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Presentatörer - Gothenburg April 26-28 2019

Dechen Thurman

Dechen Thurman, USA

Dechen grew up in New England in an environment that harbored Tibetan political refugees and counter cultural artists. Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, New York University (Tish School of the Arts) and Columbia University, as well as the Jivamukti Yoga School, Natural Gourmet Cookery School and the Ohashi Institute. Member of Screen Actors Guild since 1995, appeared in over 40 stage and screen productions. Currently teaching and mentoring at Jivamukti Yoga School New York and abroad. Happy to be of service within any situation, to any possible capacity.

Instagram: @dechenthurman


Göteborg 26-28 april 2019

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16:00 : Graha Yoga (Studio 4 Foajé)

Graha Yoga is a modern method of self discovery based on the macroscopic model of life and consciousness represented in the planets, suns and moons. Graha means “planet” and is the etymological root of the words “gravity”, “grace”, and “grasp”. It also is used to describe holding, or a force of attachment, such as SatyaGraha, the force of the truth which set the Indian people on a path towards independence. Yoga has infinite interpretations, for the sake of Graha Yoga, the definition of Yoga is integration. The thesis, antithesis and synthesis eternally transitioning towards the next stage of evolution. Hatha Yoga means the integration of the sun and moon and Graha Yoga is the integration of gravity and magnetism. Graha Yoga 2016 is a return to natural philosophy, equipped with all the present knowledge and standards of modern scientific method. Graha Yoga is not complicated astrology although skill in that field would be enhanced by it. Graha Yoga is more primal. It is an attempt to surrender to and consequntly channel the Gaia consciousness. Via her planetary body, we subtly experience the force of our planets, moons, and sun.Practically speaking Graha Yoga divides into 5 simple categories:

1. Graha Pada: “The foot of the planet” Asana/vinyasa sequences to reduce inhibition and objectivity.

2. Graha Hasta “The hand of the planet” Bodywork and asana instructor assists to empower the individual body to join with the planetary body.

3. Graha Prana “The breath of the planet” Breathing exercises and pranayama ratios to explore the territory between reflex, habit and instinct.

4. Graha Mantra “The mindset of the planet” Chanting and affirmations to guide the ideals of the yogi through the mixed emotions of the human organism.

5. Graha Purna “The wholeness of the planet” Diet guidelines for optimal clarity and vitality through all ages.



09:00 : Classic New York Jivamukti 1990s style (Studio 2 Mitten)

Above a Thai restaurant on 2nd Avenue and 9th Street in New York City in the early 1990’s a yoga revolution was born. Combining sequences from Shivananda Yoga and Mysore Ashtangha Yoga, as well as Tai-Chi fusion and aerobic dance choreography, funky downtownJivamukti Yoga captured the hearts of actors, dancers and poets. In the fine tradition of  Hot, Hip and Holy Jivamukti Yoga School which has served the New York community since the late 80’s with the highest standards of fitness, wellness and fun!

This class, which focuses on balancing sequences, will be set to music from the 1990’s time period. What was at one point a break from tradition has come full circle and become a tradition itself. Chanting, kapalaphati (pumping breath) vigorous asana, hands on assists and meditation. Everything a growing yogi needs. This class is suitable for most levels although beginners may find 2 or 3 of the postures difficult.


16:15 : Love and Compassion (Studio 5 Teatern)

This discussion and lecture will describe the natural and social limits of love and compassion. Human behavior is divided into choices and reflexes. The aim of Yoga is to understand the boundaries of conscious choice and unconscious reflexes. Reflexes subdivide into habits formed from society and instincts which come from nature, with family relationships as the middle ground between nature and society. Love is the mirroring of joy, to increase happiness. Compassion is the mirroring of sufferring, to decrease unhappiness. Love creates submission, because when someone makes us happy we are afraid to lose them and that happiness. Compassion creates dominance, because when we make someone less unhappy we are afraid for them to stop suffering, because we lose the satisfaction we get from helping them avoid pain.

This is why the shadows of dominance and submission are concealed within the relationships of compassion and love. As long as we recognize this unconscious intention we can ask our friends and loved ones the correct limits of our love and compassion. Love and compassion are idealized in literature and religion, but are caused by cravings for neurochemicals produced by glands in the brain and body. This is why by habit, we control others and think we are compassionate. Or on the other side, expect others to make us happy. Some of this is natural and will never change about human beings. Some of it can be changed consciously. That’s what we will discuss.



11:30 : Yoga of Gods & Devils (Studio 4 Foajé)

Devas and Asuras: a contest for immortality Gods and Devils in Sanskrit are called Devas and Asuras. When the Devas grew arrogant and complacent, the Asuras stole the Amrita (nectar of immortality) from the Devas and drank it all in one night of revelry. To restore Amrita to the world, the Devas and Asuras set aside their differences and tied a serpent (bujangasana) around a mountain (tadasana) and churned the ocean with a "tug of war".

The turtle avatar of Vishnu (kurmasana) and the goddess Lakshmi were born at this time, and the pot of Amrita was refilled. Dechen T. will co teach an x-long workshop in which the students and teachers will prepare their imagination to recieve Amrita with postures that embody the characters of the story. Stomach churning kriyas and sacred geometry games will playfully re-enact the tug of war, the leadership of Kurma and the generous blessings of MahaLakshmi.


15:45 : Pranayama (Studio 1 Norr)

- Indirect internal asana adjust

This workshop is very practical for beginners and technically interesting for advanced practicioners and yoga teachers. Samavritti pranayama means balancing breath control and is safe to practice unsupervised. Visamavritti means unequal balance. this pranayama can create a breakthrough in properly experiencing forward bends and back bends