SHALA & TEACHER
Shala is a word in Sanskrit meaning ‘home’. A yoga shala is a home where yoga is shared and experienced. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a method of Hatha Yoga that harmonizes movement and breath. Practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga gives you flexibility, strength, stamina, and ultimately a focused and tranquil mind.
At Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala we teach traditional yoga methods with dedicated and experienced teachers. It is our intention to provide you with a comfortable environment in which to give you the tools to create an effective and lasting approach to improvement and maintenance of the mind and body.
The shala is just one room, it's open + light with lot's of plants and quality mats + props. Classes are small in size, maximum 8 practitioners per class, so that we can create a more personal teaching environment.
Based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya we aspire to teach what is appropriate for the individual. We teach with respect to the teachings and tradition of the practice as well as with respect to the physical body, mindset and capabilities of the student. Our goal is to guide and support you in building a sustainable yoga practice that honours your individuality.
We believe a healthy asana practice is a balance between mobility, alignment and strength, your asana practice should make your mind clear and stable, and your body clean and healthy. Yoga is the ability to direct [or discipline] the mind without distraction, we find that the simplest way to learn to do this is by connecting to the physical body first. Asanas, the physical postures are the entry point for most people into the system of yoga. The goal of asana practice, according to Patanjali, is to prepare the body and mind for seated meditation. Instead of looking at the role of asana as a preparation for meditation we also look at it, the linking of breath with movement, as a full-on moving meditation in itself. Beyond the physical asana practice, we encourage the exploration of some of the other limbs of Yoga; Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana.
Traditionally Ashtanga Yoga practitioners practice six days a week, rest days are every Saturday or Sunday and on the days of the New Moon and Full Moon, at our shala we also included rest days on the days of the Spring + Autumn Equinox and Summer + Winter Solstice. At Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala we can teach the primary and intermediate sequences of Ashtanga Yoga, we do not teach third series / advanced a onwards.
Classes are guided by Jessica Ludäscher:
Yoga and spirituality has been a theme throughout Jessica’s childhood and naturally she found her way back to the Yoga practice upon moving to The Netherlands. She teaches from her own experience and considers her daily practice to be one of her greatest teachers. Inspired by the principles of Ayurveda, Jessica’s classes reflect largely upon balance and being mindful in your daily practice, as well as the importance of consistency and discipline; themes that have run constant in her life, as well as her practice. [owner & teacher E-RYT 500]
* Ayurveda is a holistic tradition and way of living, Ayurveda is the sister science of Yoga
''GRATITUDE IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF YOGA''
- YOGI BHAJAN
I'm are grateful for my family and friends, thank you for believing in me. To my teachers, thank you for your guidance and support, and thank you to so many more teachers who have inspired me along the way!
Without my students I wouldn’t be teaching! Thank you for making it possible, for your interest, efforts, dedication and presence in our classes ♡