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Ashtanga Yoga Amsterdam: Mysore Program & Guided classes Developing a new routine, committing to a path of self exploration.

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Ashtanga Yoga School Amsterdam  opened its doors in 2010, under the guidance of Claudia and Madina, as the first school fully dedicated to pass on the Ashtanga Yoga Method in its traditional form. 

The Program soon outgrown the capacity of the small space in Oud-West and while Medina moves abroad, Claudia starts a new partnership with Delight Yoga in 2014, when she starts leading the morning program together with Eva Ugolini  in the west part of the city. Over the 10 years of collaboration, a second program flourishes in Oost. During the Covid years the shala has been closed multiple times, moving to online teachings, meanwhile Eva moved to Rome and after a transition time of an year, the community has been held by Claudia, Ombretta, Daniela and Minna.

Unfortunately the overall financial pressure that Covid imposed, brought Delight Yoga to file for bankruptcy in June 2023.

  

Despite the most recent events, the Ashtanga Yoga School Amsterdam has not been closed for a day, our community stick together and we are currently practicing at Blue Birds West and East.

The Mysore Program

is traditionally taught in"Mysore" style referring to the transmission of the practice to the student in a progressive way, where the practitioner learn the asanas (postures) and the correct vinyasa (how to enter and exit a posture) trough instructions provided by an experienced teacher. This way of learning one posture at the time allows the student to memorise the sequence and to build up the confidence and the capacity to tune into the body and the breath. 

The practice is often described as self-practice: in truth the support and the relationship that is built with your teacher is one of a kind. The magic of this practice is nested in its being individual and in finding the huge support of a community of fellow practitioners, like-minded individuals that walk their own path as you walk yours.

There is no need for you to memorise the sequence before joining our Mysore Program; all students are welcomed regardless their experience with yoga or the Ashtanga method. 

Anyone can practice as the traditional sequence is adapted to everyone's individual needs and conditions.

 If you are pregnant and you have an established practice we'll be happy to guide you through your pregnancy journey. 

When injured the invitation is to practice with the intention to heal: rest can be appropriate at times but more often breathing and moving combined plant a seed towards recovery.

 

How often it is appropriate to practice?

 

Committing to 3 days a week practice is ideal to build up a routine for those approaching the practice both when fresh to yoga and when coming from the experience of led classes. As body and mind open up and become more stable and the first benefits of the practice are experienced, a natural desire of committing to a 6 days a week practice arises.

For some practitioners this happens after the first month if not the first days, for some others both life circumstances and personal choices may lead to keep the initial commitment over a longer period of time. However, it is never beneficial to practice with a goal but to set the intention of listening at your self and to adjust the practice so that it can be a supportive tool

Guided classes

In Guided Classes the students are instructed by the teacher in a group setting; the classes are taught in english with the traditional sanskrit counting.

 "Ashtanga Basics" are a perfect choice when you do only have an hour or when you are new to yoga or you have never practiced Ashtanga before. Instructions will be given through sun salutations, standing asanas, seated asanas up to Triang-mukha-ekapada pashimottanasana, including various finishing.

 

"Ashtanga Led" classes are open to anyone, they are taught in english with the traditional sanskrit counting. Instructions will be given through sun salutations, standing asanas, seated asanas up to Marichasana A, including all the finshing

SCHEDULE

Classes are held at Yoga Circle, De Clerqstraat 66-68, 1052NJ, AMSTERDAM

Ashtanga Led:  Thursday 12.00 - 13.15

Ashtanga Basics: Sunday 11.00 - 12.00

Mysore Program: Wednesday - Thursday - Friday 06.30 - 09.30

Monday 18.00 - 19.30

For the full schedule and to reserve your spot visit Yoga Circle (opening 16 September)

The Mysore Program is held from Sunday to Friday in the mornings and in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 If you have questions or would you like to start your  practice with us, please contact me

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