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
Thursday 18:15 – 19:45
Thursday 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

Workshops 2018/19 on the concept of the “koshas” in yoga: “From the physical body to subtle inner joy”

The concept of the “pancha koshas” or 5 sheaths, which is described in the Upanishads, presents the idea that being human means much more than just having a body and various emotions.
The koshas can be imagined like layers, one over the other, covering the most inner essence of the individual.
Each workshop will focus on one of the koshas and with the help of various exercises, also with meditation, we will explore them and understand how they are connected to each other and influence our whole being. This process will support us on our yoga path, helping to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and of others, so that we feel more connected with the world we are living in, as it is.

The 2018/19 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.

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.
  • Price: 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.

Annamaya kosha – 6th October, 2018


The first kosha is our physical body, which represents the material aspect of our being and is our anchor in the world. The body also contains all the other koshas. Bodily sensations usually fill a large part of our mind; physical well-being or pain greatly affect our inner state. With the help of various Yoga exercises we can improve strengh, flexibility and also the ability to relax, creating a healthy and vital body, which is the prerequisite for the good functioning of all the other koshas.

Pranamaya kosha – 1st December, 2018


The second layer is the energetic body. We call the life energy in Yoga “prana” and experience it mostly in our breathing. Prana allows all living processes in us to
function in a meaningful way. This kosha is also closely related to our suppressed emotions. Working with various physical exercises and breathing techniques, we will release the diaphragm and maybe also suppressed emotions, so that the breathing becomes more free again and we can take in more prana.

Manomaya kosha – 26th January, 2019


The third layer includes part of our mind’s activity, especially the identification of sensory impressions from the outside world, but also the area in which words, concepts, thoughts and images are created. The layer of this kosha penetrates into each cell and has an activating, paralyzing or balancing effect on the whole organism, depending on what we are thinking. With the help of various asanas and meditations we will observe how our thoughts are created, and learn how to find more freedom to decide how and what we think.

Vijnanamaya kosha – 23rd March, 2019


The fourth kosha is also part of our mental activity, but it includes the ability to create abstract thoughts and concepts. In this kosha we find higher intelligence and intuition. Friendship, respect, love and compassion are rooted here, and we will be able to understand the isolating effect of many of our concepts, assessments or calculations on our perception. Developing the quality of mindfulness through meditation will help us to find a deeper understanding that does not just come from the mind, but from the heart.

Anandamaya kosha -18th May, 2019


Anandamaya kosha builds the last layer, which, according to yoga philosophy, covers our innermost core. This state of bliss or inner joy can not be achieved by any certain techniques or exercises, we can just prepare the conditions to let it happen. According to the concept of the koshas, the fifth kosha is already within us. We do not have to strive for it, we just need to reveal it and the path to ananda leads through the realisation of all the other layers of the koshas.