Ashtanga Vinyasa is a traditional style of Hatha Yoga popularised and redesigned by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. It is derived from an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, written by Vamanarishi, and schools the practitioner in Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga.
The main components of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga are breathing with sound (ujjayi breath), bandhas (locks) and drishti (gaze). Together these three elements form Tristana. In this practice of yoga, breath is synchronised with movement – this is called Vinyasa. Its purpose is cleansing; producing internal heat leading to profuse sweating and detoxification of the organs and muscles.
Each of our teachers brings years of knowledge of the Ashtanga yoga system to Orion. We work closely with our teachers to constantly develop our programme; keeping our resident teachers on a long-term basis so that practitioners can build a solid relationship with them – known as ‘parampara’ – and benefit from this practice, not only on a physical level, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Our dedicated and passionate teachers love to share their knowledge of the Ashtanga system beyond the mat and demonstrate how the Eight Limbs can be applied to daily life. The Eight Limbs or Ashtanga is described in the Yoga Sutras by the sage Patanjali.
Patanjali being the first to create the foundational text or sutras from which all modern day yoga practices derive. By adhering and practcising the Eight Limbs or Ashtanga Yoga path the practitioner can achieve that state of union between mind, body and soul. This is the step that ultimately leads into self-realization.
1. Yama (abstinences) 2. Niyama (observances) 3. Asana (posture) 4. Pranayama (breath control) 5. Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) 6. Dharana (concentration) 7. Dhyana (meditation), and ultimately 8. Samadhi (oneness).
“When all mental distractions disappear and the mind becomes one-pointed, it enters the state called Samadhi.”
~Patanjali (circa 500 A.D.)
We at Orion believe that the first concept of the Yamas – Ahmisa nonviolence to oneself and others must be achieved before we even start our daily practice on the mat. Practice from a place of compassion and love towards yourself.
For new students, we aim to offer a thorough introduction to the Ashtanga system. For our more advanced practitioners, our intention is to create the conditions for them to immerse themselves fully in their practice.
Our workshops and Ashtanga Tech sessions allow students to explore this vast system of traditional yoga in greater depth. For more information about special classes and workshops, please ask our team.
Once a year, Orion offers a 200-hour Ashtanga Yoga Training. During these four intensive weeks, Coco and Ewa will teach in detail each posture, transitions, philosophy and physical anatomy. This course is open to all serious practitioners with the desire to deepen their knowledge of Ashtanga Yoga.
At Orion we create space for practitioners to develop their yoga studies whilst enjoying all that our Centre has to offer. This includes delicious sattvic food, a herbal steam room, massage, Reiki and many more holistic healing modalities that will benefit your body and soul during your sadhana.
During Ashtanga Mysore classes, students of all levels practice at their own pace while the teacher offers adjustments, alignment cues and – if necessary – reminds students of the sequence. The Ashtanga Mysore practice is developed over time as the teacher moves the student along the sequence by giving them new postures as they become ready.
Students are guided in a led full- or half-primary class. The teacher announces each asana and counts each vinyasa so that students move in sync, holding each posture and transitioning with the breath.
Orion Healing Centre specialises in Ashtanga yoga immersions, we offer a unique setting for practitioners of all levels. A standard Ashtanga immersion lasts 2 weeks and we offer 12 (depending on Moon Days) classes of Ashtanga Yoga; both Mysore and Led classes. Your Ashtanga package includes 14 afternoon or evening restorative or gentle flow classes and one-on-one teachings and group lectures from our Ashtanga teachers. These lectures will shed light on the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.
During the afternoon and evenings, we offer free daily meditation, yoga nidra, Kirtan and philosophy classes. We advise our Ashtanga students that it is most beneficial to take the full 2-week yoga course. If you cannot make the 2 week commitment to the practice, then 1 week is also possible.
Twice a week we will also hold Ashtanga classes for beginners in the evening to dissect the essential elements of the primary series.
All students should aim to arrive on Saturday between 14:00 and 18:00. The first Mysore practice is held on Sunday morning at 7:00 and the last class is Led class on Friday morning at 7:00. Check-out time is on Saturday between 11:00 and 12:00. If you wish to take your meditation and yoga class on your last day, we can provide storage for your luggage.
March 2017: Coco & Ewa
April -August 2017: Natasha Nikolic
September 2017 – January 2018: Ewa Juszczyk
February 2018 – March 2018: Coco & Ewa
Classes are open to practitioners of all levels of experience. For our beginners or those unfamiliar with the Ashtanga sequence we require that you commit to a minimum of 6 days or join one of our 7 – 14 day Ashtanga Programmes, in order to learn the Ashtanga techniques properly and to have a sustainable daily practice.
Ewa is our resident Ashtanga Yoga Teacher here at Orion Healing Centre. Ewa has been practising yoga for 16 years, and teaching since 2004. Her yoga journey began with Iyengar Yoga in 2000 when she studied with Geeta Iyengar. Her yoga journey continued when she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and studied under Authorized Level II Teacher, Basia Lipska. Further studies brought her to Mysore to study with BNS Iyengar in 2012. The same year, Ewa studied intensively with Kamal Singh in Rishikesh, India.
Other authorised teachers Ewa has studied with are: Maty Ezraty, Tim Feldman, Petri Reisenen, Noah McKenna, Ajay Tokas, Kino MacGregor, and Bela Lipat. Over the years, she continued her yogic studies of Yin, Vinyasa, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Alignment, Slow Flow, and Flex. Recently Ewa ran the Ashtanga Mysore Programme at Yoga Maya and Yoga Therapy Programmes for Dancers and Musicians at Codarts in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Ewa views her yogic practice as Art, Philosophy, and Science. She personally follows the dictum that to be a teacher, one must first be a student, and knows the greatest lessons a teacher can learn come from experience with a variety of situations and students. She believes that as a teacher, it is essential to stay open to the continuous learning process, be aware of opportunities for growth, and practice with gratitude.
Passionate, patient, and proficient methods of daily practice brought her to a deeper understanding of what yoga is about. With her greatest pleasure, she will share her experience, love, and trust of the system of yoga. Ewa’s teachings are honest, pure, and challenging with a good dose of humour. Her purpose is to nourish, enhance, and regenerate the body; bring stillness to the mind; and balance overall for personal development. Ewa’s hands-on adjustments are precise and effective, allowing her to awaken the inner potential of students. She holds a strong and charismatic presence with compassion, love and good will.
Based on her understanding of the needs and abilities of each individual, she inspires people to go beyond their limitations with diligent daily practice. The emphasis in her teaching is on proper alignment and a balanced flow of prana (life force or energy) throughout the body. Incorporating yoga philosophy each step of the way, she works with a great respect of the traditional parampara (teacher to student transmission) and constantly deepens her knowledge and teaching skills to benefit her students.
“Personally, yoga became more than just a practice. It’s my lifestyle, and I choose to live it 24/7.”
– Ewa Juszczyk
Tasha is an international yoga and meditation teacher, a Reiki master, passionate practitioner of various energy healing modalities and founder of Chandra Yoga School in Nish, Serbia.
Tasha is an Authorised Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher from KPJAY Institute, Mysore, India.
For the past ten years, Tasha has had the opportunity to study with many dedicated teachers, therapists and healers by travelling through various cultural, philosophical and spiritual systems. Her aim has been to integrate and adopt this ancient wisdom to suit the “modern challenges of mankind”.
Her love for yoga and the pursuit of happiness led her to India in 2012. Every year since she has returned to continue her personal and professional growth. She has been blessed to share traditional Ashtanga Yoga method as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois.
Her intention is to share her healing abilities and her yoga practice as a spiritual, philosophical and practical discipline, through a series of simple, yet transformative steps. This holistic approach allows us to focus both on the therapeutic effects of the physical aspect, as well as the healing potential of meditative practices. Promoting loving kindness, compassion and conscious living, in harmony with nature.
~Join me on this invigorating healing journey into the centre of your being. Let’s dive into this practice together and open the vibrational door to a higher consciousness and joyful life!~
Born in Canada, Corinne (Coco) started to practice yoga more than 20 years ago after the birth of her son. With a background in both practicing and teaching ballet and contemporary dance for more than 16 years, Corinne warmed up to yoga easily. For her, yoga became much more than a physical practice; she felt very soon the connection between body, mind and soul.
Corinne traveled, for the first time to Mysore, India in 2005. During her stay in Mysore she studied and was certified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher with V. Sheshadri, B.A. International Yoga Asana Champion, traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by the system of T. Krishnamacharia, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.
In 2009, Corinne met Michael Gannon who motivated her to dive deeper and deeper into her practice and listen more to this profound calling. The next year, she completed the Gannon Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teacher apprenticeship and is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA and UK.
By 2010, her inspiration for the study/teching became so strong that she decided to dedicate completely her life to it. With the practice of the Traditional Ashtanga, Corinne want to develop and create a strong foundation of trust, connection and compassion with student and preserve this sacred practice.
As a recognized teacher in the Riviera Maya/Mexico, Corinne travelled years around Mexico, South America, Canada and the United States to share her love for the practice.
In 2015, she decided to deepen her studying to another level and went to travel Asia for more than 2 years. During that journey, she practices with well known Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa, Kirsten and Mitchell in Bali & Vijay Kumar in Mysore. The highlight of her journey happened when she finally met
her Guru. Corinne live for months in a Brahman family where she study and practice Patanjali Philosophy at the Gurukula.
Since 2016, Corinne is also teaching in Thailand where she guides students in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga and help them to expand and deepen their understanding of the yoga life style.
In Mexico, in the Mayan Jungle, she is creating a permanent Mysore Program at her Center One Breath of Yoga. Her Center also offer many other workshops like Raw Food, Temazcals and Medicinals Ceremonies to help people in their process of transformation and realization.