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

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

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 60 €.

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..