Course Program

Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and Chanting

The actual schedule for the Mysore classes and the Pranayama class can be found here (please note that you can start your practice within a window of time).

Once per month, I also offer led classes in Ashtanga Yoga (prior experience required, firm starting time) and on Sunday mornings meditation and chanting classes (suitable also for beginners). A few times per year, I offer introductory weekends on Pranayama (open for everybody) and refresher courses for Pranayama (prior knowledge required).

You can find an overview of upcoming workshops here, including events for family constellation work and for chakra constellations.


Mysore-Style
Tu, Th, Fr 9 - 10.30 a.m.
Mo, Tu, We, Th
6.15 - 7.45 p.m. (Tu - 8.30 p.m.)
Su 7.45 - 10 a.m.
Start and end times are flexible within the ranges shown here.
(all Mysore classes also suitable for beginners)

Led classes
1x/month Th  6.15 p.m.,
next dates
August 8th, September 5th, October 10th
1x/month Fr 9 a.m.
next dates
August 9th, September 6th, October 11th
(knowledge of at least the standing sequence required, please register at the latest on the prior day, min. no. of participants 2, otherwise Mysore style)

Pranayama class
Tu, 5.30 - 6 p.m.
only upon preregistration, not suitable for beginners

next Pranayama refreshers
August 18th, 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 a.m.
only upon preregistration, not suitable for beginners

Sunday morning guided Meditation
7 - 7.40 a.m.
beginners welcome

Workshops

Yoga
2019
August 18th, 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 a.m.
Pranayama - deepen and refresh your Pranayama practice

September 8th, 2.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Introduction into the Kanda meditation
(bi-lingual, if required)

September 19th - 22nd, Ashtanga Yoga Intensive
Greg Nardi, Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide
Pre-registration already possible by eMail, firm registration as of May 1st

October 26th, 27th
Sanskrit, Mantras and more, an introductory workshop
(bi-lingual, if required)

November 22nd - 24th
Pranayama weekend for beginners and experienced practitioners
bi-lingual with English if needed

November 24th, 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 a.m.
Pranayama - deepen and refresh your Pranayama practice

November 24th, 2.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Introduction into the Kanda meditation
(bi-lingual, if required)

Yoga Philosophy study circle, once per month (mainly in German, bi-lingual with English if needed)
June 9th, August 25th, September 15th, October 13th, November 17th, December 15th, 10.45 until 12.15 a.m.

Evenings for family constellation work
(in German, 6.30 p.m. - about 10 p.m., in my rooms, if not indicated otherwise)

September 9th (in Eppstein-Bremthal)
November 15th (instead of 22nd)
February 21st 2020
June 19th 2020

Constellation work with the chakras
(in German, 2.30 p.m. - about 6.30 p.m.)
October 19th (moved from November 2nd)
March 14th 2020

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

Sri K. Patthabi Jois (1915 – 2009) developed Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the 1930ies in Mysore, India, in the tradition of his teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888 - 1989). Nowadays, his grandson, R. Sharath Jois directs the Sri K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga. Positions of the body (in Sanskrit: asana) are precisely coordinated with breathing in a predefined sequence.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a physically demanding practice, which, done regularly, develops strength, flexibility, endurance and balancing skills.

In yoga, one assumes that the life force (in Sanskrit: prana) is distributed throughout the body via small energy channels (in Sanskrit: nadi). Restrictions to this free flow of prana result in physical, emotional and also mental disturbances.

Through a special breathing technique (free breathing with sound), the interplay of the movements with the engaging of certain muscular and energetic centers (in Sanskrit: bandha) creates inner heat. This heat supports the purification and opening of the physical body and small energy channels. As a result, more vitality is available. Healing can occur on all levels.

In addition, each asana has a specific focal point (in Sanskrit: drishti). After several years of practice, the use of the drishti in combination with the special breathing technique helps you achieve a meditative state – the yoga practice becomes a moving meditation.

As the sequence of the postures in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is fixed, students can do the practice also at home, independent of a teacher. The role of the teacher is to introduce the correct technique for each individual posture. The teacher can also help achieve a deeper level within the postures, by using physical adjustments.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is characterized by

- the defined sequence of the asana
- the dynamic flow between asanas
- the special breathing technique
- the combination of movement, breathing and focal point (in Sanskrit: Trishtana)
- the use of bandhas
- the parallel development of flexibility and strength
- the possibility of active support by the teacher in form of physical adjustments
- the autonomy of the practice, independent of a teacher.

In the beginning, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga should ideally be practiced two to three times per week. Over time, practice should, if possible, become a daily routine, with one rest day per week (traditionally on Saturday) and an additional rest day on full and new moon days.

While Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is physically demanding, it is suitable for people of all ages and physical abilities.

"Ashtanga Yoga is for everybody, just not for lazy people. " (Sri K. Patthabi Jois)

On the meaning of ”Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga”:
 
Ashtanga describes a system, consisting of eight elements (in Sanskrit, the word Ashtanga is a combination of "ashtao", meaning "eight", and "anga", meaning "limb"):

 - Yama (= ethical behavior)
 - Niyama (= rules for personal behavior)
 - Asana (= postures)
 - Pranayama (= breathing techniques)
 - Pratyahara (= withdrawal of the senses)
 - Dharana (= concentration)
 - Dhyana (= meditation)
 - Samadhi (= state of higher awareness)

These elements are closely linked to each other. The practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga can develop all the above mentioned elements, over time.

„Practice, practice, practice - and all will be coming.” Sri K. Patthabi Jois
 
Vinyasa refers to the interplay between the movement and your breathing.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word for “yoke” and in a wider sense "union" or "integration". Originally, yoga was a spiritual path, with enlightenment as the ultimate goal. With this intention, yoga has been practiced for over 2,500 years. The (sometimes exclusive) emphasis on the physical aspects of yoga (asana) is a development of the 20th century.

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You can find the schedule here. And directions here.

Due to the nature of the Mysore classes, you can start the classes at anytime (with the exception of the led classes). I would be grateful for prior notice, though, by phone or by mail. One trial class is 12 €, the 3 trial classes are 30 € and 4 weeks unlimited participation in the Mysore classes cost 50 €.

Deviations from the usual schedule
There will be no classes from July 31st until August 2nd. Self practice in the shala is possible upon pre-registration during this period.

The next led classes will take place on Thursday, August 8th, at 6.15 p.m. and on Friday, August 9th, at 9 a.m.. Please preregister until the morning of the day before (in case of less than 2 registrations, there will be a class in Mysore style instead). Participants should know the standing sequence. The following led classes will take place on September 5th in the evening and September 6th in the morning.

Pranayama
The Pranayama classes take place each Tuesday from 5.30 to 6 p.m. (only upon prior registration, not suitable for beginners).

The next Pranayama refresher is scheduled for August 18th from 10.45 until 12.15 a.m. (only upon prior registration, not suitable for beginners).

The next weekend workshop for Pranayama will take place from November 22nd to 24th.

Constellation work
The constellation work is usually done in German.

The next evening of constellation work will take place on September 6th in Eppstein Bremthal, from 6.30 p.m. until about 10 p.m., and the next one in my own rooms in Königstein on November 15th at the same time.

The next afternoon dedicated to Chakra constellation work will take place on October 19th from 2.30 p.m. until about 6 p.m..