Intensiv classes

„Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distractions. Then the ability to understand the object fully and correctly is apparent.“
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali 1, 2-3

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Intensive classes include courses for a whole day, a weekend, or a week.

They are an opportunity to experience Yoga at a much deeper level, than we can do in the weekly classes. We will have much more time to exercise, but also to observe, to share our impressions and to relax. Therefore, no special physical preconditions are required to participate these courses.
After an intensive class we can experience more significant and sustained effects of Yoga, like for example a stronger and more relaxed body and a clearer and more calm state of mind. These experiences may influence also our everyday lives.

Intensive summer yoga week 2018

This intensive week is an opportunity to experience Yoga at a much deeper level than it is possible in the weekly classes.
We will exercise for one week every evening for 2,5 hours and have time to experience various body- and breathing exercises and relaxation.
Each day we will work with a different yogic energy and get to know the concept of the „vayus“. We will better understand how these aspects complement each other so that we can bring a greater balance into our Yoga sessions and also into our daily lives.

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

  • Monday, 27.8. – Friday, 31.8. 2018, 19.00 – 21.30 h, Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1.
  • Cost: 2100,- Kč

 

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.

 

These workshops have already taken place:
The significance of the bandhas in the yogic practice – a full-day workshop

Bandhas play an important role in the traditional practice of Hatha Yoga. They are special areas in the body, in which we can create a kind of closure. They influence the posture and also the flow of the breath and the energy in the body.
During this workshop we will introduce the three main bandhas, mula bandha, uddijana bandha and jalandhara bandha in theory and practice. We will observe their influence on our various body positions (asanas) and on the way the breath flows, and experience how they can also influence our inner state.

Beginners and also advanced students are welcome. The class is tought in Czech or/and English, depending on the needs of the participans.

Steffen Böhme, an experienced yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany, will do part of the teaching.

  • Morning and afternoon session comprise each 2.5 hour Yoga and in between will be a lunch break.
  • Saturday, 23.04.2017, 9.30-16.30 h, Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1
  • Cost: 850,- Kč (excluding lunch)

 

Friendship with the breath – a full-day workshop

This class is an opportunity to explore and to observe the breathing in the center of our yoga practice. Various asanas, movements and awareness exercises will help to bring a better understanding of the breathing and prepare us for the practice of Pranayama. The free and gentle flowing breath is accompanied by a calm and clear inner state. Through that we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and transfer that also into the day-to-day life.

Beginners and also advanced students are welcome. The class is tought in Czech or/and English, depending on the needs of the participans.

Steffen Böhme, an experienced yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany, will do part of the teaching.

  • Morning and afternoon session comprise each 2.5 hour Yoga and in between will be a lunch break.
  • Saturday, 28.01.2017, 9.30 – 16.30 h, Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1
  • Cost: 850,- Kč (excluding lunch)

 

Pranayama Study Group

This group is a special offer for all students who already have practiced yoga for some time and who are interested in deepening their experiences with breathing. We will exercise „Prakrita Pranayama“ and just observe the flow of the natural breath through which we will develop more sensibility for the whole breathing process. On this basis, we learn „Vaikrita Pranayama“ where our natural breathing patterns get specifically changed and modified. The experiences we will have with our breathing will also intensify our meditation, because the free and gentle flowing breath is accompanied by a calm and clear inner state. Through that we can develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and transfer that also into the day-to-day life.
The course includes body, breathing, and meditation exercises and additionally, will assist students to better understand and personally connect with the yogic tradition and the philosophy of Yoga.

Some regular practice at home is desirable for all students to deepen the learning experience.

The course starts with an intensive weekend in September 2016 and ends in June 2017.

Instructors: Katrin Köhler and Steffen Böhme. Steffen is a yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany. He also takes part in the further education program with Dr. Shrikrishna and has practised pranayama for many years.

Venue: Studio Element, Opletalova 27 (in the courtyard), Prague 1 (www.studioelement.webnode.cz)
Further information, dates and costs via e-mail or tel.: +420 603 360 554.

 

Developing compassion through meditation – a workshop with Yesche Udo Regel

To be compassionate means to keep our heart and mind open to the suffering, unhappiness and pain within ourselves and others.
It also means to prepare for actions that express compassion and that could be really helpful and wholesome.
In this seminar we learn the basics of Mindfulness meditation practice and extend this into the development of compassion. The foundation for this training are methods to cultivate a “good
heart” and the motivation of kindness as they are used in the Buddhism. These methods carry names such as Metta (loving kindness) and Tonglen (accepting suffering, giving out compassion). They imply silent sitting, visualization and simple mental prayers. Discovering a source of healing and kindness within oneselves is the ground on which these meditations can bear fruit.

Yesche U. Regel is teaching Buddhism and methods of meditation for more then 20 years. Before that he was an ordained monastic for 16 years active in Buddhist meditation-centres in Germany. He is a student of Tibetan lamas and accomplished a 3-year-retreat as his meditation-training. He runs a meditation center in Bonn, Germany. See his german website: www.paramita-projekt.de

  • 30.9. – 2.10. 2016, Friday, 19.00 – 21.00 h (introduction), Saturday, 10.00 – 18.00 h, Sunday, 9.00 – 13.00 h. It is possible to visit only the introduction on Friday evening.
  • venue: Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1
  • Cost: 2800.- Kč (only the introduction: 450.- Kč)
  • Registration and futher information: Katrin Köhler

 

The moment between past and future – an intensive yoga day

An intensive Yoga day gives us the opportunity to extend our experiences with Yoga. On this day we will do body and breathing exercises, which help us to keep the focus of attention more and more in the present moment, so that we can easier enter into a state of inner peace and harmony.

Beginners and also advanced students are welcome.

Steffen Böhme, an experienced yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany, will do part of the teaching.

  • Morning and afternoon session comprise each 2.5 hour Yoga and in between will be a lunch break.
  • Saturday, 24.01.2015, 9.30 – 16.30 h, Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1
  • Cost: 850,- Kč (excluding lunch)

 

Islands of Timelessness

Who does not know this feeling? Your body is tense and exhausted, and your mind is so full of thoughts that you cannot calm down.
Maybe you face a day full of appointments. Maybe work and family life have been making opposing demands on you. Or, simply, the countless stimuli of modern everyday life has been overwhelming.

The good news: Yoga exercises, combined with focus on breathing (Pranayama), can teach us how to find inner peace even in situations of stress.
Through exercising with Pranayama combined with yoga, it is possible to exit that circle of tension and exhaustion – to discover inner “islands of timelessness“. Then, dealing with life’s many requirements and stresses becomes much easier.

During this workshop we will do body and breathing exercises which can help us find our inner balance again. It is even possible that, occasionally, we will be so connected to the present moment that we will actually experience the sensation of the time disappearing.

Beginners as well as advanced students are welcome.
Steffen Böhme, an experienced yoga teacher from Dresden/Germany, will do part of the teaching.

  • Morning and afternoon session comprise each 2.5 hour Yoga and in between will be a lunch break.
  • Saturday, 26.4.2014, 9.30 – 16.30 h, Studio ELEMENT, Opletalova 27, Prague 1
  • Cost: 780,- Kč (excluding lunch)