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Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat
with Susanna Finocchi

October 6-13, 2018

A healthy and efficient body together with a calm and focussed mind can do miracles
A week of intense traditional asana practice , a broader vision of Astanga Yoga,  sweat, study and inner joy .

I will examine the three parts of  Tristhana – asana (postures), breathing and bandhas(breathing with sound and locks), dristhi (focused gaze)  and relate them to the three elements of Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga -tapas( self-discipline, austerity), svaadhyaaya ( self-study, Om’s repetition, study), ishvarapranidhana( surrender) deepening the various aspects during the first three weeks of the retreat , while in the last one there will be a summary . The physical, intellectual and spiritual  aspects of yoga will be explored.



From Sunday til Thursday
 7-9 Mysore style. Individual practice with adjustments. For all levels from beginners to more advanced practitioners.  Beginners  should know suryanamaskara A+B and standing positions.

 7:30-9 Led Primary Class with the traditional counting of the vinyasa in sanscrit. Everybody can participate even though  not completed the full series.

 Sunday- Wednesday- Friday
 9:30 – 10:10 chanting of  Shanti mantra, Ganesha Japa, asana names, etc.

 Sunday- Wednesday- Friday

First week:
Asana and tapas :
Asana as a transformative, purification’s  process. Vinyasa’s study  .
Introduction to Yoga Sutra, in particular Kriya Yoga and to a general view of Yoga

Second week:
Breathing and bandha, together with svaadhyaaya :
How to find a steady breath and the bandhas?
Introduction to Hatha Yoga Pradipika , Nadi  as energetic system. Importance of chanting  and studying texts to learn the discernment.

Third week:
Drishti and Isvarapranidhana:
Dristhi as a meditation’s tool and surrender
Working on the back bendings as a  letting go 
Trataka as a preparation to meditation 
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita.

Fourth week:
Summary on the meaning of Astanga yoga. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,  R. Sharath Jois, Mysore ,  Parampara .

Introduction til Sanscrit, how writing your own name ??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susanna Finocchi – BIO:

Since 2000 Susanna has lived and taught in Copenhagen, she is Level 2 Authorized by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois from KPJAYI Mysore, India. Together with her companion Jens Bache, she has founded and codirects the shala “Astanga Yoga Copenhagen” and she has organized and had the honor to host Sharath Jois in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009 and in 2006 also Guruji , accompanied by Sharath and Saraswathi.
Since 2003 she has regularly visited Mysore to deepen the practice with Sharath and Guruji, while her first trips were in 1995 and 1996. She has started Astanga Yoga in Rome in 1993, since 1997 she has taught regular classes and more recently gives workshops in Italy, Germany, occasionally in Finland and Sweden. She is studying Sanscrit at the University of Copenhagen and when in Mysore , she is studying chanting, philosophy and Sanscrit with Lakshmish, Dr Jayashree and Prof. Narasimhan. She finds inspiration from the teaching of Eddie Stern, Peter Sanson and Prof. Ken Zysk.
Beeing always interested in physical activities, introspection and in the use of natural remedies. Susanna finds in the practice of Astanga Yoga, the perfect synthesis of all these elements.


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