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... when breathing and asana, tension and concentration come together into one unit. So with Ujjayi, Bandha and Drishti you create the foundation of your practice, and the spiritual dimension of Ashtanga Yoga develops.

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Loosening up the hips Loosening up the hips

Loosening up the hips

In yoga one of the most common recurring stretches is the 'hip-opener'. These exercises are key to preparing the body for an entire series of poses. In pregnancy, these can also be surprisingly beneficial.

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The Power of Breath The Power of Breath

The Power of Breath

"Merging breath with movement for the purpose of experiencing 'Svātma', or our true essence." This is the message Ronald wants to share with us in his latest inspirational video. Here he will share his inspiration for the video and the story behind its creation.

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Does pregnancy take your breath away? Does pregnancy take your breath away?

Does pregnancy take your breath away?

With these simple exercises you regain the space for a deep breath. This means that your child can grow safely in a both stable and dynamic environment. In addition, you simply breathe your stress away.

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Restoratives - recharge your energy supply and prepare for your baby's arrival in the world Restoratives - recharge your energy supply and prepare for your baby's arrival in the world

Restoratives - recharge your energy supply and prepare for your baby's arrival in the world

Before the birth of a child, you probably feel like there are 1000 things that urgently need doing. At the same time, though, this is also definitely the time for some rest and recreation.

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Ahiṁsā - The Bridge between Yoga and Karate Ahiṁsā - The Bridge between Yoga and Karate

Ahiṁsā - The Bridge between Yoga and Karate

Martial arts and yoga are two disciplines which at first glance seem as if they were two worlds apart from one another. But after taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that they actually have quite a bit in common.

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Riding the waves of breath Riding the waves of breath

Riding the waves of breath

“This is Breathing Yoga – Some simple stretches but intense breathing“ This is the way Sri K. Pattabhi Jois liked to describe Ashtanga Vinyasa.

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The Perfect Core Training for Pregnancy The Perfect Core Training for Pregnancy

The Perfect Core Training for Pregnancy

Dr. Ronald Steiner and Dr. Melanie Steiner explain why a strong core is so important during pregnancy, complete with some simple abdominal exercises you can do to strengthen your center.

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Delighted about the new baby, but worried about stretch marks... Delighted about the new baby, but worried about stretch marks...

Delighted about the new baby, but worried about stretch marks...

With these simple tricks you can offer your baby a loving space while supporting your own body. In this way you can also give your skin a chance to stretch harmoniously without stretch marks.

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Can a Newborn Baby Practice Yoga? - and what we as adults can learn from them Can a Newborn Baby Practice Yoga? - and what we as adults can learn from them

Can a Newborn Baby Practice Yoga? - and what we as adults can learn from them

We didn't know what to expect when we laid our two-week old son down between our mats. At first, he was just lying there, but then...

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How come a new Mama suddenly gets a ton of new asana! How come a new Mama suddenly gets a ton of new asana!

How come a new Mama suddenly gets a ton of new asana!

After a mother gives birth to a child, she finds not only her body has completely changed, but also that her emotions are in need of a good tune up in order to find harmony. Here we share our experiences as new parents and yogis.

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AYI Interview with Anna Trökes AYI Interview with Anna Trökes

AYI Interview with Anna Trökes

Can Yoga make you happy? Author and philosophy expert Anna Trökes thinks it can...

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Everyday Mindfulness with Yoga Everyday Mindfulness with Yoga

Everyday Mindfulness with Yoga

In everyday life our brain is constantly exposed to stimuli, which result in biochemical processes taking place. Stimulus overload without a break is overtaxing on the body and mind. Thankfully, yoga can offer us a chance for some much needed mental down time.

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A Look Abroad: Yoga in Tokyo A Look Abroad: Yoga in Tokyo

A Look Abroad: Yoga in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to the most active and international yoga scene in East Asia with a dedicated community of practitioners made up of both home-grown and international yogis. The city offers a wide range of opportunities for enthusiasts catering to all tastes and preferences.

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My mat never gets rolled up! My mat never gets rolled up!

My mat never gets rolled up!

What is yoga for kids? Are the children forced to sit down and meditate? While for many this image may come to mind, it is not at all the case. Florian Sprater tells us more about what really goes on.

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Mysore-style: A Private Lesson in a Group Setting Mysore-style: A Private Lesson in a Group Setting

Mysore-style: A Private Lesson in a Group Setting

A yoga class where hardly any words are exchanged, there is no fixed start and end time and where it seems at first that everyone is just doing whatever they want - there is no way that can work, right? Actually, yes it works perfectly well! And in a surprisingly effective way, so long as you understand the 'rules' of a Mysore-style Ashtanga class.

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Uncharted Territories - Touch as a good listener Uncharted Territories - Touch as a good listener

Uncharted Territories - Touch as a good listener

From receiving adjustments to using self-adjustment and honing in on our sense of feel to focus on the proprioceptive qualities of the skin, we bring our focus full circle by exploring and observing the interaction of touching another person.

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More than skin-deep More than skin-deep

More than skin-deep

In our last exercise, we looked at the skin on a somewhat superficial level. This month, we’re diving in deeper…

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Aerial Yoga, Colors and Chakras Aerial Yoga, Colors and Chakras

Aerial Yoga, Colors and Chakras

After completing a successful test flight at the AYI® Sommerfest, AYI® Aerial found its place in the regular weekly class schedule. After a possibly cautious first inspection of the setup of vibrant yoga hammocks, it is surprising how quickly you begin to build trust in and then enthusiasm for using the colorful pieces of cloth to carry you as you defy gravity and move freely, suspended in the air.

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Chakras and Energy Chakras and Energy

Chakras and Energy

Each chakra is governed by a specific element that is associated with unique qualities. It is said that you can cultivate aspects from that chakra by concentrating on that specific energy channel.

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Nadi Shodhana:  A Rollercoaster Ride for the Nerves Nadi Shodhana:  A Rollercoaster Ride for the Nerves

Nadi Shodhana: A Rollercoaster Ride for the Nerves

From feelings of disappointment and discouragement to those of contentment and balance: Sandrine Bremer spoke with us about her experiences while practicing the Second Series and how they have affected the way she shows up on and off the mat.

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This Skin We’re In: Manifesting Subtle Movement through the Sense of Touch This Skin We’re In: Manifesting Subtle Movement through the Sense of Touch

This Skin We’re In: Manifesting Subtle Movement through the Sense of Touch

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is the skin that gives us our faculty to feel (and to touch), which is arguably the most important sense we possess. As early as within the womb we are able to sense our environment through our skin. That being said, we are often unaware of the function of the skin. Through this article series we hope to bring more awareness to our skin, whether on or off the mat.

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Laughter Yoga- Is that supposed to be a joke? Laughter Yoga- Is that supposed to be a joke?

Laughter Yoga- Is that supposed to be a joke?

No, it's no joke... it really exists! This yoga form is growing in popularity and more and more people meet regularly to laugh together. In order to find out more about what is behind Laughter Yoga and for whom it might be suitable, we spoke with yogini Katja Schneider about her experience with this particular yoga form and why she would like to offer Laughter Yoga at AYI Ulm.

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Learning to fly: Aerial Yoga at the AYI Ulm Learning to fly: Aerial Yoga at the AYI Ulm

Learning to fly: Aerial Yoga at the AYI Ulm

Take off in colorful yoga hammocks, let yourself drift and find new energy - thanks to Aerial Yoga this will now also be possible at the AYI Ulm. Discover numerous options for backbends, acrobatic experiments and much more.

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Yoga? - But I'm too old for that... Yoga? - But I'm too old for that...

Yoga? - But I'm too old for that...

... as if! A join-in workshop including the sun salutation. All you need to participate: a chair

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How do I find the right style for me? How do I find the right style for me?

How do I find the right style for me?

Ashtanga Yoga - "Explore your own limits and learn how to focus your mind. Learn how to get deeper into individual positions without sustaining an injury. Learn how to meditate."

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Tristana – The Lotus Blossom of Ashtanga Yoga

When movement and breath fuse together, the energy carries the body seemingly effortlessly and focus moves from the exterior to the interior, we reach Tristana. Or: through vinyasa, bandha and drishti we achieve the spiritual dimension in Ashtanga yoga practice.

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Ujjayi Pranayama - the victorious breath

The beauty of unifying breath and movement is truly majestic. With the breathing techniques of Ujjayi pranayama we can open a gateway, melt snow, or ride the waves like a surfer. Experience it here …

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Vinyasa - like beads on a garland

Vinyasa arises from merging breath and movement into one another. Asanas become the pearls on a thread, thoughts like raindrops in the ocean, practice becomes an energetic track in the ether, the breath like the rush of the sea...

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Using bandha to control energy from the breath

Two poles of a battery between which energy flows – in this way bandhas conduct breath through the body. Working against the force of gravity and achieving lightness. Here you will find the necessary bandha know-how...

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Asana + direction = alignment

An asana alone does not define you as a yogi. Only the interaction of breath and energy, lightness and stability, falling back and advancement will open the door for you to the wealth of experience of the infinite cosmos of yoga. If this is understood, the direction, or alignment, results in the asana arising almost by itself.

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