Asta Caplan

Ashtanga Spirit Munich

Ashtanga Spirit Munich is the only level 2 authorized traditional Ashtanga yoga shala in Munich and one of the few in Germany. Our aim is to continue the lineage of Sharath Joisand and teach the Ashtanga yoga as it has been taught and iscurrently practiced in Sharath Yoga Center, Mysore, India.
All our teachers are authorized or certified and we continue to collaborate with some of the internationally most experienced and respected teachers.

Traditional Mysore style Ashtanga yoga is taught individually to each student in their own pace in a space with other students of varying levels of experience. Students are physically assisted in more demanding postures they are currently studying in the traditional sequence. Once a week Ashtanga Spirit Munich provides a led primary series class which is recommended to all students who are already practicing Ashtanga yoga.

This individually guided process – which begins with asana – with dedicated practice leads to a more balanced life and towards self realization.

I believe as an Ashtanga yoga teacher I have two main tasks to fulfill and commit to for any student, who wishes to study the traditional method. I have the task to be daily present for the practice of the community of students, who have trusted their journey in the Ashtanga yoga in my hands from their first day of practice to years to come.

Equally importantly, as a teacher I wish to create a space in which each student feels supported to discover their own resilience and strength in self discovery, increased awareness and focus leading to courage to make a difference and go through transformation.

Ashtanga yoga bio

Asta ventured into Astanga Yoga practice as a balancing element, while still studying in the Finnish National Ballet School in 1998. She has been practicing regularly since 2001 and, after leaving her career as a professional ballet dancer, studied and practiced with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois, Eddie Stern, Tim Miller, Mark and Joanne Darby, Rolf Naujokat, David Swenson and Lino Miele. Asta received level 2 authorization to teach in 2012. She has completed teacher training with Sharath in Mysore 2014. In 2015 she attended a third Series teacher training with Tim Miller in California. In 2017 she completed a teacher’s course with David Swenson. In Germany Asta has been teaching in the traditional Mysore style since 2015, first in Berlin and since 2017 in Munich. From 2019 Asta has been the main teacher and co-ordinator of Ashtanga Spirit Munich as an independen traditional Ashtanga yoga shala space in Munich.

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