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Week of July 26, 2021

Thursday, 29 July, 2021
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 has been a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga since 2000, when he began his studies with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. He has taught Mysore style Ashtanga extensively, and internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is delighted to return home to Zurich, and AIRYOGA, where he first began teaching in 2007.
For Brett, daily practise signifies a devotional space in which reverence and acknowledgement for creation, and the flow of life’s cycles are engaged and experienced directly. Practise assists us in surrendering and purifying what must be let go of, across every domain of life, whilst preparing a fertile ground upon which to welcome the new. 
Practise and teaching together form a dedicated, daily therapeutic ritual that hold space for healing, restoration and replenishment. Perhaps most satisfyingly, practise pacifies the dualities of embodied existence, granting the direct experience of peace, personal freedom and inner knowing - above and beyond the alternative of modern culture’s insufficient default toward a model of universal truth. Joy, and life’s exhilarating potential abounds when we first give some love, recognition and attention to our inner worlds each day.
Brett continues to study annually with his principal teacher, R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. In addition, Brett studies Vedic chanting and ritual with Prof. M.V. Varadarajan of Melkote, Karnataka, and Vipassana meditation with Sayadaw U Vivekanada.
Brett teaches in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
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
Fabrikstrasse
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
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.
 

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.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
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
Fabrikstrasse
18.15 to 19.45
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
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (25 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.
 

Claudia Geux
Claudia Geux

Claudia is an 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. In Switzerland, she began to study the different Yoga traditions and Yoga philosophy more intensively. She was lucky to find the Yoga teacher Olive Ssembuze who taught her self confidence and that she can achieve anything in Yoga and in everyday life. 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 completing the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller. 
Claudia’s teaching style is flowing, creative and accompanied by music, with the main teaching focus on correct alignment, as well as combining breath and movement into a harmonious flow. It is not only a great pleasure, but also a privilege to her 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
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 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.
 

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 (3 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.
 

Valérie Lutz
Valérie Lutz

Valérie is a trained language teacher and journalist. She attended her first yoga classes more than 25 years ago with Indian master Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich. As co-founder of AIRYOGA, she has been fortunate to experience many different yoga traditions and to learn from wonderful yoga teachers since 2003.
In 2008, she successfully completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training; in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training course at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas. The knowledge that she has gained over the years in many hours of continuing education (including but not limited to Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga), in intensive trainings and retreats flows naturally into her practice and teaching.
Yoga balances and supplements Valérie's work and family life, and supplies her with inspiration and energy for everyday tasks. In her teaching she aims to share the deep enrichment her life has gained through yoga. She teaches flowing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, bringing the body, mind and soul into harmony. She leads her classes in German or English. 

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (1 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
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 (28 slots free)
Friday, 30 July, 2021
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 has been a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga since 2000, when he began his studies with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. He has taught Mysore style Ashtanga extensively, and internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is delighted to return home to Zurich, and AIRYOGA, where he first began teaching in 2007.
For Brett, daily practise signifies a devotional space in which reverence and acknowledgement for creation, and the flow of life’s cycles are engaged and experienced directly. Practise assists us in surrendering and purifying what must be let go of, across every domain of life, whilst preparing a fertile ground upon which to welcome the new. 
Practise and teaching together form a dedicated, daily therapeutic ritual that hold space for healing, restoration and replenishment. Perhaps most satisfyingly, practise pacifies the dualities of embodied existence, granting the direct experience of peace, personal freedom and inner knowing - above and beyond the alternative of modern culture’s insufficient default toward a model of universal truth. Joy, and life’s exhilarating potential abounds when we first give some love, recognition and attention to our inner worlds each day.
Brett continues to study annually with his principal teacher, R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. In addition, Brett studies Vedic chanting and ritual with Prof. M.V. Varadarajan of Melkote, Karnataka, and Vipassana meditation with Sayadaw U Vivekanada.
Brett teaches in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 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.
 

Valérie Lutz
Valérie Lutz

Valérie is a trained language teacher and journalist. She attended her first yoga classes more than 25 years ago with Indian master Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich. As co-founder of AIRYOGA, she has been fortunate to experience many different yoga traditions and to learn from wonderful yoga teachers since 2003.
In 2008, she successfully completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training; in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training course at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas. The knowledge that she has gained over the years in many hours of continuing education (including but not limited to Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga), in intensive trainings and retreats flows naturally into her practice and teaching.
Yoga balances and supplements Valérie's work and family life, and supplies her with inspiration and energy for everyday tasks. In her teaching she aims to share the deep enrichment her life has gained through yoga. She teaches flowing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, bringing the body, mind and soul into harmony. She leads her classes in German or English. 

Für Einsteiger
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.
 

Valérie Lutz
Valérie Lutz

Valérie is a trained language teacher and journalist. She attended her first yoga classes more than 25 years ago with Indian master Selvarajan Yesudian in Zurich. As co-founder of AIRYOGA, she has been fortunate to experience many different yoga traditions and to learn from wonderful yoga teachers since 2003.
In 2008, she successfully completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training; in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training course at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas. The knowledge that she has gained over the years in many hours of continuing education (including but not limited to Yoga Nidra and Yin Yoga), in intensive trainings and retreats flows naturally into her practice and teaching.
Yoga balances and supplements Valérie's work and family life, and supplies her with inspiration and energy for everyday tasks. In her teaching she aims to share the deep enrichment her life has gained through yoga. She teaches flowing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, bringing the body, mind and soul into harmony. She leads her classes in German or English. 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 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)
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.
 

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 (21 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.
 

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
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
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
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
Saturday, 31 July, 2021
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.
 

Natalija Fallocca Bajric
Natalija Fallocca Bajric

Natalija was born in Austria and traveled extensively during 7 years as a model with
international agencies. She has business management experience and founded her own production company and talent agency Visualeyes representing top international photographers, illustrators and 3D artists. In 2007 she first visited India, and by chance met her first teacher Vinod Bhaskaran Sreedevi who helped her to integrate a daily morning home practice routine straight from the beginning. This steady practice was often complemented with classes at AIRYOGA in Zurich.
For Natalija, the inner beauty of yoga practice is a sweet counterpoint and contrast to the typically exterior focus of modelling and business and helps her maintaining work-life balance as a working mother in today’s fast-paced and demanding environment.
Natalija completed her first Yoga Teacher Training in India based on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which was followed by a Yoga Therapy Training with Mark Stephens, Yin Yoga with Josh Summers and later on an advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas in Classical Hatha Yoga. She also studied with Michael Hamilton, Richard Freeman, Mark Robberds, Deepika Mehta, Laruga Glaser, Doug Keller, Sudhir Rishi and Sri Dharma Mittra who have all inspired and influenced her teaching style. Natalija’s approach to yoga remains ever focused on the balance between strength and flexibility, exertion, and release. She is creating a safe and calming environment for her students, teaches clear and precise with warmth and compassion.
Since 2015 she is commuting between Zurich and Mallorca, where she teaches Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra at The Yoga Hut, private trainings and on local retreats. Natalija teaches in English and German. To find out more please see www.nat.yoga

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (14 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.
 

Aylin Karadayi
Aylin Karadayi

Aylin was born and raised in Zurich and has oriental roots. Heavily influenced by cultural diversity, music, mysticism and philosophy she quickly found her vocation in cultural management. Fascinated by social dynamics and behaviorism she felt an intense pull towards the humane.
Once Aylin got in touch with Yoga she was intrigued by the movement which felt most natural and organic to her. Beyond the physical sensations she felt a strong echo of the metaphysical experience.
The Yoga style which she practices and furthers her studies in (here and abroad) is mainly informed by Katonah Yoga, but also Anusara, Vinyasa Krama und other philosophies.
Aylin leads her classes in English.
Please find more information on https://www.aylarealhealth.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (19 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.
 

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
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (5 slots free)
11.00 to 12.30
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 is an 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. In Switzerland, she began to study the different Yoga traditions and Yoga philosophy more intensively. She was lucky to find the Yoga teacher Olive Ssembuze who taught her self confidence and that she can achieve anything in Yoga and in everyday life. 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 completing the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller. 
Claudia’s teaching style is flowing, creative and accompanied by music, with the main teaching focus on correct alignment, as well as combining breath and movement into a harmonious flow. It is not only a great pleasure, but also a privilege to her 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)
11.30 to 13.00
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 (12 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.
 

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 (28 slots free)
Sunday, 1 August, 2021
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 has been a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga since 2000, when he began his studies with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. He has taught Mysore style Ashtanga extensively, and internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is delighted to return home to Zurich, and AIRYOGA, where he first began teaching in 2007.
For Brett, daily practise signifies a devotional space in which reverence and acknowledgement for creation, and the flow of life’s cycles are engaged and experienced directly. Practise assists us in surrendering and purifying what must be let go of, across every domain of life, whilst preparing a fertile ground upon which to welcome the new. 
Practise and teaching together form a dedicated, daily therapeutic ritual that hold space for healing, restoration and replenishment. Perhaps most satisfyingly, practise pacifies the dualities of embodied existence, granting the direct experience of peace, personal freedom and inner knowing - above and beyond the alternative of modern culture’s insufficient default toward a model of universal truth. Joy, and life’s exhilarating potential abounds when we first give some love, recognition and attention to our inner worlds each day.
Brett continues to study annually with his principal teacher, R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. In addition, Brett studies Vedic chanting and ritual with Prof. M.V. Varadarajan of Melkote, Karnataka, and Vipassana meditation with Sayadaw U Vivekanada.
Brett teaches in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 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.
 

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 (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 has been a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga since 2000, when he began his studies with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. He has taught Mysore style Ashtanga extensively, and internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and is delighted to return home to Zurich, and AIRYOGA, where he first began teaching in 2007.
For Brett, daily practise signifies a devotional space in which reverence and acknowledgement for creation, and the flow of life’s cycles are engaged and experienced directly. Practise assists us in surrendering and purifying what must be let go of, across every domain of life, whilst preparing a fertile ground upon which to welcome the new. 
Practise and teaching together form a dedicated, daily therapeutic ritual that hold space for healing, restoration and replenishment. Perhaps most satisfyingly, practise pacifies the dualities of embodied existence, granting the direct experience of peace, personal freedom and inner knowing - above and beyond the alternative of modern culture’s insufficient default toward a model of universal truth. Joy, and life’s exhilarating potential abounds when we first give some love, recognition and attention to our inner worlds each day.
Brett continues to study annually with his principal teacher, R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. In addition, Brett studies Vedic chanting and ritual with Prof. M.V. Varadarajan of Melkote, Karnataka, and Vipassana meditation with Sayadaw U Vivekanada.
Brett teaches in English.

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 (30 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

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Maria aims to inspire by offering her students a steady and regimented practice through creative flows that instill a deeper understanding of physical alignment and encourages the student into developing a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers.
Maria is dedicated to maintaining tradition and integrity of the yogic practice while infusing light hearted humor and recognizing individual needs. Her teachings are strongly influenced by the traditions of Ashtanga, as well as her teachers Dechen Thurman, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Sri Dharma Mittra. She has studied eastern philosophies abroad and fuses this exposure with her knowledge of physical anatomy to provide her students with unparalleled healing through yoga.
Maria is registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. She teaches her classes in English.

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (2 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 (23 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 (29 slots free)