YOGASTUDIO & TEAM

YOGASTUDIO / YOGASHALA

Welcome to our Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga studio in Ingolstädter Straße in the beautiful Frankfurt Nordend, adjacent to the Ostend. Conveniently located and quietly located, the rooms of a former kindergarten have been lovingly converted. We continue to honour the great energy of the children in the form of two painted stones; these serve us as doorstops.

The studio is flooded with light and welcomes you with a warm-hearted energy. The rooms invite you not only to our Ashtanga yoga classes, but also to a simple ‘meet-n-tea’. They are also suitable as co-working rooms and overnight accommodation is also available.

We are very grateful and satisfied with ASHTANGA YOGA RAUM FRANKFURT to have arrived in our favorite environment in wonderful rooms. We are happy to welcome you here. Take a look at our virtual tour in advance:

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》We also like to rent out our rooms or our Shala for workshops, one-off activities or for regular lessons. We charge 35€ gross per hour of use of our rooms. If you are interested, simply contact us at yoga@ayrf.de or call me directly: 0178-5454132.

》If you play with the idea of building something from scratch, if you plan weekly lessons, then we will certainly find a financial interim solution; in other words, a kind of step-by-step plan. Here, too, I live the principle of solidarity. Isn’t it always a give and a take?

》We are also happy to rent to physiotherapists, masseurs, etc. (a massage table is located in the studio and can be shared). Here we charge 20€ gross per hour of use of our rooms.

CHRIS
OWNER & YOGA TEACHER

CHRIS | Owner & Yoga Teacher #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 had to be persuaded to my first yoga class. A turning point that finally brought me to where I am today: I have been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching Ashtanga Yoga since 2005 in Frankfurt and form the head of the team.

In 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic, I found my current rooms. After an intensive renovation in February and March 2021, I celebrated the opening of my new studio on April 6, 2021. Since then I am overjoyed and satisfied with ASHTANGA YOGA RAUM FRANKFURT to have finally arrived, to have finally found a great basis for my yoga lessons. I am happy to welcome you in my studio.

I took the chance to practice with different yoga teachers, but if 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. Fundamental to this is the fusion of the asanas (postures), bandhas (energy closures) and drishtis (gaze focusing), also called tristana. I also give an insight into the other seven paths of Ashtanga Yoga. If you are interested in a trial class, please feel free 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, both my view of my own role as a yoga teacher and my way of teaching changed. At the beginning I felt like a strict traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher and today I would 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.

A guru-centered system can have its positive sides if the so-called guru lives up to his role: he should lead his disciples from the dark (Gu) to the light (Ru), from ignorance to knowledge, and from ignorance to knowledge (of the self). But with his status, he should not create space for any kind of abuse or dependencies. 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
YOGA-TEACHER

BEATE | Yoga Teacher #2

I first came into contact with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the beginning of 2015. My motivation was initially 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 put on the newly found yoga practice also the hope of a health improvement of my physical complaints.

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 dislocating yogis impressed me a lot and were one of the decisive factors in keeping me on the ball. Luckily!

That Ashtanga Yoga can be more than the physical exhaustion, I only realized over my first lessons in the traditional Mysore style at ASHTANGA YOGA RAUM FRANKFURT and with Chris. In retrospect, I have to say that it was only here that the first real point of contact with Ashtanga Yoga took place: The concise yet calm breathing in the classroom, the focused atmosphere, the common devotion of the students to this yoga practice fascinated me extraordinarily.

Actually, I had planned to visit a studio only sporadically and otherwise continue to practice for myself. But it also turned out differently for me than planned: I practiced as much as possible with my yoga teacher in the Shala in a motivating group and only rarely at home.

Today Ashtanga Yoga and ASHTANGA YOGA IS SPACE FRANKFURT 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 to the students in my own Mysore lessons. Since 2020 I am a proud yoga teacher in the team of AYRF.

For the opportunity to get to know Ashtanga Yoga and dive deeper, I am grateful on so many different levels. This practice has caught me both physically and mentally and made me recognize my life from a new perspective. 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. I am looking forward to meeting you in the studio in The Ingolstädter Straße in the beautiful Nordend (on the border to the Ostend)!

Beate has written a wonderful blog post on Greenyogashop.com, please read it. A great view of Ashtanga Yoga: https://www.greenyogashop.com/blog/ashtanga-vinyasa-yoga

Atha yoga anusasanam!

JANA
SUBSTITUTE YOGA 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 take 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 attended the guided Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class more or less regularly until my father, Flippo, and Heather opened the pink elephant yoga studio in my hometown of Ansbach in 2010. From now on, a much more regular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice began 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 school – I began to realize that I could gain more support, peace as well as acceptance and understanding of my body through the Ashtanga yoga practice. 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, 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 strengthened 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 very first lesson with open arms and hearts and gave me the opportunity to participate in the lessons not only as a yoga student, but also as an assistant teacher. 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 means confrontation with myself, consistency, self-love and care as well as working on a healthy body and mind. I enjoy the team of to represent or support AYRF on a regular basis.