Anastasia Shevchenko

Anastasia Shevchenko

Dynamic Yoga Fusion
Berlin, Germany

Anastasia was born in Ukraine, grew up in Canada, and now she lives in Germany. She started practicing Hatha yoga at the age of 15 back in 2003 after being diagnosed with scoliosis. Through a disciplined practice, Anastasia learned first-hand the self-healing aspect behind yoga, that was tested once more after an accident that left her with a broken and paralyzed arm when she was 19.

After moving to Germany, in 2013, Anastasia completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand in the Bihar School Tradition. Immediately after the training, Anastasia turned back to the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga method, that she first came in contact with back in 2011. In 2014, she finished Ashtanga yoga Teacher’s Intensive with Grischa Steffin, a long-time student of Richard Freeman. However, in 2015, Anastasia began to practice under Andrea Lutz, who teaches in the Nancy Gilgoff and David Williams tradition. Ever since, Andrea, and subsequently Nancy, became Anastasia’s main teachers, and in August 2017, she completed Ashtanga Yoga Intensive Teacher Training with Andrea.

Anastasia is passionate about yoga in connection to other disciplines and sciences, especially to Quantum Mechanics, Neuroscience, Psychology, Western Philosophy, Buddhism, and Nutrition. Her classes are a dynamic fusion of primarily Hatha and Ashtanga yoga, breath-centered, with an aim to go beyond the self-imposed limitations of the mind into a space of contact with the universal consciousness.

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Friday, 19.06
12:00 • 60 MIN
Five Meditations: Music & Mindfulness

In Sanskrit, »Yoga« means to connect, to concentrate. The multi-disciplinary Five Meditations connect performers and audience, without anyone leaving their seats.

The performance is designed as a ritual: The audience follows the yogi’s lead, guiding them through five simple concentration exercises (meditations) with a setup part, then practice, and at the end, some space for reflection. Everyone is engaged throughout physically, mentally and spiritually.

The acoustic and tonal music serves both as a piece of art and also as a guide to an awareness practice for the exercises. It incorporates elements inspired by minimalism, world and electronic music.

Original Composition/Piano: Ohad Ben-Ari
Practice lead by Anastasia Shevchenko