Astanga Easter Special Workshop 2019

Eddie Stern from New York in Helsinki 19.-22.4.:
Ashtanga Mysore & Led Classes, Chanting & Lectures

Eddie Stern has been one of the closest students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Eddie has initiated the publications of Yoga Mala written by K. Pattabhi Jois, and many other books on Astanga Yoga. He is well known for his knowledge of Hindu culture and religion, as well as of his Indian style Yoga Shala and teaching method at the NYC. The workshop is a great opportunity to meet Eddie and to learn about his ideas: on science, philosophy and physiology related to yoga and its practices; how to examine to underlying mechanisms that make yoga effective; why yoga, meditation and chanting are effective practices for self-regulation, positive social interaction, and transcendental experience. Yoga classes, lectures and discussions are held in English.

Reserve your spot!

Workshop Schedule

Thursday 18.4.
17:00-18:30 Collecting and checking workshop payments at Annankatu 29 B downstairs (door code 2002).
Also Eddie’s new book One Simple Thing is there for sale 25€.

Friday 19.4.

08:15 – 10:00 Led Primary
(Kamppi Sports Center / Kampin liikuntakeskus, Malminkatu 3D)

11:00 – 12:15 Puja&Chanting
(Annankatu 29B, upstairs, 2nd floor (door code 2002)

14:00 – 16:00 Special Lecture: Life As Ritual
(Balder’s Hall / Balderin sali, Aleksanterinkatu 12, 3rd floor)

Saturday 20.4.

06:00 – 11:00 Ashtanga Mysore Practice
(Annankatu 29B, starting and main practice at upstairs shala 2nd floor, finishing and relaxation at downstairs shala -1st floor)

12:30 – 14:30 Special Lecture:  Thinking, Feeling, Acting and Being: Four Modes of Yoga (Balder’s Hall / Balderin sali, Aleksanterinkatu 12, 3rd floor)

Sunday 21.4.

06:00 – 11:00 Ashtanga Mysore Practice
(Annankatu 29B, starting and main practice at upstairs shala 2nd floor, finishing and relaxation at downstairs shala -1st floorirs)

12:30 – 14:30 Special Lecture: One Simple Thing
(Balder’s Hall / Balderin sali, Aleksanterinkatu 12, 3rd floor)

Monday 22.4.

08:00 – 09:45 Led Primary
10:00 – 11:15  Chanting & Closing the workshop 

(Kamppi Sports Center / Kampin liikuntakeskus, Malminkatu 3)

All workshop teaching, lectures and discussions are held in English.

In this workshop yoga asanas are practiced on a daily basis as taught by K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Bring your own yoga mat and a small towel with you.

Led Classes

On Friday and Monday the Led Primary classes are held at Kamppi Sports Center (Kampin liikuntakeskus) 3D, just 6 minutes walk from Annankatu Yogashala!
(This hall is used mainly for kids and teens rhytmic gymnastics practices.) Doors are open 30 minutes before the practice. Please come at least 15 minutes before. There is dressing rooms with showers. Bring your valuables inside the practice hall!

Mysore practice

On Saturday and Sunday we have scheduled very authetic type of mysore morning practice, where the first students will start at 5:30 – 6:00 am at Annankatu big yogashala (2nd floor), and the next students will come to join in every 15 minutes starting from 6:45.

After 6:45 am starting students are called in to start as practice spots become free, and usually the starting with surya namaskaras and some standing poses will be practiced at the back of the yogashala, and you are guided forward when a new practice spot becomes free at the four front rows.

If your starting time is after 7am, please do not enter the yogashala or change the practice spot by yourself;
we will call you in and guide you into a free practice place.
Please be prepared to wait 5-15 minutes to get into the shala to start your practice.

When you have finished your main practice after doing the Bridge pose and balancing forward bending (Urdhva Dhanurasana & Paschimatanasana), take your yoga mat and towel, and go to do the Finishing sequence at the Downstairs yogashala. Try to find there a free spot marked with a dark-red-dot, and place next to it the front side of your yoga mat, facing the small Ganesha altar at the right hand side.

The Mysore practice teaching time is between 6:00-11:00, and the finishing and relaxation can be done up to 11:30 am.

Special Lecture Series topic in April 2019

Science, philosophy and physiology to examine the underlying mechanisms that make yoga, meditation and chanting effective practices for self-regulation, positive social interaction, and transcendental experience.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Lectures are held at Balder’s Hall (Balderin sali) at Aleksanterinkatu 12, 3rd floor, some 17 minutes walk from Annankatu Yogashala.

Doors are open 30 minutes before the lectures.

NOTE: Friday Puja at Annankatu Yogashala.
Monday chanting and closing at Kamppi Sports Center.


Friday lecture: Life As Ritual 

In the Hindu tradition the entire universe is seen as a grand ritual being played out on the altar of the Divine. In this view, performing simple, daily rituals, can make even the most mundane aspects of our lives sacred. In this talk we’ll examine some of the elements of ritual and how they relate to our lives, and how you can also begin to create small rituals that serve as daily reminders to you that life, time, and awareness are all sacred.

Saturday lecture: Thinking, Feeling, Acting and Being: Four Modes of Yoga

(Includes Pranayama, Chanting and Philosophy)
One of the meanings of the word yoga is union. Yoga teaches us practices by which we can experience a union with our inner
sense of self. In this class we will discuss the four yogas, called Jnana, Bhakti, Karma and Raja, that are the basic ways we can experience this union, through four basic ways we experience the world: through thought, action, feeling, and being. The yogis categorized these four ways based on both the ways we experience the world, and the four temperaments of people that draw them to the different yoga. Each of these yogas can lead us to a sense of inner peace, knowing and knowledge, and having a knowledge about these different approaches can help to broaden our vision about how our practices can pervade our daily life.

Sunday lecture: One Simple Thing 

(Includes Pranayama, Chanting and Philosophy)
In this lecture we will discuss some of the underlying mechanisms of yoga that make it an effective practice for self-regulation, emotional regulation, and spiritual experience. Drawing from Eddie’s upcoming book (to be released on March 12th, 2019), he will discuss a variety of scientific findings and yogic explanations that complement both an Eastern and Western approach to spiritual practice. Even after thousands of years, yoga continues to be an infinitely interesting and exciting practice and philosophy, never growing old, and always staying new. In this class we will look at some of the reasons why this is so.

Monday: Chanting and closing the workshop

Monday’s Lecture will primarily be questions and answers, and we will review some of the material that we covered on the previous days. We will also have a longer chanting and meditation period on Sunday as well.

Chanting Class

Chanting is one of the important parts of yoga and spiritual practice, and has a wide range of benefits that are both emotional, psychological and physical. Chanting in a traditional way is a beautiful, devotional practice that you can add to your daily sadhana.

Workshop fees

All Workshop 4 days from Friday to Monday:

– All program 260
– Yoga ONLY
Thursday-Sunday: 170 €
– Lectures ONLY (incl. chanting classes)
Friday-Monday: 110 €

Single days

including Yoga and Special Leture from Friday to Sunday:
– One day: 95 €

– Two days: 180 €
– Three days: 220 €


– Morning practices: 49 €
– Special Lecture 1:15 hrs Mon: 30 €
– Special Lecture 2hrs Fri, Sat, Sun: 49 €
Puja / chanting Thu: Free attendance

To be noticed

* Practices can be photographed, audio- or videorecorded only by permission.
* Practice place entrance only with workshop pass (on one’s own practice time).
* Lectures can be attended by anyone who is interested, see the drop-in fees.

Prices include VAT 10%

Registration fees:
All workshop and weekend program registration fees 95 €
– should be paid due to registration, prepaid registration
confirms the workshop spot.

The Final Workshop payment
– Registration fee is reduced from the rest of the payment.
Drop in fees should be paid when free drop-in places are
confirmed (after the April 2nd).

Payment method
All payments into the workshop account:
IBAN: FI16 1011 3000 2694 06
Astanga Yoga Helsinki
Reference number (viite) 301

Registration to Astanga Yoga with Eddie Stern
19.-22.4.2019 , Helsinki, Finland

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