ASHTANGA YOGA

with Matthew and Carla

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

INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH

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

David Frawley

CLASSES

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No regular classes at the moment

After five years building up a wonderful Shala in Berlin we took the decision to go back to Brasil. During this transitional period we are taking the chance to travel around Latin America with our children. That is why we won’t offer regular classes between August and December 2017. We have nonetheless organised a few workshops for this time: you can practice with us in Buenos Aires, Pucón or Santiago de Chile in October and November. We will end the trip with the traditional annual workshop in Santo André, Bahia (unfortunately already full).

The plan after that is to settle down in Alto Paraíso de Goiás where we have ideas of combining ashtanga yoga practices with agroforesting. We are excited about this new venture even though we are not sure how this plan may unfold.  We hope many people may benefit from this new project.

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.

August September October November December
FULL moon 7/Monday 6/Wednesday 5/Thursday 4Saturday 3/Sunday
NEW moon 21/Monday 20/Wednesday 19/Thursday 18/Saturday 18/Monday

Ashtanga Yoga Intensive

There are no places left for 2018.

Please consider coming in 2019!

SANTO ANDRE
Brasil

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

Practice

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.

Location

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

BY BUS OR PLANE TO PORTO SEGURO

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: santoandre-bahia.com.
We’ve also put together a list with some options:

Cost

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

Payment

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

TO SIGN UP PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL

This workshop has limited places and we reached our limit for this year. Unfortunately we cannot accept more students for 2018.

To sign up for 2019, please send us an email with your name, your city and country of residence, dates of first and last practice with us.

Ponderosa | Stolzenhagen

ASHTANGA YOGA WEEKEND
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.

Prices

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.

Booking

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

We will arrange payment schemes shortly..

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

Pucón | Chile

ASHTANGA YOGA WEEK
4-10 of November 2017

We are happy to announce a workshop in Pucón, a stunning place in the south of Chile.

In this weeklong workshop we will be practicing Mysore Style ashtanga yoga every morning under the guidance of both Matthew and Carla.

Matthew will also give some afternoon theory classes and Yoga Sutras. We will still leave some time for us to explore the beautiful surroundings and waterfalls, and if the group is up for it, we will arrange some walks together.

The food in Gaia Sur is amazing and cooked with much love, mainly with ingredients from their own garden.

The workshop will take place from 4th till the 10th of November 2017,
a very lush time in Pucón. The location is called Gaia Sur and stands amidst stunning nature, waterfalls and has a beautiful view to the vulcano Villarica, which glows at certain times of the day. You can get there by plane to Temuco, from where we will be able to arrange a transfer directly to Gaia Sur.

We are really looking forward to going back to this beautiful place on Earth. If you are interested just write us an email. Keep in mind that there are only 20 places.

What to take

Yoga mat and towel for adjustments.

Prices

The cost of the workshop with all meals, accommodation and yoga included
will be 780 dollars.

Booking

If you are interested send us an email. Depending on the country you are living in we will organize the best way for you to make a deposit, avoiding international bank transfers.

Note: The spaces to do only the workshop without staying at Gaia Sur are filled.

Buenos Aires Workshop

October 1st to 13th, 2017

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Pucon Workshop, Chile

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

Santiago de Chile Workshop

November 18th to 24th, 2017
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Ponderosa Weekend Berlin

14-16th of July 2017
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or send an email to info@astangaspirit.com

Santo André workshop

24th of December 2017 to 26th of January 2018

KPJAYI

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:

GOASTANGA
Astanga Yoga with Regina Ehlers

ASTANGA YOGA LONDON
where we practiced for many years.

VIPASSANA
Vipassana meditation as taught by Goenka

PLUM VILLAGE
Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hahn

WAKE UP SCHOOLS

YOGA SUTRA
Chanted by Dr M. A. Jayashree

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