Beginners who don’t want to start a beginners course for the time being are well served with this 1.5 hour class. It gives them a first impression of what Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga feels like. This class is also suitable for “re-entrants“ and for Yogis from other styles.
Emphasis is put on easy Asanas and movement sequences of the First Series in combination with specifics of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga such as the breathing technique (Ujjayi), energy locks (Bandhas), and concentration points of the gaze (Drishti).
Ashtanga led class
This 1.5 hour class is led by the teacher, which means it is talked through by him or her. It is suited mainly for Ashtangis with a more or less regular practice, and for “re-entrants“. Beginners who are keen to know what Ashtanga feels like may attend, provided they are physically fit.
The class goes through major parts of the First Series (usually until Navasana/“boat“, directly followed by the finishing postures). Rhythm and emphasis may vary from teacher to teacher but as a rule the class is not about going through as many Asanas and Vinyasas as possible but about performing them in a focused way, synchronising them with breathing/Bandhas, and Drishti in order to unify them into one movement, one flow.
Ashtanga First Series
In this 1.75 hour led class we cover the whole First Series. Since the talk-through of Asanas is done in their Sanskrit names, this class addresses rather experienced practitioners who know the series well enough. For the sake of a continuous flow through the series, the teacher limits himself to calling out the Asanas and counting and doesn’t give any further explanation.
Led class for beginners and advanced practitioners focusing on specific Asanas and their variations. The emphasis is on topics such as the back, shoulders, belly, pelvis or hips. Another focus is on Pranayama, the yogic breathing techniques.
In the Mysore class, students practice on their own. They go through the series in their own rhythm, at their own level, and are thereby assisted by the teacher. Mysore is the traditional teaching method as it was practiced at Shri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute (AYRI) in the South Indian town of that name.
We believe that Mysore is the best method to develop a regular Yoga practice because it gives the responsibility back to the student and also makes sure that he/she gets proper assistance when needed. Assistance means adjustments, i.e. helping the student in and into his posture; giving him/her alternatives, variations if needed; making corrections of postures; establishing emphases of practice; as well as giving hints and tips.
It is an advantage to be familiar with the First Series before visiting the Mysore class. But, as an alternative to a beginners course, it can also be used by complete Yoga beginners to get started. The teacher gives them one posture after the other, and the students slowly grow into the First Series. Beginners are requested to inform the teacher that they come to their first Mysore class.
We offer daily Mysore classes, Monday and Friday have even two, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon: all in all, that makes 21 Mysore hours or 9 classes per week! We do hope that this makes it easier for you to integrate Mysore into your weekly schedule.
The Mysore morning classes are Monday to Friday from 7.00 to 10.00 and Saturday from 8.00 to 10.00. The Mysore afternoon classes are Monday and Friday from 17.00 to 19.00 and Sunday from 15.00 to 17.00.
The Mysore classes from Monday to Friday are led by two teachers, one from 7.00 to 9.00, the other from 8.00 to 10.00, in other words you can benefit from two teachers between 8.00 and 9.00. The Saturday class is led jointly by Sascha and Romana.
Please note that Mysore classes have a flexible beginning and ending, which means that you don’t have to attend during the whole time. You come and go as you wish!
Hatha Yoga (tue & wed only pre-registration)
In our understanding, “Hatha“ designates the “physical“ Yoga, and therefore our Hatha teachers draw on the vast array of Asanas of that tradition. The rhythm of this class is a bit slower than in the generally more dynamic Ashtanga classes.
In contrast to the Ashtanga class, there is no fixed series here. The teachers use a variety of Asanas according to different emphases focused on, such as hip opening, forward bending, back strengthening, etc.
Asanas are not linked together by Vinyasas (sequences of movements) as they are in the Ashtanga practice. But we do keep the Ujjayi breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) familiar from Ashtanga.
Our Yin classes focus on the more “feminine“ (Yin) aspects of Yoga. It is a less “active“, more meditative Yoga style, most of the Asanas being performed in a sitting or lying position. They are also held for a couple of minutes, which opens the deeper strata of the connective tissue and the joints, and stretches the ligaments and tendons.
This very attentive, focused Yoga style enables us to connect with our body, to detect its stressed-out areas, and to relax very consciously. We literally “sink“ in the Asanas. Yin Yoga is a good complement to the more Yang-oriented, dynamic Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
Yin / Yoga Nidra
The Sunday Yin class offers a soft, careful and rather meditative Yoga style. Asanas are held for longer periods than usually, which opens the deeper strata of the connective tissue. The class is completed with a Yoga Nidra exercice talked through by the teacher.
Yoga Nidra is an ancient technique of deep relaxation in which we do not seek sleep but, quite on the contrary, a very awake and yet completely relaxed state of mind. Yoga Nidra allows us to reach deep dimensions of our mind normally not accessible
A pregnant women is confronted with lots of fundamental changes. Yoga helps her to experience this crucial period of her life in full awareness and to prepare for the birth of her child.
The body and breathing exercices practiced in this class are designed for the expectant mother. They strengthen her body, balance physical deficiencies encountered during pregnancy, and make her feel more enduring, calm, and balanced. There is a focus on strengthening the back, and on breathing.
It’s difficult to say until which stage of pregnancy it makes sense for the expectant mother to practice prenatal Yoga because this is completely individual. Please discuss with your Yoga teacher and your doctor.
The postnatal Om Babies class is for those mothers who feel the need to strengthen their body in a soft and efficient way in the wake of the physical stress of their child’s birth, and at the same time to spend some valuable, creative time with the baby. The babies are just there while their mothers practice, and sometimes they are integrated in the exercices in a playful way.
The Om Babies class is best attended as long as the mother can practice in a more or less undisturbed way. As soon as the child reaches the crawling stage, that’s not so much the case anymore.
This class addresses Yoga beginners as well as regular practitioners. It is led by graduates from our Teacher Training and gives them a good opportunity to gather teaching experience. Therefore the Community Class is on the basis of a donation.
Meditation class with Sascha on Saturdays from 7.00 to 8.00. This class is on a donation basis.