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Week of September 26, 2022

Monday, 26 September, 2022
06.30 to 09.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Cancelled
Cancelled
Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
09.30 to 11.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
10.00 to 11.30
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
 This led class draws on the Ashtanga system’s use of vinyasa, which is to move with the breath, to explore postures in a more experimental and playful environment than the other formats within the Ashtanga vinyasa program. The class concludes with a short talk on spiritual practice within the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and builds on the foundation of ideas that we explore over time in order to add another dimension to the asana practice.
Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Carla Araos
Carla Araos

Carla was born in Chile where she discovered yoga in 2002 while undertaking her studies in architecture and design. During this time she found that yoga helped to bring out the best in her creative abilities and also to heal many aspects of her life.
Carla has completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Samahita Retreat in Thailand, the Rainbow Kids Yoga training and further pre- and post-natal yoga trainings with Birthlight in the UK.
Carla's yoga in the Vinyasa Flow style is inspired by her prior experience of ballet. She also enjoys to sing and chant in her classes. Furthermore, correct and safe alignment is an important teaching point to her. She aims to match her classes to the needs of the participants, and - through synchronization of breath with movement - to allow students to find that silent space between breaths. In this silent space lies the opportunity for the body and the mind to flower and shine, in the yoga practice and in daily life.
Carla teaches in English oder Spanish. Her website is www.carlaaraos.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (4 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Kimi Fiebig
Kimi Fiebig

Kimi completed a four-year dance training at the Zurich Dance Theater School with a subsequent specialization of Musical Studies in Hamburg. In the meantime she has been performing on stage as a career dancer and choreographer for more than 15 years. 10 years ago Kimi came across yoga while searching for a supplement to her daily dance training. She quickly came to realize that Yoga is not just about physical postures on the mat, but also challenges and aids the entire body and mind. Through regular practice she found a balance to her fast-paced career.
In 2007 Kimi successfully completed the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training and in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at AIRYOGA. These were followed by three Anusara Immersions, a Teacher Training by Katchie Ananda, a module with Shiva Rea and the intensive teacher training with Max Strom. By attending workshops in Switzerland and Germany, she became acquainted with different styles of yoga. Kimi teaches in a dynamic style, which embraces aspects of Vinyasa Yoga. Alongside the wisdom and teachings of Yoga for health, healing and bodily well-being, is the emphasis of a conscious and deep breath. Kimi teaches in German and English by request. 
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas

Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
18.30 to 20.00
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body (especially around joints, in the lower back and along the spine).
Yin Yoga nurtures energetic balance, relaxes us closer to the skeleton and opens the subtle energy channels to let energy (chi, prana, etc.) flow freely again. This leads us to experience a profound sense of inner calm, which allows us to sit in meditation more peacefully.
This practice is appropriate for students of all levels, especially recommended for Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga practitioners.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
20.00 to 21.00
Pranayama & Meditation
Pranayama & Meditation

Pranayama is a central practice in the traditional Hatha Yoga system. It uses the breath, balancing of subtle energy patterns, energetic cleansing, and locks (Bandhas). This technique is used as a therapeutic/healing practice and for spirit development. It is also a gateway into the deep states of concentration and meditation.
This class is presented in its traditional format, directly from a lineage that dates back generations. It provides a steady, safe opening for students and gives stability and clarity in the physical and mental realms.
It is recommended that students have some experience in Yoga Asana and/or seated Meditation practice before beginning pranayama.
 

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas

Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
Tuesday, 27 September, 2022
06.30 to 09.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
09.30 to 11.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Ashtanga Lunch Flow
Ashtanga Lunch Flow

The Ashtanga Lunch Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students are welcome.
 

Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow mit Yoga Nidra
Lunch Flow mit Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra - „the sleep of the yogi“ - origines in the Himalayan Yoga traditions. Nowadays, Yoga Nidra is a highly efficient method of deep relaxation that has been systematized and modernized. Yoga Nidra helps us to completely relax and regenerate on a physical, mental and emotional level. At the same time it is vitalizing and invigorating.
In the first half an hour of the class we practice a gentle Vinyasa Flow. Then we dedicate ourselves completely to the practice of Yoga Nidra. As we lie in Savasana (corpse pose) for 25-30 minutes, the teacher guides us through a series of inner awareness exercises. Depending on the variation this is followed by a mental "journey" and visualizations. Thereby we reach a state between wakefulness and dream. In this state we can access deeper levels of our mind, the unconscious mind. After Yoga Nidra we feel refreshed and alert.
If practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra is a great source of health, strength, inspiration and joy.
No previous yoga experience is required for this class. It is suitable for everyone. Especially people that are frequently exposed to stress will draw great benefit.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
13.30 to 15.00
Yoga für Senioren
Yoga für Senioren

The senior yoga class is for everyone who might be a little bit older, but still wants to remain in good shape, mentally and physically. Yoga for seniors is a gentle style of Hatha Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and on training the breath, as well as on mild stretching and strengthening. The priority of this course lies in the therapeutic aspect of yoga with its ability to regenerate body and soul by integration.
 

Diana Schöpplein
Diana Schöpplein

Diana encountered Yoga 30 years ago. Being fascinated by the profoundness and multi-dimensionality of this method again and again, she began to teach 20 years later sharing her passion as an international (Yoga Alliance registered) E-RYT500 in regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.
As an artist, Diana embodies Yoga as a highly creative process, that wants to be explored and transitioned into ones life in all its facettes. Her experiences with the transformational potential of fine arts and especially performance art, of body-mind methods, contemporary schamanism, vipassana meditation and ayurveda are reflected in her teaching style. Trained in traditional Hatha and in Anusara Yoga, her deepest wish is to support people to connect with their inner essence and to open up new perspectives and spaces from there. Next to precise alignment in the Asana and Pranayama practice, she is guiding her students into meditation and deep relaxation, as well as towards the power of Mantra.
India became a second home for Diana since she dedicated her studies for an extended period of time in Yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries in the early nintees. In her annual retreats and Yoga journeys, she opens up inspiring insights into inner and outer worlds with deepest respect and love for Yoga and its country of origin.
Amongst Diana’s most important influences are her longterm mentor Emahó, Sri Mansoor, Surinder Singh and Stephen Thomas with whom she completed the Advanced Teacher Training and is working closely together. Currently, she immerses herself into the study of Sanskrit, Mantra, writing and into her Devadi Design line, offering Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga- and meditation sessions on personal topics, as well as online courses and trainings. Diana teaches in German and English.
For more informationen please check out www.dianaschoepplein.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (12 slots free)
18.00 to 19.30
Ashtanga inspired Flow
Ashtanga inspired Flow
This class draws its inspiration from the sequences of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which will vary to emphasize different aspects of the body, thereby exposing practitioners to a wider range of asanas in order to increase and challenge ones strength and flexibility. Moving through postures in a flow style will allow for smooth transitions while using the principles of vinyasa.
 
Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (5 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas

Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
Basic Hatha Yoga
Basic Hatha Yoga

In this class, the basics of hatha yoga are being taught and practiced: conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions. A great class to start out practicing yoga.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com
 

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
Basic Vinyasa Flow
Basic Vinyasa Flow

In this class we learn the basics of Vinyasa Yoga: different breathing techniques (Pranayama), Sun Salutations, classic postures and the union of breath and movement. The asanas are taught according to the level of the students and their individual needs with the teacher demonstrating the asanas for a clear understanding. The Yoga we practice in this class can be both calm and challenging; we practice with attention to learn the asanas properly and correctly. Yoga Basics is for anyone new to yoga. This class is specially designed for beginners but also serves as a powerful refresher for ongoing students who like to revisit specific aspects of their practice. Anyone can start anytime without prior reservation.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
19.45 to 21.15
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Andy Bartneck
Andy Bartneck

Since early childhood, spirituality, communication and a connection to nature and people have been central elements of Andy's life. Mystical teachings, ancient Vedic wisdom, Tantra, Zen, yoga, meditation and mindfulness make up Andy's center of inspiration and power. Following his travels through Thailand, Tibet and Japan, Andy received the Bodhisattva ordination of the ZEN Dojo Zürich.
Andy has been employed in corporate communication for the past 20 years, with his last position as a member of the board of directors of a big media agency in Zurich. Meditation, yoga, nutrition, healing and being human became more important in his life, so that today yoga is his area of focus. 
Andy is registered as a RYT-500 yoga teacher for Hatha Yoga with Stephen Thomas, Embodied Flow TM with Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons, for Prenatal Yoga with Sue Elkind, and as Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Tharapist in training with Myra Avedon and Scott Lyons. 
Andy integrates asana, pranayama and meditation is his daily life to strenghten his body, calm his mind and to find space within himself where everything exists and where everything is possible. In his classes, Andy seeks to unleash each of his student's individual potential and bring this to the foreground. To be three-dimensional, to be space, to be in contact and in dialogue with everything, what unfolds itself as life, is for Andy the beauty that shines within each individual person. He views his work as a Yoga Facilitator to give life to this space within. Where each person can enjoy being his or her own self.
Andy also teaches private lessons and offers Embodied Flow Movement Therapy. He teaches in English and German. For more information please visit his website www.yogandy.net

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body (especially around joints, in the lower back and along the spine).
Yin Yoga nurtures energetic balance, relaxes us closer to the skeleton and opens the subtle energy channels to let energy (chi, prana, etc.) flow freely again. This leads us to experience a profound sense of inner calm, which allows us to sit in meditation more peacefully.
This practice is appropriate for students of all levels, especially recommended for Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga practitioners.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (29 slots free)
Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
06.30 to 09.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
09.00 to 11.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas

Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
09.30 to 11.00
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 slots free)
10.45 to 11.45
Rückbildungs Yoga
Rückbildungs Yoga

This class is recommended for mothers from 6 to 8 weeks after birthing. Their babies are also welcome.
In this class the women concentrate on good posture with particular focus on the pelvic floor, the abdominal muscles and the spine. In a group class format we will work on bringing awareness to, gently stretching, and strengthening these parts of the body. Physical and mental well-being after birthing will be promoted, and muscle tone, stability and physical strength systematically reestablished. Questions and individual requests will be addressed. Post-natal yoga should be practiced regularly for a duration of at least 8 weeks after giving birth. Yoga experience is not required.
 

Tanja Forcellini
Tanja Forcellini

During one of her journeys to the Far East in 1999, Tanja discovered and learned to appreciate Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga has led her to find answers to the many questions she has encountered on her personal life journey - answers that lay hidden deep within herself. Tanja attended the Yoga Teacher Training in 2004 at Centered Yoga in Asia, where she received certification as a Yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance. After her pregnancy in 2008, she also attended the Perinatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her more and more towards silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact with, and careful perception of, one's own body are the focus of Tanja's classes, as well as the connection of breath and movement. Since 2017, Tanja has been attending continuing education courses on mindfulness meditation and resilience building. In addition, she completed the Hormone Balance Teacher Training with Salome Noah. To deepen her own practice on the mat, Tanja regularly attends retreats and trainings with internationally recognized teachers. Her spiritual practice is deepened through the challenges of everyday life and especially through stays in an ashram in northern India.
Tanja teaches in German and English.
For more information please visit her website www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Gisela Collazo
Gisela Collazo

Since her first encounter with Yoga in 1995, Gisela has practiced and studied with many amazing and gifted teachers. She has delved into Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa in Mysore, Anusara, Classical Hatha Yoga and Birthlight Pre + Postnatal and Well Woman Yoga. She has completed over 500-hours Yoga Alliance accredited training and many further education courses. She is a Training Tutor for Birthlight and leads international trainings in Perinatal Yoga.
Gisela has been teaching since 2004. By guiding her students through the physical form and focusing on the breath, she invites them to make their own inner explorations and discover the qualities of joy and gratitude that lie within themselves. Students appreciate her calm and positive manner, her precise and detailed instructions, and the mix of power and restoration that they take away from her classes. 
Gisela's work in Birthlight Yoga has enriched her practice and teaching immensely. By freeing up the rigid physical form of asana to tune into the body's rhythms and seasons, we develop a deep awareness and confidence in our own intuitive wisdom. We promote trust, faith and acceptance for what is, and make space for what is to come. We foster self-nurture and gentleness towards ourselves, which we can then spread to those around us.
Gisela teaches her classes in English. For more information visit her website www.yogaprema.ch
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (29 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Tanja Forcellini
Tanja Forcellini

During one of her journeys to the Far East in 1999, Tanja discovered and learned to appreciate Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga has led her to find answers to the many questions she has encountered on her personal life journey - answers that lay hidden deep within herself. Tanja attended the Yoga Teacher Training in 2004 at Centered Yoga in Asia, where she received certification as a Yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance. After her pregnancy in 2008, she also attended the Perinatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her more and more towards silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact with, and careful perception of, one's own body are the focus of Tanja's classes, as well as the connection of breath and movement. Since 2017, Tanja has been attending continuing education courses on mindfulness meditation and resilience building. In addition, she completed the Hormone Balance Teacher Training with Salome Noah. To deepen her own practice on the mat, Tanja regularly attends retreats and trainings with internationally recognized teachers. Her spiritual practice is deepened through the challenges of everyday life and especially through stays in an ashram in northern India.
Tanja teaches in German and English.
For more information please visit her website www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (9 slots free)
18.00 to 20.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Claudia Garati
Claudia Garati

Claudia grew up in Switzerland. She started practicing Hatha Yoga in 2000. After moving to New York in 2005, she enrolled in YogaWorks certified 500-hour Teacher Training program and completed it as a certified Yoga Alliance instructor (current level: E-RYT500® and YACEP®) in 2006. Claudia further studied in New York and San Francisco (2005-2008) with ISHTA Yoga founder Alan Finger, Mark Whitwell, Bridget Shields, and with Restorative Senior Teacher Sara Tirner. From 2016 to 2019, during her time in Asia she also delved into Universal Yoga with Copper Crow/Andrey Lappa, Yoga Nidra and trained with the queen of handstand Marysia Do which complemented her yoga. After 3 years in Singapore Claudia moved back to Switzerland in 2019 again. To her, yoga means both statics and dynamics, which are energetically in balance. In her classes she focuses on proper, individual alignment to guarantee both safety and freedom. Her aim as a teacher is to allow the students to find their breath and consequently become present in each asana and in the moment, i.e. bringing the benefits of yoga off the mat and into today’s life. Claudia teaches in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (26 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
18.30 to 20.00
Basic Vinyasa Flow
Basic Vinyasa Flow

In this class we learn the basics of Vinyasa Yoga: different breathing techniques (Pranayama), Sun Salutations, classic postures and the union of breath and movement. The asanas are taught according to the level of the students and their individual needs with the teacher demonstrating the asanas for a clear understanding. The Yoga we practice in this class can be both calm and challenging; we practice with attention to learn the asanas properly and correctly. Yoga Basics is for anyone new to yoga. This class is specially designed for beginners but also serves as a powerful refresher for ongoing students who like to revisit specific aspects of their practice. Anyone can start anytime without prior reservation.
 

Claudia Geux
Claudia Geux

Claudia Geux is a International Yoga Alliance® RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher in Vinyasa Flow. She was introduced to the world of Yoga in New Zealand, and she realized that this would be the beginning of a long journey. As she began to study the different Yoga traditions and Yoga philosophy more intensively, Vinyasa Flow came to be her preferred style and means of expression. The completion of the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Christine May, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller, was followed by the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller. Her style is influenced by her previous teachers Christine May, Olive Ssembuze and Curly West. Claudia creates her flows with a lot of passion, precision and love. She likes to incorporate various traditions such as Qigong or Feldenkrais. The alignments of the asanas are strongly shaped by the Feldenkrais method, which flow together harmoniously from beginning to end, so that soft and strong movements are created in order to experience more lightness and depth, to increase sensitivity and to intensify one's own perception.
Through music, she finds the rhythm for her yoga, and so her flows merge into dance and meditation in motion. She challenges and motivates the participants by bringing variety, meditative moments and laughter and joy into her practice. It is not only a great pleasure, but also a privilege for Claudia to be able to pass on the wonderful benefits of yoga to others. She teaches her classes in German and English.
For more info please visit www.yomyoga.rocks

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
Hatha Restorative Yoga
Hatha Restorative Yoga

A slow, gentle, restorative Hatha Yoga class for all levels. This two-folded class combines asana movements with restorative poses, offering the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savor the simple sweetness of life. Different props support long holds of postures. An ideal practice after a strenous week for anyone who wants to work deeply without force or strain.
 

Diana Schöpplein
Diana Schöpplein

Diana encountered Yoga 30 years ago. Being fascinated by the profoundness and multi-dimensionality of this method again and again, she began to teach 20 years later sharing her passion as an international (Yoga Alliance registered) E-RYT500 in regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.
As an artist, Diana embodies Yoga as a highly creative process, that wants to be explored and transitioned into ones life in all its facettes. Her experiences with the transformational potential of fine arts and especially performance art, of body-mind methods, contemporary schamanism, vipassana meditation and ayurveda are reflected in her teaching style. Trained in traditional Hatha and in Anusara Yoga, her deepest wish is to support people to connect with their inner essence and to open up new perspectives and spaces from there. Next to precise alignment in the Asana and Pranayama practice, she is guiding her students into meditation and deep relaxation, as well as towards the power of Mantra.
India became a second home for Diana since she dedicated her studies for an extended period of time in Yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries in the early nintees. In her annual retreats and Yoga journeys, she opens up inspiring insights into inner and outer worlds with deepest respect and love for Yoga and its country of origin.
Amongst Diana’s most important influences are her longterm mentor Emahó, Sri Mansoor, Surinder Singh and Stephen Thomas with whom she completed the Advanced Teacher Training and is working closely together. Currently, she immerses herself into the study of Sanskrit, Mantra, writing and into her Devadi Design line, offering Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga- and meditation sessions on personal topics, as well as online courses and trainings. Diana teaches in German and English.
For more informationen please check out www.dianaschoepplein.com
 

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (28 slots free)
Thursday, 29 September, 2022
06.30 to 09.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
10.00 to 11.30
Intermediate Hatha Yoga
Intermediate Hatha Yoga

This is an asana practice for anyone who wants to grow beyond the basics. The poses are explored through clear and intelligent alignment, building strength and ultimately creating a thorough understanding of each pose.
This class is for intermediate yoga practitioners. It may include inversions, arm balances and backbends.
 

Sarah Mai
Sarah Mai

After attending her first yoga class in 2004, Sarah's curiosity for yoga developed into a real passion. Sarah was fascinated by the deep union of precise bodywork and spirituality. Yoga has guided her through many challenging phases in life, helping her to find her grounding and boosting her self-confidence.
Sarah completed her Yoga Teacher Trainings (Yoga Alliance) at AIRYOGA in Zurich: In 2012 a 200-hour, and in 2015 a 300-hour Advanced Training with Stephen Thomas. She continues deepening her knowledge in workshops with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Rachel Zinman, Marc Holzmann, Yogeswari, Mark Stephens, and others. Sarah is also currently attending a teacher module at the Swiss ‚Yoga Studium‘ with Johannes Glarner.
Sarah emphasizes practicing mindfully and listening to the body's intuitive feedback. In her classes she always refers back to an awareness of the breath. Yoga shall not merely ground and strengthen us, but support us to find a peaceful path to our inner essence. She shares her philosophical understanding of yoga with her students,  inviting them to lead their awareness from the mind into the space of the heart and to reside in that space. Sarah teaches her classes in German and English.
Please find more information under https://sarahmai.yoga

Open Levels
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10.00 to 11.30
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
 This led class draws on the Ashtanga system’s use of vinyasa, which is to move with the breath, to explore postures in a more experimental and playful environment than the other formats within the Ashtanga vinyasa program. The class concludes with a short talk on spiritual practice within the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and builds on the foundation of ideas that we explore over time in order to add another dimension to the asana practice.
Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Ashtanga Lunch Flow
Ashtanga Lunch Flow

The Ashtanga Lunch Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students are welcome.
 

Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Sarah Mai
Sarah Mai

After attending her first yoga class in 2004, Sarah's curiosity for yoga developed into a real passion. Sarah was fascinated by the deep union of precise bodywork and spirituality. Yoga has guided her through many challenging phases in life, helping her to find her grounding and boosting her self-confidence.
Sarah completed her Yoga Teacher Trainings (Yoga Alliance) at AIRYOGA in Zurich: In 2012 a 200-hour, and in 2015 a 300-hour Advanced Training with Stephen Thomas. She continues deepening her knowledge in workshops with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Rachel Zinman, Marc Holzmann, Yogeswari, Mark Stephens, and others. Sarah is also currently attending a teacher module at the Swiss ‚Yoga Studium‘ with Johannes Glarner.
Sarah emphasizes practicing mindfully and listening to the body's intuitive feedback. In her classes she always refers back to an awareness of the breath. Yoga shall not merely ground and strengthen us, but support us to find a peaceful path to our inner essence. She shares her philosophical understanding of yoga with her students,  inviting them to lead their awareness from the mind into the space of the heart and to reside in that space. Sarah teaches her classes in German and English.
Please find more information under https://sarahmai.yoga

Open Levels
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17.30 to 19.00
Anusara inspired Yoga
Anusara inspired Yoga

The term Anusara means "flowing with grace". Anusara Yoga is based on Hatha yoga. It combines simple and effective biomechanical principles to adjust the body with a deep, spiritual understanding of yoga. It means that we become aware of and embrace every facet of our humanity, including our light and shadow, our emotions, impressions, and thoughts. Yoga is a practice of opening our hearts to the present moment. Our mind and body should not be subjected to external controls but rather be aligned with our hearts so that our practice can originate from deep within.   
These classes focus on precision and technique but are also light and fun. They are guided at a slower pace and are suitable for all levels.

 

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
18.30 to 20.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
Basic Vinyasa Flow
Basic Vinyasa Flow

In this class we learn the basics of Vinyasa Yoga: different breathing techniques (Pranayama), Sun Salutations, classic postures and the union of breath and movement. The asanas are taught according to the level of the students and their individual needs with the teacher demonstrating the asanas for a clear understanding. The Yoga we practice in this class can be both calm and challenging; we practice with attention to learn the asanas properly and correctly. Yoga Basics is for anyone new to yoga. This class is specially designed for beginners but also serves as a powerful refresher for ongoing students who like to revisit specific aspects of their practice. Anyone can start anytime without prior reservation.
 

Silvana Kunz
Silvana Kunz
Ever since her youngest age Silvana has been fascinated by the play of movement. After training as a professional dancer, she started traveling the world; ever since traveling has been yet another source of inspiration. She kept returning to the Far East, where she first discovered yoga – an essential encounter and a deep experience. In the years that followed, she experimented with other movement methods. Pilates soon emerged as an ideal complement for yoga. In 2008, Silvana did her Pilates teacher training at Polstar in Basel. Additionally, she completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, certified by the European Yoga Alliance. She went more into depth as she studied Prana Flow with Twee Merrigan. In 2011, she completed her 250-hour Anusara Teacher Training with Chris Chavez. In order to grow and evolve, she likes to take classes and workshops, mostly with Stephen Thomas. Silvana teaches vigorously, with great passion and creativity. The correct dynamic execution of movement is very important to her. She teaches in German and English.
 
Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (7 slots free)
19.30 to 21.00
Anusara inspired Yoga
Anusara inspired Yoga

The term Anusara means "flowing with grace". Anusara Yoga is based on Hatha yoga. It combines simple and effective biomechanical principles to adjust the body with a deep, spiritual understanding of yoga. It means that we become aware of and embrace every facet of our humanity, including our light and shadow, our emotions, impressions, and thoughts. Yoga is a practice of opening our hearts to the present moment. Our mind and body should not be subjected to external controls but rather be aligned with our hearts so that our practice can originate from deep within.   
These classes focus on precision and technique but are also light and fun. They are guided at a slower pace and are suitable for all levels.

 

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
21.15 to 21.45
Meditationsklasse
Meditationsklasse

For this free meditation class no reservation is necessary. You can simply join the class without registering.

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (14 slots free)
Friday, 30 September, 2022
06.30 to 09.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
10.00 to 11.00
Ayur Yoga
Ayur Yoga

A gentle style of yoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya (India). Ayur Yoga stresses the importance of the individual, and tailors the practice to each person's capacity and degree of flexibility. Yoga postures are carefully chosen and built up in a sensible way. The 60-minute class is taught in German. Ayur Yoga is suited for beginners to yoga, and especially recommended for older practitioners, or less physically able persons.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (20 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (18 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Josefina Eliggi
Josefina Eliggi
Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Lunch Flow
Lunch Flow

This Vinyasa Flow class builds strength, balance and flexibility. The class is taught with simple postures, works for all levels and is suitable for anyone looking for a midday workout with all the benefits of Yoga. All students with basic yoga experience are welcome.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
18.00 to 20.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (11 slots free)
18.00 to 19.30
Week’s End Restorative Yoga
Week’s End Restorative Yoga

Slow down and give yourself the gift of rebalancing and refocusing your intentions as the week winds down.
This class utilizes several of the tools that yoga offers to renew and recharge, such as gentle breath work, relaxing seated postures, inversions and meditative explorations.
Open to all levels; everyone is welcome to come and find bliss in a playful and relaxed atmosphere.

Diana Schöpplein
Diana Schöpplein

Diana encountered Yoga 30 years ago. Being fascinated by the profoundness and multi-dimensionality of this method again and again, she began to teach 20 years later sharing her passion as an international (Yoga Alliance registered) E-RYT500 in regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.
As an artist, Diana embodies Yoga as a highly creative process, that wants to be explored and transitioned into ones life in all its facettes. Her experiences with the transformational potential of fine arts and especially performance art, of body-mind methods, contemporary schamanism, vipassana meditation and ayurveda are reflected in her teaching style. Trained in traditional Hatha and in Anusara Yoga, her deepest wish is to support people to connect with their inner essence and to open up new perspectives and spaces from there. Next to precise alignment in the Asana and Pranayama practice, she is guiding her students into meditation and deep relaxation, as well as towards the power of Mantra.
India became a second home for Diana since she dedicated her studies for an extended period of time in Yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries in the early nintees. In her annual retreats and Yoga journeys, she opens up inspiring insights into inner and outer worlds with deepest respect and love for Yoga and its country of origin.
Amongst Diana’s most important influences are her longterm mentor Emahó, Sri Mansoor, Surinder Singh and Stephen Thomas with whom she completed the Advanced Teacher Training and is working closely together. Currently, she immerses herself into the study of Sanskrit, Mantra, writing and into her Devadi Design line, offering Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga- and meditation sessions on personal topics, as well as online courses and trainings. Diana teaches in German and English.
For more informationen please check out www.dianaschoepplein.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
Saturday, 1 October, 2022
08.15 to 10.00
Ashtanga Yoga "Full Primary"
Ashtanga Yoga "Full Primary"

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga which focuses on building inner heat. The flowing movements lead to an increase in strength, flexibility and energy. Through the synchronization of breath and movement and the repetitive sequence of asanas (yoga postures), the practitioner is able to experience a state of meditation and calm while developing a self practice.

Ashtanga "Full Primary" – Full Primary Series (105 min.)
This class is a guided class of the entire first series of Ashtanga Yoga. It is taught in the traditional way where the asanas are called out and counted in Sanskrit. It is a meditation for both student and teacher. The class is fast paced and recommended for student familiar with Ashtanga, though anyone that has practiced yoga for a year or two is welcome.

Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Full Primary
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 slots free)
08.45 to 10.15
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Stefania Maria Bernet
Stefania Maria Bernet

Stefania came into contact with meditation and pranayama already in her childhood, thanks to her first teacher Selvarajan Yesudian. Years later, during her education at drama school, she became acquainted with the physical aspect of Yoga. With Bikram Yoga, Stefania first experienced a regular disciplined Asana practice. It was ,love at first breath’. Inspired by the powerful potential of this sequence, Stefania completed her teacher training at Bikram Yoga College of India. She went on to teach in different places around the world: Hawaii, the American West Coast, Spain and Switzerland. Later she studied to become a Medical Yoga Coach at the German Medical School in Berlin, and attended numerous immersions with her long-standing Hatha Yoga teachers Stephen Thomas and Noah McKenna. Stefania completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Carol Murphy and further education in Pranayama and meditation with Shri O.P. Tiwari in the Kaivalyadhama lineage.
Stefania values healthy alignment of the body, as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude. „Guided by an open heart and a curious mind, we playfully explore the boarders between softness and intensity - this is my yoga.”
Stefania leads her classes in German and English. For more information please also check-out her website www.pranastation.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
10.00 to 11.30
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Mirjam Haymann
Mirjam Haymann

Hong Kong - ever-changing, competitive and hectic, created an exciting stage for Mirjam to dive deeply into the studies of Yoga. She feels blessed to have completed several Anusara teacher trainings and immersions with Patrick Creelman, a highly inspiring and profound teacher. After giving birth to her baby girl, Mirjam further attended a pre- and postnatal teacher training program with Jean Byrne and Michelle Papa. The intensive mentoring with Rinat Perlman, the managing teacher of the Pure Studio Hong Kong, is essential. For Mirjam, yoga presents the opportunity to strengthen the body, to abandon limiting behavioral and thinking patterns with a clear mind, and to confront herself and others with love. She teaches in German and English. Mirjam was born and raised in Zurich. She studied law at the University of Lucerne and is working as a part-time editor.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
Ashtanga inspired Flow
Ashtanga inspired Flow
This class draws its inspiration from the sequences of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which will vary to emphasize different aspects of the body, thereby exposing practitioners to a wider range of asanas in order to increase and challenge ones strength and flexibility. Moving through postures in a flow style will allow for smooth transitions while using the principles of vinyasa.
 
Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
10.45 to 12.15
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
12.00 to 13.30
Vinyasa Flow
Vinyasa Flow

This class moves fluid and continuous through different yoga postures (asanas). An invigorating dance like yoga lesson. The classes are flowing at a moderate pace guided by detailed instruction. The postures are kept save and simple, focus on building strength, endurance and flexibility. Basic yoga experience is recommended.
 

Stefania Maria Bernet
Stefania Maria Bernet

Stefania came into contact with meditation and pranayama already in her childhood, thanks to her first teacher Selvarajan Yesudian. Years later, during her education at drama school, she became acquainted with the physical aspect of Yoga. With Bikram Yoga, Stefania first experienced a regular disciplined Asana practice. It was ,love at first breath’. Inspired by the powerful potential of this sequence, Stefania completed her teacher training at Bikram Yoga College of India. She went on to teach in different places around the world: Hawaii, the American West Coast, Spain and Switzerland. Later she studied to become a Medical Yoga Coach at the German Medical School in Berlin, and attended numerous immersions with her long-standing Hatha Yoga teachers Stephen Thomas and Noah McKenna. Stefania completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Carol Murphy and further education in Pranayama and meditation with Shri O.P. Tiwari in the Kaivalyadhama lineage.
Stefania values healthy alignment of the body, as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude. „Guided by an open heart and a curious mind, we playfully explore the boarders between softness and intensity - this is my yoga.”
Stefania leads her classes in German and English. For more information please also check-out her website www.pranastation.ch

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
12.00 to 13.30
Basic Vinyasa Flow
Basic Vinyasa Flow

In this class we learn the basics of Vinyasa Yoga: different breathing techniques (Pranayama), Sun Salutations, classic postures and the union of breath and movement. The asanas are taught according to the level of the students and their individual needs with the teacher demonstrating the asanas for a clear understanding. The Yoga we practice in this class can be both calm and challenging; we practice with attention to learn the asanas properly and correctly. Yoga Basics is for anyone new to yoga. This class is specially designed for beginners but also serves as a powerful refresher for ongoing students who like to revisit specific aspects of their practice. Anyone can start anytime without prior reservation.
 

Claudia Geux
Claudia Geux

Claudia Geux is a International Yoga Alliance® RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher in Vinyasa Flow. She was introduced to the world of Yoga in New Zealand, and she realized that this would be the beginning of a long journey. As she began to study the different Yoga traditions and Yoga philosophy more intensively, Vinyasa Flow came to be her preferred style and means of expression. The completion of the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Christine May, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller, was followed by the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller. Her style is influenced by her previous teachers Christine May, Olive Ssembuze and Curly West. Claudia creates her flows with a lot of passion, precision and love. She likes to incorporate various traditions such as Qigong or Feldenkrais. The alignments of the asanas are strongly shaped by the Feldenkrais method, which flow together harmoniously from beginning to end, so that soft and strong movements are created in order to experience more lightness and depth, to increase sensitivity and to intensify one's own perception.
Through music, she finds the rhythm for her yoga, and so her flows merge into dance and meditation in motion. She challenges and motivates the participants by bringing variety, meditative moments and laughter and joy into her practice. It is not only a great pleasure, but also a privilege for Claudia to be able to pass on the wonderful benefits of yoga to others. She teaches her classes in German and English.
For more info please visit www.yomyoga.rocks

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
12.30 to 14.00
Basic Hatha Yoga
Basic Hatha Yoga

In this class, the basics of hatha yoga are being taught and practiced: conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions. A great class to start out practicing yoga.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
Sunday, 2 October, 2022
08.00 to 10.00
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Ashtanga Mysore Style
Mysore Style self-practice is the traditional, lineage based method of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as developed by guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore, South India. It is a unique and powerful way of developing a yoga practice where individual growth is valued and honoured and all students from beginners to advanced practitioners learn side by side. A qualified teacher will guide students in their practice by introducing them to sun salutations, and then building on that foundation. Postures are taught sequentially, drawing from the Ashtanga set sequences, adding on postures over time. Practice is short initially and grows in duration over time. This approach allows for individual growth where the aptitude of the student determines the rate and need for development, thereby laying a strong foundation that will be of great benefit to any serious student of Yoga. As with all undertakings, commitment often determines progress. Everyone, especially beginners, are most welcome. We look forward to meeting you in the shala.

→ Useful information about the Ashtanga Mysore Practice

→ Here you will find the poses of the Full Primary Series of the Ashtanga Yoga
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (20 slots free)
09.00 to 10.00
Pranayama & Meditation
Pranayama & Meditation

Pranayama is a central practice in the traditional Hatha Yoga system. It uses the breath, balancing of subtle energy patterns, energetic cleansing, and locks (Bandhas). This technique is used as a therapeutic/healing practice and for spirit development. It is also a gateway into the deep states of concentration and meditation.
This class is presented in its traditional format, directly from a lineage that dates back generations. It provides a steady, safe opening for students and gives stability and clarity in the physical and mental realms.
It is recommended that students have some experience in Yoga Asana and/or seated Meditation practice before beginning pranayama.
 

Stefania Maria Bernet
Stefania Maria Bernet

Stefania came into contact with meditation and pranayama already in her childhood, thanks to her first teacher Selvarajan Yesudian. Years later, during her education at drama school, she became acquainted with the physical aspect of Yoga. With Bikram Yoga, Stefania first experienced a regular disciplined Asana practice. It was ,love at first breath’. Inspired by the powerful potential of this sequence, Stefania completed her teacher training at Bikram Yoga College of India. She went on to teach in different places around the world: Hawaii, the American West Coast, Spain and Switzerland. Later she studied to become a Medical Yoga Coach at the German Medical School in Berlin, and attended numerous immersions with her long-standing Hatha Yoga teachers Stephen Thomas and Noah McKenna. Stefania completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Carol Murphy and further education in Pranayama and meditation with Shri O.P. Tiwari in the Kaivalyadhama lineage.
Stefania values healthy alignment of the body, as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude. „Guided by an open heart and a curious mind, we playfully explore the boarders between softness and intensity - this is my yoga.”
Stefania leads her classes in German and English. For more information please also check-out her website www.pranastation.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (8 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
Ashtanga Yoga "Full Primary"
Ashtanga Yoga "Full Primary"

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga which focuses on building inner heat. The flowing movements lead to an increase in strength, flexibility and energy. Through the synchronization of breath and movement and the repetitive sequence of asanas (yoga postures), the practitioner is able to experience a state of meditation and calm while developing a self practice.

Ashtanga "Full Primary" – Full Primary Series (105 min.)
This class is a guided class of the entire first series of Ashtanga Yoga. It is taught in the traditional way where the asanas are called out and counted in Sanskrit. It is a meditation for both student and teacher. The class is fast paced and recommended for student familiar with Ashtanga, though anyone that has practiced yoga for a year or two is welcome.

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Full Primary
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (8 slots free)
11.00 to 12.30
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Fabian Bächli
Fabian Bächli

Fabian, even as a child, loved movement. After first training as a landscaper and after his education to become a social worker, he studied dance for three years at the SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). After graduation, he stayed on as a teacher. In 2003, his passion for dancing eventually brought him to yoga. From the get-go, he was stoked. As he ventured back to Switzerland, he began to get deeper and deeper into yoga. In Stephen Thomas he found the teacher who introduced him to yoga philosophy as well as to the traditional practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. Fabian's Hatha yoga classes are influenced by different movement languages from contemporary dance. He pays great attention to the best possible anatomical alignment for the body, adapting it to the individual abilities of the practitioner. His classes are also meant to be a journey through the inner body – so practitioners can get to know their own body, can silence their ongoing thoughts and can awaken all the cells within the body. Another focus is set onto the heart – for one, to be more attentive towards one’s own emotional universe, but also, to cultivate happiness and love towards oneself and others. Fabian teaches in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (26 slots free)
11.00 to 13.00
Advanced Hatha Yoga
Advanced Hatha Yoga

This Hatha Yoga class is designed for advanced practioners!
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Nina Isabel
Nina Isabel

To have found a way how to live and preserve authenticity in today’s world is reflected in Nina’s awareness, which she lives and conveys in her classes - always with the perspective of being a student herself. Nina understands Yoga as an expression of living a conscious life, dedicating love and insights into the well-being of people around her. The beauty of the path lies in discovering life in its purest forms and thus growing a profundity and sensibility with the findings thereof which can be practiced and lived on and aside the mat. Her practice is influenced by elements of the Iyengar Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa. She knows how to preserve the individual yet universally true essence of asana and to convey yoga as a journey to inner peace and contentment. 
Nina is a student of yoga since 2012 and has completed the +300hrs Teacher Training at AIRYOGA in Zurich. Nina teaches her classes in English.
More info can be found under: www.yoganina.ch
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)