Yoga

Info

Yoga Classes
Tuesdays
6.30 – 8.00 pm for beginners
8.00 – 9.30 pm for advanced
Hall 1st floor | Schwanthalerstraße 89 (near Paulskirche)
ongoing course, all year round, also during school holidays, please contact us before participating for the first time


Yoga Class | 55+
Wednesdays
5.30 – 7.00 pm
Gymnastics room | Alten- und Service-Zentrum (ASZ) | Hans-Sachs-Straße 14
Yoga 55+ for older Lesbians, Gays & Friends in cooperation with the ASZ, please contact us before participating for the first time


Contact
Maximilian (yoga instructor/chairman)
yoga@teammuenchen.de

News – Summer holidays 2024 – place and time are changing!
We only offer one class during the Bavarian school holidays.
This takes place in the 1st floor at Stielerstraße 6. From July 30th until September 3rd, Tuesdays from 6:15 - 7:45 p.m.

FAQ

What is yoga?

“Yoga, the oldest science of life, teaches you how to control stress. Not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally”

Yoga postures not only affect the external shape of the body, but also the internal organs, glands and nerves, keeping the whole system healthy.

Anyone can practise yoga. No special equipment is required. Just a little time and a strong desire for a healthy, fulfilling life.

What do I need to bring to the yoga class?

  • Yogamat (a limited number of mats are available for all classes)
  • Comfortable sportswear
  • A towel to cover the existing gym mat, e.g. a large bath towel or a blanket
  • A warm blanket to cover up with during the relaxation breaks
  • A neck support, e.g. a small pillow
  • Please arrive on time so that our initial relaxation is not disturbed

What can you expect from us?

The strong increase in the number of members in the yoga section at Team Munich confirms the interest in yoga among athletes. Around half of the yoga classes are now attended by a fixed group of participants, with an average of 12 to 15 participants. Of course, there are no other entry requirements apart from a stable state of health. Why is that? Surveys confirm this: More and more sports enthusiasts appreciate being able to consciously enjoy relaxation and meditation in addition to the physical exertion of sporting competition, e.g. football, basketball or tennis – to name just a few of the 20 sports offered by Team Munich. This relaxation in turn promotes motivation and willingness to perform in active, physically demanding sports and releases energy that can be successfully utilised in competition.

Yoga can also be quite strenuous, depending on how the participants approach it. We start our yoga class with pure relaxation, for us holistically orientated people of course in all three areas – body, mind and psyche. Then comes the breathing exercise with conscious and deep inhalation and exhalation, because breathing connects us rhythmically with our surroundings, as our yoga teacher Maximilian never forgets to emphasise. The initial relaxation and breathing exercise together last around 30 minutes.

And then it starts: now it’s the body’s turn, although breathing is of course always observed and emphasised.

Physical exercises in yoga are called asanas and are also organised systematically. Static exercises such as the boat on the stomach and on the back as well as the shoulder stand (also known as the candle) are followed by dynamic exercises such as the twisting exercises while standing. It is important that we never practise one-sided exercises, but rather follow a forward bend with a backward bend, i.e. practise balancing exercises. The same naturally applies to the sideways exercises, always to both sides. And then there are asanas with a series of body movements in sequence, e.g. the cat variations or the sun salutation. All asanas have names that do not always have anything to do with the exercise itself, but help regular participants to familiarise themselves with the sequence of the yoga class. The asanas are always interspersed with relaxation, according to the basic yogic principle of rhythm: tension follows relaxation, which follows tension and so on.

Maximilian emphasises emphatically: “Yoga is also an exercise in slowing down. It’s never about going faster, higher or further. Rather, in conjunction with breathing, it is about as slow, concentrated and mindful as possible”. He does not consider yoga in the original sense of the word to be yoga methods that focus on performance, such as sports yoga or power yoga. This body-centred part of the yoga class lasts around 45 minutes.

A yoga class is rounded off with a 15-minute meditative final relaxation: this is usually introduced with a text meditation and accompanied by relaxing music.

What kind of yoga do you do at Team München?

That is not easy to answer. It integrates elements of different yoga methods that Maximilian learnt during his three-year yoga teacher training course almost 25 years ago and has since developed further. Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Raja yoga, etc. “I now call it integral yoga” says our yoga teacher about the yoga programme Team München offers to more than just club members. “Yoga for athletes” is a yoga path that Maximilian has recently focussed on in particular. “It’s not about sports yoga” he emphasises, but about finding a way “back to balance”. He quotes Erin Taylor in her book YOGA FÜR SPORTLER, published by the riva-Verlag. Erin Taylor writes in the introduction: “We are made to be in balance. Logically, this is when we perform at our best. A balance of right and left, up and down, front and back – work and rest – protects against injury, enhances performance and optimises any form of fitness. It helps to achieve performance goals and maximises potential. In the end, it is up to us to constantly redefine the balance at the interface between strength and flexibility, effort and ease – so that it helps us to achieve our individual goals.”

How much does it cost to take part in the yoga class?

For club members, the participation fees are already covered by the membership fee of currently 100 € per year. Non-members pay 10 € per class. Incidentally, it is an open offer, your participation depends on your availability. For profitability calculators: The fee is already worth it with the 11th participation (per year), not to mention the fact that membership opens up access to other club sports.

The cooperation with the Alten- und Service-Zentrum under the title “Yoga Ü55 für ältere Lesben, Schwule & Friends (LGBTIQ*)(= Yoga over55 for older Lesbians, Gays & Friends) has been in place for several years. This means that Team München members can take part there at no extra cost, as they have already paid a membership fee.

First Impressions