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The sessions include discussions, Pranayama and Asana. Each Asana class will also include derivative poses and modifications to show how to keep expanding the practices of Ashtanga Yoga to make them a Joyous, Sacred, Lifetime, Healing, Unlimited Exploration.


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Ashtanga Yoga and Sciamanism retreat with
Danny Paradise

27 August – 3 September, 2022

Description of the retreat

“Yoga arose out of man’s perception of nature and is a journey back to Nature.”
As an ancient Shamanic practice, Yoga is about creating personal empowerment, personal authority and total freedom with an understanding that Nature is our Teacher and Guide…

THE CLASSES ARE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES AND LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE from beginning students to advanced practitioners, teacher trainees and teachers of all forms of Yoga.
Classes include Pranayama, Asana, and open discussions on topics such as:

/Shamanic and Historical Roots of Yoga and the connection to other ancient cultures: Egyptian, Mayan, North and South American Native, Chinese, Polynesian
/Healing Processes of (Ashtanga) Yoga, and other healing traditions.
/Spiritual Intelligence and Evolution.
/Responsibility, Personal Authority, The Sacred, Fulfilling Personal Destiny and Yoga
/Food, Diet, and the dangers of the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, and Genetically Modified Food Industries.
//Medical Intuition: Understanding the processes that create disease and healing and the relationship to Chakras and glandular systems.
/Yogic and Shamanic Perspectives on Aging and Death.
/Activism in the Community


  1. Discussion: YOGA AND SHAMANISM
    Yoga and Shamanism: Journey of the Soul, Connections of Yoga to Sacred Indigenous Spiritual Traditions, Fulfilling Personal Destiny, Your Dream as your Masterpiece, Conscious Evolution
    Practice: PRANAYAMA from the Ashtanga Yoga tradition: an accessible introduction to the routine.
    Asana: Introduction to Danny’s Approach: All the practices are Meditative, Ritualistic and Therapeutic exploration of Asanas, Taoist positions, Kung Fu and Tai Chi positions – FIRST class will be an expanded exploration of standing sequence and finishing poses, including derivative routines, variations, Egyptian elements, modifications.
    Healing Perspectives of Yoga, Shamanism, and Indigenous Traditions Worldwide, Personal Authority, Personal Responsibility, Freedom, Developing a Lifetime Sacred, Healing, Meditative Practice
    Pranayama: Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama: an accessible introduction to the complete routine.
    Asana: Expanded Standing sequence with derivative routines, modifications, variations, Introduction to elements of Primary Series and 2nd series for all levels of practitioners of all forms of Yoga
  3. Discussion: Title: Chakras: Balancing Life Force, Yoga Shamanism, and Aging, Approaching Transition with Vitality and in Clarity and Peace

Pranayama: Ashtanga Yoga Pranayama- An accessible introduction to the complete routine.
Asana: Expanded standing sequence including modifications, variations and derivative poses from Egyptian Yoga, Kung Fu and Tai Chi. 2nd series and beyond, derivative routines.

A playful exploration of beginning, intermediate and advanced positions with modifications and variations making the practice accessible to all.


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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request


Danny Paradise has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1976 and teaching worldwide since 1979. He initially studied with the first Western teachers of Ashtanga, David Williams, and Nancy Gilgoff. Danny learned the beginning and advanced sequences from them over five years and has studied with Sri Patabbhi Jois in 1978 and 1980. Danny has also studied and practiced with Yoga teachers and Spiritual guides in many other lineages and traditions as well as teachers of Kung fu, Tai Chi and Karate.

SINCE 1979 Danny has introduced all levels of the practices of Ashtanga Yoga to students and teachers in 40 countries. He has also introduced the Ashtanga practices to world-renowned artists, musicians, dancers, Buddhist Lamas, actors, film directors and sports champions. He incorporates indigenous spiritual traditions into the practice and philosophy of Yoga, relating Yoga to all Shamanic nature-based cultures.

Danny draws from the teachings of Krishnamurti, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, Buddha, ancient Egypt as well as many Indigenous nature-based cultures.

Danny passes on ancient traditions in a non-dogmatic, contemporary, compassionate, humorous way. His objective is to help guide people to evolutionary consciousness as well as to help people develop a Sacred, safe, meditative, healing, joyful, expanding, pain-free, personal self-practice.

Danny teaches all the Ashtanga Sequences with emphasis on an expanding evolving practice. As a Ritualistic, Meditative and Therapeutic exploration he shows derivative poses, modifications, Egyptian Yoga, Taoist, Kung Fu variations within the structure of all the sequences of Ashtanga Yoga.

Danny recognizes Yoga as an ancient Shamanic practice and relates Yoga to all Shamanic nature-based indigenous explorations from North and South America, Polynesia, Tibet, Africa and Asia.

The Yogis and Shamans were the early pioneers of consciousness, healing knowledge and communication with the spirit realms. The basic premise of Shamanism is that ‘Nature is our spiritual guide and teacher’.
These explorations were designed to create well-being, fulfill personal destiny and learn to age with vitality, acceptance, and grace.

In 1991 Danny began participating in Shamanic initiation ceremonies in the Upper Amazon in western Brazil. Since then he has explored the connections between Indigenous Spiritual traditions and ceremonies and the practices of Yoga.

Danny is an activist, International Yoga teacher, world citizen, filmmaker and musician/composer.


Nadia has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 27 years already. She has passed a large number of training programs and seminars in yoga and for the last 2 years she has been traveling and teaching around the world with Danny. Nadya is also a musician, professional singer, dancer, performer and martial artist. She has performed around the world as a professional singer in all musical genres and has many albums released. She went on tour as the main female vocalist of The Family Stone musical group and performed together with Michael Raff, Sheryl Crowe, The Wrecking Crew musical group, Graham Nash, Chuck Khan, David Crosby, Karl Anderson and Al Jerro. Danny and Nadia play music together.

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