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Week of May 23, 2022

Sunday, 29 May, 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 (15 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.
 

Monika Scherer
Monika Scherer

Monika’s teachings are deeply rooted in alignment based Hatha Yoga practices. Through her own practice and trainings with non-linear movement teachers, she encourages the practitioners to explore shifting weight and integrating body strength in motion. To let unfold the inherent wisdom of the body and to find ease in the challenge, Monika combines these two approaches. The body moves in a natural flow and finds stillness, the breath takes over and calms the mind. She teaches also breath awareness and Pranayama techniques to guide the students into the quiet space.
Monika teaches classes in major studios in Zurich as well as only a few in intimate spaces. She also offers private lessons to encourage practitioners of all kinds to find their own individual approach to a sustainable practice and support for every day life.
Certified 800 teacher training hours and 2 years teacher assistance. Many more hours spent on retreat, immersions and workshops, in class and everyday practice.
Monika teaches in German and English. Visit her website www.lilayoga.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 Waiting List (0 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
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.
 

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 (27 slots free)
11.00 to 13.00
Advanced Hatha Yoga
Advanced Hatha Yoga

This Hatha Yoga class is designed for advanced practioners!
 

Monika Scherer
Monika Scherer

Monika’s teachings are deeply rooted in alignment based Hatha Yoga practices. Through her own practice and trainings with non-linear movement teachers, she encourages the practitioners to explore shifting weight and integrating body strength in motion. To let unfold the inherent wisdom of the body and to find ease in the challenge, Monika combines these two approaches. The body moves in a natural flow and finds stillness, the breath takes over and calms the mind. She teaches also breath awareness and Pranayama techniques to guide the students into the quiet space.
Monika teaches classes in major studios in Zurich as well as only a few in intimate spaces. She also offers private lessons to encourage practitioners of all kinds to find their own individual approach to a sustainable practice and support for every day life.
Certified 800 teacher training hours and 2 years teacher assistance. Many more hours spent on retreat, immersions and workshops, in class and everyday practice.
Monika teaches in German and English. Visit her website www.lilayoga.ch

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (26 slots free)
18.00 to 19.30
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.
 

Zsigmond Toth
Zsigmond Toth

In 2001, Zsigmond received an art scholarship in London, where he was introduced to yoga by his then girlfriend and now wife Cristina. With his teachers Angelika Grohmann, Sama Fabian, and especially with Donna Holleman, Zsigmond studied and practiced yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar. Holleman was one of Iyengar's first students and was instrumental in spreading yoga in Europe. Still in London, Zigmond attended Holleman's classes and workshops regularly for five years.
His yoga path then led him to Orit Sen-Gupta, who has greatly influenced him over the past 15 years. In 2018, he completed his Teacher Training with Orit.
Zsigmond offers a contemporary style Hatha Yoga. It is slow motion, focusing on inner stillness and mindfulness of body and mind. It is a leap in slow motion into the depths of human consciousness. The orientation travels from the inside to the outside, the dynamic wandering perception connects mind and body as a constant investigation and as an uplifting experience for a healthy and holistic way of life.
Zsigmond leads his classes in German and English.

"It is insignificant how flexible someone is, it is a joy to learn, to see how carefully one may encounter yourself."

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (20 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.
 

Adelina Sys
Adelina Sys

Adelina is a yoga teacher from Ukraine, in Kiev she ran her own studio 'Ahimsa' for 3 years. She studied at the National Unitversity of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine and holds a Master degree in Sports Psychology. She is also a certified massage and kinesio tape therapist.
Adelina has been teaching yoga for 6 years. Her continuing education includes yoga therapy and pre- and postnatal yoga.
At the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Adelina had to leave her home country. She is happy to have the opportunity to teach now in Switzerland. Her classes are powerful, with precise adjustments. Adelina teaches in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)