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Week of July 6, 2020

Saturday, 11 July, 2020
08.15 to 10.00
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.

Michael Hamilton
Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton is a dedicated student of yoga and vipassana meditation. He delights in sharing his enthusiasm for these ancient practices by teaching yoga classes, workshops, retreats and intensives upon invitation.
He was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he started studying martial arts at the age of six, leading to an interest in body practice supported by eastern philosophy and meditation. After studying art, art history, philosophy and English literature at university, his interests turned to studies in the ancient wisdom traditions of India, in particular Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, which led to time spent in India and North America immersed in Yoga, Zen meditation and darshans with Advaita teachers.
He received permission to teach Ashtanga yoga from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois of Mysore India, and currently studies yoga with Richard Freeman and Doug Keller.
After the passing of his Zen teacher Daido Loori Roshi, vipassana meditation in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw became his focus. Currently meditation studies and deep contemplative practice forms the foundation of his teachings on yoga and its integration into our daily lives. With an eye for detail and alignment he conducts workshops internationally emphasizing the internal practice of yoga through mindfulness. Michael teaches in English.
For more information please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com
 

Full Primary
Oberdorfstrasse
08.45 to 10.15
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.
 

Silvana Kunz
Silvana Kunz
Ever since her youngest age Silvana has been fascinated by the play of movement. After training as a professional dancer, she started traveling the world; ever since traveling has been yet another source of inspiration. She kept returning to the Far East, where she first discovered yoga – an essential encounter and a deep experience. In the years that followed, she experimented with other movement methods. Pilates soon emerged as an ideal complement for yoga. In 2008, Silvana did her Pilates teacher training at Polstar in Basel. Additionally, she completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, certified by the European Yoga Alliance. She went more into depth as she studied Prana Flow with Twee Merrigan. In 2011, she completed her 250-hour Anusara Teacher Training with Chris Chavez. In order to grow and evolve, she likes to take classes and workshops, mostly with Stephen Thomas. Silvana teaches vigorously, with great passion and creativity. The correct dynamic execution of movement is very important to her. She teaches in German and English.
 
Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
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.
 

Mirjam Haymann
Mirjam Haymann

Hong Kong - ever-changing, competitive and hectic, created an exciting stage for Mirjam to dive deeply into the studies of Yoga. She feels blessed to have completed several Anusara teacher trainings and immersions with Patrick Creelman, a highly inspiring and profound teacher. After giving birth to her baby girl, Mirjam further attended a pre- and postnatal teacher training program with Jean Byrne and Michelle Papa. The intensive mentoring with Rinat Perlman, the managing teacher of the Pure Studio Hong Kong, is essential. For Mirjam, yoga presents the opportunity to strengthen the body, to abandon limiting behavioral and thinking patterns with a clear mind, and to confront herself and others with love. She teaches in German and English. Mirjam was born and raised in Zurich. She studied law at the University of Lucerne and is working as a part-time editor.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
10.30 to 12.00
Ashtanga inspired Flow
Ashtanga inspired Flow
This class draws its inspiration from the sequences of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which will vary to emphasize different aspects of the body, thereby exposing practitioners to a wider range of asanas in order to increase and challenge ones strength and flexibility. Moving through postures in a flow style will allow for smooth transitions while using the principles of vinyasa.
 
Michael Hamilton
Michael Hamilton

Michael Hamilton is a dedicated student of yoga and vipassana meditation. He delights in sharing his enthusiasm for these ancient practices by teaching yoga classes, workshops, retreats and intensives upon invitation.
He was born in Cape Town, South Africa where he started studying martial arts at the age of six, leading to an interest in body practice supported by eastern philosophy and meditation. After studying art, art history, philosophy and English literature at university, his interests turned to studies in the ancient wisdom traditions of India, in particular Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, which led to time spent in India and North America immersed in Yoga, Zen meditation and darshans with Advaita teachers.
He received permission to teach Ashtanga yoga from Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois of Mysore India, and currently studies yoga with Richard Freeman and Doug Keller.
After the passing of his Zen teacher Daido Loori Roshi, vipassana meditation in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw became his focus. Currently meditation studies and deep contemplative practice forms the foundation of his teachings on yoga and its integration into our daily lives. With an eye for detail and alignment he conducts workshops internationally emphasizing the internal practice of yoga through mindfulness. Michael teaches in English.
For more information please see www.michaelhamiltonyoga.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
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
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
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.
 

Silvana Kunz
Silvana Kunz
Ever since her youngest age Silvana has been fascinated by the play of movement. After training as a professional dancer, she started traveling the world; ever since traveling has been yet another source of inspiration. She kept returning to the Far East, where she first discovered yoga – an essential encounter and a deep experience. In the years that followed, she experimented with other movement methods. Pilates soon emerged as an ideal complement for yoga. In 2008, Silvana did her Pilates teacher training at Polstar in Basel. Additionally, she completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, certified by the European Yoga Alliance. She went more into depth as she studied Prana Flow with Twee Merrigan. In 2011, she completed her 250-hour Anusara Teacher Training with Chris Chavez. In order to grow and evolve, she likes to take classes and workshops, mostly with Stephen Thomas. Silvana teaches vigorously, with great passion and creativity. The correct dynamic execution of movement is very important to her. She teaches in German and English.
 
Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
12.30 to 14.00
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.
 

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.

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse
Sunday, 12 July, 2020
08.15 to 10.15
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 (9 slots free)
09.45 to 10.45
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.
 

Megan Herdeg
Megan Herdeg

Megan’s goal as a teacher is to provide uplifting, nourishing and educational classes to assist her students own personal growth and transformation. As a licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher her work is heavily influenced by her knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and yoga philosophy, and her primaryfocus is longevity in practice.
Megan’s passion and drive to understand the body and how it works comes from her own personal journey to a pain free life after suffering a severe spinal injury as a child. First, with an interest in Bodywork, she received an associates degree in massage therapy in 2003 and began working with modalities such as deep tissue, lomi lomi, herbal poultice massage and Thai massage. Around the same time, in 2002 she took her first yoga class, and it was there that she first discovered movement as a form of physical therapy for her everlasting back pain. 
As Megan dove deeper into yoga philosophy and meditation, she realized this was the right path for me. In 2009 she received her first yoga teaching certificate and has been teaching both private and group classes ever since. In February 2018 she completed her certification to become a Yoga Tune Up® teacher and currently teaches YTU workshops and classes in and around Zürich, Switzerland.
Find more on Megan at www.meganherdeg.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (8 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 Waiting List (0 slots free)
11.00 to 12.30
Ashtanga Yoga "Half Primary"
Ashtanga Yoga "Half 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 "Half Primary" – Primary Series through Navasana (90 min.)
This class is a guided class of the first half of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. The pace is somewhat slower than in the full primary. It is suitable for practitioners that would like to spend more time in the postures and learn more detail as more information accompanies the postures by way of verbal adjustments.

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.

Half Primary
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (21 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 (6 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.
 

Alena Matzke
Alena Matzke

Alena has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 20 years, and has been teaching continuously for the past 10 years. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a degree in Religious Studies and Medical Anthropology. After graduation she spent two years studying Buddhist philosophy and practice with Tibetan reincarnate Lama Her Eminence Khandro Rinpoche in the United States and Northern India. Alena trained in Hatha Yoga and received her advanced teaching certification in Embodied Flow™. She has assisted her teachers Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons, Emily Kuser and Marc Holzman on 200h and 300h yoga teacher trainings. She completed pre-medical training, has spent 8 years working in global health policy, and is pursuing her dream of becoming a holistic medical doctor.
For Alena, yoga and meditation facilitate the direct experience of reality-as-it-is in this very moment, and with it the experience of loving acceptance of oneself and others and the possibility for transformation. Her classes are inspired by Embodied Flow™ and weave asana, pranayama and meditation into creative and accessible sequences intended to ground, open up new possibilities of embodiment, and inspire authenticity and a life that is in flow.
It has been her life-long passion to support individuals in building a sustainable yoga and/or meditation practice based on their unique needs and interests, and in evolving their personal answer to what it means to live a wholehearted life.
Alena teaches in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 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 (16 slots free)