Zurich

Class schedule

Week of December 18, 2017

Monday, 18 December, 2017
06.30 to 09.00
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
 

Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable
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

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (48 slots free)
10.00 to 11.30
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.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
 This led class draws on the Ashtanga system’s use of vinyasa, which is to move with the breath, to explore postures in a more experimental and playful environment than the other formats within the Ashtanga vinyasa program. The class concludes with a short talk on spiritual practice within the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and builds on the foundation of ideas that we explore over time in order to add another dimension to the asana practice.
Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (10 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.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (34 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.
 

Andrés Gensheimer
Andrés Gensheimer

After completing his training as a graphic designer, Andrés came in contact with dance for the first time. After his education in dance pedagogics (BA) in Vienna, his love for dance and movement further lead him to Amsterdam, where he continued his training at the SNDO (School for New Dance Development). To complement his dance training, he would practice yoga and he was immediately thrilled by the positive effect it had on his body, his mind and his entire life. Through yoga, Andrés finds contentment, inner peace and trust to cope with the chaotic dance of life. In 2011, he decided to deepen his passion for yoga and teaching by completing the 200 hour teacher training at AIRYOGA. He teaches a strong and dynamic Vinyasa yoga. Naturally, dance inspires his harmonious flow style. He creates a relaxed yet alert space, within which the Asana practice and the body can be explored and experienced. Andrés' classes typically include a creative flow of movement, a highly developed sense for detail and the state of „flow“ on a mental-emotional level, which allows for recovery, strength and stillness. He teaches in German.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (30 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Carla Araos
Carla Araos

Carla was born in Chile where she discovered yoga in 2002 while undertaking her studies in architecture and design. During this time she found that yoga helped to bring out the best in her creative abilities and also to heal many aspects of her life.
Carla has completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Samahita Retreat in Thailand, the Rainbow Kids Yoga training and further pre- and post-natal yoga trainings with Birthlight in the UK.
Carla's yoga in the Vinyasa Flow style is inspired by her prior experience of ballet. She also enjoys to sing and chant in her classes. Furthermore, correct and safe alignment is an important teaching point to her. She aims to match her classes to the needs of the participants, and - through synchronization of breath with movement - to allow students to find that silent space between breaths. In this silent space lies the opportunity for the body and the mind to flower and shine, in the yoga practice and in daily life.
Carla teaches in English oder Spanish. Her website is www.carlaaraos.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
18.00 to 20.00
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
 

Chiara Castellan
Chiara Castellan

Chiara is born and raised in Zürich and studied architecture at the ETH there. She has been practicing and studying Yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2006. Chiara is an authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Yearly she is traveling to India to practice with her Teacher R. Sharath Jois at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute -http://kpjayi.org/ - in Mysore. She also had the unique opportunity to assist him in his daily classes. At the Sanskrit University she regularly further her studies in Yoga Philosophy, Chanting and Sanskrit. On her path Chiara met eminent Yogis from the entire world who inspired her and taught her much. In 2006 she completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in Zurich and in the following year the advanced teacher training in Iyengar Yoga. This wisdom flows into her Ashtanga Yoga teaching. Chiara leads her classes in English and German.
​-> Online-Video-Class with Chiara 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (5 slots free)
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.
 

Kimi Fiebig
Kimi Fiebig

Kimi completed a four-year dance training at the Zurich Dance Theater School with a subsequent specialization of Musical Studies in Hamburg. In the meantime she has been performing on stage as a career dancer and choreographer for more than 15 years. 10 years ago Kimi came across yoga while searching for a supplement to her daily dance training. She quickly came to realize that Yoga is not just about physical postures on the mat, but also challenges and aids the entire body and mind. Through regular practice she found a balance to her fast-paced career.
In 2007 Kimi successfully completed the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training and in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at AIRYOGA. These were followed by three Anusara Immersions, a Teacher Training by Katchie Ananda, a module with Shiva Rea and the intensive teacher training with Max Strom. By attending workshops in Switzerland and Germany, she became acquainted with different styles of yoga. Kimi teaches in a dynamic style, which embraces aspects of Vinyasa Yoga. Alongside the wisdom and teachings of Yoga for health, healing and bodily well-being, is the emphasis of a conscious and deep breath. Kimi teaches in German and English by request. 
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (14 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.
 

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.
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (8 slots free)
18.30 to 20.30
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body (especially around joints, in the lower back and along the spine).
Yin Yoga nurtures energetic balance, relaxes us closer to the skeleton and opens the subtle energy channels to let energy (chi, prana, etc.) flow freely again. This leads us to experience a profound sense of inner calm, which allows us to sit in meditation more peacefully.
This practice is appropriate for students of all levels, especially recommended for Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga practitioners.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (29 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
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.
 

Karin Rüger
Karin Rüger

Karin has lived on four different continents over the past two decades; today she lives with her family near Biel. Her Yoga began precisely when she was 'secretly' yearning for something 'new' in her life, when she realized she was no longer content with her usual worldly experiences, sensual pleasures and her material success. It was at this time she was introduced to yoga, quite suddenly and intensively and became aware of the incredible effects of yoga. Due to her different areas of training, Karin is registered or licensed with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500), Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC and as professional member of Yoga Schweiz. She instructs Teacher Trainings on both the RYT 200 and RYT 500 levels in Biel/Bienne, with a strong focus on the branches of Raja Yoga. Foremost, Karin is a student treading the path with sincerety and celebrates the power and order of the Highest. Her teachings root in that what she knows and what she experiences. She teaches in German and English. For more information please also see http://www.yogassva.com

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (34 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
Basic Vinyasa Flow mit Chanting
Basic Vinyasa Flow mit Chanting

This late evening class combines gentle Vinyasa Yoga with another element of the rich tradition of T. Krishnamacharya: Chanting.
This class has a calm and meditative character. At the beginning we use the OM (or AUM) Mantra. The vibration of your voice, the long exhale breath and the concentration on the mantra brings your mind into a calm and centered state. We continue with a flowing and gentle Vinyasa practice. Then, we chant the Gayatri Mantra while moving our bodies and synchronize our breath. Towards the end of the class, in a meditation exercise, we also chant the mantra for the energy centers of the body (Bija Mantra for the Chakras). There are many moments of stillness and silence in this class to experience the effect of the practice on your mind.

This class is suitable for all levels. No previous experience in singing is required (Everybody can chant!).
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
20.15 to 21.15
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.
 

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.
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (6 slots free)
Tuesday, 19 December, 2017
06.30 to 09.00
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
 

Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable
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

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (40 slots free)
10.00 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.
 

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
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
10.30 to 11.30
Baby & me Yoga
Baby & me Yoga

A unique class, it was developed for mothers who want to continue their yoga practice a short time after childbirth and bring their newborn (from 6 weeks old until crawling) with them. This class aims to build up the specific muscle groups after birth, to meet other new mothers and to have positive interaction with the baby. The atmosphere during class is extremely relaxed: Mothers can practice yoga while their baby sleeps nearby, or they can integrate the baby into their yoga practice. And, of course, there's plenty of time breaks to nurse the baby as necessary.
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (15 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.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (39 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Ashtanga Lunch Flow
Ashtanga Lunch Flow

The Ashtanga Lunch 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 are welcome.
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (27 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Lunch Flow mit Yoga Nidra
Lunch Flow mit Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra - „the sleep of the yogi“ - origines in the Himalayan Yoga traditions. Nowadays, Yoga Nidra is a highly efficient method of deep relaxation that has been systematized and modernized. Yoga Nidra helps us to completely relax and regenerate on a physical, mental and emotional level. At the same time it is vitalizing and invigorating.
In the first half an hour of the class we practice a gentle Vinyasa Flow. Then we dedicate ourselves completely to the practice of Yoga Nidra. As we lie in Savasana (corpse pose) for 25-30 minutes, the teacher guides us through a series of inner awareness exercises. Depending on the variation this is followed by a mental "journey" and visualizations. Thereby we reach a state between wakefulness and dream. In this state we can access deeper levels of our mind, the unconscious mind. After Yoga Nidra we feel refreshed and alert.
If practiced regularly, Yoga Nidra is a great source of health, strength, inspiration and joy.
No previous yoga experience is required for this class. It is suitable for everyone. Especially people that are frequently exposed to stress will draw great benefit.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (19 slots free)
13.30 to 15.00
Yoga für Senioren
Yoga für Senioren

The senior yoga class is for everyone who might be a little bit older, but still wants to remain in good shape, mentally and physically. Yoga for seniors is a gentle style of Hatha Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and on training the breath, as well as on mild stretching and strengthening. The priority of this course lies in the therapeutic aspect of yoga with its ability to regenerate body and soul by integration.
 

Mira Popper
Mira Popper

Mira's path of Hatha Yoga began early on in pursuit of an integration for mind, soul, and body. She studied comparative religious sciences and philosophy, especially the Eastern traditions. Meanwhile, she was teaching dance and aerobics on the side.
After graduating, she turned to the work of healing and studied integrative body psychotherapy, which in turn lead her to psychology. After more years of training in clinical psychology and general sciences of psychotherapy, she opened her own practice for individual and group therapy in 1998. At the same time and through her yoga teacher training she discovered that Hatha Yoga contained the integration of all the previous steps she had undertaken. Yoga became a spiritual path for herself and increasingly, also a source of nurturing for her patients. In the years that followed she developed her own combination of yoga and therapy – called integrative yoga therapy.
To Mira, yoga is a path for healing and centering, for opening and owning yourself, as well as a path of great letting go and of realizing that, in the end, it is not about „my self“.
Mira offers a form of yoga which is especially designed for people in the third stage of life. This form has emerged from integrative yoga therapy. Sie teaches in German and English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (25 slots free)
17.00 to 18.30
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.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
18.00 to 19.30
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.
 
Chiara Castellan
Chiara Castellan

Chiara is born and raised in Zürich and studied architecture at the ETH there. She has been practicing and studying Yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2006. Chiara is an authorized Level 2 Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Yearly she is traveling to India to practice with her Teacher R. Sharath Jois at the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute -http://kpjayi.org/ - in Mysore. She also had the unique opportunity to assist him in his daily classes. At the Sanskrit University she regularly further her studies in Yoga Philosophy, Chanting and Sanskrit. On her path Chiara met eminent Yogis from the entire world who inspired her and taught her much. In 2006 she completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in Zurich and in the following year the advanced teacher training in Iyengar Yoga. This wisdom flows into her Ashtanga Yoga teaching. Chiara leads her classes in English and German.
​-> Online-Video-Class with Chiara 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (27 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.
 

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.
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
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.
 

Natalia Knuchel
Natalia Knuchel

After her Primary school teacher education, Natalia completed her Theatre and Dance education in Zurich. She then moved to Amsterdam to deepen her studies in contemporary dance at the SNDO (School for new dance development). In the following years, she got the opportunity to perform in Germany and Switzerland.
Throughout her journey as a professional dancer, Natalia got influenced and inspired by Yoga Asanas, Body Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Thai Chi. By pursuing her desire to share the gift of yoga with others, she has attended the 2013 Teacher Training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas.
Natalia’s classes are dynamic and powerful.  She emphasizes on alignment and a steady connection to the breath and to support that, she offers verbal and hands on adjustments. Students can expect to learn to find balance on and off the mat in each of her classes. Natalia teaches in German and English.
 

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
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.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
19.45 to 21.15
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.
 

Marie Licht
Marie Licht

Marie is fascinated by life. For many years she has been exploring the meaning of our existence and other themes such as happiness and fulfillment. Since 2008, yoga has been an essential and influential part of her life, spurring her to reset her priorities, to live a more conscious life, even allowing her to leave a stressful, demanding job, to discover her true calling.
Marie has been teaching yoga since 2011, sharing her joy for movement and life in a positive way with her students. Her style of Vinyasa Yoga is a choreography composed of strengthening and relaxing asanas, harmonic flows, meditation and inspiration for the mind and heart. Through her training in Coaching and Positive Psychology, Marie combines her knowledge of the body, mind and soul from a Western approach with the eastern teachings of yoga, Dharma and meditation in a creative and inspiring manner. She supports her students in their individual journeys to know themselves better, to find their own path, and to believe in themselves so that they may walk this path, both in their yoga practice and in their lives. Marie teaches in German and English.
For more info please visit www.marie-licht.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (32 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive 'stress' on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body (especially around joints, in the lower back and along the spine).
Yin Yoga nurtures energetic balance, relaxes us closer to the skeleton and opens the subtle energy channels to let energy (chi, prana, etc.) flow freely again. This leads us to experience a profound sense of inner calm, which allows us to sit in meditation more peacefully.
This practice is appropriate for students of all levels, especially recommended for Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga practitioners.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (39 slots free)
Wednesday, 20 December, 2017
06.30 to 09.00
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
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable
09.00 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.
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
09.30 to 11.00
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.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (33 slots free)
10.45 to 11.45
Rückbildungs Yoga
Rückbildungs Yoga

This class is recommended for mothers from 6 to 8 weeks after birthing. Their babies are also welcome.
In this class the women concentrate on good posture with particular focus on the pelvic floor, the abdominal muscles and the spine. In a group class format we will work on bringing awareness to, gently stretching, and strengthening these parts of the body. Physical and mental well-being after birthing will be promoted, and muscle tone, stability and physical strength systematically reestablished. Questions and individual requests will be addressed. Post-natal yoga should be practiced regularly for a duration of at least 8 weeks after giving birth. Yoga experience is not required.
 

Tanja Forcellini
Tanja Forcellini

During one of her journeys to the Far East in 1999, Tanja discovered and learned to appreciate Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga has led her to find answers to the many questions she has encountered on her personal life journey - answers that lay hidden deep within herself. Tanja attended the Yoga Teacher Training in 2004 at Centered Yoga in Asia, where she received certification as a Yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance. After her pregnancy in 2008, she also attended the pre and postnatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her once more back to silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact and the careful perception of one's own body are the focus of Tanja's classes, as well as the connection of breath and movement. Since 2017, she attends the MBSR teacher training (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction according to Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn) at the Center for Mindfulness in Zurich. In addition, she completed the Hormone Balance Teacher Training with Salome Noah.
To deepen her own practice on the mat, Tanja regularly attends retreats and trainings with internationally recognized teachers. Her spiritual practice is deepened through the challenges of everyday life and especially through stays in the ashram in northern India.
For more information please visit www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (18 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 Sign up (30 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.
 

Adrian Wirth
Adrian Wirth

After completing his studies in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Adrian lived for one year in Vancouver, Canada. It was there he was first introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Vipassana Meditation in 2002. In the following years Adrian's Yoga practice consisted in the regular practice of the Primary Series. Due to deep experiences with Vipassana meditation and with teacher plants, spirituality and self-transformation began to take a more important role in Adrian's life. This led him to travel to India, where he spent one year teaching Tibetan monks chemistry and biology, practicing asana on the roof of the Buddhist monastery, and diving deeper into eastern spiritual teachings. Currently his main focus is with Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Meditation. Adrian completed his yoga teacher training with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. Adrian's classes follow the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, and are tailored to the student's needs. Dynamic Vinyasa Flow yoga, as well as gentle Ayur Yoga, fit perfectly well into his teaching repertoire. He is using elements like chanting, Yoga-Nidra or simple visualisations in his classes. With his scientific background, he understands well to build bridges between the old yogic wisdom and our modern worldview. Adrian teaches in German and English. He lives with his wife and son in Zurich. For more information please see www.oshadi-yoga.ch

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (34 slots free)
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Tanja Forcellini
Tanja Forcellini

During one of her journeys to the Far East in 1999, Tanja discovered and learned to appreciate Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga has led her to find answers to the many questions she has encountered on her personal life journey - answers that lay hidden deep within herself. Tanja attended the Yoga Teacher Training in 2004 at Centered Yoga in Asia, where she received certification as a Yoga instructor recognized by the Yoga Alliance. After her pregnancy in 2008, she also attended the pre and postnatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her once more back to silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact and the careful perception of one's own body are the focus of Tanja's classes, as well as the connection of breath and movement. Since 2017, she attends the MBSR teacher training (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction according to Prof. Jon Kabat-Zinn) at the Center for Mindfulness in Zurich. In addition, she completed the Hormone Balance Teacher Training with Salome Noah.
To deepen her own practice on the mat, Tanja regularly attends retreats and trainings with internationally recognized teachers. Her spiritual practice is deepened through the challenges of everyday life and especially through stays in the ashram in northern India.
For more information please visit www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (18 slots free)
18.00 to 19.00
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Carla Araos
Carla Araos

Carla was born in Chile where she discovered yoga in 2002 while undertaking her studies in architecture and design. During this time she found that yoga helped to bring out the best in her creative abilities and also to heal many aspects of her life.
Carla has completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Samahita Retreat in Thailand, the Rainbow Kids Yoga training and further pre- and post-natal yoga trainings with Birthlight in the UK.
Carla's yoga in the Vinyasa Flow style is inspired by her prior experience of ballet. She also enjoys to sing and chant in her classes. Furthermore, correct and safe alignment is an important teaching point to her. She aims to match her classes to the needs of the participants, and - through synchronization of breath with movement - to allow students to find that silent space between breaths. In this silent space lies the opportunity for the body and the mind to flower and shine, in the yoga practice and in daily life.
Carla teaches in English oder Spanish. Her website is www.carlaaraos.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (21 slots free)
18.00 to 20.00
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
 

Miriam Stieger
Miriam Stieger

As a student of both psychology and yoga, Miriam is fascinated by the interplay of body and mind and of conscious and unconscious aspects of awareness. Through Yoga and Meditation, she finds spaces leading to the gift of insight, the healing of mental wounds and the refinement of conscious perception. 
She has learned the Ashtanga Practice from her primary teachers Michael Hamilton and Eddie Stern. Their firm, yet very gentle way of being continues to inspire her. For Miriam, Yoga means to reunite oppositions and to be more present with the unfolding of inner experience. She teaches in German and English.
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse 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.
 

Anya Porter
Anya Porter

Anya’s intention is to act as a conduit for her students when she takes the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. Her work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (her signature Breakti® class is one example of this).
Anya began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found her way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of her life, and to this day she is fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. Her studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana, and her deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led her to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of teaching and living in New York City, Anya relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with her husband in May of 2015. She teaches classes, workshops and trainings in Europe, NYC, and around the world. For more information please check-out www.anyaporter.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (44 slots free)
18.30 to 20.00
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.
 

Kimi Fiebig
Kimi Fiebig

Kimi completed a four-year dance training at the Zurich Dance Theater School with a subsequent specialization of Musical Studies in Hamburg. In the meantime she has been performing on stage as a career dancer and choreographer for more than 15 years. 10 years ago Kimi came across yoga while searching for a supplement to her daily dance training. She quickly came to realize that Yoga is not just about physical postures on the mat, but also challenges and aids the entire body and mind. Through regular practice she found a balance to her fast-paced career.
In 2007 Kimi successfully completed the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training and in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at AIRYOGA. These were followed by three Anusara Immersions, a Teacher Training by Katchie Ananda, a module with Shiva Rea and the intensive teacher training with Max Strom. By attending workshops in Switzerland and Germany, she became acquainted with different styles of yoga. Kimi teaches in a dynamic style, which embraces aspects of Vinyasa Yoga. Alongside the wisdom and teachings of Yoga for health, healing and bodily well-being, is the emphasis of a conscious and deep breath. Kimi teaches in German and English by request. 
 

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
19.15 to 20.45
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.

Nadja Grimm
Nadja Grimm

Nadja Grimm is a dressmaker by trade and for many years, she owned her own fashion label. Today she works as a certified Esalen- and Ayurveda Yoga-masseuse. She ended up following this path due to her passion for yoga, which she discovered in 2003. Ever since then Nadja has encountered many inspiring teachers and she has evolved her own practice during many trainings and retreats. To deepen her Ashtanga practice, she traveled to the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, in 2009, where she was taught by R. Sharath, grandchild of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is Michael Hamilton’s assistant for the Ashtanga Mysore program at AIRYOGA and she also teaches her own classes. She is very grateful and feels deep respect for the preserved and passed-on knowledge, which she shares with great pleasure. To Nadja, yoga means being mindful and present within your own life, accepting changes and learning to trust; it means developing your own personality and being kind to yourself and other beings as you follow that path. She teaches in German and also in English, upon request.

Half Primary
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (30 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
Hatha Flow with Deep Relaxation
Hatha Flow with Deep Relaxation

During these 90 minutes we let go of space and time and dive into mindfulness and effort. We begin by flowing through some sun salutations, after which we will deepen and explore a wide range of classical asanas, carried by the flow of our breath. We will ease toward the end of the class by practicing some excercises to regulate our breath (pranayama) and then allow ourselves to witness our own mental and physical relaxation in savasana (deep relaxation). Basic Yoga experience is required.

Diana Schöpplein
Diana Schöpplein

Diana encountered Yoga 30 years ago. Being fascinated by the profoundness and multi-dimensionality of this method again and again, she began to teach 20 years later sharing her passion as an international (Yoga Alliance registered) E-RYT500 in regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.
As an artist, Diana embodies Yoga as a highly creative process, that wants to be explored and transitioned into ones life in all its facettes. Her experiences with the transformational potential of fine arts and especially performance art, of body-mind methods, contemporary schamanism, vipassana meditation and ayurveda are reflected in her teaching style. Trained in traditional Hatha and in Anusara Yoga, her deepest wish is to support people to connect with their inner essence and to open up new perspectives and spaces from there. Next to precise alignment in the Asana and Pranayama practice, she is guiding her students into meditation and deep relaxation, as well as towards the power of Mantra.
India became a second home for Diana since she dedicated her studies for an extended period of time in Yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries in the early nintees. In her annual retreats and Yoga journeys, she opens up inspiring insights into inner and outer worlds with deepest respect and love for Yoga and its country of origin.
Amongst Diana’s most important influences are her longterm mentor Emahó, Sri Mansoor, Surinder Singh and Stephen Thomas with whom she completed the Advanced Teacher Training and is working closely together. Currently, she immerses herself into the study of Sanskrit, Mantra, writing and into her Devadi Design line, offering Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga- and meditation sessions on personal topics, as well as online courses and trainings. Diana teaches in German and English.
For more informationen please check out www.dianaschoepplein.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (36 slots free)
Thursday, 21 December, 2017
06.30 to 09.00
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
 

Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable
10.00 to 11.00
Baby & me Yoga
Baby & me Yoga

A unique class, it was developed for mothers who want to continue their yoga practice a short time after childbirth and bring their newborn (from 6 weeks old until crawling) with them. This class aims to build up the specific muscle groups after birth, to meet other new mothers and to have positive interaction with the baby. The atmosphere during class is extremely relaxed: Mothers can practice yoga while their baby sleeps nearby, or they can integrate the baby into their yoga practice. And, of course, there's plenty of time breaks to nurse the baby as necessary.
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
10.30 to 12.00
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
Advanced Vinyasa Yoga
 This led class draws on the Ashtanga system’s use of vinyasa, which is to move with the breath, to explore postures in a more experimental and playful environment than the other formats within the Ashtanga vinyasa program. The class concludes with a short talk on spiritual practice within the context of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and builds on the foundation of ideas that we explore over time in order to add another dimension to the asana practice.
Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (17 slots free)
12.00 to 13.00
Ashtanga Lunch Flow
Ashtanga Lunch Flow

The Ashtanga Lunch 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 are welcome.
 

Nadja Grimm
Nadja Grimm

Nadja Grimm is a dressmaker by trade and for many years, she owned her own fashion label. Today she works as a certified Esalen- and Ayurveda Yoga-masseuse. She ended up following this path due to her passion for yoga, which she discovered in 2003. Ever since then Nadja has encountered many inspiring teachers and she has evolved her own practice during many trainings and retreats. To deepen her Ashtanga practice, she traveled to the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, in 2009, where she was taught by R. Sharath, grandchild of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She is Michael Hamilton’s assistant for the Ashtanga Mysore program at AIRYOGA and she also teaches her own classes. She is very grateful and feels deep respect for the preserved and passed-on knowledge, which she shares with great pleasure. To Nadja, yoga means being mindful and present within your own life, accepting changes and learning to trust; it means developing your own personality and being kind to yourself and other beings as you follow that path. She teaches in German and also in English, upon request.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (34 slots free)
17.30 to 19.00
Anusara Yoga (Intermediate)
Anusara Yoga (Intermediate)

The term Anusara means, “flowing with grace.” Anusara Yoga combines a simple yet precise set of effective biomechanical principles that are meant not only to align the body but also to facilitate a deep spiritual understanding of “Yoga.” In Anusara Yoga, there are no rigid rules, however, we do adhere to some guiding principles that allow practitioners of all abilities to honor their uniqueness. From this perspective, Yoga means saying, “Yes” to the entire magical spectrum of life. It means that we become aware of and embrace every facet of our humanity. Yoga is a practice of opening our hearts to the present moment without being influenced by our likes and dislikes. Our mind and body should be aligned with our hearts so that our practice can originate from deep within.   
Anusara teachers emphasize precise alignment in order to prevent injuries while simultaneously drawing on heart themes to help students experience the full benefits of their asana practice. Anusara classes are moderately paced, the asanas range from easy to advance and there is a balanced mix between dynamic flow and static sequences.
 

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (19 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.
 

Anya Porter
Anya Porter

Anya’s intention is to act as a conduit for her students when she takes the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. Her work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (her signature Breakti® class is one example of this).
Anya began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found her way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of her life, and to this day she is fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. Her studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana, and her deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led her to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of teaching and living in New York City, Anya relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with her husband in May of 2015. She teaches classes, workshops and trainings in Europe, NYC, and around the world. For more information please check-out www.anyaporter.com
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (46 slots free)
18.30 to 20.30
Hatha Flow
Hatha Flow

During these 90 / 120 minutes we let go of space and time and dive into mindfulness and effort. We begin by flowing through some sun salutations, after which we will deepen and explore a wide range of classical asanas, carried by the flow of our breath. We will ease toward the end of the class by practicing some excercises to regulate our breath (pranayama) and then allow ourselves to witness our own mental and physical relaxation in savasana (deep relaxation). Basic Yoga experience is required
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (34 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
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.
 

Kimi Fiebig
Kimi Fiebig

Kimi completed a four-year dance training at the Zurich Dance Theater School with a subsequent specialization of Musical Studies in Hamburg. In the meantime she has been performing on stage as a career dancer and choreographer for more than 15 years. 10 years ago Kimi came across yoga while searching for a supplement to her daily dance training. She quickly came to realize that Yoga is not just about physical postures on the mat, but also challenges and aids the entire body and mind. Through regular practice she found a balance to her fast-paced career.
In 2007 Kimi successfully completed the Yoga Alliance 200-hour Teacher Training and in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training at AIRYOGA. These were followed by three Anusara Immersions, a Teacher Training by Katchie Ananda, a module with Shiva Rea and the intensive teacher training with Max Strom. By attending workshops in Switzerland and Germany, she became acquainted with different styles of yoga. Kimi teaches in a dynamic style, which embraces aspects of Vinyasa Yoga. Alongside the wisdom and teachings of Yoga for health, healing and bodily well-being, is the emphasis of a conscious and deep breath. Kimi teaches in German and English by request. 
 

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
19.30 to 21.00
Anusara inspired Yoga
Anusara inspired Yoga

The term Anusara means "flowing with grace". Anusara Yoga is based on Hatha yoga. It combines simple and effective biomechanical principles to adjust the body with a deep, spiritual understanding of yoga. It means that we become aware of and embrace every facet of our humanity, including our light and shadow, our emotions, impressions, and thoughts. Yoga is a practice of opening our hearts to the present moment. Our mind and body should not be subjected to external controls but rather be aligned with our hearts so that our practice can originate from deep within.   
These classes focus on precision and technique but are also light and fun. They are guided at a slower pace and are suitable for all levels.

 

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (16 slots free)
20.00 to 21.30
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.
 

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 Sign up (36 slots free)
21.15 to 21.45
Meditationsklasse (Gratis)
Meditationsklasse (Gratis)

For this free meditation class is no reservation necessary

Michael Thurnherr
Michael Thurnherr

It was in Pushkar, India, that Michael was first introduced to the tradition of Yoga by Yogi Shyamlal in 1997. Over the years, he let himself be inspired by various yoga traditions and teachers, until he eventually obtained the Anusara Yoga teaching certification in 2002. It is of great importance to Michael to incorporate the spiritual dimension of yoga in his teaching and to make it possible for students to experience it. He is very skilled at establishing the connection to every day life so the realizations of a yoga class can be applied to „normal life“. He complements the non-dual tantric philosophy with his experience as a follower of the Lassalle-Glassman zen lineage, where he has been practicing zen intensively under the guidance of Niklaus Brantschen-Roshi since 1999. Each yoga practice thus becomes an artistic expression of the heart and connects precision, balance and deep senitment.
Since April 2009, Michael and his wife Lina have been running the studio Yogaloft in Rapperswil-Jona. Besides regular classes, Michael teaches workshops and retreats with his wife. He also offers yoga therapy and has been part of the faculty of the AIRYOGA 200h teacher training since 2007. Besides being a dedicated yoga teacher, Michael runs his own graphic design business 2ND WEST full-time in Rapperswil and is the father of two children. Michael teaches in German and English. 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable
Friday, 22 December, 2017
06.30 to 09.00
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
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
10.00 to 11.00
Ayur Yoga
Ayur Yoga

A gentle style of yoga in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya (India). Ayur Yoga stresses the importance of the individual, and tailors the practice to each person's capacity and degree of flexibility. Yoga postures are carefully chosen and built up in a sensible way. The 60-minute class is taught in German. Ayur Yoga is suited for beginners to yoga, and especially recommended for older practitioners, or less physically able persons.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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 Not bookable yet
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.
 

Susanna Lorenzini
Susanna Lorenzini

Susanna worked in the health and travel business, before she discovered Astanga Vinyasa Yoga in Fuerteventura in 1997. She proceeded to take a two months intensive teacher training with Nancy Gilgoff in Maui. In the period of 1999 to 2005, she was teaching yoga with Bruno Dietziker in Zurich. She continued her studies with Lino Miele, Luisa Sears, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Stephen Thomas, and Katchie Ananda and by attending various workshops and teacher trainings. In 2007 Susanna completed her 3-year training in yoga therapy with Remo Rittiner in Zurich. This was then followed by some additional training with Doug Keller. 
It is with great care that Susanna includes her therapeutic approach into all of her classes. Yoga therapy is a holistic approach, integrating body, breath and mind to recover a state of equilibrium. Its emphasis lies on personal and individual assistance for persons with chronic pain or ailments (such as back, shoulder or neck pain, asthma and the like). Since 2007, Susanna has been a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and of the Swiss Yoga Association Health Insurance. She teaches her classes in German; her private lessons also in English.

 

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
12.15 to 13.15
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)
Yoga für Schwangere (Prenatal)

Yoga is a beautiful companion during pregnancy and helps to face the natural changes of the body with joy, confidence and self-assurance. The exercises are especially selected and modified for pregnant women. They particularly strengthen the back, they support the pregnancy and prepare for the birth. Correct and conscious breathing promotes concentration and refines the inner perception. Prenatal Yoga is suitable for women with or without yoga experience in each stage of the pregnancy.
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
17.00 to 18.00
Ashtanga for Beginners
Ashtanga for Beginners
 This class is intended for complete beginners to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. It will provide students an opportunity to learn all the basic aspects of the ujjayi breathing which is integral to the practice as well as other techniques that can help us understand how to do the postures correctly. The class has a slow pace and forms a bridge to introduce students to the other Ashtanga classes on the schedule. Experienced practitioners are also welcome as we encourage beginner’s mind.
Salomé Thalmann
Salomé Thalmann

Salome was born in Solothurn and raised in Zug. She studied medicine in Zurich for a number of years, whereby she acquired a vast knowledge of the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system. She later decided to change her educational focus and is currently studying to become a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Zurich.
Since discovering yoga in 2010, Salome’s passion for Ashtanga Yoga has consistently grown. In 2012 she deepened her Ashtanga practice in Mysore, India at the Ashtanga Institute under the direction of R. Sharath Jois, grandson of Sri K. Patthabi Jois. Salome has been assisting her teacher Michael Hamilton in the Ashtanga Mysore Style program at AIRYOGA since 2013, while also teaching her own Mysore Style classes. In her teaching she emphasizes inner alignment, which she learned from her teacher Michael Hamilton.
For Salome, yoga means building trust for oneself, to treat oneself and others attentively and with awareness, and to allow for change to happen. At the same time, she sees yoga as an instrument to experience well-being and stillness within the body. Salome teaches in German and English.

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
18.00 to 20.00
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
 

Annette Bernath
Annette Bernath

Annette grew up in the picturesque wine region around Zurich. Today she lives in Zurich city and works in the field of marketing. Doing sports and reading a good book have always been her favorite activities to counter-balance her hectic work schedule. Reading and movement are two important aspects of her everyday life.
In 2012, Annette completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification at AIRYOGA, and is currently pursuing the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas. In addition to her daily yoga practice at home and/or in the studio, Annette has attended many workshops, immersions, as well as enriching retreats domestically and abroad. In her trainings she has had the opportunity to dive deep into the diverse world of Yoga.
Annette believes it is also important to live yoga beyond the yoga mat and to infuse it into every-day situations. At work and at home she always aims to consciously step back first and take the role of the observer before reacting.
Annette's classes are quite dynamic, but she allows her students enough time to really experience each pose. She teaches in German.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Not bookable yet
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Restorative Yoga
Hatha Restorative Yoga

A slow, gentle, restorative Hatha Yoga class for all levels. This two-folded class combines asana movements with restorative poses, offering the opportunity to linger quietly for a few moments and savor the simple sweetness of life. Different props support long holds of postures. An ideal practice after a strenous week for anyone who wants to work deeply without force or strain.
 

Diana Schöpplein
Diana Schöpplein

Diana encountered Yoga 30 years ago. Being fascinated by the profoundness and multi-dimensionality of this method again and again, she began to teach 20 years later sharing her passion as an international (Yoga Alliance registered) E-RYT500 in regular classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings.
As an artist, Diana embodies Yoga as a highly creative process, that wants to be explored and transitioned into ones life in all its facettes. Her experiences with the transformational potential of fine arts and especially performance art, of body-mind methods, contemporary schamanism, vipassana meditation and ayurveda are reflected in her teaching style. Trained in traditional Hatha and in Anusara Yoga, her deepest wish is to support people to connect with their inner essence and to open up new perspectives and spaces from there. Next to precise alignment in the Asana and Pranayama practice, she is guiding her students into meditation and deep relaxation, as well as towards the power of Mantra.
India became a second home for Diana since she dedicated her studies for an extended period of time in Yoga ashrams and Buddhist monasteries in the early nintees. In her annual retreats and Yoga journeys, she opens up inspiring insights into inner and outer worlds with deepest respect and love for Yoga and its country of origin.
Amongst Diana’s most important influences are her longterm mentor Emahó, Sri Mansoor, Surinder Singh and Stephen Thomas with whom she completed the Advanced Teacher Training and is working closely together. Currently, she immerses herself into the study of Sanskrit, Mantra, writing and into her Devadi Design line, offering Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga- and meditation sessions on personal topics, as well as online courses and trainings. Diana teaches in German and English.
For more informationen please check out www.dianaschoepplein.com
 

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
18.30 to 20.00
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.
 

Elena Mironov
Elena Mironov

Elena is a Zürich based international yoga and meditation teacher, author and composer. She started her practice over the past 17 years and over 13, teaching on 5 continents, has led over 63 yoga and meditation retreats in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland and Central America and released a yoga DVD that has received brilliant reviews by leading yoga publications like Yoga Journal Deutschland, OM Yoga Magazine UK, Wellbeing, Australian Yoga Life among others. An expert in Ayurveda, elemental vinyasa, yoga nidra and yoga as therapy, Elena has been bringing together her background in psychology, vocal technique and music to create beautiful transformational yoga retreats as well a music album and a free meditation channel. Elena has taken over 800h of Yoga Alliance certified teaching trainings and co-facilitated foundational and advanced teachers' education programmes at 200H and 500H level in Iceland and Denmark. 
Elena is currently focusing on leading yoga retreats as well as co-teaching at yoga teacher trainings, specialty workshops, yoga festivals, organizing live music and yoga events as well as composing music and writing for leading yoga magazines. Her classes are characterised by warmth, safe alignment, focus on breath initiated movement and the experience of flow as well as a playful and uplifting approach. She teaches in English. Read more: www.sparklingyoga.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
18.30 to 20.15
Hatha Flow
Hatha Flow

During these 90 / 120 minutes we let go of space and time and dive into mindfulness and effort. We begin by flowing through some sun salutations, after which we will deepen and explore a wide range of classical asanas, carried by the flow of our breath. We will ease toward the end of the class by practicing some excercises to regulate our breath (pranayama) and then allow ourselves to witness our own mental and physical relaxation in savasana (deep relaxation). Basic Yoga experience is required
 

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 www.sarahmai-yoga.ch
 

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Not bookable yet
Saturday, 23 December, 2017
08.30 to 10.15
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.

Salomé Thalmann
Salomé Thalmann

Salome was born in Solothurn and raised in Zug. She studied medicine in Zurich for a number of years, whereby she acquired a vast knowledge of the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system. She later decided to change her educational focus and is currently studying to become a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Zurich.
Since discovering yoga in 2010, Salome’s passion for Ashtanga Yoga has consistently grown. In 2012 she deepened her Ashtanga practice in Mysore, India at the Ashtanga Institute under the direction of R. Sharath Jois, grandson of Sri K. Patthabi Jois. Salome has been assisting her teacher Michael Hamilton in the Ashtanga Mysore Style program at AIRYOGA since 2013, while also teaching her own Mysore Style classes. In her teaching she emphasizes inner alignment, which she learned from her teacher Michael Hamilton.
For Salome, yoga means building trust for oneself, to treat oneself and others attentively and with awareness, and to allow for change to happen. At the same time, she sees yoga as an instrument to experience well-being and stillness within the body. Salome teaches in German and English.

Full Primary
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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.
 

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 www.sarahmai-yoga.ch
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
10.15 to 11.45
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.
 

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 Not bookable yet
10.30 to 12.00
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.

Salomé Thalmann
Salomé Thalmann

Salome was born in Solothurn and raised in Zug. She studied medicine in Zurich for a number of years, whereby she acquired a vast knowledge of the anatomy of the human musculoskeletal system. She later decided to change her educational focus and is currently studying to become a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Zurich.
Since discovering yoga in 2010, Salome’s passion for Ashtanga Yoga has consistently grown. In 2012 she deepened her Ashtanga practice in Mysore, India at the Ashtanga Institute under the direction of R. Sharath Jois, grandson of Sri K. Patthabi Jois. Salome has been assisting her teacher Michael Hamilton in the Ashtanga Mysore Style program at AIRYOGA since 2013, while also teaching her own Mysore Style classes. In her teaching she emphasizes inner alignment, which she learned from her teacher Michael Hamilton.
For Salome, yoga means building trust for oneself, to treat oneself and others attentively and with awareness, and to allow for change to happen. At the same time, she sees yoga as an instrument to experience well-being and stillness within the body. Salome teaches in German and English.

Half Primary
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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 www.sarahmai-yoga.ch
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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

Several years ago, Claudia was introduced to the world of yoga in New Zealand. She realized how good she was feeling and sensed that this would be the beginning of a long journey. Back in Switzerland, Claudia began to study different yoga traditions and yoga philosophy more intensively. Vinyasa Flow came to be her preferred style and means of expression. In 2007, Claudia completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training, in 2013 the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training, both at AIRYOGA in Zurich. Claudia teaches in a flowing and creative way, accompanied by music. Her main teaching focuses are 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 Claudia 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 http://www.yomyoga.rocks/

Für Einsteiger
Fabrikstrasse Not bookable yet
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.
 

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 Not bookable yet
12.15 to 13.45
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.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

Frank started growing in the Swiss Alps, then Zurich, New York and San Francisco. He lived in Vancouver, Canada, for 10 years. He received his Yoga teacher training from Ifat Erez in Canada and at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank is looking forward to show you the amazing journey of Yoga. His daily practice reflects in his classes which he leads with a strong sense for detail, individual safety and fun. For those who take his classes, it is a quiet lesson in self-exploration, opening up body and soul to the accept and work through the practice, which at times mirrors the challenges of life. Frank is teaching in German and English. He lives in Zurich, at times with his two kids.

Für Einsteiger
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
Sunday, 24 December, 2017
08.30 to 10.30
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
 

Nina Calame
Nina Calame

Nina Calame discovered yoga after years of gymnastics, jazz and african dance. Since 2000, after her third child, she dedicated herself more intensively to yoga and completed many workshops. From John Scott, Leela Miller, Danny Paradise, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Räisänen, Rolf Naujokat, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Manju Jois, Kino MacGregor, Matt Crigliano, Brett Porzio, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Michael Hamilton, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamyshe she learned Ashtanga Yoga. Her stay in Mysore confirmed here love for ashtanga.
Nina aquired her yoga teacher diploma with Ana Forrest in the US. She has been trained in Baby&Me classes with Jyothi Larson and also received a certification in Prenatal.
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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.
 

Anya Porter
Anya Porter

Anya’s intention is to act as a conduit for her students when she takes the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. Her work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (her signature Breakti® class is one example of this).
Anya began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found her way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of her life, and to this day she is fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. Her studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana, and her deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led her to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of teaching and living in New York City, Anya relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with her husband in May of 2015. She teaches classes, workshops and trainings in Europe, NYC, and around the world. For more information please check-out www.anyaporter.com
 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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 Not bookable yet
11.00 to 13.00
Advanced Hatha Yoga
Advanced Hatha Yoga

This Hatha Yoga class is designed for advanced practioners!
 

Anya Porter
Anya Porter

Anya’s intention is to act as a conduit for her students when she takes the seat of the teacher, guiding practitioners toward physical sustainability and mental curiosity, all underlined by the buddhist concepts of compassion and interdependence. Her work is grounded in the science of anatomy and physiology and yet seeks to speak to the artist’s heart through creative sequencing and exploration of postures (her signature Breakti® class is one example of this).
Anya began teaching movement at University in 2000 while simultaneously pursuing a degree in Plant Biology, and found her way to yoga through a dance-related injury in 2003. That injury changed the course of her life, and to this day she is fascinated and intrigued by the miraculous ability for the body, mind and heart to heal. Her studies and personal practice since that time have had particular emphasis in therapeutic applications of asana, and her deep desire to know and understand the mind and heart has led her to ongoing work in buddhist meditation, psychology and philosophy. After ten years of teaching and living in New York City, Anya relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with her husband in May of 2015. She teaches classes, workshops and trainings in Europe, NYC, and around the world. For more information please check-out www.anyaporter.com
 

Advanced
Oberdorfstrasse Not bookable yet
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.

Simona Gabrieli
Simona Gabrieli

Yoga goes far beyond the practice of asana. Simona is deeply fascinated by the infinity of yoga. In each yoga class, we are confronted with ourselves, our thought patterns and the way we act and react. This gives us the opportunity to come closer to our true selves. Discovering and connecting with this true self, playing with our own limitations and leaving the comfort zone, is a constant challenge.
For Simona, Yoga is a source of strength, calmness, clarity and freedom. Staying open, accepting the now, surrendering and learning to let go are processes that nourish us from within.
Simona has been practicing yoga since 2007. In 2011, she attended the 200-hour (YA) Teacher Training with Patricia Thielemann in Berlin. Since 2012, she has been practicing with her teacher Michael Hamilton and completed his Advanced Teacher Training in spring 2016. Currently, Simona is assisting in his Ashtanga Mysore Style Programme at AIRYOGA Zurich.
She teaches in German and English.
 

Half Primary
Fabrikstrasse Not bookable yet