to do them all on your own. The important thing is to participate.

You may donate any chosen amount either in cash onsite or through swish 123 576 46 91. After the class we have tea and “fika” together.

The class is free of charge (except for your chosen donation) but please sign up in advance through Medborgarskolan . If you cannot participate but would still like to donate please contact us.

“FRIDAY-FUN”: Breath & Bandha

One Friday every month, Ashtanga Yoga Malmö organises a special after-work class called Friday-fun. Here we explore asanas in a playful and fun way and practice in a different way than in the Mysore room. Each class has a special theme; this month we focus on breath and bandha (body locks)

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 focuses on the importance of breathing in our asana practice as well as for our everyday 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 asanas. The class will give you a deeper understanding of your yoga practice by improving your relationship to your breath. We explore different breathing techniques both in movement and stillness and end 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)

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 www.ashtangayogamalmo.se/en/larare

“FRIDAY-FUN”: Introduction to the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga

One Friday every month, Ashtanga Yoga Malmö organises a special after-work class called Friday-fun. Here we explore asanas in a playful and fun way and practice in a different way than in the Mysore room. Each class has a special theme; and this month we focus on Nadi Shodana –the second series of Ashtanga Yoga (Intermediate Series).

The class gives an introduction the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. We look at the various components of the series with blocks of asanas such as backbends, “hip openers”, arm balances and inversions. After a “warm-up” where the participants are guided through sun salutations and standing postures, we go explore the traditional “count” and the thread of asanas and how to approach them.

The workshop requires participants to have a regular yoga practice (not beginners) in Ashtanga yoga. Most importantly, participants should be comfortable and proficient with the entire Primary Series and already practice some of the first asanas of the Intermediate series. Stability in headstand is also required.

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  www.ashtangayogamalmo.se/en/larare

TASTER SESSIONS autumn 2020: in preparation for our 2021 in-depth course

4-taster sessions on Sundays autumn 2020: 20/9, 18/10, 8/11, 13/12

In the spring of 2021 (Jan-Jun), Ashtanga Yoga Malmö will run a 6-month long in-depth course in Ashtanga Yoga, where participants will have the opportunity to deepen and improve their own practice on several levels. We take a deep dive into the asanas of the Primary series where the participants, among other things, learn to adjust each other in order to expand their understanding of the postures, their purpose and mechanics as well as how different people’s bodies work compared to their own. In parallel with the adjustment sessions, a module in yoga anatomy is taught as a theoretical and practical complement. The in-depth course also gives participants an opportunity to develop the mental and spiritual aspect of the practice through an introduction to seated meditation. Furthermore, the 6-months course also includes two sessions of yoga philosophy and chanting in order to give participants a holistic understanding of yoga not only as a physical practice. (read more about the 2021 course here)

In the autumn of 2020, we organise four “taster classes” as an introduction to the 2021 in-depth course:

20/9 Introduction to basic asana techniques (practice and adjusting)

18/10 Introduction to Yoga Anatomy

8/11 Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

13/12 Introduction to Meditation

Time: 12-14.45

Price: SEK 250 (single class), SEK 800 (all four sessions)

Registration: contact us here (limited number of places)

The taster classes are open to everyone, while 2021 in-depth course only targets those who have regular yoga practice and who practice at least half of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series (until Navasana). You can participate in all four or in individual sessions. However, you’ll get the most comprehensive view if you participate in all four. Students who have taken all four taster sessions are given priority for admission to the 2021 in depth-course.

Please note that neither the taster sessions nor the in-depth course are a “quick fix” or a shortcut to learning Ashtanga yoga. Beginners are referred to our foundation courses (1 + 2).

Teachers at the taster sessions as well as the on-depth course, are Isabella Nitschke, Sara Björs and Miho Hellén-Halme.

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

Foundation (beginner’s) course in Ashtanga yoga

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 14 September 2020  at 17.15 (we take a break during the autumn holiday on 26/10) and is taught by Isabella Nitschke, authorized level 2 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 . 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

Yin yoga & Meditation – an 8-week course

In September 2020, we launch this 8-week course in yin yoga and meditation on Tuesday evenings.

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

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

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

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

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

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