Background

Together with Terje, we have approximately 40+ years of experience in instructing group exercise classes. Since 2007 we have basically only been teaching yoga in our Ashtanga Yoga school in Tallinn. We opened our yoga school on January 2nd, 2007, and that was the first Ashtanga school in Estonia (Ashtanga Yoga School of Tallinn). In addition to the daily classes, we have also been teaching workshops and retreats, in the Baltics and Finland.

At the moment of updating this site (early 2019), I (Jocke) am teaching classes full time, in different studios in Helsinki.

FUNCY FAMILY Training Systems

In 2011, I created a fitness (read: funness) yoga concept that was targeted to the people who regularly would not come to a traditional yoga class, because of its “weirdness”. YOGAFUNC seemed to be very suitable for those people, including many men. Now we have educated hundreds of instructors in Finland, Estonia, and Italy.

YOGAFUNC

In 2017 we took the next step and founded FUNCY FAMILY and created another four concepts to our portfolio. You can find more information about that here: https://www.funcyfamily.com.

Ashtanga Monkey Yoga Teacher Trainings

After about ten+ years of dedication to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga system, studying and teaching under the guidance of our teacher Lino Miele, we stepped out from the traditional method and started teaching (and practicing) in a slightly less rigid way. It was 2016 when our cooperation with Lino Miele ended and as we came out from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute we were apart of, Ashtanga Monkey Yoga was born. Since that, we have been teaching Ashtanga Yoga slightly different and we have educated around 50 new teachers in Estonia and Finland. More information about our approach here: http://www.ashtangamonkeys.com and in the Blog/Vlog section that will be updated shortly. The next Ashtanga Monkey teacher trainings will also be updated on this site shortly. Update: We are continuing with these in a slightly different way. Please check out this page for more information.

Practice, practice, have fun and practice!
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Background

Together with Terje, we have approximately 40+ years of experience in instructing group exercise classes. Since 2007 we have basically only been teaching yoga in our Ashtanga Yoga school in Tallinn. We opened our yoga school on January 2nd, 2007, and that was the first Ashtanga school in Estonia (Ashtanga Yoga School of Tallinn). In addition to the daily classes, we have also been teaching workshops and retreats, in the Baltics and Finland.

At the moment of updating this site (early 2019), I (Jocke) am teaching classes full time, in different studios in Helsinki.

FUNCY FAMILY Training Systems

In 2011, I created a fitness (read: funness) yoga concept that was targeted to the people who regularly would not come to a traditional yoga class, because of its “weirdness”. YOGAFUNC seemed to be very suitable for those people, including many men. Now we have educated hundreds of instructors in Finland, Estonia, and Italy.

YOGAFUNC

In 2017 we took the next step and founded FUNCY FAMILY and created another four concepts to our portfolio. You can find more information about that here: https://www.funcyfamily.com.

Ashtanga Monkey Yoga Teacher Trainings

After about ten+ years of dedication to the traditional Ashtanga Yoga system, studying and teaching under the guidance of our teacher Lino Miele, we stepped out from the traditional method and started teaching (and practicing) in a slightly less rigid way. It was 2016 when our cooperation with Lino Miele ended and as we came out from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute we were apart of, Ashtanga Monkey Yoga was born. Since that, we have been teaching Ashtanga Yoga slightly different and we have educated around 50 new teachers in Estonia and Finland. More information about our approach here: http://www.ashtangamonkeys.com and in the Blog/Vlog section that will be updated shortly. The next Ashtanga Monkey teacher trainings will also be updated on this site shortly. Update: We are continuing with these in a slightly different way. Please check out this page for more information.

Practice, practice, have fun and practice!
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What we teach?

Ashtanga Monkey Yoga

Ashtanga Monkey Yoga is our approach to Ashtanga Yoga. We teach modified Ashtanga Yoga, leaving out some of the more advanced poses from beginners, and also teaching a modified intermediate practice to everyone. We do this to give a more balanced practice by including the back bendings from the intermediate series. It is important to understand that when we do this, we do it in a way that is safe to everyone. The intermediate series we teach is not more advanced than the primary series. It is just a different sequence and it is suitable for everyone.

Full vinyasa is the method of how Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice has been put together. That means that the traditional way of the Ashtanga sequence is a little different from how it is normally taught. In the full vinyasa system, the asanas in the sitting sequence all start from standing (Samasthitih). That means that there is a long movement sequence before each asana. In between the right and left side, there is a half vinyasa sequence, which is the normal way Ashtanga Yoga is taught.

Fullvinyasa is a concept I have created which includes this full vinyasa method described above. The sequence is not the same as in Ashtanga Yoga and the movement system is a little different. The sequence in the Fullvinyasa class is set, with 21 poses in the sitting sequence, but in a 60 to a 75-minute long class, you have time to do 9-12 poses. We will upload many different Fullvinyasa classes to HELT in the weeks to come.

In the Fullvinyasa class, the teacher can use a specific music designed for this class. The music is being produced as I’m updating this site. For now we are using this music from YouTube. This is the original music used while we created this concept.

YOGAFUNC is a fitness yoga class with music, based on the traditional techniques (asana, breath, vinyasa) from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. It is not a traditional yoga class but a fun and effective training method suitable for everyone who wants to get a taste of yoga, without diving deep into a traditional yoga system. This class is primarily designed for health studios, and it is currently being taught by our trained instructors in Finland, Estonia and Italy. More information about YOGAFUNC and the other concepts we are creating in our official website here: http://www.funcyfamily.com.

Here is the playlist for the latest YOGAFUNC release. YOGAFUNC is a strong class, for people who want to challenge themselves physically, so the music is occasionally quite strong too. For more relaxing music, check the Yin Yoga playlist further down below.

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Yin Yoga

The classes above are all “yang” classes, which means that they are dynamic and active classes, where effort is required. To maintain a balanced practice we also offer yin classes, which teach us the aspect of letting go. Yin classes are passive and very slow, with basically no movement and with simple poses that we hold very long, even up to 10 minutes. The yin method of letting go is also an aspect that we apply in the more active classes, helping us make our yang classes a bit “softer”.

Here is my Yin Yoga playlist, with several hours of soft music for relaxing the body and hopefully getting us out of our minds. Hit the shuffle play for best experience.

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