STUDIO & TEAM

THE STUDIO – THE SHALA

》Classroom teaching (incl. online lessons in hybrid model) is taking place again.

》Since only a limited number of people are allowed, registration for the classes as usual via WhatsApp (or SMS).

》We also rent our Shala for workshops, one-time activities or for regular lessons. We charge € 25,00 net per hour of use of our rooms. If you are interested, simply contact us at yoga@ayrf.de or call me directly: 0178-5454132.

》We also like to rent to physiotherapists, masseurs, etc. (a massage table is located in the studio and can be shared).

THE TEAM OF AYRF

4 TEACHERS FORM THE TEAM OF AYRF

CHRIS
OWNER & TEACHER

CHRIS | Team #1

Before I came into contact with Ashtanga Yoga, my life was focused on sports and physical challenges. I worked as an aerobics and fitness trainer in various gyms in Frankfurt and let myself be persuaded to do my first yoga class. A turning point that finally took me to where I stand today: I have been practising and teaching Ashtanga Yoga in Frankfurt since 2005 and forming the head of the team.

I took the opportunity to practice with different teachers, but when someone asks me where I learned Ashtanga, the correct answer is: On the mat. Regular practice with yourself will allow you to dive deeper into yoga and learn more about this path and about yourself than you can ever learn through out any workshop or teacher training.

In my studio, I and my team teach the students the essence of the Ashtanga yoga system. The fusion of theasanas (postures), bandhas (energy locks) and drishtis (gazing points), also called Tristana, is fundamental for this. I also give an insight into the other seven limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. Interested in a trial class, then like to contact me.

Looking back over the last few years, I have realized that not only the students, but also me as a teacher, are undergoing constant change along the path of Ashtanga Yoga. Over the years, my view of both my own role as a teacher and my way of teaching has changed. At the beginning I still felt like a strict traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher and today I wouldould rather describe myself as a companion, initiator and supporter on the individual paths of Ashtanga Yoga. I keep tradition in mind, but the focus of my courses is on individuality.

After the Ashtanga Yoga community was shaken by the post-mortem acts of K. Pattabhi Jois, I decided to remove his pictures from my Shala. While I have seen Pattabhi Jois as an inspirational person, respect for the victims is to send a clear signal against abuse.

A guru-centered system can have its positive sides if the so-called guru fulfils his role: he should lead his disciples from the dark to the light, from ignorance to knowledge and from ignorance to knowledge (of their self). But his status should not create room for any kind of abuse. As a human being, as a student and as a teacher, I have always questioned such guru-centric systems. The center of Ashtanga Yoga should not lie in a person or institution, but in everyone, regardless of space and time.

Om namah shivaya!

BEATE
CO-TEACHER

BEATE | Team #2

I first came into contact with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the beginning of 2015. My motivation at first was purely physical: I was looking for a new sporting challenge after I had to give up other sports due to my back problems. Accordingly, I also put the hope of improving my health on Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

For the first half of the year, I practiced YouTube videos in my own home with a Hatha Yoga book and finally with a colorful collection of Ashtanga Yoga-inspired YouTube videos. The pictures of dislocated yogis impressed me hard and were instrumental in ensuring that I stayed on the ball.

That Ashtanga Yoga can be more than physical effort, I only learned about my first hours in the traditional Mysore style at AYRF. Looking back, I have to admit that it was here where I realized the real point of view reagarding the understanding of Ashtanga Yoga. Actually, I had planned to visit a yoga studio only sporadically and otherwise continue to practice for myself. But it was the other way around: I practiced as much as I could with my teacher and rarely at home.

Today Ashtanga Yoga and AYRF is part of my daily routine, it shapes my lifestyle, is my conviction and passion. At the beginning of 2018 I started my training with Chris as an assistant teacher and since the beginning of 2019 I have the opportunity to pass on my experience in myown mysore classes to students. Since 2020, I am proud to be the co-teacher in the team of AYRF.

I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know Ashtanga Yoga and to delve deeper into it on various levels: physically and psychologically. I am determined and i am delighted from the bottom of my heart not only to continue along this path in the years to come, but also to pass it on. See you in the studio.

Atha yoga anusasanam!

JANA
SUBSTITUTION TEACHER

JANA | Team #4

My first contact with yoga was thanks to my mother at about 11 years old. The access to yoga was then very free and playful and so I could make friends with the idea that Ashtanga Yoga is probably not necessarily just such an “adult thing”.

I came to my first Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class two or three years later after my father suggested I attend a class with some school friends. This course was led by Heather from pink elephant, who still accompanies me as a close reference person, yoga teacher and friend. The combination of physical challenge without competition, relaxation after tension and the directed focus on one’s own mat, one’s own body, one’s own mind, I liked from the beginning.

As a result, I visited the guided Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Class more or less regularly until 2010 when my father, Flippo, and Heather opened the Ashtanga Yoga Studio pink elephant in my hometown of Ansbach. From then on began a much more regular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice and I got to know the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style.

In a difficult time for me as an adolescent woman – marked by identity issues, the separation of my parents and a stressful upper secondary school – I began to realize that the Ashtanga Yoga practice allowed me to gain more support, calmness and acceptance and understanding of my body. The topic of non-violence in one’s own actions and thinking also came up more and continues to occupy me intensively to this day.

When I was 18, I went to India for almost three months. In the following years I was able to get to know various teachers and their teaching styles, i was able to deepen and consolidate my Ashtanga Yoga practice. My father introduced me to assisted and later to teaching for the first time. I have always had a close bond with my father, which was reinforced by the Ashtanga Yoga practice and the understanding of it.

As part of my training, I moved to Frankfurt in 2014 and met Chris and Ashtanga Yoga Raum Frankfurt. Chris welcomed me from the first hour with open arms and hearts and gave me the opportunity to participate not only as a student, but also as an assistant teacher in the lessons. I was able to learn a lot from his experience and through my own assist. In July 2018 I moved to Amsterdam and am happy to still be part of the AYRF team.

I am grateful for all the teachers I have met and learned from. To this day, a regular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice for me meant confrontation with myself, permanence, self-love and care as well as working on a healthy body and mind. I enjoy representing and regularly substitating the team of AYRF.