with Matthew and Carla
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.
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.
INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH
“Our awareness is the only thing we can take with us when we die.”
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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.
Ashtanga Yoga Intensive
There are no places left for 2018.
Please consider coming in 2019!
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.
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:
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.
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
Pucón | Chile
ASHTANGA YOGA WEEK
4-10 of November 2017
Buenos Aires Workshop
October 1st to 13th, 2017
Pucon Workshop, Chile
November 4th to 10th, 2017
Wonderful place, don’t miss out!
To sign up please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Santiago de Chile Workshop
November 18th to 24th, 2017
Ponderosa Weekend Berlin
14-16th of July 2017
or send an email to email@example.com
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.