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Week of November 23, 2020

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020
09.30 to 11.00
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.
 

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.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
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.
 

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.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
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.
 

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
Wednesday, 25 November, 2020
06.30 to 08.00
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
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (4 slots free)
09.30 to 11.00
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.
 

Stephen Thomas
Stephen Thomas

Stephen has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1998. He has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe for the past decade studying various traditions, which he incorporates into a unique yoga practice influenced and made possible by the grace and support of his central teachers. 
Stephen’s background includes studies in Buddhism, Ayurveda and traditional Hatha yoga in India. In Asia, he continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Kriya through his master, O.P.Tiwari, which he combines with his love for the Asana practices that stem from his experience with Krishnamacharya’s work and influence on the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar systems of yoga. He also brings in elements of the Chinese and Tibetan systems where appropriate. 
Stephen is an avid reader and student of Eastern philosophies and a lifelong lover of the arts and music. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique, non-dogmatic but deeply rooted teaching style. His works spans Meditation, Pranayama, Asana and the commitment to seeing the practice off the mat. He uses these methods as tools for health and wellbeing and to support the spiritual pursuit of living life courageously and compassionately from one’s heart.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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.
 

Gisela Collazo
Gisela Collazo

Since her first encounter with Yoga in 1995, Gisela has practiced and studied with many amazing and gifted teachers. She has delved into Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga Vinyasa in Mysore, Anusara, Classical Hatha Yoga and Birthlight Pre + Postnatal and Well Woman Yoga. She has completed over 500-hours Yoga Alliance accredited training and many further education courses. She is a Training Tutor for Birthlight and leads international trainings in Perinatal Yoga.
Gisela has been teaching since 2004. By guiding her students through the physical form and focusing on the breath, she invites them to make their own inner explorations and discover the qualities of joy and gratitude that lie within themselves. Students appreciate her calm and positive manner, her precise and detailed instructions, and the mix of power and restoration that they take away from her classes. 
Gisela's work in Birthlight Yoga has enriched her practice and teaching immensely. By freeing up the rigid physical form of asana to tune into the body's rhythms and seasons, we develop a deep awareness and confidence in our own intuitive wisdom. We promote trust, faith and acceptance for what is, and make space for what is to come. We foster self-nurture and gentleness towards ourselves, which we can then spread to those around us.
Gisela teaches her classes in English. For more information visit her website www.yogaprema.ch
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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.
 

Claudia Garati
Claudia Garati

Claudia grew up in Switzerland. She started practicing Hatha Yoga in 2000. After moving to New York in 2005, she enrolled in YogaWorks certified 500-hour Teacher Training program and completed it as a certified Yoga Alliance instructor (current level: E-RYT500® and YACEP®) in 2006. Claudia further studied in New York and San Francisco (2005-2008) with ISHTA Yoga founder Alan Finger, Mark Whitwell, Bridget Shields, and with Restorative Senior Teacher Sara Tirner. From 2016 to 2019, during her time in Asia she also delved into Universal Yoga with Copper Crow/Andrey Lappa, Yoga Nidra and trained with the queen of handstand Marysia Do which complemented her yoga. After 3 years in Singapore Claudia moved back to Switzerland in 2019 again. To her, yoga means both statics and dynamics, which are energetically in balance. In her classes she focuses on proper, individual alignment to guarantee both safety and freedom. Her aim as a teacher is to allow the students to find their breath and consequently become present in each asana and in the moment, i.e. bringing the benefits of yoga off the mat and into today’s life. Claudia teaches in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
Thursday, 26 November, 2020
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.
 

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 Waiting List (0 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.
 

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 Waiting List (0 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
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
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
Friday, 27 November, 2020
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.
 

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.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
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
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
Saturday, 28 November, 2020
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.
 

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.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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.
 

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 Waiting List (0 slots free)
Sunday, 29 November, 2020
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)
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 Waiting List (0 slots free)