Yoga is Union
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a modern-day form of classical Yoga founded by SK Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) in Mysore, India. It is a method that has been passed down from teacher to disciple throughout the years, and is now practiced by millions of people around the world. Using your body as a vehicle, Ashtanga Yoga allows you to get in touch with your emotions and understand your habitual mental patterns. As you grow in your practice, you learn to breath at your own rhythm. Moving through the different asanas (postures) you learn to focus on the present moment while becoming aware of your intrinsic connection to the universe. Developing a sustainable individualized Ashtanga Yoga practice provides you with spiritually grounded energy that supports you as you move smoothly through the challenges of your daily life. This energy allows to you to carry yourself with more confidence and poise, defines your sense of belonging and purpose on the earth, and increases your compassion for others.
Ashtanga Yoga means eight step or eight “limb” yoga. These are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Ashtanga Yoga – The Eight Limbs
Yama . Self-restraint
Niyama . Self Purification, Personal Observances
Asana . Seat or Posture
Pranayama . Breath Control, Development of Energy
Pratyahara . Sense Withdrawal
Dharana . Concentration
Dhyana . Meditation
Samadhi . Absorption, Enlightenment
Ashtanga Yoga – Practice Guidelines
Do not eat before practice! We recommend that you leave at least four hours between eating a meal and practicing yoga. Ideally your digestive system should be as empty as possible – in other words early morning practice is best after emptying bowel and bladder. Do not drink water during practice, but wait until after you have rested. We also suggest that you do not practice yoga during the 2-3 heaviest days of menstruation. Irregularities in your menstrual cycle such as prolonged periods may result from practice at this time. Please inform us if you have any injuries, health problems or if you become pregnant, so we can adjust your practice accordingly. In general, if you become sick or have injured yourself, you will feel better and heal quicker if you practice. A shower before practice helps to increase flexibility and mental focus. It is also makes the experience for your teachers and others practicing around you more pleasant! Please wear clean yoga clothes, wash your mat regularly and do not wear perfume or cologne as these can cause allergic reactions for others.
Hatha Yoga – Our approach
A yoga class designed according to the student´s needs which focuses on stretching, alignment, breathing, strength as well as creating a space for the student to slow down and reconnect with him self.
Classes will vary from a more physical sequence to ones where the intention is to go inside ourselves to feel a more instropective mood through deep breathing and meditation.
Yin Yoga – Our approach
The focus of a Yin Yoga practice is to release and let go of tension, both on a physical and emotional level. Poses are held for a long(er) period of time as it is common in other practises, this allows the fascia and the pathways of the nervous system to re-organise and align themselves in the most natural way, getting rid of tensions, especially in the upper body and the hips.
Through our breath and a mental attitude towards acceptance, Yin Yoga is also an emotional experience. What may look like a soft and slow practice can in fact be quite challenging as we engage in a dialogue with ourselves and our bodies.
“We dont use our body to get into a pose- we use the pose to get into our bodies“ – Yin Sights
Margaret Rosania has been teaching Ashtanga Yoga according to the Mysore method for more than a decade. She was first introduced to Yoga in 2001, and began practicing Ashtanga in 2003. In the course of her journey as a designer, Yoga practitioner and spiritual seeker, Margaret is constantly connecting and exploring the relationships between humanity and nature. Her journey through Yoga gave her the opportunity to practice with various teachers around the world (Sharath Jois, Saraswathi Jois, Tim Miller, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman among others) and to be for 4 years the assistant of her professor in New York, Guy Donahaye, in the Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC. Over the years she taught in New York, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With the birth of her son Micael in 2012 she experienced a deepening of Yoga in all aspects of her life.
Graduated in Hatha Yoga Classics from Humaniversidade de São Paulo under the supervision of Gerson D’Aaddio da Silva, during the years of 2009 and 2010. He attended an Ashtanga Yoga Immersion with David Swenson in New York and started the studies of Thai Yoga Meditative Massage with Javier Sunder, in São Paulo. Among retreats, workshops and regular classes in India, Europe, the United States and Brazil, he has dedicated the past 10 years of his life to the study and practice of the Ashtanga Yoga System along Patricia Varela, Alexandre Schmidt, Andrea Palma, Matthew Vollmer, Guy Donayahe, Saraswathi Jois, Margaret Rosania and Mário Reinert. “Along with so many other teachers and students that I have the opportunity to learn, I continue my training that I’m sure will never end. At the end of my daily practice I bow to have this Yoga in my life. “
Yara Köberle is Brazilian from Sao Paulo where she started to practice yoga. In 2004 she started to practice ashtanga yoga with Mario Reinert evolving to a daily practice. In 2007 she moves to Madrid where she starts to practice at Ashtanga Yoga Madrid and later to assist her teacher Borja Romero Valdespino to become a teacher at the shala. She starts to work full time teaching yoga and in 2013 she is authorized by Sharath Jois to teach. She has studied with Richard Freeman, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Peter Sanson, Matthew Vollmer, Regina Ehlers and others. She also teaches Hatha Yoga (based on Iyengar) and practices Iyengar regularly with Billy Konrad with whom she is taking a Mentorship Program. As a consequence, she brings to her teachings alignment of body and mind, how to go deeper in each asana with awareness and how to develp a sustainable and healthy practice. She gives Yin Yoga classes, having studied with Noman Blair in London and believes this style is a simple and profound way of slowing down our mind, coming back to the present moment and also an excelent and safe way of working our tissues, tendons and fascia, as well as opening the joints.
I am a Anusara inspired holistic Yoga Therapist according to the Thai Vedic System and passionate holistic Yin Yoga teacher. I teach private lessons and have started to dedicate many weeks of the year to hosting retreats that include daily yoga immersions.
My Yin Yoga sessions take a more passive (yin) approach to yoga which means that there is a lot of emphasis on awareness and exploration, we initiate movement from deep within the core to help our nervous, fascia and meridian system to find time to reorganize itself. I personally experience Yin Yoga as a beautiful and complementary approach to other styles of Yoga, such as Ashtanga. My Yin sessions are themed in accordance with concepts such as the 5 Element system, body parts, meridians, seasonal balance, etc. Yin Yoga is all about finding your own potential, at your own pace towards self healing. I look forward to sharing some Yin time with YOU.
– There will be no Ashtanga classes Full & New Moon days (see MOON tab)
– Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga Classes: You may arrive at anytime until 1 hour before the end of the class. Try to reserve at least 1h for your practice. On the first day beginning students typically practice for 30-40 minutes. The length of practice gradually increases. Suitable for all levels of practitioners.
– Hatha, Yin Yoga and Ashtanga Led classes are Guided 1 hour 15 minutes. Please arrive on time for all Guided Classes. At fifteen minutes late you can only enter class with special permission from the teacher. As this classes has a steady flow, please avoid arriving late as it will interrupt the class.
– Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Classes are taught in Portuguese, English or Spanish, according to students needs.
– Yin, Hatha & Five Elements Yoga Classes are taught only in English.
Our opening and closing prayers for practice
In Yoga, the full moon corresponds to the top of the inhalation and the very peak of Prana Vayu (the expansive and upward-moving direction of Prana). The full moon provides energy and heat, but can increase the tendency to lose our connection to earth. The new moon is associated with the end of the exhalation when Apana (the contracting and downward-moving direction of Prana) is at its strongest. During this time the energy is quieter and cooler, but the tendency can be towards heaviness and lethargy. Practicing Yoga over time creates a greater sensitivity towards energetic movements and influences. Observing moon days is a way to recognize the ebb and flow in nature and within our own beings, so we can live more in tune with these cycles.