Hatha - Yoga and Pranayama

„No matter whether one is young, in middle or advanced age, even if you are sick or weak, anyone can start the practice (of Yoga).“
Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika I,64

Hatha-Yoga

Yoga teaches us to notice and to better understand our body, our breath and our mind. Developed in India as a way to find relaxation and self-realization, it is an opportunity to get in contact with ourselves.
In my classes, we learn to do Asanas (body-exercises) in a harmonious and gentle way. After some time of regular practice we will notice our body as more relaxed, more strong, more flexible, and we will learn to align more easily. We will develop a deeper understanding for ourselves and the world around us.
We don´t need any special abilities. Everybody can start like he or she is now. The positive experiences which we have during the lessons can be integrated also into our everyday life.
With Yoga we improve our health and well-being, reduce stress and gain easier access to our own qualities like calmness, joy, power and peace.

The classes are taught in Czech and/or English, depending on the needs of the participants.

Pranayama

„When the breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the
breath is still, so is the mind still and the yogin obtains the power of stillness. Therefore the breath should be restrained.“
Hatha-Yoga-Pradipika, II,2

A very valuable part of the classic Hatha yoga tradition are the breathing exercises. We all breathe, in each moment of our lives and most of the time we are just not aware of it. Breathing is however much more than just the physical act of exchanging air. The way we breathe influences our well-being, our ability to concentrate, the way we deal with stress and also connects us with the environment.
Pranayama offers on one hand the possibility just to observe the natural flow of the breath, to better understand and liberate it, as well as to recognize old habit patterns in our breathing and to resolve them. On the other hand, we can learn to modify and to lead the breath gently, so that it can become more deep and calm. In this way we also influence our inner state, because calm and gentle breathing goes hand-in-hand with a clear and relaxed state of mind.

Therefore small Pranayama- and Meditationunits are integral part of all my classes.

Day

Time

Location

Monday 9:30 – 11:00 Family Center Letna, Janovského 24, Prague 7
Monday 18:15 – 19:45
Monday 20:00 – 21:30

Day

Time

Location

Tuesday 10:00 – 11:30 Studio Element, Opletalova 27 (in the courtyard), Prague 1
Tuesday 18:15 – 19:45
Tuesday 20:00 – 21:30
Thursday 18:15 – 19:45
Thursday 20:00 – 21:30

Full-day workshops 2019/20: “The wisdom from the Katha Upanishads”

Timeless philosophy as a support for the yoga practice and everyday life

Our daily lives are usually filled with so many activities and responsibilities, and our senses are bombarded almost all the time with so many different impressions. Therefore we are often preoccupied and very rarely find time or space to ask ourselves what really matters to us in life, what we want to spend our energy on and what is actually the source of our existence.
But without being connected to this source, we find ourselves repeatedly in states of time pressure, stress, exhaustion or depression. A feeling of happiness may occur only occasionally for a short time and seems to be very fragile because it is dependent on external conditions that are variable and which we ourselves cannot usually influence.
The philosophy of the Katha Upanishads shows us a completely different perspective. Our innermost essence is independent of all changing circumstances. Qualities like freedom, peace, joy and love are part of our being, and if we discover them within ourselves, we will be able to find them also in the changing outside world again.

In the story of the Katha Upanishads the young hero Nachiketa travels, after a serious quarrel with his father, directly to the kingdom of death, to meet Yama, the king of death. Nachiketa wants him to answer his questions urgently regarding the sense of life and what exists after death. In a very beautiful and poetic dialogue, Yama answers and sheds light on all important existential questions.
Each workshop will focus on one selected topic from the original text. We will work with various yoga asanas, pranayama, sensory perception and meditation to gain experiences that go further than just intellectual understanding.
This process can support us on the yoga path, helping to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and of others, so that we can feel more connected with the world we are living in, as it is.

The 2019/20 cycle includes 5 full-day workshops. They can be attended separately or as a package; each of them includes body and breathing exercises, relaxation as well as meditation.

    5. October 2019: How to recognize the pleasant from the good
    30. November 2019: The parable of the coachman
    25. January 2020: The town with eleven gates
    21. March 2020: The seeds of Samskaras
    23. May 2020: The symbol of the Ashvata tree

All students are welcome, from beginners to more advanced. The class is taught in Czech and/or English, depending on the needs of the participants.

  • All workshops take place in the studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27 (in the courtyard), Prague 1, always from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Morning and afternoon sessions will take 2.5 hours each and there will be a lunch break in between.
  • Cost: 950.- Kč for an individual workshop, and 4250.- Kč for the whole package.
  • Teachers: Katrin Köhler a Steffen Böhme. Steffen is an experienced yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany. He teaches mainly at the Yoga School in Dresden, also in yoga teacher training courses.
  • Further information or registration via e-mail or SMS +420 603 360 554.