Ashtanga yoga intermediate course (8x)/Annankatu

Welcome to dive into the Ashtanga Yoga

This is a course of eight consecutive weeks, where you will dive into the elementary practice of the dynamic Ashtanga yoga. This course for is suitable for practitioners who have completed new beginners course, or have some experience of Ashtanga yoga from before. The course will be conducted in English.Teacher: Yiouli Spanoude (Cyprus).

What would you learn

We will go through a beginner’s 1&2 levels yoga practice series. We learn how to practice the breathing technique of Ashtanga yoga called Ujjayi. We also learn about strengthening the middle body or our core using the Bandhas, i.e. muscle locks. In Ashtanga practice, the activation of the supporting muscles in the center of the body and the deep breathing are further combined with the dynamic practice of yoga positions, or asanas. This synchronized movement with breath is called Vinyasa, which is a very special practice method that warms and flexes the body along.

After the course

After the course, you can participate in guided beginners classes levels 2/3. In addition, practical instructions for home yoga and Ashtanga mysore style practice are provided in the course.

Thus you can start to build up your weekly yoga experience by combining practice in the group classes and at home. A special feature of Ashtanga yoga is the aim to reach steady routine of weekly practice.

Benefits of regular yoga practice

Regular exercise balances the body and mind, relieves the effects of stress and balances overall well-being. Once you’ve internalized your yoga sequence, yoga becomes a movement meditation that focuses on your own ability to initiate. In addition, you can participate in the so-called for mysore exercises, where you get more personal guidance. You can get more information about the training that suits you in this beginner’s course.

Registration and payment instructions

Can’t book a course? See the instructions below or send us your course registration with a booking form.

You can first buy a course card from the Price List below and then register for the course. When you register for the course, the course registration window opens, where you can see your own course or credit card under My passes: by clicking on that card, you confirm your registration for the course.
Alternatively, you can buy a course card directly upon registration; see below for instructions on how to purchase a course card when booking.

To speed up course check-in at the yoga studio, we recommend to pay the course by your payment card in advance when registering for the course.

If you have sports benefits available, see the instructions below how you can pay for the course with them.
You can also pay for the course by bank transfer from your own online bank: you can see the details of the Yoga School’s payment account on the course Invoice. Bank transfer does not automatically acknowledge the course payment, but send a receipt/photo of the payment by email to info@astanga.fi and we will acknowledge the course as paid.

How to book, step-by-step guide

  1. First, create your own account in the reservation system. We recommend downloading the Helsinki Astanga Yoga School App. The same reservation ID is used in the app and on the astangajooga.fi website. Remember to log in to the app (Log in) in the Member role. Managing course reservations and canceling classes is easiest through the App.
  2. Book yourself a course card or a package. It takes place in the yoga school’s online store, either via the website or the App. You can pay for the course immediately or later. See below for more information on buying a course card and paying with your eployee provided exercise benefits.
  3. Register for the course with the Book button. If you have a course pass, it is shown under My passes, confirm your registration with the relevant course pass. If you don’t have a course pass yet, you can choose it at this point from the English Course Passes menu.

Our booking application makes using the booking system easy

Download the Helsingin Astanga Yogakoulu app to your phone or tablet from iStore or Google Play. The same reservation ID is used in the app and on the astangajooga.fi website. Remember to log in to the app (Log in) in the Member role. The app is faster to use than through a browser.

The app makes it convenient to book courses (Workshops in the top menu) and classes (Schedule menu in the app) and, if necessary, cancel class reservations (My Bookings).

  • If you haven’t used our Bsport-based reservation system before, do a Sign up in the App and then before the first login to your account reset the password (Forgot password) so that you can set your own password.
  • Log in to the app in the Member role (Teacher view appears empty).
  • The Workshops view that opens on the app’s front page is a course menu from which you can watch a presentation of a specific course, and at the end of the presentation, upcoming course dates are displayed, from which you can choose a course that suits you.
  • Remember to cancel the booking of a class or course in time (at least 2 hours before the start of the class) so that the credits of the booking are returned to your account for booking another class.
  • You can check the validity and monitor the usage of your class or course pass under Studio / My passes.
  • You can also buy new yoga passes in the studio section.

Option: purchase of a course pass when booking the course

If you do not yet have a valid course pass, you can purchase it during registration as follows:

Open the price list by clicking on ”English Course passes” and you will see the course passes suitable for this course and their prices.

Tip: click on the link text ”See more” below the course cards to see all price options. Choose the package you want and proceed to the registration confirmation by clicking the ”Book” button.

Note: choose the course pass corresponding to your own pricing group (regular or discounted price). See the next topic below.

Important: set the correct pricing group information in your booking account

If you create a username when purchasing a course ticket or registering for a course, remember to choose the right price group information for you: Normal price or one of the discount groups (discount price against a certificate, bring the certificate to the course)

• for those under 18 years of age
• for students
• for those on maternity or nursing leave
• for the unemployed
• for pensioners
• for conscripts and civil servants
• For HUS employees
• For members of the Actors’ Union

Tip: You can download a certificate from a discount group or a student card, e.g. as a jpg image, to the information of your booking account.

Paying for the course with employer provided sports benefits

If you have sports benefits Smartum, Virike, ePassi, EazyBreak, Edenred (sports vouchers, payment card or application), you can choose Pay later / On-Site Payment as the payment method.

You can pay the course fee or part of it to the Astanga Yoga School in Helsinki (a free amount of your choice) with the sports benefit application.

After that, send the payment receipt by email to info@astanga.fi, and we will credit the sports balance to the course payment, because the sports  balance payment is not entered into our reservation system automatically.

Payment with sports vouchers at the course location.

Course and class pass prices

Passes and credits Regular price Discount groups
New beginner’s course 8x60min (80 credits) 112 € BUY 102 € BUY
Intermediate beginner’s course 8x75min (80 credits) 123 € BUY 112 € BUY
New beginner’s course 6x60min (60 credits) 92 € BUY 81 € BUY
Intermediate beginner’s course 6x75min (60 credits) 102 € BUY 92 € BUY
Class pass 10x (100 credits) 145 € BUY 124 € BUY
Class pass 20x (200 credits) 249 € BUY 219 € BUY
Eligible for the discount price group with a certificate (shown in the course): under 18 yrs, students, those on parental or care leave, unemployed, pensioners, military or civil service. The validity of the class pass starts after the course from the first weekly class you attend. 10x and 20x class passes are valid for 6 months and compatible for all 60-90 min weekly classes. The validity period of the passes can be extended if necessary for an additional fee. Class passes are now credits: 1 drop in class 10 credits, 5 classes 50 credits, 10 classes 100 credits. Number of credits charged for each class is shown in the class title at the class schedule.

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Registration for the course is binding. Cancellations no later than 5 days before the start of the course. Uncancelled registrations will be invoiced according to the price list.

Juli Spanoude (English)

Originally from Cyprus and I have recently moved to Helsinki to continue my studies in the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method. A good friend of mine introduced me to yoga in 2013 and then I started to realise that a somatic embodied practice can be the beginning of a lifelong spiritual journey. To unlock the way of self-awareness and growth I do my best to daily practice, learn and assist here in Helsinki at one of the biggest Yoga Ashtanga Shalas in Europe.

Self-study, the theory of the practice and continues education are as important as the physical one, thus I enhance my knowledge through various readings, courses and workshops with senior Ashtanga teachers. Deeper personal growth requires consistent work and honesty towards other but most importantly towards ourselves. Then a deeper level of awareness and a being offered a wholesome lifestyle in peace and happiness can arise.

My focus on the individuality and daily needs of each practitioner is my priority, creating a safe and nurturing space for mental and physical discovery and growth. Thus, I try my best to offer guidance and hands on adjustments techniques that hopefully will access deeper layers of the body and self under a therapeutic manner.

Recently I have also started self-studies in Ayurveda life science, hoping one day to be an experienced practitioner guided by knowledgeable teachers and help others to follow the ancient method of living a healthy and prosperous life in combination with the Ashtanga practice.