We previously introduced new yogsi through a one month program. Read about their experiences here:
The immersion program gave me a solid foundation to further explore the practice, and let it evolve. Maxi is kind and patient, and feels/knows how to adjust and help my body move - to dive deeper in the practice. It's very easy to communicate with her, as she is really open/accessible and clearly there to help. Furthermore, her calming voice is very very very helpful when I'm getting worked up in the practice. I'm learning a lot from her - not only in the practice but also in the philosophy (aka the parts you take home from your mat). I'm very happy to have her as a guide.
Marjanne, participated in April 2016
My ashtanga immersion was addictive! I love the freedom off having unlimited access and the diversity between led class, mysore or self practice. Especially mysore was an eye opener for me, it almost feels like a private class, with all the personal attention and the guided corrections in postures. Besides that you move at your own pace, so your breath is so much more leading. Also you can not just sit back and follow the teacher, so you really incorporate the sequence into your body. I have learned so much, but it still feels like there is so much more to learn from Maxi. I'm looking forward to come back to the school for a longer period after summer!
Iris, participated in May 2016
I was not new to Ashtanga when I started with the one month immersion. At least, that's what I thought then. After a few classes I realized that I knew very little about Ashtanga yoga, close to nothing actually. I realized that it is a continuous process, that there is a long way to go and there is always something new to learn and discover. From breath awareness and control to going into a pose, the pose itself or going out of a pos. The practice is a journey, and although it is a sequence it is different every time, you have to commit and show up (still working on it ️).
Natalia, participated in March 2016
The one month immersion course by Maxi gives the opportunity to engage in Ashtanga in a personalized way. What I really appreciated is that regardless the level you start with, Maxi makes sure you have the basis right before adding more poses to your practice. She takes the time explain poses well, either by verbal instructions or soft touch. I found out that by taking a few steps back I was able to find more space in the poses, even in poses that I’d done over a hundred times. Poses that appear simple such as downward facing dog or even mountain pose have so much more to it than I initially knew! The led classes allowed me to focus more on getting into the poses as Maxi talked us through the sequence. Especially in the beginning the Mysore classes were more challenging for me as I was so focused on my breath, what my hip was doing or where my arm was supposed to go that I forgot the sequence…Luckily Maxi is always there to help. During the month the sequence became more of a flow, less thinking and more feeling. To get most benefits out of this month I would recommend to come in at least 3 times a week. One of Maxi’s strengths is to see the needs of every individual in class and tailor to it. Maxi is fully committed to guide everyone to get most out of this month. Having this guidance is just too good an opportunity to miss.
Rosa, participated in May 2016
I looked on the ashtangaingroningen site many times before finally taking the leap. At first I was scared it would all be a bit to much for a beginner in yoga. Especially the Mysore classes , working through your own sequence? I had no idea what that would entail, and it started at 6:30 I didn't see myself able to get out of bed that early. However it was a challenge so I decided to try just for the heck of it. Before hand I thought this immersion would be a big dive into the deep.. only to find a nice warm bath.. It was a really gentle way to get to know yoga, and to do it right, to completely surrender, and try out what it is like to integrate it into your lifestyle. Of course, I had some sore muscles in the first week, but I also found ease. . At first I excused myself for not beïng a morning person, yet now I try to go to as many morning sessions as my student-life allows, When I walk back home after my morning mysore and walk pass the busy traffic with their noisy claxons at 9 am I feel completely at ease. There is no better way to start your day.
Lies, participated in May 2016