A Yoga Collective
Online & Outdoor Classes
This summer we are hosting outdoor classes in the park. For now our online livestream yoga classes are on hold. Per September we’re hosting indoor classes again. To reserve your spot, just visit our schedule and sign up for the class(es) you’d like to join.
This class is structured just as traditional Hatha classes where we practice alignment and strength while promoting flexibility and calm to the body and mind. It includes breathing techniques for which we go deep in order to work extensively with our body locks (bhanda’s). Hatha yoga also has great benefits for the internal organ-, nervous and lymphatic systems. As far as the poses go, participants should be prepared for the challenge! After warming up the spine and rest of the body with a number of rounds of classical surya namaskar (sun salutations) we work towards poses such as side crow, eka-pada koundinyasana, forearm balances and handstands. If you’ve been practicing for a while and are ready to ascend to the next plateau, this class is for you!
Yin Yoga poses are designed to bend and heal your connective tissue and are experienced as deep stretches as they increase your range of motion and clear your energetic pathways. In Yin Yoga we focus on the ‘white matter’ of the body: The ligaments, tendons and bones. Yin Yoga poses – which can still be very challenging – give the body a calming sensation and are designed to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (your natural, nurturing ‘rest and digest’ state of calm). Poses are held for some time, up to 5 minutes. During these you will be encouraged to stay with your breath let go where you can. Leaving class you’ll feel supple, content and confident. Yin Yoga is suitable for all levels; modifications, when needed, are given by the teacher.
Flow & Breathwork
Breathwork pranayama is one of the 5 pillars of yoga according to Swami Sivananda and crucial in undergoing a full yoga-class experience. This is why these yoga classes start with just this. The teacher chooses between alternate nostril breathing, breath of fire, deep cellular restorative breathing and other techniques. Afterwards be prepared to move! We start flowing, focus on connecting breath to movement and building heat, strength and flexibility. Challenging postures are explored including balancing poses, inversions and backbends. Some yoga-experience and a maintained physical condition are recommended to join this class. Every class ends with a well deserved guided savasana (final relaxation).
Gentle Flow & Yoga Nidra
This is a calming stress-relieving class to stretch and gently and gradually strengthen the body. Emphasis is on building awareness of the breath and body. Postures (asanas) are practiced at a slower pace with attention to alignment and detail. This gentle practice is a great preparation for your Yoga Nidra practice, known also as yogic sleep in which you are guided into a full theta-brain-wave body and mind relaxation. 20 minutes of yoga Nidra is comparable in restfulness to a full hour of regular sleep, so be prepared to come out of this class relaxed and calm. For all students at all levels looking for a soothing, relaxing, and restorative experience.
This is a gentle class in which we use props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps. The props are there to support the body so you’re able to relax fully in the poses. These are designed to be super comfortable and held for a long time. This practice is for those looking to slow down, relieve stress and calm the mind, as well for those recovering from injuries. This yoga is also beneficial for people suffering from insomnia and enables deep sleep. Because you’re fully supported by props, you allow the mind to let go of the tension that brings negative thought and stiffness off the body. This deep restorative practice brings nourishment to mind, body and spirit. It’s for everyone, even those who have never experienced yoga before!
This class is taught in the traditional way it has been practiced for over 120 years in the motherland India when the great spiritual leader and medical practitioner Swami Sivanda unified the various millennia-old surviving yoga traditions. All classes start with initial relaxation: some ancient-old nervous system calming breathing-exercises, a number of rounds of classical sun-salutations and followed by classical strengthening and relaxation poses. In traditional Hatha Yoga the emphasis lies on Sthira Sukham Asanam (comfortable steady pose). Each class ends with a guided full-body relaxation, traditionally known as savasana.
Hatha Yoga & Meditation
This class is the most traditional form of yoga taught in our studio. Postures are practiced to align, strengthen and promote flexibility in the body and mind. Hatha yoga includes breathing techniques and has great benefits also for the internal organ-, nervous and lymphatic systems. In this class there is an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement. Challenging poses are sometimes alternated with relaxing ones. Hatha Yoga is a path towards full-body relaxation and balance as we go through a full circuit of the body’s range of motion with standing postures, twists, backbends, forward folds and hip openers. The silent meditation afterwards allows the student to go deep inside promoting inner peace and acceptance. This class is the embodiment of yoga the way it’s meant to be.
How it works
1. Register on Zoom
Register for a free account on Zoom (link to app store & website) and install the app on your mobile, tablet, laptop or TV. It is easiest to follow our classes on a tablet or laptop which you place in front of your mat.
2. Reserve your spot
Go to our ‘Book a Class’ page and pick your favorite class to reserve your spot. Register with us if you haven’t yet. Signing in for a class remains the same as for a class during our regular, off-line schedule.
3. Pay for your class (ses)
For purchasing classes you can choose between a single class (€4,50) or an unlimited weekly subscription (€12,99). On the ‘My Schedule’ page you can find an overview of your purchased class(es). We’ve frozen all regular subscriptions and are asking you to purchase your online classes separately.
4. Log in to Zoom
Fifteen minutes before the class starts, you will receive an email with a link to join your class.
Click this link to be directed to your class in a new screen in Zoom.
5. Get your props and be ready
Roll out your yoga mat ready and make sure you have a blanket and a yoga block or pillow nearby. Be sure to log in 5 to 10 minutes before the start of class. This way you have time to check sound and image and familiarize yourself with the viewing options (“SPEAKER-” & GALLERY VIEW).
During class choose the “SPEAKER VIEW” mode and see your teacher in large image. When in “GALLERY VIEW,” you can double-click (PIN) on the teacher and you’ll be directed back to “SPEAKER VIEW.” It’s nice to leave your camera on before class, so that the teacher and other students can also see. (You can also turn your camera off by pressing the camera-icon.)
6. Enjoy your class!
When class starts, your audio and camera will be turned off. For any questions during class we invite you to use the chat function at the bottom of your screen. We’re not playing music during our livestream classes. Feel free to play your own music in the background.
Frequently asked questions
If you are new to A Yoga Collective, welcome! Here’s everything you need to know:
If your audio does not work directly in the Zoom meeting, please follow the next steps:
- Tap your meeting screen. A bar with meeting options will appear at the bottom.
- Press “Join Audio”. Different options will appear.
- Press “Call using internet audio” to use your speakers and microphone from your laptop, phone or tablet.
€4,50 for a single class
€12,99 for an unlimited weekly pass
We recommend the following for your home practice:
- Pick a quiet and comfy spot in your house. Try and make sure you won’t be disturbed during class: this is your me-time.
- If you have a yoga mat, that’s great. Otherwise make sure the ground you practice on is padded, like a rug or on grass.
- You’ll benefit from a pillow, yoga block and a blanket.
- Make sure the battery of the device your practicing from is charged or plugged in.
- We don’t use music during our online classes so if you like music during practice feel free to play your own music in the background.
- Perhaps light a candle or some incense and resolve to let go and have fun!