in Berlin Kreuzberg

Matthew Vollmer

I began practicing astanga yoga in 1993 when, just by chance, I happened to see a man gracefully practicing what I now know as the primary series. The attraction was very strong… I watched the whole thing and found myself a teacher straight away.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to spend many months in India, both travelling and studying with my guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy in Mysore. I was blessed and authorised to teach by Pattabhi Jois in July 2003 and am committed to maintaining the purity and simplicity of what I have been taught out of respect for the wisdom and generosity of my teachers.

I am dedicated to this practice because on good days I feel like I disappear as I move down through the outward movement to an inner stillness which nourishes me, teaches me about myself and helps me through the bustle of my daily life.

Now I am here in Berlin and am eager to share this powerful practice to which I owe so much. I want to help it spread, so that it may help people open to themselves as I have done to myself.

Carla Vollmer

I came across astanga yoga whilst working at The Practice Place in Crete in 1998. I immediately incorporated a daily astanga practice into my life. After all these years, this practice still gives me focus, understanding about myself, my emotions and the chance to observe my habit patterns. Through astanga I can start to act more and react less.

I love to teach astanga and was authorised to do so by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore in 2003. Bodywork has given me a deeper understanding of the human body and helps me give sensitive yet strong adjustments during Mysore style classes. I also have a deep interest in meditation and have worked with mindfulness and meditation in schools.

It is a great pleasure to work with Matthew during workshops, teaching astanga and mindfulness to wonderful students.

Matthew & Carla Vollmer


“Our awareness is the only thing we can take with us when we die.”

David Frawley



Mariannenplatz 21
Erdgeschoss – Vorderhaus
10997 Berlin
How to get there

It is a short walk from tube station Kottbusser Tor U1 – U8.

Just ring the bell for The Heads. Go through the main door and you will find the studio first door on the right.


8x per month: 70 €
12x per month: 85 €
unlimited per month: 100 €
drop in: 15 €

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We teach in Kreuzberg, at The Heads

Classes are held from Monday to Friday 7 am -12 am.

We teach Mysore style, which means the student comes and does his or her own practice, while we support and adjust. All levels, including complete beginners, are welcome.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to finish your practice by 11.45 am.

Every last Friday of the month the class is guided and starts punctually at 7 am. For those who can’t make it, there will be a normal Mysore style class at 10 am with Carla.

Matthew will be happy to teach you Patanjali’s yoga sutra chanting on request.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7 – 10 am Matthew Matthew Matthew Matthew Matthew
10 – 12 am Carla Carla Carla Carla  Carla

Anina Westermann teach Mysore style evening classes, from 17-19 hs at the same studio.
More info about other activities at The Heads Studio.

There won’t be classes on new or full moon days.
We do not teach on public holidays.
Please bring your own mat and towel.
If you don’t have a mat, you can borrow one from our studio.

Moon calendar 2017

Acording to hindu tradition, the day only starts with the rising of the sun. That is the reason why a full or new moon that reaches it’s climax after midnight, but before sunrise, will appear on the day before.

January February March April Mai June
FULL moon 12/Thursday 10/Friday 12/Sunday 11/Tuesday 10/Wednesday 9/Friday
NEW moon 27/Friday 26/Sunday 27/Monday 26/Wednesday 25/Thursday 23/Friday

Ashtanga Yoga Intensive


24th of December 2017 to 26th of January of 2018


Classes will start at 7am and depending on the number of participants we will have two or three different starting times. There will be a maximum of 36 students practicing daily so please understand that places are limited.
Those who stay longer and sign up earlier will get priority for the first practice times. There will be chanting of Patanjali’s yoga sutra and meditation in the late afternoon.

This year Carla will teach during the first three weeks only. The last two weeks will be taught by Matthew alone.


Classes will be taught at Ponta de Santo André. Located in the middle of the village, it is very easy to find. Just ask.

What to take

Yoga mat and towel for adjustments. If possible, take a cotton mat as you will probably sweat abundantly at this time of year.

How to get there


From Porto Seguro take a bus to the ferry in Santa Cruz Cabrália. If you prefer, you can arrange a taxi straight to your pousada or house. From where the ferry arrives it is another 2 km to the village of Santo André.

Where to stay

For accomodation, visit the site:
We’ve also put together a list with some options:


You can start on any day of the week, but our rest day is Saturday and our weeks start on Sundays, so it is best to start on a Sunday.
Please note: The minimum stay is two weeks.

2 weeks…………R$ 820
3 weeks…………R$ 1080
4 weeks…………R$ 1250
5 weeks…………R$ 1400
additional classes: R$ 80 each


You can pay on arrival in brazilian reais (no cheques please).
Please note we do NOT accept euros or dollars.


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Ponderosa | Stolzenhagen

14-16 of July 2017

There will be a welcome class on Friday evening.

We will have morning Ashtanga Mysore Style practices on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a “clinic class” where we can explore technical questions, including ways to approach and develop the movements and postures of the practice. This will be followed by chanting of the yoga sutra of Patanjali and an introduction to the meaning of parts of the sutra.

On Sunday we will chant the yoga sutra before lunch.

There will also be plenty of free time to rest, relax and enjoy the sauna and surrounding area.

Check out the location: Ponderosa

What to take

Yoga mat and towel for adjustments.

Tents and sleeping bags if you want to camp.


We still don’t have the correct prices but should be around 200 euros.
We will be staying in the Seminarhaus Taubenblau just around the corner from Ponderosa. This place has been newly refurbished and looks beautiful.
The yoga classes will take place at Ponderosa rooms.
Includes yoga, food and accommodation.


Please check with us to see if your desired accommodation is available.
Just send an email to or use the form below.

We will arrange payment schemes shortly..

IBAN DE87 1007 0024 0750 0887 00
Payment Reference: Ponderosa, your name, your accommodation type

Buenos Aires Workshop

September 30th to October 13th, 2017
(to be confirmed)

Pucon Workshop, Chile

November 4th to 10th, 2017
Wonderful place, don’t miss out!
To sign up please send an email to


Santiago de Chile Workshop

November 18th to 24th, 2017

Ponderosa Weekend Berlin

14-16th of July 2017

or send an email to

Santo André workshop

24th of December 2017 to 26th of January 2018


Astanga Yoga oficial site with all the necessary information about astanga yoga, info about Mysore and Astanga teachers all over the world.

Astanga Yoga teachers around Brazil:

Astanga Yoga with Regina Ehlers

where we practiced for many years.

Vipassana meditation as taught by Goenka

Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hahn


Chanted by Dr M. A. Jayashree

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 Mariannenplatz 21, Kreuzberg, Berlin
 0175 365 3225 (Carla)