Kirsten Berg & Mitchell Gold in Vienna, June 2017

::: Mysore Classes ::: Yoga Workshop ::: Bodywork Course

  1. Mysore-Style Ashtanga Classes

Mysore-style practice refers to the yoga system developed and taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India for 70 years. The student slowly learns a progressive sequence of asanas by heart, establishing a strong physical platform upon which to develop ‚ yoga tristana‘, the combination of bandha/ gaze/ breath, to observe and refine awareness / attention. In this approach, students practice the sequence that the teacher has taught them, while the teacher moves around the class, giving individualized guidance to each student as needed.

Kirsten and Mitchell are direct, long-term students of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. They studied at the KP Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute every year for many years and have Pattabhi Jois‘ blessings and Authorization to teach ashtanga (Kirsten in 1999 ; Mitchell in 2003). They completed the first ‘teacher training’ given by the Institute and have Level 2 authorization (Intermediate). Kirsten was also fortunate to be one of few ashtangis in the world to study Advanced (A) and pranayama directly with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, with permission to teach this also.






Level expected from students: Students with an established Mysore-style practice are welcome to attend morning class. Students who are new to self-practice should contact us – if there is sufficient interest we will schedule an additional ‚Intro-to-Ashtanga‘ for these students.

timings: 14.6. – 18.6.: 07.00 – 09.30

price: 110 € (if booked individually)

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  1. Yoga Workshop

Experience an in-depth workshop (2 sessions, 5 hours) in an intimate setting with two senior teachers of the Ashtanga Yoga system, as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.


Question & Answer Session: A space for students to ask general and specific practice-related questions, followed by a closer look at ‚yoga trishtana‘, an important aspect of the ashtanga practice. Here, we’ll look at how this combination of bandha, gaze and breath allows us to develop and focus our awareness through practice.

Ashtanga Practice Fundamentals: Asana Trouble-Shooting & Alignment: In these experiential sessions we will address common issues and questions in asana practice. We will also discuss and suggest approaches to practice and offer guidance about avoiding, and recovering, from injury.


Saturday 17.6.:   12.00 til 1:30 ::: Q&A

Saturday 17.6.:   1:30 til 3:30 ::: Ashtanga Fundamentals, Trouble-Shooting & Alignment

Sunday 18.6.:   12.30 til 2.00 ::: Ashtanga Fundamentals, Trouble-Shooting & Alignment


price: 75 € (if booked individually)

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3. Alignment & Bodywork Workshop


This workshop will help you to more effectively evaluate alignment of bodies in movement – yoga, dance, sports, or simply walking.

Course focus is on four areas :

–    Alignment theory
–    Observation skills
–    Bodywork fundamentals
–    Techniques for reducing compression and pain

Specific skills that the student will learn/refine:

* How to identify the structural elements that underlie patterns of alignment.

* How to use bodywork to shift the connective tissue supporting these structural patterns, and refine your „hands-on“ sensitivity.

* Helpful techniques for releasing pain and pressure where it is commonly experienced (e.g. lower back).

Open to all levels of experience.


Saturday 17.6.:   4.00 til 5:30

Sunday 18.6.:   2.30 til 5.00


price: 80 € (if booked individually)



About Kirsten and Mitchell:

LotusKirsten began exploring yoga asana on a trip to India in 1993. A few years later, she moved to India with a one-way ticket to find a yoga practice that ’spoke‘ to her and spent time studying technique at the Iyengar Yoga Study Center in Rishikesh before finding Ashtanga in 1996. She knew this was the right practice for her and became Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ student 6 months later. Kirsten received Guruji’s blessing/authorization to teach in 1999, and is one of few students in the world to study the Advanced ‘A’ series directly under his, and Sharath’s, guidance. She was also one of the last students to study the separate ashtanga pranayama sequence with Jois. In 2001, Kirsten started the first Mysore program in Thailand, ‘Ashtanga Yoga Koh Phangan’ with Rolf Naujokat, in addition to continuing seasonal classes in Bali. Kirsten is also an artist and shows her work annually at Burning Man. More info on her art can be found here:

Lotus2Mitchell first came to India in 1979 to deepen his ‘spiritual pursuits’. He went back to the West to study business at Wharton, as well as bodywork. After years of searching for the right practice, he found ashtanga yoga in 2000, and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. Mitchell received Guruji’s authorization to teach in 2003. Mitchell also studied intensively (3 yrs) with senior teacher Dena Kingsberg in Australia in addition to his yearly studies with Sri K. P. Jois. Mitchell is also a talented and knowledgeable bodyworker. He is certified as an Advanced practitioner of Structural Integration, also known as “Rolfing”. Mitchell started studying different bodywork methods 35 years ago (Swedish-Esalen, Traeger, Thai) and has focused on the “Rolfing” method for the last 15 years. Mitchell is available for sessions upon request and also teaches “Intro to Bodywork” and Introductory Rolfing courses worldwide. More info can be found here:

Organisational Details:

venue: Feelgoodstudio, Paulanergasse 13, 1040 Vienna, Austria


early bird (& students of feelgoodstudio) //  regular

Mysore                               100 € // 110 €

Yoga Workshop                   70 € // 75 €

Bodywork Course                   80 €

Mysore + Yoga Workshop                170 € // 185 €

Mysore + Yoga + Bodywork             250 € // 265 €


 *early bird until April 30th

registration and payment: please contact Kirsten & Mitchell via

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