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
December 19th, January 16th, February 13th
1x/month Fr 9 a.m.
next dates
December 20th, January 17th, February 14th
(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
November 24th, 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
shifted from November 22nd - 24th to March 27th - 29th
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)

February 8th and 9th
Sanskrit, Mantras and more, an introductory workshop
(bi-lingual, if required)

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

Sanskrit study circle (basic knowledge of the alphabet required)
in the morning: November 22nd, 29th, December 20th, 10.40 - around 11.30 a.m.
in the evening: upon request

Yoga Philosophy study circle, once per month (mainly in German, bi-lingual with English if needed)
December 15th, January 19th, February 23rd, March 22nd, May 3rd, June 6th, 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)


February 21st 2020
May 15th (in Eppstein-Bremthal)
June 19th 2020
August 28th 2020
December 4th 2020 (in Eppstein-Bremthal)

Constellation work with the chakras
(in German, 2.30 p.m. - about 6.30 p.m.)
March 14th 2020
October 24th 2020

Pranayama

Literally translated, the expression pranayama means "expansion of the breath“ (from prana - "the life force“ - and  ayama -  "expansion").

Pranayama consists of astonishingly simple breathing exercises, which, with regular practice, develop a deep physical, energetic and emotional effect.

Usually, breathing is a subconscious activity. As a first step in pranayama, one develops awareness for one’s breathing, breathing patterns and breathing-related muscles. After an appropriate preparatory period, the exercises are intensified to include periods of holding the breath (kumbhaka).

On a purely physical level, regular pranayama improves breathing volume as well as saturation of different tissues with oxygen. Important muscle groups, for instance the muscles of the pelvic floor and the deep abdominal muscles, are strengthened.

On the energetic level, pranayama increases one’s life force and brings about an energetic balance between areas with too much and areas with too little supply of energy.

By establishing new breathing patterns, certain emotional states, such as anxiety or anger that are directly linked to certain harmful breathing patterns, can be avoided or overcome.

In this sense, pranayama, as it has been practiced in India for millennia, is probably the oldest form of breathing therapy.

Certain pranayama techniques have concrete therapeutic applications, others have a balancing and calming effect, while some specifically increase vitality.

I teach pranayama in the tradition of  Swami Kuvalayananda (1883 - 1966). I regularly study with Paul Dallaghan and his teacher Sri O. P. Tiwari.

This tradition of pranayama has the advantage that it can be taught to beginners of yoga and can be individualized. In the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system, students have to have mastered advanced postures (3rd series) before being taught pranayama.

I teach pranayama either in individual sessions or in introductory workshops that currently take place once per year.

For practitioners who already have experience with this style of pranayama, I regularly offer a class on Tuesday afternoon, from 5.30 to 6 p.m. (included in the monthly fee, otherwise 7,50 € per class, two pranayama classes correspond to one Mysore class on the 10 pass).

Every few months, I also offer on Sundays from 10 to 11.30 a.m. a pranayama class for deepening and refreshing the practice ("pranayama refresher"). This class is also included in the monthly fee - for all others, participation is 15 € (corrresponding to one Mysore class on the 10 card). The dates of the next pranayama refresher can be found here.

For further reading, I can recommend the following general literature on pranayama:

Gregor Maehle: The Breath of Yoga
Swami Kuvalayananda: Pranayama
Swami Rama et al.: Science of Breath - A Practical Guide

News

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
On December 1st, I shall teach only until 9.30 a.m.. Then there will be no classes until December 13th. Self practice in the shala will be possible during that time, upon pre-registration.

The next led classes will take place on Thursday, December 19th, at 6.15 p.m. and on Friday, December 20th, 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 January 16th in the evening and January 17th in the morning.

On Tuesday, December 24th, there shall be a guided meditation at 7 a.m. and a Mysore class from 7.45 a.m. until 10 a.m. (latest finish by 10.30 a.m.). There will be no class in the evening, and also not on December 25th, and there will also be no possibility for self practice in the shala during this short period.

On Thursday, December 26th, there shall again be a guided meditation at 7 a.m. and a Mysore class from 7.45 a.m. until 10 a.m. (latest finish by 10.30 a.m.). There will again be no class in the evening. Self practice in the shala would be possible upon preregistration.

Pranayama
The Pranayama classes take place each Tuesday from 5.30 to 6 p.m. (only upon prior registration, not suitable for beginners). There will be no Pranayama classes on December 3rd, 10th, 24th and 31st.

The next Pranayama refresher is scheduled for November 24th 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 February 21st, from 6.30 p.m. until about 10 p.m..

The next afternoon dedicated to Chakra constellation work will take place on March 14th from 2.30 p.m. until about 6 p.m..