Mysore Yoga CPH is dedicated to teaching Astanga yoga in the tradition of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. The word ‘Mysore’ in our name refers to two of our cornerstones:
Our experience is that the Astanga yoga has the potential to re-direct each individual, regardless of age, fitness level, personal history or background, to build up steadiness of the mind and body. We have personally learned that regular practice makes us feel amazing in our bodies, but primarily it helps render us kinder, more grateful, more loving, more efficient, more considerate, and above all, more compassionate human beings. This all reflects our mission: to empower people to embrace clarity, strength and kindness within themselves. By practicing sincerely we will hopefully also add a little more openness and peace not only to ourselves, but also to everybody around us.
Mikko has been studying yoga since the early days of the millennium. He stepped onto the yoga mat for the first time in Helsinki, Finland while studying social sciences, pursuing a career in the media world, and burning through at least one pair of running shoes a year.
The first practice challenged him in an entirely new way, and he wanted to find out why. Mikko started his daily visits to the mat and few years later the exploration took him to Mysore, India. After yearly visits to the source of Astanga yoga Mikko has received the Level 2 teaching authorization by R. Sharath Jois at KPJAYI.
In addition to Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath, Mikko wants to thank Lino Miele and Petri Räisänen for nurturing the foundation of his practice, and Sri OP Tiwari for enriching his experience of yoga. Teaching since 2003, Mikko wants to inspire the passion for the practice and to help students to be sincere rather than serious. In recent years, Mikko has been leading in-depth workshops and retreats in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Ever since her introduction to yoga in three countries and two continents, it has become a big part of her life, and after returning visits to Mysore, India, Helena has received the teaching authorization by her teacher Sharath at KPJAYI. She has also studied in-depth with Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty and Richard Freeman. Her teaching reflects all these influences.
Coming from a background of professional dance and self-expression, Helena is passionate to highlight healthy alignment together with an intuitive understanding of movement. Her natural curiosity and deep interest in the human body gives her an exact and therapeutic teaching style.
Ahu was born in Turkey and started the regular yoga practice in 2004 in Istanbul. Before settling to Copenhagen she earned Masters degrees in Economics from New York University and in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics.
While studying in London, she had a glimpse of teaching yoga for the first time while assisting her teacher Cary Perkins in Mysore classes. Soon after she traveled to India to study with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, and after regular visits she was authorized to teach by KPJAYI in 2010.
Other major influences on Ahu’s yoga path have been Rolf and Marci Naujakot, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. Additionally, she has been practicing Osho meditation, and since 2012 Buddhist meditation with Stephan Wormland. The goal of Ahu’s teaching is to help creating a mindful practice, that allows students to live in a healthy relationship with themselves, the world and other people.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”Whether you think you can or you can't, either way you're right.” ― Henry Ford
"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
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