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.
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
April 2nd, May 14th, June 4th, July 2nd
1x/month Fr 9 a.m.
next dates
April 3rd, May 15th, June 5th, July 3rd
(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 refresher
March 29th, 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
March 27th - 29th
Pranayama weekend for beginners and experienced practitioners
bi-lingual with English if needed

March 27th, 10.45 a.m. - 12.15 a.m.
Pranayama - deepen and refresh your Pranayama practice
bi-lingual with English if needed

May 17th, 2.30 - 5.30 p.m.
Introduction to meditation

October 30th - November 2nd
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive with Greg Nardi
Preregistration as of now (morning or evening Mysore?), schedule and firm registration at the latest by May

Sanskrit study circle (basic knowledge of the alphabet required)
in the morning: February 21st, March 6th, 13th and 27th, 10.45 - around 11.45 a.m.
in the evening: upon request

Yoga Philosophy study circle, once per month (mainly in German, bi-lingual with English if needed)
March 22nd, April 19th, May 3rd, June 21st, August 16th, September 20th, October 18th, November 15th, December 13th, 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)

May 15th (in Eppstein-Bremthal)
June 19th
August 28th
December 4th (in Eppstein-Bremthal)

Constellation work with the chakras
(in German, 2.30 p.m. - about 6.30 p.m.)
October 24th

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.

News

Please note: due to the Corona virus, all classes are cancelled until further notice.

 

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
The next led classes will take place on Thursday, April 2nd, at 6.15 p.m. and on Friday, April 3rd, 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 May 14th in the evening and May 15th 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 March 29th 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 March 27th to 29th.

Constellation work
The constellation work is usually done in German.

The next evening of constellation work will take place on May 15th in Eppstein, Am Königsberg 53, in the space of Andrea Hielscher, in my own practice on June 19th, each time from 6.30 p.m. until about 10 p.m..