ASHTANGA YOGA – STARTER COURSE
The foundations of ashtanga yoga
Startkurs – Ashtangayogans Grunder
Aloituskurssi – Astangajoogan Perusteet
6 x Tuesdays 10.1. – 14.2.2023 at 19.00 – 20.15
in Anandamaya Yoga & Wellness in Espoo, Kauklahti
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Start, or develop your yoga practice
During this course you will learn to practice yoga postures in the tradition of ashtanga yoga to the rhythm of your own breath.
You will progressively learn more and more of the practice series during this course, and you need to participate in the whole course (drop-in is not suitable for this course).
Home practice & health benefits
Ashtanga yoga is meant to be practiced individually as a personal and tailored practice.
Home practice is one of the biggest strengths of ashtanga yoga, and you will learn to internalise the practice more quickly, increase your concentration and focus, and strengthen your overall health, all on your own.
In best cases you will see improvements of strength, endurance, flexibility and digestion already after a few months of regular practice, and regulation of the nervous system. Maybe you’ll have easier to stay calm during a stressful day 🙂
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga yoga is unique
Ashtanga yoga is unique system of yoga practices where we learn traditional hatha yoga postures, asana, that we interlink into a flow, vinyasa, with our breathing, ujjayi.
We practice a pre-defined series of postures, that you will learn by heart when you practice regularly. Since the postures are always in the same order, you will be able to let go of your thoughts and gain focus and concentration quicker, and you will also be able to see your own progress already from the beginning.
You will get warm very quickly during the practice, so be prepared to get sweaty. Usually these practice increase your digestive power and have a purifying effect on the whole body. Please practice on an empty stomach if possible. Do not have a mig meal right before practice.
Better health and wellbeing is a common side effect of a regular practice. Usually you will see a change in your bodily functions, strength and flexibility already after a few months of practice.
Alex Lemberg – Father of two kids, and founder of Raseborgs Yogaskola. E-RYT & YACEP (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher & Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
Meet your teacher
Alex is a Swedish-speaking Finn who started to practice yoga at home in 2013, and has been practicing and teaching hatha and vinyasa yoga since 2014 (Seasonal Yoga). During the summer of 2015 Alex fell in love with the depth of the ashtanga yoga practice in 2015 with his teachers in Helsingin Astanga Joogakoulu in their summer camp in Houtskari (Petri Räisänen & Juha Javanainen). Since then Alex has been teaching over 3000 hours of yoga classes with a wide range of people, while managing Raseborgs Yogaskola, and has actively been practicing with different world renowned teachers on different workshop, such as Eddie Stern, Kino McGregor, Simon Borg-Olivier, and also online courses with David Garrigues.
“To me it’s important that the practices are taught in a safe, healthy and effective way for each student. As a yoga teacher it is important to understand that all people are different, and certain yoga postures and practices are simply not suitable for everybody.
In my teaching style you will learn to turn your senses inward (pratyāhāra), you will improve your focus and learn to practice to the rhythm of your own breath. The meditation and concentration makes the practice meaningful, and is a gateway to your inner dimensions. A yoga practice should be a practice in concentration and meditation. In ashtanga and hatha yoga we use our bodies to practice and achieve this.
We start simple, and the more you practice, the more you will learn at your own ideal pace while your body becomes stronger and softer, and your mind becomes more focused.”
CURRICULUM – KURSSIOHJELMA – KURSPROGRAM (click to read)
Curriculum – Kurssiohjelma
THREE INGREDIENTS OF ASANA
#1: Hip mobility & sthitih
#2: Vinyāsa – a pre-defined way
#3: Sthira & sukha – stability and softness – breath and bandhas
“A strong foundation and a calm mind is an advanced practice”
-Welcome to elevate your practice to the next level!
WEEK 1 – 10.1 at 19.00 – 20.45 – Introduction (don’t miss this class)
The introduction will be recorded in case someone cannot join – watchable online next day!
You cannot join the rest of the course without the introduction.
Ashtanga & Hatha Magic
Breath (ujjayi), Bandhas (mula, uddiyāna), Posture (asana) and Gaze (drsti)
The structure of your practice
Beginning, middle, end
Solar Power Part I
Heating up your sun salutations (Surya Namaskara A). Technique, vinyasa and flow.
Asana principle #1
Hip mobility & sthitih
Asana principle #2
Vinyāsa – a pre-defined way
Trikonasana A – The vinyāsa
Easy finishing sequence part I
Theory and practice
WEEK 2 – 17.1 at 19.35 – 20.35
Solar Power Part II
Surya Namaskara B
Asana principle #3
Sthira & sukha – stability and softness – breath and bandhas
The first two postures
Padangusthasana & Padahastasana, Trikonasana A & Trikonasana B
Vrkśasana – experiment with the secrets of the spine!
WEEK 3 -24.1 at 19.35 – 20.35
Parśvakonāsana A & Parśvakonāsana B
Seated postures part I
WEEK 4 – 31.1 at 19.35 – 20.35
Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D
Seated postures part II
PRICING – Early Bird Offer
EARLY-BIRD OFFER: 99€
Early-bird offer active until 24th of December 2022. Normal pricing: 110€.
WHAT YOU GET
– 6 weekly in-person group practice sessions in Espoo
– Strong willpower
LANGUAGE – OPETUSKIELI
Main teaching language is English, but Swedish and Finnish will also be possible.
TIME AND PLACE
- 6 Tuesdays at 19.00 – 20.15 in Anandamaya Yoga & Wellness Studio in Kauklahti (Köklax) Espoo.
Address: Emil Halmeen tie 1F, 02780 Espoo (Kauklahti)
REGISTRATION – ANMÄLNINGSFORMULÄR – ILMOITTAUTUMINEN
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