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Week of November 28, 2022

Monday, 28 November, 2022
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
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse
09.30 to 11.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
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
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
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
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

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse
12.15 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
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 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. 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 own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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 (5 slots free)
18.30 to 20.00
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

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (14 slots free)
19.00 to 20.30
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

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 slots free)
20.00 to 21.00
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 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. 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 own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (15 slots free)
Tuesday, 29 November, 2022
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
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (22 slots free)
09.30 to 11.00
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Frank Schmid
Frank Schmid

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse 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 (3 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.
 

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 (20 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.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (24 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 is a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and yoga teacher. She integrates yoga in her therapeutic work and founded an institute for training in Yoga Psychotherapy, YPT.
Mira initially studied religious science and philosophy, followed by psychology and body psychotherapy. Since 1990 she has been teaching different forms of body work. An accident in 2002 led her to Hatha Yoga, and after her first class it was clear to her that this was it! Body, psyche, and mind in harmony! All of her earlier studies and interests merged in Yoga. In 2009 she attended the Yoga Alliance training, followed by further trainings with Stephen Thomas and Michael Hamilton. Mira has deepened her learning through regular immersions and workshops with internationally recognized teachers such as Max Strom, Doug Keller, Josh Sommers, Richard Freeman, and others.
Mira offers Yoga for Seniors at AIRYOGA, a therapeutic yoga class for persons in the third phase of their life cycle. It is also suitable for those who have experienced trauma and injuries in the convalescence phase.
She teaches in German and English. To find out more please also visit www.miriampopper.ch

 

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (12 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.
 
Ettie Elmakies
Ettie Elmakies

Ettie was born in Israel and grew up in Switzerland. She started dancing at the age of three, is originally a dancer, dance teacher and founder of the dance style Orientbeatz®. In 2001 she came in contact with yoga. During her stay in Miami for several years, she enjoyed a yoga teacher training in 2009, where she quickly found her style in Ashtanga through David Keil. At the Miami Life Center she studied daily with Tim Feldman, Kino McGregor and Greg Nardi. Since 2011 she lives again in Switzerland with her husband and two children. Here she practiced with Michael Hamilton and today with Brett Porzio.
Ettie taught Vinyasa and Ashtanga inspired yoga lessons in Miami and Zurich. She studied at the Rosenberg Academy of Ayurveda, is an Ayurveda-specialist and Ayurveda psychological counselor. Additionally, in 2021 she has completed her training as a Natural holistic Ayurvedic Practitioner (‘Naturheilpraktiker’) with a specialty in Ayurvedic Medicine. She works independently in her practice in Zurich. She independently teaches private lessons and small groups in yoga and assists Brett Porzio at AIRYOGA.
Ettie believes in the manifestation of individual realizations through the magnification of one's own but also the collective consciousness. To attain this, yoga is a great gateway.
More info under: https://www.orientbeatz.ch
Ettie teaches in English and German.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (1 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 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. 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 own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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 (3 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.
To find out more please visit www.yoga-mit-natalia.com
 

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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.
 

Andy Bartneck
Andy Bartneck

Since early childhood, spirituality, communication and a connection to nature and people have been central elements of Andy's life. Mystical teachings, ancient Vedic wisdom, Tantra, Zen, yoga, meditation and mindfulness make up Andy's center of inspiration and power. Following his travels through Thailand, Tibet and Japan, Andy received the Bodhisattva ordination of the ZEN Dojo Zürich.
Andy has been employed in corporate communication for the past 20 years, with his last position as a member of the board of directors of a big media agency in Zurich. Meditation, yoga, nutrition, healing and being human became more important in his life, so that today yoga is his area of focus. 
Andy is registered as a RYT-500 yoga teacher for Hatha Yoga with Stephen Thomas, Embodied Flow TM with Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons, for Prenatal Yoga with Sue Elkind, and as Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Tharapist in training with Myra Avedon and Scott Lyons. 
Andy integrates asana, pranayama and meditation is his daily life to strenghten his body, calm his mind and to find space within himself where everything exists and where everything is possible. In his classes, Andy seeks to unleash each of his student's individual potential and bring this to the foreground. To be three-dimensional, to be space, to be in contact and in dialogue with everything, what unfolds itself as life, is for Andy the beauty that shines within each individual person. He views his work as a Yoga Facilitator to give life to this space within. Where each person can enjoy being his or her own self.
Andy also teaches private lessons and offers Embodied Flow Movement Therapy. He teaches in English and German. For more information please visit his website www.yogandy.net

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (20 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

I teach a calm, yet strong Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga for beginners and experienced practitioners since 2006. Aligning the body, experiencing conscious breath and paying attention are three central aspects of my classes. Change your point of view from the outside towards the inside, channel the breath and study mental and physical resistance. A sense of oneness and equilibrium arises.
Frank completed teacher trainings in Hatha Yoga with Ifat Erez in Vancouver, Kanada, at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India, and in Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley.
Frank lives near Zurich, sometimes with his two kids. 
He teaches yoga classes (see below), workshops and retreats, both in German and English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (26 slots free)
Wednesday, 30 November, 2022
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
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (20 slots free)
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 1999. Since leaving his home in Western Canada, he has practiced, taught and lived in Asia and Europe, studying traditional practices and experimenting with modern synthesis, which he incorporates into a clear but non-dogmatic yoga practice. His background includes studies in Hatha Yoga, Classical Yoga and Buddhism. He continues an in-depth study of traditional Pranayama and Philosophy through his central teacher, O.P.Tiwari based in Lonavla India. This foundational work in Pranayama and Meditation is combined with his deep love for the Asana practices that stems from his direct experience and experimentation with the classical Vinyasa systems and alignment and theraputic approach of the Iyengar system. His work continues to evolve towards what seems to work for students and what can create clarity and transformation. Stephen’s appreciation for nature, philosophy, art and music is woven in a simple, direct way to the practices. His ability to re-frame various viewpoints/practices and to simplify things without sacrificing depth and integrity has helped him develop a unique teaching approach. 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 own dharma.
Stephen teaches classes and workshops at AIRYOGA in Zurich, as well as spending a part of each year traveling as a guest instructor and teaching retreats throughout the world. He also dedicates energy each year to directing Teacher Intensive Trainings and ongoing education and works one-on-one with many students and teachers in his community. Stephen teaches in English.
To find out more please visit www.svarupa.com

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Waiting List (0 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 (14 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 Perinatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her more and more towards silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact with, and 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, Tanja has been attending continuing education courses on mindfulness meditation and resilience building. 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 an ashram in northern India.
Tanja teaches in German and English.
For more information please visit her website www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
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.
 

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 (19 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.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (28 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 Perinatal Yoga Training at Birthlight UK. After that time, life guided her more and more towards silence, and silence moved her from Yoga to Meditation.
The loving and conscious contact with, and 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, Tanja has been attending continuing education courses on mindfulness meditation and resilience building. 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 an ashram in northern India.
Tanja teaches in German and English.
For more information please visit her website www.yogatanja.com

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (8 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
 

Brett Porzio
Brett Porzio

Brett is an Ashtanga Yoga teacher and practitioner. He began his studies over twenty years ago in New York City with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern. After many years of close study and apprenticeship with his teachers, including long periods of study over many years in Mysore, South India, he began teaching internationally, throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.
Brett teaches in English.
Brett: „Yoga has profound effects on our physical bodies; it purifies our internal organs and brings health, strength and vitality. Even deeper and more meaningful can be the wisdom gleaned through practice about what this very life is, who we are, what we are doing here and where we are going. It is indeed essential to approach yoga with a sense of adventure. Yoga is about raising consciousness and living with greater awareness and sensitivity towards oneself and with the environment around us. It is the greatest teacher because our knowledge and understanding is a consequence of our practice and rests on our very own direct experience. Yoga is radical because it will invite us out of the shadows, it will show us the masks we wear and the ways worldly delusion impedes our true path, purpose and contentment in life. It teaches us about our own patterns of psychology. It challenges the very bedrock of our attitudes, assumptions and compulsions so that we can see ourselves and ultimately come to understand how to live with greater skill and cooperation in our lives. It teaches us whatever is uniquely required by us as individuals. It is the diamond hiding in the rough of this life. The lotus flower that is born of the dross and muck. The elixir. That is why I love it and can’t imagine life without it.“

Open Levels
Fabrikstrasse Sign up (9 slots free)
18.15 to 19.45
Hatha Yoga
Hatha Yoga

Conscious breathing, observing the mind, while practicing and deepening the classical asanas and sun salutations - these are the elements that let us experience yoga. Practice mindfulness for 60 or 90 minutes, without expectations and without ambitions.
 

Claudia Garati
Claudia Garati

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

Open Levels
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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.
 

Maria Pountou
Maria Pountou

Maria is a Zurich based yoga-mobility teacher, strength coach and cycling instructor. Upon completing her Fashion Studies in 2008, she joined a 200hr TTC in NYC. Once in Zurich, she began teaching Yoga on a daily basis and this led her into taking her education further. Maria is now registered as a 500-hour E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and a FRC / Kinstretch coach. Paired with music her strong vinyasa based teachings aim to create a deeper connection, a better understanding of the physical body and a overall wellbeing for her students. In Maria’s classes, students move through creative yet strong and regimented sequences emphasising anatomical focal points, therapeutic work and precision alignment. She encourages her students to develop a deeper bond with their practice, moving them to surpass their physical and mental barriers, respecting their limitations and assessing their strenghts. She teaches her classes in English.

Open Levels
Oberdorfstrasse Sign up (6 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.
 

Claudia Geux
Claudia Geux

Claudia Geux is a International Yoga Alliance® RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher in Vinyasa Flow. She was introduced to the world of Yoga in New Zealand, and she realized that this would be the beginning of a long journey. As she began to study the different Yoga traditions and Yoga philosophy more intensively, Vinyasa Flow came to be her preferred style and means of expression. The completion of the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Christine May, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller, was followed by the 300-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas, Richard Hackenberg and Doug Keller. Her style is influenced by her previous teachers Christine May, Olive Ssembuze and Curly West. Claudia creates her flows with a lot of passion, precision and love. She likes to incorporate various traditions such as Qigong or Feldenkrais. The alignments of the asanas are strongly shaped by the Feldenkrais method, which flow together harmoniously from beginning to end, so that soft and strong movements are created in order to experience more lightness and depth, to increase sensitivity and to intensify one's own perception.
Through music, she finds the rhythm for her yoga, and so her flows merge into dance and meditation in motion. She challenges and motivates the participants by bringing variety, meditative moments and laughter and joy into her practice. It is not only a great pleasure, but also a privilege for 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 www.yomyoga.rocks

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20.00 to 21.30
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
 

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