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Treat yourself with a gift of a whole week diving deep into the Ashtanga Yoga practice with David Robson (KPJAYI Level 2 Authorized) and Jelena Vesic, two superb teachers, while also enjoying a break in one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. This retreat brings together traditional daily guided Mysore-style self-practice, the Sanskrit-counted Led class, and a series of afternoon technical workshops.


This is what I hope to create this week in Salento.”


5-12 June, 2021

Description of the retreat


Join David Robson and Jelena Vesić for a week of Ashtanga Yoga at beautiful Yoga in Salento, Italy.


Mornings will begin with a traditional Mysore-style practice. David & Jelena lead one of the world’s largest Mysore programs at Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, and now you will get to experience their teaching in an intimate setting.


After practice, some days will offer workshops in the technique and philosophy of Ashtanga. Dive deeper into specific aspects of the Ashtanga Sadhana and learn invaluable tips to deepen your own practice.


And some days after practice are free, so that you have time to explore incredible Puglia, the heel of Italy’s “boot.” This region is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.


And after a full day of practicing and exploring, you get to come back to the retreat for delicious vegetarian food and good company. Next day you get to do it all again!



8:30p: Welcome & Intro Talk



7-9a: Mysore

11-1p: The Secret Teachings of Vinyasa

Vinyasa means moving/breathing system, and the vinyasa system provides the defining structure for the Ashtanga practice. Vinyasa is not only a tool for linking postures, it is also a powerful meditation technique that, with each practice, helps us to embody real Yoga.



7-9a: Mysore

11a – 1p: Knees, Hips and Forward Bends

Ashtanga’s Primary Series is full of forward folds and knee bends. Correct technique and alignment is important in order to avoid injuring the hamstrings, lower back, or knees. This workshop will explore the different aspects of the Primary Series forward bends with the goal of going deeper into the asanas while keeping the body safe.


7-9a: Mysore



7-9A: Mysore

11-1p: Jump Back & Jump Through

Jump Backs and Jump Throughs are the transitional movements that link Ashtanga’s sitting poses together. These vinyasas provide a bridge to carry our focus between asanas, and also build a purifying heat in the body that is said to boil the blood. This workshop will go over the actions and movements of the jump-back and jump-through in close detail, and provide invaluable instruction useful for all levels of practitioners.



7-9a: Mysore

11a – 1p: Pain-Free Backbends

Backbends don’t have to hurt. This workshop will explore the basic alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s Primary & Intermediate Series backbends. By learning correct technique for the poses, take the pain out of backbending and allow your body to safely go deeper into the postures. This workshop is open to practitioners of all levels.



7-9a: Led Primary Series




    6 days with an international teacher 

    6 morning sessions

    3 afternoon in-depth classes

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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.

    For all information, call +39 0836 600284 or send an email to info@yogainsalento.com.



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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

    David Robson

    David Robson is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs outside of India. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching, and since 2007 has been an Authorized Level 2 teacher. In addition to running his Mysore program in Toronto, David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he has released a popular series of instructional videos on Ashtanga called Learn To Float.

    After studying ballet for 16 years, Jelena made Yoga her sole focus in 2009.
    She has studied with her teacher, David Robson, since 2010, and is now leading the evening Mysore program at AYCT. She often assists David Robson on workshops and retreats in Toronto and around the world

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