Marla teaches 3 classes and 1 pre-festival workshop at Karma Cologne Yoga Festival.

Friday March 8th, 2019

Pre-Festival Workshops in der Mozartstr. 35-37, 50674 Köln

9.00-12.00 Uhr

Yoga Jam | Ashtanga Remix english

One London writer described this class as an “ashtanga re-mix”. Yoga Jam is a Yoga class devoted to the spirit of improvisation. We will find new and exciting ways to energize our practice by exploring new
variations and unique ways of combining them. By weaving the theme of vinyasa through new and familiar poses, we will open the door to spontaneous and fun exploration! We will close the class with soothing chants as well as kirtan, to open the heart.

Saturday March 9th, 2019

Vinyasa pulse english

This class (supported by a drum beat) is a flowing and linking vinyasa class, which empowers us to embrace our inner strength as we ground and connect to the inner and outer pulse and rhythm that links us to our breath. The drum, which is like the body’s own heartbeat, encourages us to connect to the underlying meditation of the practice.

It’s hip to be square Ron & Marla english

Our access to deeper yoga poses is often limited until the area of the hip is opened in a balanced manner. Commonly used hip openers can often have the undesirable effect of de-stabilizing the sacrum unless integrity in the pelvic area can be maintained. This not only alleviates pressure to the knees but allows us to find symmetry in asymmetrical poses such as: janu shirshasana, ardha baddha paschimottanasana and on through to eka pada shirshasana.

Sunday March 10th, 2019

Shanti Pulse Vinyasa Class Ron & Marla english

This class is set to the Swaha (Marla and Ron’s kirtan band) recording of “Shanti Pulse”, a 1 hour and
40 minute piece of music that uplifts and inspires the practice. In shanti pulse, peace chants weave their way through electro-acoustic ambient grooves, while Ron and Meenakshi blend elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga into a transformative experience. The blend of prayer, pulse and trance-inducing spaces take us on a journey to find the breath and ride it into both an earthy and transcendental experience.

Restorative Yoga, Pranayama & The 5 Koshas of Yoga – How deep is the well? English

In our effort to deepen our yoga practice it is worthwhile to consider that there are many layers to our practice. In yoga, these layers are referred to as “kosha’s “(sheaths)’” or the 5 bodies. The sheaths are the ways in which we come to understand the world and harmonize it with the innermost Self. The key to developing a deep and satisfying practice is by unifying these layers and incorporating them into our physical practice.

Marla Meenakshi Joy, (Co-Owner and Director of Downward Dog Yoga Centre), first traveled to India in 1988 to study meditation and the philosophy of the Vedas with Swami Shyam, as well as other learned scholars in the Himalayas.  She is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Philosophy teacher from the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, Himalayas. Along with her studies with her Pranayama teacher Sri Sudhir Tiwari, Marla has also completed an Advanced Pranayama training with Sri O.P. Tiwari from the Kaivalyadhama Institute in Pune, India.

She has been teaching in teacher training programs since 1999 across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, as both a teacher of Philosophy and Sanskrit, Chanting and Meditation, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

A practicing Shiatsu Therapist since 1993, and teaching Mysore (Self-Practice) around the globe, Meenakshi has a healing and informative touch.

As a celebrated songstress, she also leads Kirtan (call-and-response chanting) with her band SWAHA, with inspired musical compositions with her partner/keyboardist, Ron Reid.  She has produced four CDs of Sanskrit chanting entitled “Prayer’s”, “Salutations”, “Vishnu’s Dream”, “Bolo!”, “Shanti Pulse, and their newest CD “Gone Beyond” (