Carla Araos Yoga

The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. —Pema Chodron

English yoga classes in Zurich

QUALICERT / HEALTH INSURANCE CERTIFIED TEACHER

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Classes in Ljus Studio

Ljus studio (Zurich Wipkingen)

Nordstrasse 195, 8037 Zürich
The studio is located behind the main entrance, down the stairs.

MONDAYS
10:30–11:30
Postnatal Yoga
with Babies

18:45-20:15

Ashtanga Inspired Flow

TUESDAY
10:00–11:30
Morning Practice

WEDNESDAY
18:00–19:00
Prenatal Yoga

19:15-20:45
Ashtanga Inspired Flow

SATURDAYS
9:15–10:15
Prenatal Yoga

10:30–12:00
Saturday Morning Flow.

SUNDAYS (Please check on the schedule)
Workshops and Masterclasses

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MONDAYS
12:15–13:15
Ashtanga Lunch Flow

schedule

February 2024

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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Saturday Morning Flow
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  • Yoga & Mindful Calligraphy Workshop: The power of a word.
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  • Postnatal with or without baby
  • Birth Preparation - Semi-private , 6 weeks course
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Morning Practice
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Postnatal with or without baby
  • Birth Preparation - Semi-private , 6 weeks course
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Saturday Morning Flow
  • Rest (Restore & Relax)
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  • Postnatal with or without baby
  • Birth Preparation - Semi-private , 6 weeks course
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Morning Practice
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Saturday Morning Flow
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  • Birth Preparation - Semi-private , 6 weeks course
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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  • Morning Practice
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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Ashtanga Inspired Flow
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workshops & specials

REST (RESTORE & RELAX)

When: Saturday 2nd March 2024, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: Ljus Studio, Nordstrasse 195, 8037 Zürich
Level: Open
Price: 70 CHF*

This special class is an invitation for you to rest, nourish and replenish yourself.

Come and enjoy an afternoon just “being”, without expectations nor pressure, so you can fully relax. The class will consist in pranayama, a restorative asana practice, deep relaxation, and mantras, all supporting our main intention, to rest.

This class is designed for yoga and meditation students of all levels, from beginners to advance students.

Contact me if you have any questions.

*Cancellations made within 12h of the beginning of the this class are non-refundable.
*Please note that if you pay for this workshop using your 10 x Pass, Two classes will be deducted from your pass.

108 THE JOY OF REPETITION

When: Sunday 25th March 2024, 09:30 – 12:30
Where: Ljus Studio, Nordstrasse 195, 8037 Zürich
Level: Open
Price: 108 CHF*

The number 108 has many symbolic meanings and is considered the most auspicious number.
In yoga, the number 108 refers to spiritual completion. Mala beads used for prayer are made of 108 beads. Ancient yogis believed that we can be in harmony with the rhythms of nature by completing practices in rounds of this sacred number. It connects the body, mind, and universe, especially when there is a period of change, like the equinox or solstice. As we gather energy through repetition, we can use it to start the season renewed and inspired.

This morning, we will practise 108 repetitions. Since we are celebrating the equinox (equal length of day and night), we will practise 54 Sun Salutations (reflection of the Sun energy) and 54 Gayatri mantras (moon energy) and we will take time for a long savasana.

We invite you to look deep inside yourselves for an intention. This is especially important during this practice, as it is in this intention where you will find the willpower and the desire to keep going.

We might be currently feeling slow and stagnant at the end of the winter season. This practice is an opportunity to re-energise and reignite your practice.

This is an open-level event. Practising 108 repetitions requires lots of tapas (discipline) but also Satya (honesty) and Ahimsa (non-violence). Practise mindfully, diligently, and intelligently. Pause if needed and enjoy being grounded by your breath.

Contact me if you have any questions.

*Cancellations made within 72h of the beginning of the Workshop are non-refundable.
*Please note that if you pay for this workshop using your 10 x Pass, three classes will be deducted from your pass.

pricing & booking

All my classes are certified by the health insurance. If you have questions about this please contact me.

If you have financial issues, no job and you need more than ever to practice yoga, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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group classes

*Cancellations made within 72h of the beginning of the Masterclass are non-refundable.

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group class packages

5 x Classes Prenatal & Postnatal (Semi-private)/ CHF 185,-
(2 month validity; valid for classes at Ljus Studio

10 x Classes Abo / CHF 350,-
(4 month validity; valid for all classes at Ljus Studio )

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yoga gift cards

Would you like to gift your loved ones something really special?

You can find beautiful printable vouchers and you can choose the amount you wish to gift and also write a personal message! 

The perfect gift for any time of the year!

Buy here
Photography by Rowan Thornhill

private classes in studio

60 Minutes / CHF 150,-
(add’l person + CHF 50,-)
90 Minutes / CHF 220,-
(add’l person + CHF 60,-)

Cancellations made within 24h of the beginning of the class are non-refundable.

Package deal

5x 60 Minutes Pass / CHF 725,- (2 month validity)

10×60 Minutes Pass / CHF 1400,- (3 month validity)

Private classes at the student`s home or online are available on request.

Pre-natal yoga

birth preparation

2 hour private class / CHF 300,- in-studio per couple (the mum-to-be plus the person that intends to be there during labor)

6 hour semi-private class (8 women)/ CHF 240,- in-studio only women

We will explore birthing positions, movements, breathing, and other preparation techniques. These tools will help you to release tension and create physical and mental space, so the arrival of your little one is the result of your amazing capacity to create life, your determination, and an open mindset. You will learn to trust and accept the process, while seeing your power as a woman.This course will share practical information about practices and techniques you can use during labour. It is recommended for mothers-to-be who are 32 weeks pregnant and onwards.

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contact

Please feel free to contact me for additional information or for inquiries regarding private or corporate classes.

carla@carlaaraos.com
or use the contact form below

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classes

Come to move, to be still, to be curious, to observe, to tune in. Come to be.

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ashtanga inspired flow

Inspired from the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, you will get to experience different asanas and their benefits. Depending on the focus of the class we will flow between postures, synchronising breath and movement. The practice becomes a meditation in motion, and this can be internalised and applied to our daily life.

Carla Araos doing yoga.

morning practice

This class takes form using the Ashtanga Vinyasa method. We will move through a series of poses to refresh, reset, and rejuvenate your mind and body so you are ready to continue your day with more clarity, focus, body, and mental space. This is the perfect yoga class to take when you need a break!

This is an open-level class. Basic yoga experience is recommended.

Bakasana

saturday morning flow

Taking elements form the Ashtanga Vinyasa method, using the breath, the gaze, and both the outward and internal postures of the body, we will move energetically through this practice where the breath, and transitions between poses are the primary focus. This practice will improve your mental focus and encourages you to stay in the moment and will allow you to gain total body awareness and correct imbalances by yourself while developing the muscles and core strength to support a healthy posture.

You will leave the studio ready for a brand-new day and a beautiful weekend ahead.

Pre-natal yoga

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The practice is carefully tailored for your time as a mother-to-be. The intention is to support your pregnancy, preparing you for giving birth, to accept the natural changes, to trust, be confident and have resilience. In this class, we will be focusing on conscious breathing, stretching, strengthening the back and legs, releasing tension and relaxing. Prenatal yoga gives expecting mothers different tools which they can access when they need them the most.

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postnatal yoga

Postnatal Yoga offers support on a physical level, helping your body to recover and regain strength after birth in the pelvic floor region, abdominal wall and back. It helps to release the neck, shoulders and upper back. On a mental level post-natal yoga helps you to relax and feel more grounded. Group classes also provide an opportunity to meet other mums and create community.

Complete breath: Dirga swasam pranayama

birth preparation with yoga

Giving birth is a personal experience. It is so important to observe your reaction to intense sensations and emotions, so that at the given moment you can choose the best way for you to respond to the intensity of birth. We will explore birthing positions, movements, breathing, and other preparation techniques. These tools will help you to release tension and create physical and mental space, so the arrival of your little one is the result of your amazing capacity to create life, your determination, and an open mindset. You will learn to trust and accept the process, while seeing your power as a woman.This course will share practical information about practices and techniques you can use during labour. It is recommended for mothers-to-be who are 32 weeks pregnant and onwards.

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rest (restore & relax)

This Class is an invitation for you to rest, nourish and replenish yourself.

Come and enjoy long practice in “being”, without expectations nor pressure, so you can fully relax. The class will consist in a restorative asana practice and deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra), all supporting our main intention, to rest.

Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation)
You will e guided into conscious rest. It will calm your nervous system, help to relax body and mind helping you to reduce stress levels. Yoga Nidra offers an opportunity to work on releasing long-held emotions and patterns.

Yoga Nidra

meditation

Meditation practices are techniques that help us to let go of our distractions and our worries. We become present, being one with our breathing and our bodies, observing what is manifesting within us.

The practice encourages and develops concentration, clarity, calmness and mindfulness. By engaging with a particular meditation practice, we become intimate with the patterns and habits of our mind and we can learn how to cultivate wholesome qualities. With regularity and patience, these qualities deepen into profoundly peaceful and energised states of mind.

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corporate and private classes

Classes are customised to suit the participants needs and will include a sequence of postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. This can vary from slow and meditative practices to help restore and relax, or energising and active ones to invigorate and revitalise. Regular yoga will minimise health problems associated with daily life stress and postural misalignments.

about

I attended my first yoga class in 2002, with my beloved teacher, Muna Halasa in my hometown Santiago, Chile. Since then, the practice has accompanied me.

Yoga brought healing, strength, focus and creativity to me, which was so helpful, as at the time, I was a busy architecture student.

Later, I left my home country and got to practice surrounded by different cultures and teachers, enriching my practice and igniting my interest in philosophy, anatomy and meditation.

Nowadays my main practice is Ashtanga yoga, Vipassana and yoga Nidra, and this is the source of inspiration for my teaching. I also have years of experience in ballet and dance, which is one of my passions. Breath, focus, move, folding and unfolding the mind and body diligently.

The practice, for me, invites us to be present, focus, consciously breathing. It leads us to be and stay humble and compassionate, learning every day to live fully, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant the experiences become.

It is important for me as a practitioner and teacher to keep the practice safe, finding healthy alignment in synchronicity with breathing, finding the strength from a place within us rather than from using force. I also like to include mantras into the classes, as I believe it helps to hold the space for the practice.

I teach from my heart and own experience.

Classes are in English or Spanish.

Trainings:

  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training at the Samahita Retreat in Thailand.
  • The Rainbow Kids Yoga Training with Cayetana Rodenas in Berlin, Germany.
  • Pre- and Postnatal with Francoise Freedman in Birthlight London, England.
  • Yoga Therapy training with Dough Keller in Airyoga Zürich, Switzerland.
  • Yoga and Thai massage training in Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 40-hour Advanced Intensive Training with Michael Hamilton in Airyoga Zürich.
  • 200-hour Advanced training with Michael Hamilton in Airyoga Zürich.

I attend workshops myself regularly with the intention of learning different approaches and to enhance the practice and teaching. As each body and practice is unique, I would like to keep my practice and help my students to keep theirs for a long time.