Being trained, touched and inspired by different traditions and styles in yoga, I provide various classes in order both to share the beauty of yoga and to express my personal attitude and emotions which every tradition gives me. Usually the class begins with a centering (short meditation techniques which bring the students into the space and the practice), followed by a simple warm-up to promote safe practice and healthy joints. The practice includes Sun Salutations – a sequence of yoga poses performed and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the body, followed by a variety of asanas - standing, sitting, lying and inversions, breathing techniques (pranayama) which depend of the focus of the practice. The class ends in shavasana - a restorative asana that is a key component of yoga and relaxation. Of course the structure could be different according to the focus of the class, its purpose or just for fun, to practice non-attachment.
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga (basics)
Ashtanga yoga, sometimes referred to as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, is a style of yoga that was developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and T. Krishnamacharya in the 20th century. Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic, flowing style that connects the movement of the body with the breath. The Ashtanga Primary series contents Surya Namaskar A and B, standing sequence, sitting sequence and finishing sequence (backbends and inversions). The sequence of the postures is always the same. The difference between Ashtanga class for beginners and a regular Ashtanga class is that the pace is slower and I take more time to explain the poses in detail. There are several key principles that underlie the practice of Ashtanga yoga: Breath: It is recommended that postures are held for five to eight (ujjayi) breaths or more, if possible. Drishti: For every posture in the series, there is a set of drishtis, or gaze points. Vinyasa: This is the breathing system that connects every movement in the series with the breath. Bandhas: The practice should be carried out with the bandhas, or "body locks/energy splits" engaged in order to ensure that the breath is also correct.
Slow flow yoga/Hatha flow yoga
The Hatha/Slow Flow yoga class provides an unique sequencing to promote a medium-paced and the same time relaxing experience. The class incorporates all aspects of a traditional Hatha yoga class – breath, awareness and postures, while challenging your coordination through movement. The Hatha/Slow Flow yoga class is a meditative flowthat practices slowing down by using a slowsteady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one's body and self.
The term “hatha yoga” technically encompasses all of the lineages listed here. Hatha yoga was introduced by Yogi Swatmarama and literally means sun and moon (“ha” – sun & “tha” – moon). The practice is focused around uniting pairs of opposites, the positive and negative, the yin and the yang. Hatha is great for beginners, practitioners working on their alignment, or for pairing the breath with movement. The pace is slow and systematic allowing yogis of all levels to go deeper, reduce stress, gain flexibility & strength, and go inward.
Vinyasa flow yoga
Vinyasa flow yoga involves flowing from one pose to the next with fluidity. This style of yoga requires you to coordinate your breath with movement, and emphasizes on creating a flow of postures, with smooth transitions from one to the next. Vinyasa literally means connection. You need to connect your movements with an inhale, or an exhale. You could use this style through the Surya Namaskar, the balancing poses, backbends, or seated poses. The practice ends with Savasana.
Core/Strong vinyasa flow
It’s a vinyasa class… with some extra benefits and one goal: tightening and strengthening the core and the back. We will work on finding a support and the strength of our deep core muscles through asanas and breathing techniques – expect a lot of high, low, side and dynamic planks, chaturangas, boat and chair poses, back bends and a lot of breath work! A guided relaxation in the end of the class will follow. It’s going to be challenging and energizing, it’s going to be hard work and a lot of fun!
Yoga and running
This project has started in the early spring of 2017, when I and my dear friend Krishna realized how nice it would be if there is a yoga/running community in our neighborhood and the beautiful Sloterpark. Well... Now the project is being temporary paused.