The Open Casses are Vinyasa classes, sometimes rather playful, sometimes workshop style. The foundation of these classes lies in Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga, so the process is always very similar.The teacher determins the sequencing and the emphasis of these classes according to the level of the students. All of the elements of the ‘8-limbed path’ of Yoga according to Patanjali can be found – including breathing techniques and meditiation.
Students of all levels practice together. Some knowledge of the vinyasa practice would be appreciated, but is not requested.
Jivamukti Yoga was founded in NYC, USA, in 1984. This method is regarded as ‘a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings’. Jivamukti Yoga is also Vinyasa Yoga. The vigorous asana practice can be a way to refine our relationship with the earth and all beings. There are 5 tenets of Jivamukti Yoga: Bhakti (compassion), Ahimsa (non-violence), Nada (sound), Dhyana (medtiation) and Shastra (study of scripture). Each Jivamukti Open class consists of 14 points. The emphasis can differ from class to class. The 2hour-long classes give us time to explore the typical elements of Jivamukti Open (apart from asana) – meditation, chanting and study of the scriptures – more intensely.
In this format the foundations of the Vinyasa practice are taught on the basis oft he sun salutes. Vinyasa means ‘conscious placement’, but the word vinyasa is also being used to describe the synchronized breath/movement transition in between the asanas of a certain sequence. You are going to get or deepen your understanding about the elements that define Vinyasa, the meaning of ‘Ujjayi’, ‘Bandha’ and ‘Drishti’. The class starts with a seated part in which we sit or lie on the floor, learning the breathing technique. Afterwards we are going to practice the sun salutes from Ashtanga Yoga – step by step first, and finally ‘in Vinyasa’. This class is suitable for all levels.
Restorative Yoga is a gentle, therapeutic form of Yoga. This style of practice slows you down and grounds you, has a calming effect and is yet refreshing. The nervous system can be discharged, the self-healing powers of the body activated and stress can be reduced through this practice.
Restorative Yoga is suitable for anyone who is feeling physically limited – right now or in general – and wants to (re-) gain flexibility in a gentle manner. This class is also suitable for beginners of Yoga; it strengthens, opens and relaxes the student in a sensitive way.
Half Primary Series
Guided class with modifications
All modern Vinyasa Yoga Styles are based on the Ashtanga Yoga System. Ashtanga Yoga is a physically demanding practice which is composed of six so-called series, and each series is following a set sequence of postures.
The first series mainly consists of forwardbends and hip-opening postures (after the sun salutations and the standing sequence). There are 41 postures in the primary series; in this class, the students are guided through about half of them together in the group. In opposition to a traditional ‘Led Class’, the postures are more closely explained, and there will be modifications. Anyhow, this practice is intense and challenging!
Not suitable for absolute beginners, some experience is advantageous.
‘Fundamentals’ are the basic principles of the Vinyasa Yoga Practice. This workshop will teach you about the elements of Vinyasa. We will practice sun salutations and standing asanas as well as some basic forwardbends and backbends. The exact alignment and some transitions from one posture to the next are being explored and practiced. tThis workshop closes with the typical finishing sequence, containing shoulderstand, headstand (variations), the final relaxation and a short mediation practice.
No previous knowledge is required for this workshop.
For upcoming dates of this workshop see the Events section.
We are offering further education for already certified Yoga Teachers. This can either be in the form of single sessions (coaching) or as a longer, coherent apprenticeship. This apprenticeship can only be completed with one teacher (mentor); coaching sessions can be booked with different teachers.
In coaching sessions, certified teachers have the possibility to work on one or several aspects that are important for them to develop as a teacher. In addition to the practice of Asana itself, it can be things such as learning how to respectully and safely assist students in class and how to reasonably build a class as well as learning the fundamental Sanskrit Terms or the basics of the Yoga Sutra.
Costs: 100 Euros / 60 minutes
For the Apprenticeship a concept is created, which is mainly tailored to the individual trainees, but in principle should occupy all aspects that are relevant for teaching Yoga.
The main features of the Yoga Philosophy are covered, assisting one-on-one as well as in the classes of the mentor, teaching sequences and much more. A regular own practice as well as a strong relationship to the studio are presupposed here.
Costs: depending on individual duration by agreement; minimum duration: 3 months.