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Ashtanga Yoga WITH Petri Räisänen

Healing and Meditative Essence of Ashtanga Yoga

On the retreat we are focusing for the quiet and healing power of the ancient practice of Ashtanga Yoga. The retreat is meant for everyone who want to deepen their practice in a soft and meditative way.

The retreat is based on Traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice in a quiet, soft and therapeutic environment. Petri is focusing for a therapy and mind work as well as the vinyasa system and asana alignments. The days start with Mysore style practice. Beginners are also welcomed. We will have a guided first two mornings only for beginners. In the afternoon we do asana techniques and pranayama (breathing) and in the evening meditation + yoga film showing. There will be time to explore the surroundings in the mornings and in one or two free afternoons. The retreat will be relaxing and informative Ashtanga experience. 

Welcome all level of yogis and yoginis!  

Petri Räisänen – BIO:

Petri Räisänen (born August 13, 1967) is an internationally renowned and respected yoga teacher. A devoted student of his guru Sri K. Patthabi Jois (1915– 2009) and Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. Petri carefully passes on his Guru’s exact teachings.

Petri started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1989 and teaching in 1991. He is co-owner and director of Ashtanga Yoga Helsinki, one of the world’s most established Aṣṭāṅga Yoga shalas. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois blessed the school to teach the traditional Ashtanga method.

In his yogic path, Petri has studied with respected Ashtanga yoga instructors such as Derek Ireland (his first certified teacher), Radha Warrell, Lino Miele, Gwendoline Hunt, Eddie Stern, R. Sharath Jois and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Petri focuses on integrating healing and therapy with yoga, meeting student’s individual needs and guiding their progress. His friendly, relaxed behavior and intuitive perception give an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes. Petri’s Mysore teaching gives you an opportunity to experience the wholeness of the practice, and his teachings aim to lead to an experience of deep concentration (pratyahara) and meditation (dhyana).

Petri has been written two books on the subjects of Ashtanga Yoga. First one “Ashtanga Yoga – In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois” was first published in Swedish in 2005 and in English in 2013. The intermediate series book “Nadi Sodhana” was released in Finnish in 2007 and English in 2017. Both books are written from the interviews with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, the masters of Ashtanga Yoga system. They illustrate uniquely the Primary and Intermediate series practice, benefits and tradition as it is taught in Mysore, India.

Petri’s variety of body-therapy work
Petri started studying the Finnish Folk-healing tradition called Jäsenkorjaus (Bone-setting), with the Finnish healing masters in 1988. In his 12 years of studies and 10 years of Folk-healing work he learned – besides of variety of Bone-setting adjustments – energy healing and cupping. He also studied Swedish massage, Naturopathy, Natural Cosmetics, Reiki, Reflexology and Hawaiian Shamanism. Petri has 25 years of Ashtanga Yoga-teaching experience and 28 years of personal Yoga practice


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