21 June 2016, International Yoga Day | © Ashtanga Yoga Heidelberg

Ashtanga Yoga Heidelberg was founded on the 21 June 2016, the International for Day for Yoga by Manoj Gahlawat, and the team working ground-up by involving people and building Yoga in Heidelberg community with a goal to help the local communities to receive good Yoga offers and collaboration opportunities. We came in contact with many Yoga inspired people from Heidelberg and the world. The evolution brought us to keep a system of Yoga that suits the needs of a modern lifestyle and something that one wants to keep and keep practicing. Out gratitude to Lama Dorothea and everyone from Karma Chang Chub Chöphel Ling ( | Friedensstrasse 20, 69121 Heidelberg who provided us a shelter to keep practicing and sharing Yoga.

KCL Meditation Center – Our Mysore Yoga Shala (Mornings Only)

We started traditional Ashtanga Yoga in its original – Mysore Style practice, open for everyone – regular mornings from the 02 January 2017.

I teach Ashtanga yoga in the traditional way, as it has been and continues to be taught in Mysore by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI)  and Mysore Krishnamacharr Yogashala (BNS Iyengar) in Mysore, India.  The goal of Ashtanga Yoga Heidelberg is to help you establish a practice/ discipline or something that will adjust well to your lifestyle. Everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher, come and take practice!

The essence of  Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga utilizes a three-fold approach to yoga asana called Tristana. Tristana consists of  Ujjayi Pranayama (breathing technique), Bandhas (energy locks or seals), Dristi (looking focus). Through this method, practitioners develop control of the senses and a deep awareness of themselves and their inner sensations, emotions, and workings of the mind. By maintaining this discipline with regularity and devotion Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practitioners develop steadiness of body and mind.

The process of using these tools to deepen your experience is one of the main characteristics that separate Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga from all other yoga forms.